Wednesday
Apr162014

Meadow Lake and Loon Lake

 

 

The Right Reverend Michael W. Hawkins  Bishop of Saskatchewan

1308 Fifth Avenue East  Prince Albert  Saskatchewan  S6V 2H7  (306) 763-2455  bishopmichael@sasktel.net

                                                                                                                                                                                                  

                                                                                                                       

POSITION AVAILABLE

Priest and Pastor of

Meadow Lake – Loon Lake

 

The congregations of Good Shepherd (Lutheran) and Holy Trinity (Anglican) in Meadow Lake have been working towards a shared life and mission since 2011.  A loving, sharing and supportive environment has been developed during this time.   They have decided to consolidate their buildings (Church and Hall) and are prepared to call a Pastor to serve with them as a single congregation.  They have been bold and courageous in coming together and the energy and excitement of their combined worship and witness is evident.  They share in ministry with the neighbouring congregation of St. George’s, Loon Lake and have a term sharing agreement with the Fort Pitt Mission.

 

They are looking for an Anglican or Lutheran priest and pastor whose own commitment to Christ the Savior as a disciple is solid and growing and who is full of the love of Jesus. 

 

Meadow Lake is located in the northwest part of the province of Saskatchewan.

There is s well maintained Rectory, a three bedroom bungalow style house with a finished basement and attached garage. 

 

Parish profiles are available from the Synod office. Applications will be received for this position until June 30th, 2014We pray that clergy from both the ELCiC and the ACoC will consider applying for this position.   Clergy from outside the Diocese of Saskatchewan should consult their own bishop before applying.  Letters of application and resumes should be sent to:

 

The Rt. Rev. Michael Hawkins

(bishopmichael@sasktel.net)

1308 Fifth Avenue East

Prince Albert  SK  S6V 2H7

Fax – 306-764-5172

 

Monday
Mar312014

Parish of Nipawin and Arborfield 

The Parish of Arborfield and Nipawin is a newly formed Parish in the Diocese of Saskatchewan comprised of two congregations in rural Saskatchewan.

The Bishop and Parish are seeking a priest to serve as full time incumbent for these two congregations and communities.  The Parish is seeking a faithful priest to serve with them who is interested in entering into the life of the two communities and who has strong leadership and interpersonal skills and an ability to work with youth and their families as well as with elderly and shut-ins.

St. John’s, Nipawin currently uses the Book of Common Prayer for almost all of its Sunday services.  Ascension, Arborfield alternates between the BCP and BAS.  The two churches and communities are fifty kilometres apart.  Both congregations have strong, committed and positive lay leadership. 

 

Parish profiles are available from the Synod Office (306-763-2455, synod@sasktel.net). Applications will be received for this position until May 15th. Clergy from outside the Diocese of Saskatchewan should consult their own bishop before applying.  Letters of application and resumes should be sent to:

The Rt. Rev. Michael Hawkins

1308 Fifth Avenue East

Prince Albert  SK  S6V 2H7

bishopmichael@sasktel.net

 

Tuesday
Mar182014

In Memory of Elizabeth Hunt

We dedicated two cruets for use in the Edward Ahenakew Chapel this morning.  They were offered in memory of Elizabeth Graham Hunt, wife of the Rev. Canon Stather Hunt who was the grandson of the Rev. Robert Hunt, a pioneer missionary who served for over twelve years in Stanley Mission and oversaw the construction of Holy Trinity Church.   

Thursday
Jan302014

Candlemas

The Lord is my light and my salvation.

It is finally time to take down the Christmas decorations!  In some traditions the Christmas festival is considered to last a full forty days until February 2nd, The Presentation of Christ in the Temple. 

All along these forty days our dear Lord Jesus seems to get squeezed out.  Observances, traditions and figures which have their roots deep in the Christian faith have come to be divorced from that faith and compete with it.  On Christmas Day we find Jesus pitted against Santa Claus, a caricature of one of his own followers and bishops.  A week later the commemoration of Jesus’ circumcision and the giving of his name is eclipsed by the remainders of New Year’s Eve.  Having struggled for attention against the Sears Catalogue and Guy Lombardo, in the final contest  Jesus is pitted against a groundhog on February 2nd.  While for us December 25 is primarily the birthday of our Saviour and not the commemoration of Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and January first belongs to Jesus and not to Times Square and tomorrow is first of all the Presentation of Christ in the Temple and not Groundhog Day, we should not be smug but reminded that we are a people called out of the world.  One of the most important ways in which we mark that distinction is in our specifically Christian Calendar.

