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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

Transfigured By Love
March 01, 2017 09:15 PM PST
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Recorded, Sunday, February, 26/17

The Transfiguration reminds us that the revelation of the Law and the Prophets is fulfilled in Jesus.  What is revealed is how deep and generous God's love is for all of us.  It is this love that transfigures our lives so that we also reveal the love of God to all we meet.

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

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

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