I want a religion – Covenant Blog

Last Sunday, I read the following article as a part of our Sunday School discussion. As we have looked at the role which a rule of life plays in the individual and communal life, it is a timely reflection on what religion is and how valuable it is to our spiritual journey as people and a parish. The popular notion of being spiritual but not religious, of wanting a relationship without the religion leaves something to be desired. I’ll let Fr. Mac Stewart take it from here.

I want a religion – Fr. Mac Stewart

I want a relationship, not a religion.

Most of our readers have probably come across this saying before, or some variation on it. In the present-day Episcopal Church, it often takes the form, “Jesus didn’t come to found a religion.” I understand the sentiment behind such slogans, and to a certain extent I am sympathetic with them, insofar as they reflect an earnest zeal to grow in and to draw others toward a deep personal intimacy with the living Christ and to avoid a stale, dead faith.

But, granted this sympathy, I have to say I rather like my religion, and I’m pretty sure it’s good for me.

Article continues on the Covenant Blog here.

Novena for Revival and Evangelization

As previously mentioned, we will be embarking on a 9 day period of intense prayer for revival and evangelism. Between the Ascension and Pentecost, we will pray for a “disruptive outpouring of the Holy Spirit” on us, our parish and diocese, and those communities in which we live and serve.

To assist with this time of prayer as individuals and families, a Novena has been prepared (based on materials from fullhomelydivinity.org).

You may find a PDF adaptation here: Diocesan Novena


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Fifth Sunday of Easter

O Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know thy Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leadeth to eternal life; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Vestry News

Parish Hall Roof: In the coming months, Trinity will be undertaking a roofing project on the Parish Hall. After considering different proposals, we have selected a bid and contractor and will be updating you on the impact in the coming weeks.

As the Vestry, we have decided to cover the costs of this project rather than undergo a capital campaign. That does not however preclude us from contributing to this project as individuals and families. At present, the estimate is in the ballpark of $45,000. If you feel moved to support this necessary work on our facility, please do so.

New Outreach Project: Over the years we have had residents from the United Methodist Children’s Home join us from time to time. The ministry of the UMCH is one which provides and cares for some of the most vulnerable in our society, children that have been abused and/or abandoned. We have decided to come alongside this ministry for the next four years as they seek to update the facilities of the UMCH. Over that time we will be contributing $1,000 each year towards the renovation of the rooms in which the children live.

Fr. Ben: For almost two years, I (Fr. Ben) have been ministering to and with Trinity. When I initially came here, it was for a term of three years as Priest in Charge of this congregation. At this month’s Vestry meeting, the proposal was made and passed to amend this relationship.

The Vestry has officially nominated Fr. Ben Hankinson to become Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church. This nomination is being made public in advance of the election for the position of Rector at the next Vestry meeting on May 15, 2016. The effect of such election would be to transition the role of the priest from a finite term of three years to a permanent contract until such time as our shared ministry together is concluded.

I am excited for us to continue our ministry together here at Trinity. I look forward to the time ahead and pray that we will grow in the days to come into the fullness of what God has in store for us both as individuals and as a community.


Fourth Sunday of Easter

O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of thy people; Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calleth us each by name, and follow where he doth lead; who, with thee and the Holy Spirit, liveth and reigneth, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Third Sunday of Easter

O God, whose blessed Son did manifest himself to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open, we pray thee, the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Second Sunday of Easter

Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery hast established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.