Algoma Deanery This Week

Good day, 

Coming quickly…the Jubilee Tea this Saturday, June 18th, noon until 2pm at St. George’s in Echo Bay (159 Church St.).  I hope many of you will join us for fancy sandwiches, delicious desserts, and well-dressed servers. 👒😊  All for just $10!

You can stop in, on your way to the tea, at the bake sale at Emmaus (1643 Wellington); 10am until 2pm. 

A Liturgical Note For You:  As we enter into the green season of Ordinary Time for the Sundays after Pentecost, here is a question for you…Why is the church and its presiders decked out in green throughout this season?  The colours represent various concepts and, over the ages, different church communities have given various meanings to those colours so you might get different answers depending on who you ask.  However, we can turn to the icons of the Orthodox church to discover what is considered to be pretty close to the “original” significance of these colours – meanings with which the Anglican Church is closely aligned.  Icons have been around for very nearly as long as Christianity itself. Green is the color of natural, living things. It is the color of grass and leaves, youth, flowering, hope, and eternal renovation. Ancient iconographers often painted the earth green to denote where life began – such as in scenes of the Annunciation and the Nativity.  So, as we journey with Jesus and his disciples through Luke’s Gospel account of Jesus’ revelation of God’s kingdom and the beginnings of the building up of the body of Christ, we can renew and reinvigorate our focus on the mission of the Church under his Lordship. For Your Devotions:

June 16th is the commemoration of Joseph Butler, Bishop of Durham, 1752. If you’ve ever studied Anglicanism, you will recognize this great thinker.  In his position as the Bishop of Durham he is well-known and respected for his defense of orthodox Christianity against Deism ( they put forward the clockmaker image of God, among other things) which was prevalent in his time. The clockmaker image of God was one of a cold, impersonal, all-powerful deity who created all things but then sat back and watched things unfold without interfering at all. To read more about Joseph Butler…

June 18th is the memorial of Bernard Mizeki, Catechist in Zimbabwe, died 1896.  Bernard was born in Mozambique named Mamiyeri Mitseka Gwambe.  He attended an Anglican school in Cape Town and converted to Christianity.  Although he knew his life was in danger, he chose to stay during a rebellion against Europeans and Christians. He was dragged from his home and stabbed to death. There is some mystery surrounding his death. If you’d like to find out, this is a great article…  

In the joy of Christ,


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