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The True Law
February 25, 2017 06:51 AM PST
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Recorded, Sunday, February, 19/17

It's not in God's economy that 'the bad guys' get 'what's coming to them' - at least that's what Jesus says in today's reading. Instead there's a grace, a forgiveness, a healing which is at odds with our modern preoccupation with a 'Gospel of redemptive violence'. Instead Jesus points us again at the law, a law given for liberation, to be written in the heart - a law of love.

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

Metaphor, people, metaphor
February 12, 2017 07:22 PM PST
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It's hard with today's reading from Deuteronomy and the words in the Gospel to take these words and ideas literally, though many still do. The Rector considers just how we can allow these words to speak to us today without needing to tie ourselves in knots making literal sense of these difficult and challenging words of Scripture.

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

Neighbours in good faith
February 09, 2017 07:06 PM PST

Recorded, Sunday, January, 29/17

Imam Ismail Mohamed Nur, the young Somali-born leader of the Masjid Al-Iman mosque in Victoria, honoured St. John's with an address at the 10 am service on Jan. 29, 2017. He spoke on the many similarities we have between us, as well as our shared goals of helping others. He invited us to an open house at the Quadra Street mosque at a date to be determined. A brisk Q&A session followed. Five hours later shots rang out in Quebec.
 
*Ismail Mohamed Nur| Imam of Masjid al-Iman*

*The BC Muslim Association*

"Salt, Light, and Empire"
February 09, 2017 01:50 PM PST
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RECORDED, Sunday, February, 05/17

Recently, the language and logic of Empire has risen sharply on the world stage. Should we take notice? In this quick romp through the birth of Christendom, we recall the historical consequences of Christian complicity with secular power and political favour. With this in mind, what might it mean to be Salt and Light in our generation?

The Rev Kevin Arndt
Associate Priest
The Church of St John the Divine
1611 Quadra St,
Victoria B.C.

Christian discipleship, united or divided?
January 22, 2017 02:07 PM PST
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In the Gospel Jesus is inviting his disciples to journey with him and spread his message, and yet not long after his death St. Paul is asking why we are so divided among ourselves. Today we can still ask that question.  What does discipleship really look like? What does being united in Christ look like? How can we focus our time and energy bringing the message of a unity to a broken and now especially, a frightened world? I'm not sure if I have one answer but I do share here what I believe it looks like for me.

Deacon, The Rev Patrick Sibley
The Church of St John the Divine
1611 Quadra Street
Victoria BC
V8W 2L5

A Gracious Invitation
January 21, 2017 06:52 PM PST
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RECORDED, Sunday, January, 15/17
Jesus has the way prepared by John the Baptist who declares him to be 'the lamb of God' - we too have a job of preparation to do for Christ, in order that his invitation to 'come and see' may be heard by all. How might we do that?

The Ven Alastair McCullom

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

"The Baptism of the Lord"
January 08, 2017 02:08 PM PST
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In the story of Jesus' baptism, we are reminded of our own baptisms and the connection baptism gives us to people across place and time and to the incarnation of God in Jesus Christ. The words of the prophet Isaiah, echoing in the words spoken by God at Jesus' baptism, remind us of what that call to baptismal ministry means as we go together to the font to renew our baptismal covenant and splash around in the living waters of baptism.

The Rev Gillian Hoyer
Assistant Curate

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

Christmas Eve, 11 PM
December 25, 2016 01:02 PM PST
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RECORDED, Christmas Eve, Saturday, December, 24/16, 11 PM

A light has come into the world, Christmas does not end here but begins here. The Word became flesh and continues to live among us.

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

"The Word is Flesh and Dwells Among Us"
December 25, 2016 12:48 PM PST
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Recorded, Christmas Eve, Saturday, December, 24/16, 7PM service
In the beginning was the Word ... The Christmas story is our reminder that God has not gone away. God is here, in flesh, and dwelling among us.

With acknowledgement to Melvyn Matthews, Nearer than Breathing: Biblical Reflections on God's Involvement in Us, London: SPCK Publishing, 2002.

The Rev Gillian Hoyer
Assistant Curate
The Church of St John the Divine
1611 Quadra St,
Victoria BC

Missing voices, missing dreams
December 18, 2016 03:35 PM PST
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The Rector manages to resist the head meets desk response to a very personal and particular struggle with this week's Gospel reading.  There seems to be something missing from Matthew's Gospel account, but that's not unusual for the Church, and even for our society, something which should make us angry.  But our anger should not distract us from our calling to the bigger picture - of seeking vision, working for healing, and learning to trust our dreams.

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

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