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"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

"What to Expect when you're Expecting"
December 12, 2016 03:29 PM PST
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RECORDED, Sunday, December, 11/16

John the Baptist lived in a time of Messianic Expectation, but things did not unfold as he expected. Advent is our Christian season of expectation, but how can we know what signs to look for along the way? New parents have books, like "What to Expect when you're Expecting," to help them become aware of the small, hidden changes taking place under the surface, that in time add up to new life. Perhaps in today's Gospel, Jesus has something to say to us about the coming of God's reign, and what little things we might expect as we, too, journey in expectation.

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

Come thou long unexpected Jesus
December 11, 2016 01:33 PM PST
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Advent 2
RECORDED, Sunday, December, 04/16

Sometimes the Messiah that we want is not what is in God's will.
The contrast of the lion and the lamb bring together calls us to think and love
differently. This is an unexpected turn of events.

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

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

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