Thursday, August 27, 2015

DOOR HINGES THAT ARE AWAITING YOU - AGAIN FOR THE FIRST TIME

We often take something for granted which by in large we pass them  with seldom a  notice. Any set of door hinges can be an example of the items you never notice until the door is off center. You hear people often comment that the door is not sitting right. "Are the hinges loose or broken?". "Yes they are? Care to help me fix them back straight, it wouldn't take long.?" The common response will be, "Well no,  I just wanted to let you know because it really should be fixed?"
Religion of all types are similar, with people complaining why doors of parishes need fixing as well as the pews filled. Post modern faiths like Anglican parishes are noticed with problems and errors like clergy abuse, or a host of  many other historical problems, that few will even speak of in private, to say nothing of open conversations of resolutions even a decade or more ago. Theses complains from the  near empty pew seldom ever take a bit of active interests, to make them completed by decision so that more time can be devoted to assist in resolving parish, sustainable actions and even to provide for some hope of growth. The church is a living organism not an organization.
I looked up door hinges on a web search. My search shows little on repairs however a great deal about how they are made and even the origin and production.  I presume both door hinges and church development have near the same intrigue, which might be even a curse to suggest  Evangelist outreach or inviting people to seek faith again or for many the first time.
I  live in a small not so remote  community, where I do a lot of  urban and rural mission works  to advise on ways  people can access their own models of how to  share and reshape personal faith. Roman Catholic news articles from the Vatican,  recently have spoken on this type of topic to create new artist being paid to design new art in light and forms to focus attention on a subject forgotten and denied for over 400 years. Many RC and Protestants are definitely finding their renewable interest,  as which for generations were forgotten or suppressed by individual choice. Officials are making great strives to identify new interest in art and buildings, yet little is even mentioned  of evangelism, openly.
Imagine the interest in how the bible was first printed and distribution from the 1500 era, to the computer changed version we see today on the online web search for scripture passages, by new found church people. Art and religion is growing internationally and even locally with little more then a coffee club gathering of ideas. Medieval times to the present art buildings expressed awareness of a  stone or wooden building earlier forgotten or hidden from open view beyond community where they were placed, centuries to decades ago by well meaning church going members.  Cathedral of wooden design exist today near newer stone edifice building more recent identified to visitors the signs of what a culture not well educated, yet able to appreciate visual expressions easily, meant for the inhabitants and travelers.
Hinges were a sign affixed with new paint and attention to reveal  what the church could  inside, show a better interest then we can imagine if not painted only to cover the rust, of former times that required decades of time to get that important essential quick repair. The unchurched, dechurched or Christmas and Easter Sunday people, now not coming to regular  frequent liturgy worships, deny to see faith any more then dismissal to notice the rust and worn out hardware to an old problem best not discussed. These men and women, families and single people are are not about to engage in the faith and belief conversations with undependable fear they might learn and appreciate a renewable knowledge of scripture, community and reunited interest in others.
Over the next few commentary entries on this blog, I hope to express what needs to be done by the culture of church people now to fix hinges and pews with lubricates to making the doorways of any church show a much more engaged way to words of Gods message noticeable. Communities need to clear the rust of indifference from the pews dust of a long gone generation of avid church going society or to  replace and refurbish those aged and broken steel door hinges, which is certainly important as opening the doors with oil that free's  locked fears and resentment to aged past errors.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

How important is your time.

I was in a meeting with some one when the question came up that "How important is your time?". Well let's think on that as not just the time element, but what can you do with your time, if you had to change the moments of your life for an unknown reason. Can you cope with that at the exact moment it might occur. Will you ever get to know that exact moment something will forever change the situation, what will you be able to do about that challenging fact.

I have a constant grasp of the concept where at any moment my life will be at risk of a sudden change of direction and focus which I can only accept as the most incredible circumstance to consider. I want to share with you the notion that when you have been in a situation where your life is truly at risk,through acts of unknown actions, you put your life into a sense of not fear, but wondering how to cope once the event is over in a short period of time which I refer to is the next fifth-teen minutes.

You can only understand this is not a factor which you are able to plan, prepare or get advance notice of what will happen. This is not about providence and expectations. Please understand that what is about to happen, in real terms is not something you can get ready for with certainty.

