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This Sunday We’ll Reflect with Andre Visscher from the Canadian Foodgrains Bank on Our Call to Spread Jesus’ Reign of Love

November 18, 2013

foodgrainThis Sunday is the last day of the Church Year, appropriately ending with the pinnacle of the Reign of Christ. Each year at St. Paul’s, we celebrate this Feast by focussing on how through outreach, we can respond faithfully to our King of Love’s summons to us to spread his Kingdom. This year, we’re delighted to have AndreAndre Visscher from the Canadian Foodgrains Bank at our 8:30 and 10:00 Services to share with us about this ministry, which for 30 years has been living out Matthew 25:34, 35, and 40: “Then the King will say, “I was hungry and you gave me food. Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”

Embedded below is a video that gives a hint of the inspiring message Andre will be sharing with us.

Everyone’s invited to this most precious time of rededication to being the hands and feet of Jesus in the world, from the overflowing of worship in our hearts for  the King of kings and Lord of lords!

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The Canadian Foodgrains Bank is directly involved in outreach to those who’ve endured the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan. Here below are two prayers from the its website. Simon Evans shared the first with us as part of the Prayers of the People last Sunday:

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A Prayer for the Victims of Typhoon Haiyan

Holy God, source of life, lover of souls, out of the depths we call to you; in the face of incomprehensible anguish and sorrow, we lift the cries of our distress and implore you to show mercy upon those who are suffering from the destruction of Typhoon Haiyan. We pray for those who have died and for their loved ones who grieve, asking you to hold them in the arms of your love; we pray for those who have been injured in body, mind or spirit and ask you to heal them; we pray for those who are homeless and wandering, for families torn asunder and ask you to shelter them. Strengthen the hands and hearts of those who assist in relief efforts and grant us all firm resolve to stand with our neighbors who are in need, to love them and to offer our generous support of them in this their time of trouble; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen

(This was written by the Reverend William Stokes of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Delray Beach, Florida, and posted on The Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida website http://www.diosef.org/pdfs/resources/litany.pdf.)

Prayer for The Philippines

O loving Creator, bring healing and hope to those who, at this time, grieve, suffer pain, or who have been made homeless by the force of flood in Philippines. We remember those who have died and we pray for those who mourn for them. May we all be aware of Your compassion, O God, which calms our troubled hearts and shelters our anxious souls. May we pray with humility with our troubled and struggling brothers and sisters on earth. May we dare to hope that through the generosity of the privileged, the destitute might glimpse hope, warmth and life again. Through our Saviour Christ who lives with us, comforts us and soothes us. Amen.

(This was posted on the Church of England website. http://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-worship/topicalprayers/prayer-for-the-philippines.aspx.)  

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