AHEAD OF ITS TIME
by Brita Chell
Member, Church of St. Stephen and St. Bede
Member, Joint Anglican Lutheran Commission
 
The Church of St. Stephen and St. Bede
99 Turner Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba  R3J 2S9
204-837-9812    
[email protected]
www.churchofststephenstbede-wpg.org
We acknowledge that the Church of St. Stephen and St. Bede is located on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, Cree, and Dakota Nations, and the homeland of the Metis Nation, and that we gather on Treaty 1 land. We are grateful for their stewardship of this land and their hospitality, which allows us to live, work, and serve God the Creator here.
WELCOME
 
At St. Stephen and St. Bede we strive to live into God's reconciling love and grace.
We are a family of Anglicans and Lutherans who worship as one on Sundays,
and who look to become all God means us to be in Christ.
 
Join us Sundays at 11:15 am.
 
EVERYONE IS WELCOME
 
 
Worship Service - Sundays at 11:15 am.
Communion and Bible Study - Wednesdays at 10:00 am.
 
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THIS SUNDAY
READINGS ​for Sep 23

Jeremiah 11: 18-20
Psalm 54
​James 3: 13 - 4: 3, 7-8a

Mark 9: 30-37​​
HYMNS for Sep 23

The Church of Christ in Every Age - CP 584
Breathe on Me, Breath of God - CP 649
I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light - ELW 815
As We Gather at Your Table - ELW 522
Nearer, My God, to Thee - CP 538
On Our Way Rejoicing - ELW 537

September 23

The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

​​Sunday ​Worship Service
11:15 am.​
ON THE CALENDER
ALSO GOING ON
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10:00 am.
Wednesday Morning Communion Service and Bible Study

Sep
26
Mount Royal Food Bank

Sep
27
10:30 am.
Oakview Care Home Service

Oct
12
7:00 pm.
Council Meeting

Oct
16
WHAT'S HAPPENING
Blessing of the Animals to Celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

St. Francis, whose feast falls on Oct. 4, is regarded by Anglicans and Catholics as the patron saint of animals and the environment. Founder of the Franciscan order, St. Francis, had a great love and affection for animals. He preached the gospel to humans and animals alike, revealing God’s blessings and speaking of God’s great love for them.

On Thursday, October 4 at 7:00 pm., we will celebrate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi by holding what has become an annual tradition around the world: the blessing of animals.

All are invited to bring their animal companions – dogs, cats, fish, birds, bunnies, and yes, reptiles, for a special service that includes song, prayer, and blessing.  

Mitten Tree

Don’t Panic! But the cold is coming!!!

Our Annual Mitten Tree campaign will be starting at the beginning of October
so we can distribute warm winter woollies when it gets cold.

No waiting ‘til Christmas!

Start gathering mittens, hats & scarves for needy kids of all ages today!


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Two new suffragan bishop positions created for northern Manitoba and Ontario

The Indigenous Spiritual Ministry of Mishamikoweesh, which includes parts of both Manitoba and Ontario, will soon be gaining two new Indigenous suffragan bishops—one for the northern region of each province.

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Deer Lodge Centre is looking for Spiritual Health Visitors. If you have an hour a week that you can spend with a resident to visit, read the bible, pray or just listen, please contact the church office.
PAST EVENTS
​​Joint Service and Pot Luck Lunch!

Sunday, September 9th we will be hosting a Joint Service and
Pot Luck Lunch with St. James Anglican.

​Note the Special Service Time - 10:00 am.

Bishop Don Philips will be leading us in Worship that day.

There is a sign up sheet for the Pot Luck at the church, or call the church office.
Sacred Circle

On Aug 6-11, the Ninth Indigenous Anglican Sacred Circle was held at the University of Northern British Columbia campus in Prince George, B.C.

Our own Rev. Canon Dr. Murray Still was one of ten elected to the Anglican Council of Indigenous People.

Congratulations Murray!

