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Friday
Feb172017

Dust to Glory 

By Jonathan Turtle

For he knows how we were made; he remembers that we are dust.  (Psalm 103:14).

THE GREAT LENTEN JOURNEY begins with the imposition of ash, our foreheads marked by the cross. The ashes themselves come from the Palm leaves waved on the Sunday of the Passion—once luscious and vibrant, full of life, burned to become ash for our heads. A tangible reminder of the finiteness

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Friday
Feb172017

Exploring Youth Ministry in the Church

The youth group at St. Margaret’s Anglican Church in Winnipeg enjoys some street hockey. (Supplied Photo)

Rebecca Widdicombe has been involved in youth ministry at St. Margaret’s Anglican Church in Winnipeg for the last one and a half years. She is currently sharing the job with two other youth leaders. Previously she worked as a youth minister for St. Clement’s Anglican Church in Toronto for three years, and during that time served

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Thursday
Feb162017

Reformation: Then & Now

(Photo: Sue Careless)

WE ARE THIS YEAR celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. This marks, of course, that moment, commonly assigned as the beginning of the Reformation, when Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the Wittenburg Door in 1517. Fair enough, I am never one to quibble, though many would suggest that that Reformation was already well underway with Wycliffe (1320-1384) and Tyndale (1494-1536) and reached its fullest manifestation with the publication of the Book of Common Prayer

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Tuesday
Dec132016

I stand at the door

What looks like futility may be a moment of beauty

Photo: Sue Careless

By Larry Matthews

“Anyone numbers 25-30 – any number 30 and under!”

I’m standing in the door of our church, inviting in our homeless guests huddled outside in the cold and dark, five at a time. People arrive hours before we open so we distribute line-up numbers to keep things reasonably fair.

“Numbers 30-35 –35 and under!”

Men and women crowd past me into our warm foyer. Many carry all they own

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Tuesday
Dec132016

The Lamb

Adoration of the Shepherds (1622) by Gerard (Gerrit) van Honthorst.

Public Domain

By Catherine Sider Hamilton

AT OUR CHURCH at Christmas we have a crèche. It starts out as a big empty barn. Gradually over the weeks of Advent it begins to fill up with hay, a manger, a cow – all hand knit by parish members and neighbourhood friends – as each Sunday a child carries another animal in procession to

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