Divine Renovation @ Emmaus

SATURDAY, NOV. 18 9am-noon

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It’s time for our second session of Divine Renovation @ Emmaus!

Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”
Our hope for Emmaus and our personal lives is that we take Jesus up on this offer – the greatest offer ever given to humanity.

Divine Renovation is a time for Emmaus to engage in deep learning about: the Essence, Being, Life and Purpose of God’s church; what it means to be students or apprentices of Jesus; and what it means to be sent out into the world in mission.

We are blessed to have our own Mike Amirault facilitate this three session workshop. Mike obtained his Masters of Divinity from Wycliffe College and his love of Jesus is contagious. His willingness to share in deep Christian friendship and his desire for this community to grow in faith is a gift. I urge all of Emmaus to make the time to participate together in a bit of Divine Renovation!
Rev. Pam+

Divine Renovation Workshop Sessions:
November 18th 9am – noon
December 9th 9am – noon

A quick reminder…

Just a note to advise that the office will be closed Wednesday and Thursday this week and that Wednesday Morning Eucharist is cancelled as Rev. Pam and Mary McDonald (Parish Administrator) will be in Sudbury for Diocesan Executive Nov. 15 & 16th.

Time with God

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Emmaus Anglican Church invites all those seeking to cultivate a deep life of prayer through contemplative practices, are curious about learning more about what contemplative practice means, are interested in talking about fostering their relationship with God to attend our Contemplative Practices Support Group.

Initial Gathering:
Wed. Nov. 8, 2017 at 8:30 p.m.
Emmaus Anglican Church, 1643 Wellington St. E. (Upstairs)

For those who wish, please join us at a contemplative service of Taize Prayer prior to the meeting at 7p.m. – St. Jerome Roman Catholic Church, 26 Carmel Rd.

 


 

What are Contemplative practices?
Christian contemplative practices help to enrich and focus our prayer life. Practices include: Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina, Welcoming Prayer, Taize

Why a support group?
To learn about the practices.
To reflect and share our experiences.
To build friendship in Christ.
To encourage one another in prayer.
To pray together.

New Diocesan role for Rev. Pam

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Rev. Pamela Rayment

Early last week Bishop Anne Germond announced the appointment of our own Rev. Pam as the Indigenous Representative to the Executive Committee of the Diocese. In her appointment announcement, Bishop Anne noted that this position was requested by the members of the Executive Committee as a result of the loss of a Diocesan representative from the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples due to the reorganization of ACIP representation, stating that the Executive identified the importance of having an individual representing the Indigenous community on board. Let us keep Rev. Pam in prayer as she begins this new appointment alongside her role as rector at Emmaus.
Read the full announcement from Bishop Anne here.

Buckets of Change @ Emmaus

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The youth of the Diocese have challenged us to raise awareness and support throughout the month of October for those suffering with mental health issues and illnesses.  In partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association, your spare change can help.  All change (or any denomination) collected from ‘Buckets of Change’ at Emmaus on Sunday, October 15th will go directly to the Canadian Mental Health Association.

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Divine Renovation @ Emmaus

And no, we’re not talking about building improvements…
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Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”
Our hope for Emmaus and our personal lives is that we take Jesus up on this offer – the greatest offer ever given to humanity.

Divine Renovation is a time for Emmaus to engage in deep learning about: the Essence, Being, Life and Purpose of God’s church; what it means to be students or apprentices of Jesus; and what it means to be sent out into the world in mission.

We are blessed to have our own Mike Amirault facilitate this three session workshop. Mike obtained his Masters of Divinity from Wycliffe College and his love of Jesus is contagious. His willingness to share in deep Christian friendship and his desire for this community to grow in faith is a gift. I urge all of Emmaus to make the time to participate together in a bit of Divine Renovation!
Rev. Pam+

Divine Renovation Workshop Sessions:
October 28th 9am – noon
November 19th 9am – noon
December 9th 9am – noon

The Road to Warm Springs

by Rev. Pamela Rayment

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Last week I had the privilege of participating in The Road to Warm Springs – The National Consultation on Indigenous Anglican Self-Determination, in Pinawa, Manitoba. This consultation marks the next step toward a fully Indigenous expression of the Anglican Church of Canada; a spiritual and theological movement that has been taking shape for more than 20 years. Throughout the consultation, Indigenous and non-Indigenous Anglicans gathered, prayed, listened, talked and imagined together. As stories of Indigenous Ministries across the country were shared and celebrated, a gracious patience and generosity of spirit was experienced by all present, and a hopeful excitement of possibility began to build. As the consultation drew to a close, a call to the whole of the Anglican Church of Canada was given shape and during the closing Eucharist, the call was signed by those present, committing to ongoing action and renewed movement post haste in ensuring Indigenous self-determination becomes a reality.

What does this mean for non-Indigenous Anglicans? This means standing in solidarity with our Indigenous brothers and sisters in Christ and working to remove existing barriers to a truly Indigenous expression of faith. This means knowing the history of Residential Schools and the Anglican Church’s involvement and in turn living into the way of apology and reconciliation. This means knowing and living into the 94 Calls to Action released by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada in 2015. This means knowing and living into the United Nations Declaration on The Rights of Indigenous Peoples. This means responding in this Diocese, this Deanery, and this congregation to The Call from Warm Springs and continuing in the ongoing work of learning, listening and asking how can we best serve this movement of the Spirit.

I pray that this important work will be embraced by all Anglicans and ask your prayers as the vision of an Indigenous Anglican Church comes into focus.

Maarsii,
Pam+

Other Links:
Anglican Journal Article, “Regaining our soul” by John Bird
Anglican Church of Canada – Indigenous Ministries 
Anglican Healing Fund
Council of the North