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‘This is a spiritual movement’: Discipleship and self-determination drive upcoming Sacred Circle

On Aug 6-11, the Ninth Indigenous Anglican Sacred Circle will take place at the University of Northern British Columbia campus in Prince George, B.C.

Our own Pastor Murray Still will be in attendance.

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​​The 3rd Annual A Learning Journey 2018 – Let’s Talk Treaties
June is Indigenous Awareness Month​​

In honour of National Indigenous Awareness Month, the Parish of St. James Anglican Church (SJAC), the Church of St. Stephen and St. Bede (SSSB), and Epiphany Indigenous Anglican Church (EIAC) invite you to attend a series of events exploring Indigenous/non-Indigenous relations.​
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5k Walk/Run for Reconciliation

Wed, June 27 at Assiniboine Park
6:00 - 9:00 pm. 

Come join us as we raise awareness and funds for inner city missions.

Registration is $10 and can be done online through the Running Room at www.events.runningroom.com.  

You can also Register at any Running Room location throughout the city, or in person in the park at 5:30 pm. raceday.

There are also ways you can volunteer for this event (eg. act as a marshall along the the route, etc.). For more info email [email protected]


This event is a part of the month’s Indigenous Awareness activities. The Church of St. Stephen and St. Bede, St. James Anglican, and Epiphany Indigenous Anglican are organizing the month-long educational activities in response to the calls to action to the Church from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Sponsored by the St. James-Brooklands-Weston Coummunity Committee.

Register!
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St. James Anglican Heritage Church - Season Opening

​On Sunday, June 24, we will be joining with St. James Anglican for their Heritage Church Opening Service at 10:00 am., 525 Tylehurst St.

There will NOT be a regular Worship service at our church that Sunday.​
​National Aboriginal Day - ​Service of the Word
Thursday, June 21, 7:00 pm. ​at St. James Heritage Church,
525 Tylehurst St.​

Guest Speaker: Ko’ona Saber.

A Sacred Fire will be lit at Sunrise (5 am.) by Ivon Saber, and will remain lit until the service is over in the evening. All are welcome to attend this traditional Sunrise ceremony.
National Indigenous Day of Prayer
Sunday, June 17

We celebrate National Indigenous Day of Prayer as part of National Indigenous Awareness Month and in advance of Canada National Aboriginal Day, June 21 -
Our Sunday Worship at 11:15 will feature a special Liturgy designed for the occasion, icluding a Disciplinary Gospel Reading of John 1: 1-18.

Come and join us as we gather together and worship in the spirit of the Sharing Circle, and sing some truly inspirational music.
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Prayer Resources for our Time of Transition
Discernment for the Search & Election of Bishop for Rupert’s Land

Jesus asks us to pray always (Luke 18).  With that in mind we offer some options for prayers, as a resource for the election of our Bishop for the Diocese of Rupert’s Land for use within public worship, within prayer and other small groups, and for individual use.
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​The 3rd Annual A Learning Journey 2018 – Let’s Talk Treaties

Sharing Circle.
Thursday, June 7
7:00-9:00 pm.
     
Come and learn about Traditional teachings with Elder Calvin Pompana. Artisanal work for sale.​

​Hosted by the Church of St. Stephen and St. Bede.
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Yard Sale at SSSB

Sat, June 2 

The church will be hosting a Yard Sale on Saturday, June 2, 9-3.
There is a large variety of items including books, clothing, household items, furniture and more! Even a Bake Sale Too! Come and join us, rain or shine! 
Volunteers are also needed to man the tables and to do baking for the baking table.

Contemporary Service 

Sunday, May 20, 11:15 am.

Come join us for our next Contemporary Worship Service featuring the music of ​Loaves and Fishes​.
Ministry in Motion - Boda Boda

​Thanks to your generosity, our companion parish of Galatiya will soon be recieving its new “boda boda” (aka. scooter). No longer will  the local parish rector have to walk between his 3 service locations on Sundays and to visit his parish members. ​
Paint Night II is this week!

