Dear Friends,

I’ve enjoyed preaching through the first part of the book of Daniel in part one of our series Kingdoms in Conflict.

I think most of us can see, from the length of the readings, why liturgical churches avoid Daniel.  When we pick the book up again in the Fall, we’ll find another reason: it is spectacularly strange at times!

But, as many of us find ourselves facing change, increasing hostility to our faith and challenges of all kinds, the book of Daniel is a great way to examine the sovereignty of God across the arc of time and over all situations, so I’m already looking forward to Daniel part II in the Fall.

There’s a wonderful collect that the church has been saying for hundreds of years that reminds me of this hope, and I’ve reproduced it below.

This Summer, we’ll be in the book of Luke returning to our series of Encounters, with those who meet Jesus always finding that something happens, whether it’s a run-in or a rendezvous, as they resist, or receive grace.

Starting this weekend we’ll also be trialing the new Anglican Church in North America liturgy. The form we’ll be using on Saturday at 5pm and Sunday at 10am is designed to put into modern language the oldest traditions of the Anglican church.

Later in the year, and over a shorter period, we’ll also trial the new traditional form at our 8am service.

Many of you will be aware that the ACNA Liturgy Taskforce has been taking feedback since its earliest drafts were released and I was pleased to see that they took note of the concerns that I and several others raised about both doctrine and usability.

Bishop Jim has now asked that we use these new forms before deciding whether to keep them permanently or to revert to the forms we use right now. Throughout this time, we’ll be asking for as much feedback as possible.

I’m pleased to say that we will have full nursery care and children’s ministry at 10am all summer. Again, if you weren’t here last week, please note that we have changed the signing in and out procedure further to improve the safety of our children.

During the Summer, many of us travel but as things slow down it can be quite a nice time to see more of each other socially as well as in worship. As you come up the (newly paved) driveway you will note that I have lowered the tone of the neighborhood yet further by putting a table and umbrella out in front of my house. It’s my way of saying “hello, come and drink a can of overpriced flavored water with me” or if it’s later in the evening “a wee glass of something Scottish.”

Rev’d. Alex

Almighty God,
who alone can bring order
to the unruly wills and passions of sinful humanity:
give your people grace
so to love what you command
and to desire what you promise,
that, among the many changes of this world,
our hearts may surely there be fixed
where true joys are to be found;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen