Parish Life

A Fresh Look at Advent

by Rev. Canon Stewart Murray, Incumbent at St. Barnabas, Ottawa

published in ‘Crosstalk’, November 2017

The season of Advent, the first four weeks at the beginning of the Church’s liturgical year, often get lost in the rush to Christmas. However, unlike Lent – which still holds a unique place in our spiritual lives – Advent is like an eccentric relative who comes to family dinners but we are not sure what to do with them.

Giving Thanks

 By Rev. Canon Stewart Murray, Incumbent at St. Barnabas, Ottawa

(This article appears in the October 2017 issue of Crosstalk, the newspaper of the Diocese of Ottawa.)

For many people, October is the one of the most beautiful months in Canada. The leaves on the trees have begun to change into a riot of colours, the air has a refreshing chill, and the local farmers’ markets are full of the bounty of the fall harvest. Our schedules have returned to a new rhythm of work, school, and activities after the more relaxed days of summer.

Hands

By Rev. Canon Stewart Murray, Incumbent at St. Barnabas, Ottawa
(This article appears in the September 2017 edition of 'Crosstalk', the newspaper of the Diocese of Ottawa.)
 

The Value of Time

By Rev. Canon Stewart Murray, Incumbent at St. Barnabas, Ottawa
(This article appears in the June edition of Crosstalk, the newspaper of the Diocese of Ottawa.)
 
Summertime is fast approaching, and I remember very vividly the excitement of the last day of school and the preparations for heading off to the cottage. Summer was a time of freedom from school and routines, and a time for adventure and fun at the beach. As a child, the days of summer seemed endless; there was never quite enough time to fit in everything we imagined we wanted to do.