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"Give Peace a Chance"
April 24, 2017 02:55 PM PDT
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RECORDED, Sunday, April,23/17
The first words Jesus spoke to his frightened disciples following his resurrection were "Peace be with you." In fact, he says it to them three times, clearly wanting them to get the message. Inspired by Jesus' example this morning, we consider how we, too, might choose to respond with words and acts of peace when our own lives fall apart and we wonder what to do to heal and repair them.

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

We Are An Easter People
April 19, 2017 01:49 PM PDT
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...and alleluia is our song. Singing alleluia, an act of celebration, defiance, joy, struggle, life, death and hope. The Rector considers our call to be true to resurrection in the light of our Baptismal calling to a ferocious faith!

Recorded Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017

The Ven Alastair McCollum
Archdeacon, Diocese of British Columbia - Tolmie Region
Rector, St John the Divine Anglican Church
1611 Quadra St
Victoria BC

Perspectives
April 19, 2017 01:46 PM PDT
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Recorded Maundy Thursday, April 13, 2017

When Jesus washes the feet of his friends he can physically see them from a different perspective. This desire to change perspective is throughout the ministry of Jesus. What is truly revealed is the God "on high" has taken every step possible to be among us. There is nothing, not "high" or "low," here or there, now and then, that separates us from the love of God. Jesus is right in the middle of us and we are right in the middle of God's love.

The Rev Bill Tarter, OSF
Associate Priest
The Church of St John the Divine
1611 Quadra St
Victoria BC

Domination
April 12, 2017 01:36 PM PDT
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Recorded Palm Sunday, April 9, 2017

Our readings remind us that Christ's way of doing things was both at odds with the domination of empire and in line with the Old Testament prophets.
In hearing these stories we are challenged as individuals and as a church to question our complicity in the forces of domination and privilege and enter into the story of Christ turning it all upside down.

The Ven. Alastair McCollum
Archdeacon, Diocese of British Columbia, Tolmie Region
Rector, St John the Divine Anglican Church
1611 Quadra St Victoria BC

"Coming Back to Life"
April 03, 2017 07:55 PM PDT
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RECORDED, Sunday, April, 02/17

This Fifth Sunday in Lent, scripture gives us two stories of new life in anticipation of Easter around the corner. We are reminded by these and other stories that Death does not get the last word -- God gets the last word, and that word is always Life.

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

"The Iron Church"
March 27, 2017 11:53 AM PDT
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RECORDED, Sunday, March, 26/17

When dock-workers in January, 1860 unloaded pallets of cast iron beams and sheets of corrugated metal at Victoria Harbour, who could have imagined such ordinary cargo would become a remarkable, modern church? When Samuel passed over Jesse's seven older sons, and instead poured a kingly anointing on the head of David, a young shepherd-boy, who could have imagined the great leader he would become? With these and other stories, we are reminded today that God "does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart."

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

Stories of Relationship, Reconciliation, and Hope
March 19, 2017 03:39 PM PDT
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Gospel Reading: John 4:5-42

The story of the woman at the well conversing with Jesus reminds us of the holy conversation that happens when we sit down with others and truly listen. The stories of the work of the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund's (PWRDF) partners likewise reminds us of this truth, and reminds us that we learn as much from our conversation partners as they might learn from us. In March, St John the Divine supports the work of the PWRDF through our "blue envelopes" and in this message, our curate tells a few of the stories of the people impacted through our partnership and generosity with PWRDF.

The Rev Gillian Hoyer
Assistant Curate

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

"For they so loved the world..."
March 16, 2017 02:57 PM PDT
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RECORDED, Sunday, March, 12/17
The commissioning of a new Parish Council and Wardens provides an occasion to acknowledge that serving in church leadership is deeply rewarding, but seldom without struggle. In John 3:16 we are told that "God so loved the world" that God gave sacrificially of God's own self. Today we consider how we, too, give sacrificially of ourselves when we offer our gifts, energy and experience to make the world a better place.

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

Shortcuts and temptations
March 05, 2017 03:24 PM PST
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Perhaps the real 'fall' in today's Genesis story is not about the gaining of knowledge, or even disobedience, but about the route taken to that place. Likewise perhaps the temptations Jesus faced in today's story from the Gospel are more about the shortcuts we might take that involve avoiding hard work and growth.  As we embark upon our Lenten journey together, and as St John's holds it's annual Vestry meeting, we are invited to consider motivations, and the temptations that might prevent our growth together.

The Ven Alastair McCollum

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

Ash Wedneday
March 02, 2017 10:00 AM PST
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On Ash Wednesday we begin our Lenten Journey toward the cross and Easter. As we begin Lent, let us take time to consider how we want to undertake that journey and commit to it being a journey of reconciliation with God, with others, and with ourselves.

The Rev Gillian Hoyer
Assistant Curate

The Church of St John the Divine
1661 Quadra St.
Victoria BC

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