Wed, May 9 at 7:00 pm.

Discover the artist in you. No experience necessary! Get tips from the pros! $35.00 covers all your supplies. Invite your friends! There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board, or contact the church office​.
Soup Sunday - April 15 

Come to worship this week and stay to enjoy fellowship together and some delicious homemade soups! All proceeds from the free will offering go towards the new dishwasher fund.​
During the service we will be having a special guest preacher in Dr. Ann Salmon, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology and Leadership & Mission at Luther Theological Seminary in Saskatoon.
​​​​1517 - 2017 - Commemoration of The Reformation

Back in November 2017 we hosed 2 guest speakers for a series of Lectures and Panel Discussions. Each of these events was followed up with a Sermon at our church worship service the next day. Here are some videos from those services: 

Rev. Dr. Timothy J. Wengert
"Enter into the Joy of Your Master"
24th Sunday after Pentecost
​Sunday, November 19, 11 am.
Church of St. Stephen and St. Bede


The Rev. Dr. Timothy Wengert has published many books, including Reading the Bible With Luther, and a translation of The 95 Theses. He was awarded the Melanchthon Prize for his studies of that peacemaking scholar and colleague of Luther. During recent months he has spoken in many Lutheran and Catholic churches in Asia and North America. In July he gave a plenary address to the International Luther Congress meeting at Wittenberg, Germany.


Rev. Dr. Dirk Lange
"In Jesus, God Comes to Us"
Reign of Christ Sunday

​​​Sunday, November 26, 11 am.
Church of St. Stephen and St. Bede


The Rev. Dr. Dirk Lange was co-planner of worship for the Commemoration of the Reformation in Lund and Malmo with Prayers for Unity of Catholics and Lutherans. He is the Lutheran member for North America of the International Commission of Lutherans and Roman Catholics for Unity, meeting across the globe. Born and educated in Winnipeg, he has published books and essays on Christian worship and teaches in Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota.
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Mothering Sunday
- The Annual Gathering of the Anglican Church in Rupert's Land

Mothering Sunday is March 11, 7:00 pm., at St. John's Cathedral (135 Anderson Ave). Reception to follow in the John West Hall. If anyone is able to help with the baking of Simnel Cakes please let Carol at the Cathedral know.
Recipe .....
Advancing Hope and Healing: Completing the Clinic

​After a number of years and sharing between Christians and Muslims in Africa, Anglicans, Lutherans and Muslims in Winnipeg are planning a fundraiser March 10 at the St James Civic Centre, 2055 Ness Ness Avenue in St James Winnipeg to complete construction of a health clinic in Mayungwe. Doors open at 6:00 pm.

​The event inclues a Multicultural vegetarian meal (provided by ISSA), a Silent Auction, dainties, and more!

Volunteers are needed to bring dainties to be served after the meal.
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Lenten Studies 2018

​This year, our Lenten Studies are in the form of 2 workshops.

The theme is The Generosity of Christ: How the Church lives-out God's love in generosity to the world around us.

The first workshop  took place on Sunday, February 25 at St. James Anglican.

The second workshop will be here at St. Stephen and St. Bede this Sunday, March 4, at 1:15 pm.
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Contemporary Service February 25

​Our Sunday worship this week will be a Contemporary Service  featuring the music of Loaves & Fishes.

Come join us for this very spirited service.​
The Power of Attorney and Wills.

Join us here at St. Stephen and St. Bede on Tuesday, February 20,
at 1:30 pm., when we will be hosting a seminar with guest speaker Sharon Tod B.A., LL.B.

Sharon has extensive experience dealing in the areas of estate planning, incompetency issues and other age-related issues.  
Ash Wednesday - February 14, 2018

​Ash Wednesday this year will be observed at our regularly scheduled Wednesday Morning Communion Service, February 14 at 10:00 am.