               So I do not care whether Groundhog Willie sees his shadow but I do care deeply whether people see Jesus Christ.  For if we do not, we will live in shadows forever and discover an eternal winter.

February 2nd has at least three names in the West.  It is called Candlemas and has become the feast of candles as with Simeon we recognize that Jesus is a Light to Lighten the Gentiles.  Forty days after birth, in accord with the law, Mary was purified after her contact with the very issue of life and restored to full communal living and so this is the Purification of Saint Mary the Virgin.  But it is first and last the Presentation of Christ in the Temple. 

There are two elders in the Gospel story of Jesus’ presentation and they stand in a wonderful way for the witness of our elders to Jesus Christ.  We are told about Simeon that “he was waiting for the consolation of Israel” and about Anna that she told everyone who was ‘looking for redemption’ about Jesus. 

If we are looking for something else, something better, for redemption and consolation, forgiveness, a new beginning, healing, salvation from futility and pain, and anger and frustration and death, then like Anna, I want to point to you about Jesus.  Likewise Simeon would tell us and the entire world, this is your light and salvation. 

                Simeon had waited all his life for some sign of improvement, for some encouragement, but none came.  Here he was near the end of his life and it all seemed to have lacked purpose and meaning.  Must he just accept things, the world, life and death, injustice and pain and loss and suffering as they are?  No, for it was revealed unto him by the Holy Spirit, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.  I pray that the Holy Spirit would reveal to every human being the same thing, that it is God’s good will for every one of us that we should not see death, before we have seen the Lord’s Christ.  Simply put, God does not want us to die until we have come to know Jesus Christ the Saviour, the Light of the world. 

But Simeon is incomplete without Anna.  Those who have seen and embraced the Saviour are called to tell others, to speak of Jesus to everyone who is looking for redemption.  This means telling others in your own words what you have found in Jesus.  We all have a friend or neighbour whose disquiet, or searching or hunger or disappointment we are aware of, and it is to these that we are bound to speak of Jesus.  Be on the lookout then for those who are looking for redemption and speak to them of Jesus. 

Simeon and Anna stand in a beautiful symmetry for our elders in the faith, for all who have embraced Christ before us and pointed us to him.  They stand as well for our common calling, to know Christ and to make him known.  May we grow together in both. 

 

+Michael

Monday
Dec162013

Christmas Services

 

(This list is not complete.  We will update the list as we receive notices.  For more information, please contact your local Parish (http://www.skdiocese.com/churches/)  or the Synod Office at 306-763-2455.) 

Prince Albert - St. Alban’s Cathedral

Eve of the Nativity of our Lord (Dec. 24)

4:00 p.m. Family Communion Service

11:000 pm Choral Communion with Bishop Hawkins

Christmas Day (Dec. 25)

10:30 a.m. Choral Communion

 

Prince Albert- St. David

8:00 p.m. Christmas Eve

10:30 a.m. Christmas Day

 

Prince Albert -St. George

9:30 p.m. Christmas Eve

10:00 a.m. Christmas Day

 

MacDowall – St. Stephen

7:30 p.m. Christmas Eve

 

St. Louis – Emmanuel

5:00 p.m. Christmas Eve

 

Christopher Lake – St. Christopher

7:00 p.m.  Christmas Eve

 

Kinistino, - St. George

7:00 p.m. – Christmas Eve H.C.

 

Birch Hills – St. Mary

9:00 p.m. – Christmas Eve H.C.

 

11:00 a.m. – Christmas Day

 

Muskoday – St. James

11:00 p.m. – Christmas Eve

 

Melfort – All Saints

7:00 p.m. – Christmas Eve

 

Arborfield

3:00 p.m. – Christmas Eve

 

Spiritwood – Christ Church

4:00 p.m. – Christmas Eve (Bishop Hawkins)

 

Leask – All Saints

7:00 p.m. – Christmas Eve (Bishop Hawkins)

 

Shellbrook – St. Andrew

9:00 p.m. – Christmas Eve (Bishop Hawkins)

 

Sandy Lake/Ahatahkakoop – St. Simeon & St. Anna

10:00 p.m. – Christmas Eve (Bishop Halkett)