On the day I first learned of my own mortality, which was all about attempting to commit suicide, I found that my whole life and existence was in jeopardy. What I could do at that minute was an incredible profound acceptance that I had to re-position my every thought forward in time and understand that I had to break off the world of total time, into a short direct span of personal control called simply, fife-teen minutes from now. Through a step of one foot in front of the other, I was able to for a first time grasp my own control that was up until that time, beyond my will to appreciate.

Now the good news is that the event that caused me to consider life termination, is not within me now or has been revisited since that day. How I am wanting to express this for you the readers who might sense your own uncertain feelings and emotions, in a similar situation, have the ability to develop an action response capacity called the 15 minute reactions point. You will hear me call this as my 15 minutes", which is a safe guard point where I can set my mind at ease, in a hostile of out of control situation to allow me to get back my own sense of understanding and reason when stress or fears are in my mind or being placed on me, by factors or events beyond my own thoughts. This is not a safe place concept of avoidance. It is not a passive guideline, you have to relate the basic action is to get your mind, and thoughts into a setting where the rest of the things, activities and forces in your life, need to be placed into temporary control where you can prevent your thoughts from overwhelming you into anxiety or simple depression moods, by there involuntary circumstance.

On a secondary idea of the time importance, is the view of memory, related to how you use it in daily living. |Many people have difficulty with their ability to use the short term memory or extreme long term memory aspect in how they function. I overheard a conversation at a table where the discussion was about the loss of will to remember simple things like keys and appointments. As I listened the suggestion of how time and memory are my awareness. We  are easily reminded of historical moments through the media, because of documentation these events, however we seldom make our own journals of our lives as they are so busy with postmodern living needs.

Now as I was listening the thought came that prayers and reflective study are not commonly used in the personal lives of most people anymore as they are inhibited to allow themselves the ability to slow their routines and responsibilities so they can even think  of a moment to make those journal notes to review later. I use a day planner and a diary for many things and reasons and can with good sense relate what happened on a given time line with some accuracy over the past decade with little things and major events and facts. In that way I can normally recall the details, however I too lose the car keys and a few other things, so it is common as we develop in our years to get off track.

The couple as well covered the loss of what in the future is to become when they are advanced in age and how they would or would not relate to the time of now and here, as a problem. Here is the component I want to say is primary to the situation. They are so worried about a future and a related recent past they can not accept the concept of slowing their minds down to allow them to enjoy and understand 15 minutes of now as the necessary step to better knowledge of their lives. I was in a reflective state during that listening over the table talk to be aware that the discussion was of some importance to what is being written now so that I could recall it was two days ago and was important enough to be present at arms distance to hear the dialogue and relate it on to you.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

THE DISCUSSION ON URBAN OR RURAL CHURCH DEVELOPMENT

Basically these concepts are about urban populations and communities. Isolated and remote locations are often without because they are not added into the composition of the discussion. I live in a semi remote region of the Pacific NW Canada where we have a 1000 inhabitant population and 3000 non permanent community. Our parish finds new ways in a dual sense liturgy, and a strong laity to function support the needs both seasonally and annually. The role is not about who, when and during that makes a cultural mobile faith work. It is the purpose of how, where, what and why the neighborhood is most in need, or willing to share that is often lost in urban settings. When you look at the real goals and objectives, anywhere, seek to be within 20 blocks of the worship center for who is most likely to come, with their petitions and requirements. Too far is not the end state. What you can touch, reach and sense, determines your capabilities.
Far more work is necessary to draw attention to the remote faith communities where fewer church organizations have left the scene, for urban crisis roles. A greater purpose can be found in the rural and remote regions where larger families can be afforded the services, support and care, for these areas have been left unattended and removed from the traditional plans of christian business planners.
A recent article in the Anglican Journal lends the thought of how to serve remote locations and populations with communion from the hands of laity. The emphasis arguments are viewed that clergy are only capable of sacramental ability, as laity are far too unable to perform this duty.
The earliest of apostles numbered 3000 plus as scripture claims and Jesus Christ commissioned them with the power, authority and mission to share the feast of Eucharist, or the bread, wine and message of faith with the assistance of a Holy Spirit from God to enable them to be God's hands, mind and heart.
I am a strong advocate of learning, instruction and guidance of the role and presentation of communion in proper circumstance. I have served with padres many gun pit Eucharistic services, over my 40 years in the military. I have no reason to change the guidelines, however when two or more are gathered in his name, God is present also to which I say all who are by baptism willing are able to in the necessary purpose in clergy absence.
My conclusion is that the Anglican Church of Canada's recent paper on this subject is sound, reasonable direction and guidance, and Diocese Synods should enact this document, for the greater good of remote and isolated communities, and also to expand the liturgy where clergy are absent for more that 30 days at a time, to provide for laity appointed parish leaders to serve the very aspect they are called to do, Pioneer Mission people.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Now the real effort of a Celtic Centurion can begin

