The annual parish pig roast will take place on Saturday, June 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the Parish Hall. Tickets, which are available from Fr. Murray, are $15 for adults, $10 for children 5 to 12 and free for children under 5. Proceeds from the event, which has been a popular draw in past years as a way for the entire parish to get together in fellowship, will be earmarked for mission ministry.
(published in the May 2017 Crosstalk, the newspaper of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa)
One of the challenges of writing a regular article for Crosstalk is the deadline for articles. This article for the May edition began to take shape at the beginning of March, in the depths of winter and at the beginning of Lent. It provided an opportunity to get out of my usual winter doldrums and think about Easter and spring. Like many Canadians, I am rather obsessed by the weather, not that I am a Weather Channel junkie, but I realize that interest in, talking about, and fretting about the weather – especially the winter weather – is a constant in my life. This ‘obsession’ has no doubt been strengthened by the circumstances of my life. I grew up with gardens and extended family working in agriculture, and I have been fortunate to have served the majority of my priesthood in rural parishes where farming has been the mainstay of the community. I quickly became aware of the power of the weather to bring prosperity or disaster. I have watched the lack of rain turn clay soil to the consistency of concrete, and too much rain result in mud and washouts.
This article appears in the April issue of Crosstalk, the newspaper of the Diocese of Ottawa
On the surface the parables of Jesus are simple stories often drawn from the popular stories or everyday events of 1st-century Israel. They have the potential, however, to draw you into a conversation with the theme of the parable that can open up a deeper encounter with Jesus. I have been engaged in such a conversation with the parable of the Sower from the Gospels of St. Matthew 13:1-23 and Luke 8:1-15. I have always had an affinity with this story, perhaps because I am a gardener and have been a keen seed saver at times. I know some of the challenges of working to save seed from one season to the next and of the importance of soil preparation in a successful garden. The only element missing in the story is squirrels and chipmunks that along with the ‘fowls of the air’ devour my garden!