 

 

 

Tuesday
Oct152013

Stewardship Meditation for October

 Matthew 18: 21- 35

The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

 

In this parable there is a key element missing in the servant’s life.  It is the virtue of gratitude.  Gratitude would have made the difference. The extravagance on the king’s part reflects the boundless mercy of God in forgiving all our sins through the action of Jesus’ death upon the Cross.  Jesus washes away our sins for the asking.  Therefore St. Paul has said: “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32 ESV)

 

In gratitude, then, for what God has done for us in Christ, may we ask the question:  “Out of the mercies that I have received from God both spiritually and materially, what may I do for Jesus, for my friend, for my neighbour, for the stranger?”

 

Lord Jesus, may I give of myself as freely as I have received from you.  Amen.

Tuesday
Sep102013

Stewardship Meditation for September

Bishop Adam Halkett

St. Matthew 6:24-34


Jesus said “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own”
Four times over He says take no thought about life, about food, about clothing, about the morrow.
Believers must learn to trust in the providence of God, a lesson which Jesus illustrates from the birds of the air and the lilies of the field.  The important thing is to work towards God not the world and to trust in his goodness and seek his righteousness
We should not worry about material things.  Worry is a powerful force that can divide or distract us.  You can worry about anything in your life.  But Jesus tells you to stop worrying, because God will always meet your needs (verses 25 -30).  Quite simply, worry is a waste of your valuable time as his servant.
 

Monday
Jul292013

Stewardship Meditation for August

Meditation for August Luke 18:9 -14

The Pharisee versus the Tax Collector by the Rev. Pat Martin

 

 

This parable contrasts the self righteousness of the high and mighty Pharisee with the humble prayers of the tax collector. The Pharisee has an "I" problem. Five times he proclaims what he considers to be his works for God. The tax collector seeks God's mercy, knows he's a sinner, and seeks forgiveness. The stark contrast between the shame of the tax collector and the self-righteousness of the Pharisee contributes to our understanding of this story. All our good works, and the Pharisee had plenty of them, will get us nowhere if our hearts are not right before God. Jesus came to turn our world upside down.

 

Almighty God help us to walk before you with humble and contrite hearts. To seek you in all we do that we might be considered worthy to be called your child. All that we have, talents, time and money come from you. Help us to use these gifts in ways that bring glory to you and help and healing to others. Forgive us our self-righteousness, cleanse us from all sin in Jesus name and for His sake. Amen

 

Monday
Jul292013

Stewardship meditation for July

The Reverend Norbert Haukenfrers

 

The Parable of the Dishonest Manager agitates us with it’s corruption.  We are indignant, appalled by his actions.  They are selfish and self serving.  But isn’t that the point of Jesus’ story?   I should be disturbed by such blatantly self-serving activity.  But then it hits home, am I going to continue living that way or am I going to live for Jesus?  How am I going to spend my time, use my skills and invest the resources at my disposal?  Will I use them for my own advantage or will I be strategic and creative, using them for the benefit of others?  It is not a question of what I am in need of, it is a question of what am I doing with what I do have.  Am I deploying my time, skills and resources creatively and imaginatively towards life giving and life sustaining ventures in my community.  Am I actively participating in the revelation of the Kingdom of God that Jesus leads me into; embodying grace, forgiveness, healing and  hope, witnessing the power of the Holy Spirit transforming lives.

Monday
Jul292013

Stewardship Meditation for June

Meditation for June Luke 14:(1,7-14)15-24

Stewards of the Invitation by Deacon Chris Dow

 

Jesus is having a nice dinner with religious people. He tells them that when they host such events, they ought to invite outcasts, rather than respectable people like themselves. This radical command makes them uncomfortable. Someone at the table tries to change the subject by saying, 'Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!' They assume that they will be among this chosen company. Jesus is not so sure. Just because you initially accept the invitation does not mean you will bother to show up. Everyday life so easily gets in the way. But God insists that His house be filled for the feast - those we’re uncomfortable inviting into our homes will take the place of those who squander the invitation.

 

Lord, we thank you that you have not only invited us to your heavenly feast, but have already served us the appetizer of Holy Communion. Help us to be good stewards of your gracious invitation by being frequent guests at your table. Nourish and strengthen us to go out into the world and extend your invitation to others - especially outcasts and outsiders - so that all may taste and see that you are good. Amen.