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Rector’s ‘Year of Prayer’ Reflection (Christmas and New Year)

My Dear Brothers and Sisters of Saint Matthew’s, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to Him” (Matthew 17:5) I hope you are having a very blessed Christmas season and wish you all a very happy and holy New Year. As we look back with thankfulness over the past year, [...]

Rector’s Advent & Christmas Letter

My Dear Brothers and Sisters of Saint Matthew’s, Grace and peace to you in the Name of God our Father who has delivered us from the dominion of darkness and made a place for us in the kingdom of His beloved Son. On November 29th (Advent Sunday) we enter the solemn season of Advent in [...]

Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift

There are so many things to be thankful for in this God-given world – beauty of the earth, glory of the skies, human love, to name a few.   But there is one gift which can only be described as indescribable – God’s gift to us of his Son, Jesus Christ.  Through Jesus we receive forgiveness, [...]

Rector’s September 2015 letter

My Dear Brothers and Sisters of Saint Matthew’s,  When he had finished speaking, Jesus said to Simon,  “Push out now into deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” (Luke 5. 4. Phillips).  At a recent Parish Council meeting I shared that I believe the above verse to be a timely word from God [...]

Rector’s Summer Letter

My Dear Brothers and Sisters of Saint Matthew’s,  The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for His Name’s sake (Psalm 23. 2-3).  As the summer season comes upon [...]

Rector’s Eastertide Reflection

My Dear Brothers and Sisters of Saint Matthew’s,  Alleluia! Christ is risen.  ‘Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you”. When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the LORD’ (John 20. 19, 20).  ‘Tomb thou [...]

Holy Week Reflection

My dear brothers and sisters of Saint Matthew’s,  When the days drew near for Him to be taken up, He set His face to go to Jerusalem (Luke 9. 51).  This coming Sunday (March 29th) is Palm Sunday. The commemoration of the passion of our LORD begins. Christ enters His own city to complete His [...]

Easter Events and Services

PALM SUNDAY (March 29)  begins with our traditional joyous procession.  This day marks the end of the season of Lent and the start of Holy Week.  Draw closer to Jesus by attending these special services: PALM SUNDAY at 8 pm             Service of Reconciliation:  Reconciliation to God is a Sacrament – not simply a function [...]

Message for Lent

My Dear Sisters and Brothers of Saint Matthew’s  The sacrifice of God is a broken spirit: a broken and contrite heart you will not despise (Psalm 51.  17).  This week our Lenten journey begins and in the name of the Church I invite you to the observance of a holy lent, by self-examination and repentance; [...]

Advent & Christmas newsletter

My Dear Brothers and Sisters of Saint Matthew’s ‘The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;   Those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness on them the light has dawned’ (Isaiah 9. 2).  Greetings to you in the Name of our LORD as we enter this glorious Advent and Christmas season! [...]

ANIC Installation of Diocesan Bishop

New Diocesan Bishop installed  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  6 November 2014  Ottawa, Ontario – The Right Reverend Charles Masters was installed this evening as the diocesan bishop of the Anglican Network in Canada by Archbishop Foley Beach, primate of the Anglican Church in North America.  The Anglican Network in Canada (ANiC) comprises churches spread from Vancouver [...]

A word from your Rector

My Dear Brothers and Sisters of Saint Matthew’s As you come to Him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus [...]

Letter from David+ for this Lenten Season

Dear Friends and Family at Saint Matthew’s, We are about to enter into a new season in the Christian Calendar. This Wednesday, March 4th, is Ash Wednesday; the beginning of the Lenten season. On Ash Wednesday, we gather together to receive the Holy Eucharist and to be marked in a special way with ash. The [...]

Annual Vestry Meeting

My dear brothers and sisters of Saint Matthew’s May the grace and joy of Christ our Saviour be with you. This has been an exciting year of growth for Saint Matthew’s!  God has been moving among us, continuing to unite us as a family and enlarge our vision of all that He is calling us [...]

Advent & Christmas newsletter

My Dear Brothers and Sisters of Saint Matthew’s ‘The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them the light has shined’ (Isaiah 9. 2).  ‘O Come, Thou Day-Spring come and cheer Our spirit’s by Thine Advent here Disperse the gloomy clouds of [...]