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The Reign of Christ is Now
November 21, 2016 12:12 PM PST
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Recorded, Sunday, November, 20/16
As we end another Liturgical year we reflect on what it means to be living during the reign of Christ. In Lukes gospel today we see Jesus at his lowest point here on earth and yet rather than condem those who put him to death, he offers reconciliation and forgiveness. How do we show that kind of forgiveness to one another? How do we show the world that the true message of the Gospels is alive and practiced here?

Deacon: The Rev Patrick Sibley
The Church of St John the Divine .
1611 Quadra St
Victoria BC

How can I keep from singing
November 13, 2016 01:41 PM PST
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Wars and insurrections, nation rising against nation and kingdom against kingdom: the time of Isaiah and of Luke is not so far off of our time. As we seek to reconcile a righteous God with the fact of the suffering of the righteous on earth, we are reminded that we will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living ... so we keep on singing.

Isaiah 65:17-25, Isaiah 12, Luke 21:5-19

The Rev Gillian Hoyer
Assistant Curate
The Church of St John the Divine
1311 Quadra St,
Victoria BC

Proper 27 Year C
November 06, 2016 02:08 PM PST
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It's not about marriage...

With a few personal revelations, the Rector shares some thoughts about why Scripture can speak to us differently depending on where we are at any given time and goes on to explore how the Sadducees are given a rebuke by Jesus for missing the point in the marriage and afterlife puzzler which they pose, moving on to a consideration of what is really important, according to Scripture.

The Venerable Alastair McCullum

Archdeacon, Diocese of British Columbia, Tolmie Region
Rector, St John the Divine Anglican Church
1611 Quadra Street
Victoria, BC V8W 2L5

"St. Joe in Segregation"
October 31, 2016 05:30 AM PDT
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Recorded, Sunday, October, 30/16

Today, we celebrate the lives of all the saints, known and unknown, who have done their best to let the gifts that God has given them shine in the world. We are reminded we are all connected -- each of our stories a part of one timeless, sacred story. Lastly, we are moved and inspired by the story of Joseph, an incarcerated man "elevated to sainthood" (as Kevin describes it), by living his faith outward from within the walls of his segregation cell.

The Rev Canon Kevin Arndt
Associate Priest
Church of St John the Divine
1611 Quadra St
Victoria BC

'Music, Liturgy, and Worship'
October 26, 2016 09:55 AM PDT
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RECORDED, Sunday,October,23/16
 An attempt to discuss music, liturgy, and worship, firstly by asking 'what is music?', secondly by comparing music and liturgy, and then by drawing some observations and cautions and suggestions, from the perspective of the artist and musician.

David Stratkauskas
Musical Director

The Church of St John the Divine
1611 Quadra St.
Victoria BC

Sermon synopsis....
October 17, 2016 11:28 AM PDT
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To practice a spirituality is to ask questions about life's meaning, purpose, fulfillment, and transformation.  For Christians our spirituality flows from our relationship with God who love us.  As we walk in the footsteps of Jesus we:  1)APPROACH the world knowing that God is everywhere and in everyone. 2) We take on the ATTITUDE of love, 3) make ACTIONS of love which are found in kindness, patience, respect, gentleness, reconciliation, and 4) APPRECIATE the gifts we are given in loving God and our sisters and brothers.  For a Christian, any action of love is a spiritual practice.

The Rev Bill Tarter SFO
Associate Priest
The Church of St John the Divine
16611 Quadra St
Victoria BC

"Painful Gratitude"
October 11, 2016 07:43 AM PDT
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Recorded, Sunday, October, 09/16

It's Canadian Thanksgiving, a time to be intentional about giving thanks for the blessings God pours into our lives. However, this morning we reflect on the fact that not everything for which we are grateful makes us happy. Sometimes gratitude is painful, and in those moments, we need a community to help support us in our thanksgivings.

The Rev Canon Kevin Arndt
Associate Priest
1611 Quadra St.
Victoria BC

The Sharing Community
September 29, 2016 07:59 PM PDT
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RECORDED, Sunday, September, 25/16

This morning we consider whether Luke's parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus is only about wealth, or perhaps also implies something about other obstacles that isolate us and lead to the breakdown of our relationships. With a little help from Clement of Alexandria (circa 200 CE), we recall our Christian calling to foster relationships rooted in "koinonia" -- that is, the generous sharing of our love and our lives with one other and the needs of the world.

The Rev Canon Kevin Arndt
Associate Priest
The Church of St John the Divine
1611 Quadra St Victoria BC

The Dishonest Steward
September 29, 2016 07:41 PM PDT
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RECORDED, Sunday, September, 18/16

The Rector has a 'head meets desk' moment whilst pondering, again, a perplexing parable. But it leads, via the complexities of liturgical dance, to considerations of how we read Scripture, and how we try to find meaning in Biblical texts, and whether we allow our Scriptures to challenge and disturb us.
The Venerable Alastair McCollum 
The Church of St John the Divine 
1611 Quadra St Victoria BC

"Get Found"
September 29, 2016 07:22 PM PDT
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Recorded,Sunday,September,11/16

Recorded September 11, 2016 Few human experiences are as universal as the feeling of being lost. In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells a couple parables about being lost, found, and celebrating to invite us into thinking about where we are in our own lives. When we do get lost, Jesus suggests the way to get found is to face the truth of our situation, and to turn another way.

The Rev Canon Kevin Arndt
Associate Priest
The Church of St John the Divine
1611 Quadra St Victoria BC 

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