You are warmly invited to worship with us at St. Clement's.
The main worship on Sunday mornings at 9:45 a.m. is a contemporary eucharist or holy communion in the Anglican style. We sing a lively mixture of new and traditional favourite hymns that fit the theme of the bible texts for the day. Our sermons are based on the Bible text and applied to how we live in today's complex world. We are reverent and relaxed, not formal. We work to have worship give voice to our praise of God, our gratitude for the gift of life, and to our human struggles as we respond to a loving God.
We are a mix of ages and stages of life. Children are welcome in our worship. We have a nursery available as well as program for school-aged children and youth.
If you would like to meet with Lynne McNaughton, priest at St. Clements, call her at 604-780-1420... to talk about your spiritual journey.
Anglicans from across Canada will be gathering for General Synod in Toronto from July 7 - 12th. The theme of Synod is "You are my witnesses". Lynne is one of 7 delegates from the Diocese of New Westminster who will be attending General Synod. Dean Peter Elliott wrote a short reflection, summarisiing the issues before General Synod. Please read this and hold Lynne, as well as all delegates attending General Synod in your prayers.
Here is what Peter Elliott wrote:
You are my Witnesses is the theme of the upcoming General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada, meeting in Toronto from July 7 to 12th.
For those not familiar with Anglican Church governance, the General Synod (the word synod means a common road or pathway) meets once every 3 years. At a General (national) Synod all three orders of the church are represented: bishops, clergy and laity. Each bishop is a member, as are elected representatives from each diocese, both clergy and lay. It's my privilege to be a member of this 2016 General Synod: this will be my 7th General Synod (and Lynne's 3rd) as an elected member from the Diocese of New Westminster.
At a Synod-whether diocesan or national-there are four elements: worship, education, legislation and community building. It is always a rich experience to worship with Anglicans from all across Canada--from coast to coast to coast. There are educational sessions where various aspects of the life of the church are presented. There are legislative sessions where resolutions are debated and decisions are made. And there is community building-meeting other Anglicans and ecumenical friends from across Canada and also from around the world. At the upcoming General Synods guests will include representatives from the US, Cuba, Jerusalem, and Brazil as well as ecumenical guests from the Roman Catholic Church and the United Church of Canada.
One of the features of our church's identity is the participation of Anglican indigenous people.
A national indigenous Bishop, Mark McDonald, leads this important part of the life of our church and there will be presentations and deliberations as indigenous Anglicans move forward with their goal of creating a self-determining structure within the Anglican Church of Canada. At this Synod, a Council of Elders and Youth will be installed and commissioned for its work in monitoring our church's commitment to comply with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
There is a great deal of interest in a matter of canonical (church law) change: in the Anglican Church of Canada, marriage is governed by a national Canon (Canon 21) and the proposed change would open the sacrament of marriage to all duly qualified Canadians, including same sex couples. The Synod will consider the recommendations of a report This Holy Estate (you can download a copy - click here).
Amongst Canadian Anglicans there are a range of views on this matter: the rules of the assembly dictate that since the marriage canon bears on a matter of doctrine, it requires a 2/3 majority of all three houses-bishops, clergy and laity-at two successive General Synods to make the change. It is a high bar for change in our church, frustrating to many of us who would prefer to see this change happen more quickly and simply.
You'll be able to follow the debates and deliberations through the national church website http://www.anglican.ca/gs2016/
As we approach this important meeting, your prayers are needed. The Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, Archbishop Fred Hiltz has commended this prayer to our use:
Gracious God: You call your Church to witness that you were in Christ, reconciling all things to yourself:
So bind us together in love and obedience to you, that the beauty of our lives, the truth of our words, and the justice of our deeds may draw all people to you;
Through him who gave himself for us and now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Christ Church Cathedral