Algoma Deanery Week of March 25th

Good day!

Wednesday, March 27th is the next Lenten Lunch at Zion Lutheran Church, SSM (189 Upton Rd.); 12-1pm.  In support of the national joint Anglican/Lutheran Youth project called “Welcome…Home” (to raise awareness/money to eliminate homelessness), we’ve been taking up a free-will offering to go to Habitat For Humanity.  In just the first two weeks, we’ve collected over $282.00!

Thursday, March 28th is the White Elephant at Holy Trinity, SSM (352 Northern Ave.) 10:30am-1pm.

Saturday, March 30th is St. Luke’s Junior Girls’ and Boys’ Auxiliaries at the Cathedral; 12-1:30pm.

Sunday, March 31st…There will be a Holden Evening Prayer at Bishophurst’s Lady Chapel; 7pm; led by Pastor Brad Mittleholz.

Monday, April 15th, also at Bishophurst’s Lady Chapel, there will be Holden Prayer Around the Cross led by Susan Montague Koyle.

For Your Devotions:

Monday, March 25th is the Holy Day of the Annunciation of the Lord to the Blessed Virgin Mary. This is the day that the angel, Gabriel, announced to Mary that God had chosen her to bear the Saviour of the world. Her humble and willing acceptance of this role is also celebrated and is set before us as an example. This date – nine months before Christmas – was in place by the seventh century.  It is interesting to note the differing attitudes toward this day among the various denominations…The Roman Catholic Church views it as a solemn feast in honour of Mary; the Lutheran Church names it a festival.  The Anglican Church calls it a “principal feast” and follows the Orthodox Church in viewing the day not primarily as a feast in honour of Mary but rather of Jesus Christ on the day of his incarnation. For more information, check out For All the Saints, pp.124-5… For All the Saints pdf

Wednesday, March 27th is the commemoration of Charles Henry Brent, Bishop of the Philippines and of Western New York, died 1929.  Charles was an early leader of the ecumenical movement seeking to reconcile the divided Church (and he was Canadian). Here’s a great quotation of his: “The unity of Christendom is not a luxury, but a necessity. The world will go limping until Christ’s prayer that all may be one is answered. We must have unity, not at all costs, but at all risks. A unified Church is the only offering we dare present to the coming Christ, for in it alone will He find room to dwell.” His leadership helped bring about the first Faith and Order Conference in 1925 which eventually led to the establishment of the World Council of Churches. For 17 years, as the Bishop of the Philippines, Charles brought the gospel to the people and worked tirelessly to end opium trafficking.  For more info:

Friday, March 29th is the commemoration of John Keble, Priest, died 1866.  Keble was dissatisfied that the church had become, in his opinion, a mere institution of society rather than the prophetic voice of God. He was a professor of poetry at Oxford but became known for his leadership of the “Oxford Movement” which looked back to the beginnings of the Christian Church for guidance in matters of faith and order especially emphasizing the Anglican Church’s continuance of traditions concerning the episcopate, priests, and the sacraments. This marked a revival in Anglicanism of the beauty of the ceremony and symbol of the Anglican liturgy. To read more:

Hope you have a beautiful day and wonderful week!

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