World Day of Prayer 2021

World Day of Prayer is happening in 2021 but in a different way. You can watch online at wicc.org any day from Feb. 15 to the end of September 2021. The usual worship service usually held the first Friday in March is on line on the front page of wicc.org  This is one of the different ways to be part of World Day of Prayer. Vanuatu is the featured country this year. You can donate online or by mail.  For more information you can contact Linda Ervin at: rucminister@gmail.com  There is much information at wicc.org about women’s engagement in Canada and around the world. 

Lent Book Study

21 Things You May Not Know
About the Indian Act
by Bob Joseph

This year during Lent we are reading the book 21 Things You May Not Know about the Indian Act by Bob Joseph. This is a four-week, ecumenical book study with St. Saviour’s Anglican Church, Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and Oasis United Church. Tuesdays from 4-5 pm, Feb 23, March 2, 9, 16. There may be an additional fifth session on March 23.

Here are some additional resources you might be interested in:

– The Indigenous Relations Academy is hosting a live Question and Answer Session with Bob Joseph, author of the book 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act on Sunday, Feb 21 at 1 pm. Click Here for more information.
– Blog post – 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act from the Indigenous Relations Academy
Interview: An interview with Bob Joseph on the Agenda with Steve Paikin.

Message from Rev. Blair Odney, President, Pacific Mountain Regional Council

Dear Friends,

As if COVID19 has not been enough to bring us to our knees, calling us to the best of ourselves, we now watch our neighbours and friends to the south live into the reality of political insurrection, prompted to violence by human brokenness and need.  And it could get worse. We have no control over any of what happens in the United States; we do have control over how we experience it.  And I invite us all into the experience of prayer.  I invite us all to hold all those in our world suffering under the abuse of political power with loving tenderness. 

And please, do not be afraid.  When we act in fear, we give ourselves over to the perils of humanity’s worst behaviour.  Our only response is love.  Our only response is to invoke God’s agency in a manner consistent with our faith. 

There are only two feelings, Love and Fear
There are only two languages, Love and Fear
There are only two activities, Love and Fear
There are only two motives, two procedures,
two frameworks, two results. 
Love and Fear.
Love and Fear

We hold the choice in our hands and we are empowered by the Spirit that transforms.  
May love be your response.  May love be your words.  May love be your silence.  May love hold your boundaries.  May love ignite your joy.

In Christ,

Rev. S. Blair Odney
He/Him/His
President
PMRC

Advent Calendar

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As we head into the holiday season and navigate new gathering restrictions, now is a time, if ever, to engage in traditions that bring us comfort. One of the things I enjoy during advent is an advent calendar. There is much anticipation and joy in opening a new window each day as we move toward Christmas. I still remember the advent calendars I had when I was a child, hunting around for the next number on the windows, wondering what shape of chocolate I would find. Now you can get advent calendars filled with all sorts of things, chocolate, tea, jam and even beer. Continue reading “Advent Calendar”