Friday, February 29, 2008

Cherryvile BC is closer than Hudson Bay SK

From Calgary Hudson Bay SK is about 966 KM of driving, where Cherryvile is brief 625 km drive. A couple of people were surprised that I made the drive to Cherryvile for Melissa and Phil's reception. I pointed out that is was closer than Hudson's Bay where I would have been for Steve & Julie's ordination if I hadn't been in Cherryvile.

Steve emailed:
The ordination was an excellent evening, and we felt very affirmed and supported. A brief write-up (and the text of the sermon) is on the diocesan website if you want to get a feel for it.

I quite liked the sermon as it has a sense of humor deals honestly with the demands of clergy life:
Saint Matthias was chosen to replace Judas, and into almost any Parish or ministry Julie and Steve enter, they will be replacing someone. Thank God then that no matter how little you or those with whom you serve think of your predecessor, it was not and will not be Judas.
The spirit of our age adores busyness and we get drawn into this all the time. So often we clergy seem to preach salvation by works in the way that we manage our time and our lives. If you listened to me most of the time you would think that Jesus’ yoke was made of lead.

Dean Michael Hawkins of the Anglican Diocese of Saskatchewan

- Peace

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