Christ the King Sunday - Bishop Melissa Presider

Christ the King Sunday St. Martin’s North Vancouver November 20, 2016 Colossians 1:11-20 To read the Bishop's Sermon, please click on this link. You may also download the Sermon below. Read More

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Letting the Light Shine in

There was once a boy who was sitting in a church when a priest noticed that he had been sitting there for some time. The priest went over to talk to him to see what he was up too. He sat down and asked, “What are you doing?” The boy replied I am looking at the windows. The church was much like ours with many... Read More


It's Time to Talk About Money!

There are probably at least four taboos in society or four hot subjects that we would rather not talk about. Or if we did talk about them, we would choose very carefully the company with which they were discussed. They are sex, religion, politics and money. Sex, probably less so these days as it seems for the last... Read More


The Power of Touch

Today we focus on the healing ministries of the church. There are many ways in which we offer this ministry. For centuries, priests have anointed with oil those who require healing from one ailment or another. This is also accompanied by the laying on of hands. The action of laying on of hands is an ancient... Read More


We Have Each Other & God Provides All We Need

There was a parish in my previous diocese who was preparing to hire a new priest. As the plans unfolded they became increasingly concerned about their capacity to be able to employ a priest. They knew they certainly couldn’t afford full time priestly ministry, and wondered about how much of a part time position... Read More


Being Intentional About Thanksgiving

Today is Thanksgiving Sunday. Today marks the time each year where we pay particular attention to the many ways in which we have been blessed in our lives and as a parish. I don’t know about you, but sometimes for me, taking time to think about what or who I am thankful for can be really hard. It is no problem to... Read More


Faith: A Living Force

So the disciples demand, “Increase our faith!” (Luke 17: 5). It isn’t surprising to find that Jesus’s response to this demand is a little testy. Our reading from One Timothy also talks about faith. In this letter we get a deeper sense of what faith is and what it means for us. Almost immediately we read that faith... Read More


A Bridge of Hope and Love

I am honoured to be with you today on Vocations Sunday at a time when the Diocese of New Westminster is taking steps to actively promote vocations to diaconal and priestly ministry.  It brings back such wonderful memories of when I first began to discern my own calling to the diaconate back in 2008.  At that time,... Read More


Symbols Matter

What is the one symbol that distinguishes us from all other Faith groups and religions? It is the cross and what the cross means for us as Christians. Many religions share a belief in a deity and a God. Many of them acknowledge that there is one God, not many. Each faith has its own set of Scripture or Holy Text.... Read More

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Ready for Ministry

You are all called to do great things in the world. Some are called to be teachers, lawyers, stay at home parents or any number of other arenas where we are called by God to serve. Through our work and in the myriad of roles that we find ourselves we are called to make the presence of God known.             This... Read More