St. James Anglican will have an Ash Wednesday service at 7:00 pm.
Shrove Tuesday - February 13, 2018

​St. James Anglican is hosting a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on Tuesday, February 13 with continuous seating beginning at 5:30 pm.
Annual General Meeting

​The date for our Annual General Meeting has been set:

​Sunday, February 4, 2018, 12:30 pm. 

Bring a bag lunch.​
Jim's Goats

​Donations continue to be received for the Jim's Goats annual drive until the end of January. Jim Aris was a long-time member of our parish and started this outreach project many years ago. All donations are used to buy goats for a less fortunate country. Please mark your church envelope “Jim’s Goats” with the designated amount. It all gets added to your yearly givings for a tax receipt.
Baptism of Our Lord

​This year, with our commemoration of Epiphany on January 7, the service with readings for the Baptism of Our Lord will be held at our Wednesday morning worship time:

​Wednesday, January 10, 10:00 am. 
Throughought 2017, St. Stephen and St. Bede has been commemorating ​​​​500 years of the Reformation.  One goal has been to learn the music that Martin Luther wrote and appears in our hymnals. On Sundays we often feature one of Luther's hymns.  Many thanks to Carole Grier for her leadership in this project! 
This week’s Luther Hymn:

​From Heaven Above - ELW 268

'Tis The Season!

​Mark your calendars. Our annual Christmas Caroling Night has been set. Come join us on Tuesday, December 19, at 6:00 pm. as we spread good cheer to shut-ins in our church family and local community. If you know of someone who would like to have the carolers drop by, or would like to participate in the singing and fun, contact Karen or the church office.
Christmas Carol Singalong Jam 

​Come enjoy an evening of Singing Carols, Snacks, Refreshments and Socializing here at the church on Wednesday, December 13 at 7:00 pm. Musicians are welcome – bring your instruments!
Invite and bring your families and friends.
Spread the word!
Free-Will offering gratefully accepted.
​​​​1517 - 2017 - Commemoration of The Reformation

All are Welcome to Worship with Us - 11 am Sundays

November 5
          Featuring an Antiphonal Presentation of:
                                       ”The Lord’s Prayer by Martin Luther”
November 12
          Speaker: ”Brother Martin of Wittenberg and Winnipeg”
November 19
          Speaker: ”Brother Tim of Philadelphia and Saskatoon”
November 26
          Speaker: ”Brother Dirk of Taizé and St. Paul”

​​​​1517 - 2017 - Commemoration of The Reformation

Come Join Us for our Lecture Series and Panel Discussions: 

"Grace Not For Sale"
Rev. Dr. Timothy J. Wengert

​Saturday, November 18, 7 pm.
Church of the Cross, 560 Arlington St.

The Rev. Dr. Timothy Wengert has published many books, including Reading the Bible With Luther, and a translation of The 95 Theses. He was awarded the Melanchthon Prize for his studies of that peacemaking scholar and colleague of Luther. During recent months he has spoken in many Lutheran and Catholic churches in Asia and North America. In July he gave a plenary address to the International Luther Congress meeting at Wittenberg, Germany.


"Unity in Diversity"
Rev. Dr. Dirk Lange

​​​Saturday, November 25, 2 pm.
St. Mary's Academy, 550 Wellington Cr.

The Rev. Dr. Dirk Lange was co-planner of worship for the Commemoration of the Reformation in Lund and Malmo with Prayers for Unity of Catholics and Lutherans. He is the Lutheran member for North America of the International Commission of Lutherans and Roman Catholics for Unity, meeting across the globe. Born and educated in Winnipeg, he has published books and essays on Christian worship and teaches in Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota.
​​​​​1517 - 2017 - Commemoration of The Reformation
​Luther Fest 

​Friday, November 10 
7 to 11 pm.

With The German Club Band of Winnipeg

Bratwurst, Bier, Polkas, and Waltzes

​Advance Tickets ​$15 (cash only, includes the meal)
​Call Carole at 204-831-8954

CASH BAR

​Lederhosen Und Dirndls Welcome!
Remembrance Day

​There will be a Comemoration Remembrance Day Service ​this Sunday, November 5, at 11:00 am. 

This service is presented in conjuction with ANAVETS Unit 283 and will be highlighted by a colour guard, bagpipes, bugle and a laying of poppies and a wreath in memory of loved ones.​
​​​​1517 - 2017 - Commemoration of The Reformation

November 5
​In addition to the Remembrance Sunday ceremony, our service will be featuring an Antiphonal Presentation of:
                                       ”The Lord’s Prayer by Martin Luther”
as part of our Reformation 500 year of events. This is an in depth look at what it means when we pray The Lord's Prayer.

This is going to be a Sunday not to miss!
All Saints Day

​All Saints Day will be celebrated on Wednesday, November 1, at our 10:00 am. worship service.
​​
Reformation Day

​The official Reformation Day in the Church calendar is Sunday, October 29.

As the actions of Martin Luther marked the beginning of many events in the Reformation Era spawning many changes to the early Church, our service at 11:00 am. marks the beginning of a month of Lutherjahr events we have planned.​
Contemporary Service This Sunday

​The next Contemporary Service will take place on Sunday, October 22 at 11:00 am. featuring the music of Loaves & Fishes.

Come join us for this very spirited service.​
​​Joint Service and Lunch!

​Sunday, October 1st we will be hosting a Joint Servie and Lunch with St. James Anglican. ​Note the Special Service Time - 10:00 am.

The meal will be provided.

Free-will offering graciously accepted.

​Community Garden Update

Tomatoes! Cherry Tomatoes and Beefsteaks are forming. Cucumbers too! Squash and beans are blooming and we have already picked some radishes!

Our church has partnered up with Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) and Winnipeg Harvest to build a Community Vegetable Garden in our front yard. The harvest from the garden will be used to supplement our Food Bank packages along with counseling on healthy meal planning by a professional dietician.

If you can assist in the watering and tending of the garden, please see Tim or other council members.​
​​Fundraising Lunch!

Come to Worship on ​Sunday, August 27 and plan to stay for a special ​Fundraiser Lunch​, with proceeds going toward a ​new dishwasher​ for our kitchen.

The meal will be provided.

Free will offering at the door.
​​​Peguis Selkirk 200: Honouring The Spirit of 1817

​Come Celebrate​ the​ 200th Anniversary​ of the signing of the ​Treaty between Lord Selkirk and Chief Peguis​, Sunday, July 16th, 3:00 pm., at St. Boniface Cathedral. Our own Pastor Murray Still ​will be ​leading the service!!

The Peguis Selkirk Treaty signed July 18, 1817 represented “peace, order and mutual cooperation”. It's the first Treaty signed in western Canada and it was signed before there even was a Canada. It marks the beginning of the relationship between First Nations and the Crown in western Canada. It shaped not only Winnipeg and Manitoba but also the nation itself. Thomas Douglas, 5th Earl of Selkirk, and five First Nations’ chiefs, led by Chief Peguis, put ink to paper 200 years ago on July 18, 1817 at Lord Selkirk's Hudson’s Bay Company post - Fort Douglas on what is now Waterfront Drive. Historically it has been known as “The Selkirk Treaty” but it should be referred to as “The Peguis Selkirk Treaty”, and that’s the term we will use. The Treaty conforms to the spirit of the Royal Proclamation of 1763 which provided a constitutional framework for Indigenous land entitlement and has been referred to as ‘Canada’s Indian Magna Carta’. Although it made the Red River Settlement possible, and the original document is housed here in Winnipeg at the Hudson’s Bay Archives, very few of us even know about it. That is about to change.

In today’s spirit of reconciliation, a committee of 35 volunteers representing more than 20 indigenous and setter organizations is Honouring The Spirit of 1817 by commemorating The Peguis Selkirk Treaty. The committee is co-chaired by Bill Shead of Peguis First Nation (and former Mayor of Selkirk) and John Perrin of The Scottish Heritage Council of Manitoba. The committee is working to raise public awareness and honour the visionary leadership and friendship of Chief Peguis and Lord Selkirk leading to the signing of the 1817 Treaty. In agreeing to the terms of their Treaty they promoted the “peace, order and mutual cooperation” which characterizes Manitoba’s unique history. In 1897, the Federal Government took the Young Chippewayan Indian Reservation for settlement.

Lord Selkirk of Douglas to join Commemorations of Peguis Selkirk Treaty in visit to Manitoba July 16 – 22, 2017:
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On the 200th Anniversary, the committee also wants to bring attention to the long term relationship initiated by the Treaty which has been sustained over the years between generations of Lord Selkirk’s descendants and generations of Chiefs at Peguis. The committee has planned numerous events revolving around a visit to Manitoba of the current 11th Lord Selkirk, who has accepted an invitation from Manitoba First Nations led by the Chief of
Brokenhead Ojibway First Nation Jim Bear, The Scottish Heritage Council of Manitoba and other settler organizations represented by the committee. There will be an array of free public events running from Sunday July 16 through Saturday July 22 in Winnipeg, Selkirk, St. Boniface, St. Peter’s Reserve and the Peguis and Brokenhead First Nations.


For information please contact:
Bill Shead, Committee Co-Chair, Email: [email protected]

Cell:204-792-8459
John Perrin, Committee Co-Chair, Email: [email protected] 

Ph: 204-489-9235
Terry MacLeod, Chair, Marketing and Communications.

Email: [email protected], Cell: 204-782-9936

www.PeguisSelkirk200.ca


​Reserve 107: Reconciliation on the Praires

A video presentation Thursday, June 29, 7:00 pm.


In the small town of Laird, Saskatchewan, an old injustice is providing new opportunities for dialogue, friendship, and righting a wrong.

In 1897, the Federal Government took the Young Chippewayan Indian Reservation for settlement.

Film maker Brad Leitch explores how the Young Chippewayan Band, Mennonites, and Lutherans work together to resolve this land claim.

​Brad will be in attendence at SSSB for questions and discussion.
"The Treaties will always be important to us. This is our land ... and we gave up parts of it to be guaranteed safety and to have a home."
​             - Chief Ben Weenie


See our Photo Gallery for more pictures of this event and more examples of faith in action.
St. James Anglican Heritage Church - Season Opening

​On Sunday, June 25, we will be joining with St. James Anglican for their Heritage Church Opening Service at 10:00 am., 525 Tylehurst St.

There will NOT be a regular Worship service at our church that Sunday.​
​National Aboriginal Day - ​Service of the Word

​Guest Speaker: Elder George Spence on the '60's Scoop.

Wednesday, June 21, 7:00 pm. ​at St. James Heritage Church,
525 Tylhurst St.​
​Winnipeg's Indigenous Accord Signing Ceremony
Mayor Brian Bowman and the City of Winnipeg have pledged to work at reconciliation and our Church of St. Stephen and St. Bede, and St. James Anglican, were among the faith groups to sign on.
​Pastor Murray attended the ceremony in the morning of Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at the Forks to sign the Accord.


​As long as the sun shines, the grass grows, and rivers flow

See our Photo Gallery for more pictures of this event and more examples of faith in action.
​Book Study:
The Inconvenient Indian:
A Curious Account of Native People In North America



A dozen turned out to discuss Tom Kings book The Inconvenient Indian as part of the Indigenous Awareness month at the churches of St. James and St. Stephen and St. Bede. 
The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People In North America by Thomas King; 2012. Winner of the 2014 RBC Taylor Prize.
          ​The  Inconvenient Indian ... is a history of the relationship between  
​          ​North America's Natives and non-Natives in the centuries since the
          ​peoples first met. Perhaps it's better described as a subversion of
          ​history, as King builds a detailed case for how Natives have been,
          ​and continue to be, trampled by non-Aboriginal people ... The  book is           ​serious but immensely readable, for King delivers his message in an
          ​unconventional manner - with humour and biting, clever wit.


Closing discussion took place on Tuesday, June 27 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. at St. James, with a potluck dinner at 6:00.​

See our Photo Gallery for more pictures of this event and more examples of faith in action.
​National Aboriginal Day of Prayer
Sunday, June 18

We celebrate National Aboriginal Day of Prayer as part of National Indigenous Awareness Month and in advance of Canada National Aboriginal Day, June 21 - a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

The Canadian Constitution recognizes these three groups as Aboriginal peoples, also known as Indigenous Peoples.

Although these groups share many similarities, they each have their own distinct heritage, language, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs.

In cooperation with Indigenous organizations, the Government of Canada chose June 21, the summer solstice, for National Aboriginal Day. For generations, many Indigenous Peoples and communities have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day due to the significance of the summer solstice as the longest day of the year.
​Honouring the Four Directions

Come Great Spirit as we gather in your name.
We face East:
To your symbol colour Red, the hue of revelation;
To your animal symbol the Eagle, strong and nurturing;
To your lessons calling us to the balance of your Spirit in Harmony
            with brothers and sisters;
To invoke your wisdom and grace, the goodness of the ages,
We pray:
​Come Holy Spirit, Come.
We turn to face South:
To your symbol colour Gold for the morning star;
To your symbol Brother Sun that enlightens our intellect and brings  
            light on our path to live responsibly;
To your lessons calling us to the balance of Mind in the spirit
            of humility;
To invoke your spirit of illumination and far sighted vision;
Help us to love you and one another with our whole heart, our whole
            mind, and our whole soul,
We pray:
​Come Holy Spirit, Come.
We turn to face West:
To your symbol colour Black, still and quiet.
To your animal symbol the Thunderbird;
To your symbol the Thunder, mighty and purposeful;
To your lessons calling us to balance our emotions in the spirit of
            Gentleness and Honesty;
To invoke your spirit of introspection, seeing within; give us your
            strength and the courage to endure,
We pray:
​Come Holy Spirit, Come
We turn to face North:
To your symbol colour White of clarity and brightness.
To your animal symbol the Swan which brings us in touch with
            Mother Earth and growing things;
To your lessons calling us to the balance of our Body in the spirit of a
            good sense of humour;
To invoke your spirit of innocence, trust and love;
Help us to open our eyes to the sacredness of every living thing,
We pray:
​Come Holy Spirit, Come.
We turn to complete the circle and to look:
To God, our Creator who cleanses our Mother Earth with snow, wind
            and rain;
To Jesus Christ, the Peacemaker who fills us with the wideness of
            mercy and Lovingly embraces all,
And the Holy Spirit who inspires us to action:
​Come Holy Spirit, Come.
​June is Indigenous Awareness Month​​

Our two churches, St James and St Stephen and St Bede have partnered with Urban Indigenous Mission Developer Vincent Solomon to offer educational programs around Indigenous issues. This is in response to a resolution adopted at the last Anglican diocesan Synod that calls all churches to offer education on indigenous issues," as well as "a response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action to the Church."​
​A Learning Journey - Ray St Germain in concert

​As part of Indigenous Awareness month, our church and St. James Anglican invite you to this special concert event Thursday, June 15 at 7:30 pm.

Doors open at 6:30 at Epiphany Indigenous Anglican church, 730 McPhillips St. Tickets are $10.00 at the door or in advance (call 204-475-9956) with all proceeds going to support the Epiphany Indigenous Mission.​
​​For Love of a River: Two stories of loss and longing​​

​A video presentation ​Thursday, June 8, 7:00 - 9:00 pm.

Film maker Brad Leitch tells the story of the flooding of two northern Manitoba communities for the sake of building hydro dams. 

​Brad will be in attendence at SSSB for questions and discussion.
PASTOR'S POST

The Rev. Canon Dr. Murray Still