We as a body in faith often find the path we want is not what the rest of the people see, sense of understand. The needs of walking in faith can begin with standing in one place and a simple prayer can build the dream into a reality. I know you might sense this as strange or difficult. My expression of a community build is about the will to like scripture asks, seek a place where people will come they know the voice of a master shepherds call. Be still and you will find your flock for they know your voice and will come to share the grace of mercy, the will of the spirit and Love of God.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

MAYNE MISSION MARCH 2015

We often view religion and theology they are like a doctor who see his/her patients in an office with little background to the lives they are living beyond the medical cubicle examination room. The patient reads the prescription like a word they can not pronounce or understand. 

These are the dosages of theology, which often are very good for us, when taken with attention to the side affects they are likely to cause as the body, mind and spirit absorbs the words and spirit absorbs the years of dosage

What I am interested in is how people react, in the following days as the continued pioneer mission works to inner action after the actual ( Sermon, worship service) to move about in the community.

People If you watch carefully enough you will observe several noticeable things. I take the approach of the community deacon, who looks at the conditions of the person, before and in many cases after liturgy is read or presented in the context of what the scripture (dose) might change or alteration to the the lives of that individual, to see the difference of that person in the ways the teaching and learning took effect to improve or alter a life.

I take pride in being a laity inspired open mission leader like a shepherd in the fields of Christian mission, not to inhibit people but to enable them to know someone cares what the scriptures sustain for them and us all. This is a role I feel allows me to share with the people of the Mayne and other Gulf Islands.

One of the many concerns we have as a community is the needs for all ages and medical issue to gain access to fresh nutrition at least weekly. I want to begin 2015 making presentation, or leading workshops on how to achieve this in all parts of the Gulf and Vancouver Island locations. Do you have a group or club that would give me an hour to come and present my ideas for your membership to open their own food support project.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

MARCH 2015 -MAYNE ISLAND MONTH ONE

I am sending out this blog note, with a sense of excitement and pleasure after the few steps and motions of a new to us home. We arrived on Mayne Island on Feb 3, 2015 to a lot of home and some work to get it ready to live in. Over the next few days we learned how unique and functionable the whole house would become with some effort. Certainly the home had needs and renovations to the electrical system that will increase some changes and living skills. I went to Victoria for a few days and returned to a shell of renovations and a new electrical panel that has the 200 A capacity. Now come the future cabinets and counters to be installed, with flooring to improve the appearance. I hope you all will keep in touch for the next version of the blog.


Friday, January 16, 2015

ACCOUNTING A FAITH

While the counting of people is a view of value, like an account balance, the ANGLICAN expression is about  even more. Parishes are closing in some areas as people migrate, yet the body of individuals doing things inside the parish and community remains an incredible experience. I sense the real work of the body and mind of the Anglican faith in Canada is alive, vibrant with will and determination. When we all renew our hopes and wishes with rolled up sleeves and strength, what is can stop us in our quest for scripture, tradition and a reason to be a community of belief in each other.

The question for us today as in 1965, remains how to make our hopes, religion and expression the will of us, now today while sharing the gifts with three generations: teenagers and youth 17-27, young family members 27-47, who want a seat at our tables, and finally a generation of mature people who have not loss faith, just tired of waiting for parishes to grow, where clearly a vibrant plant of Anglican beauty still offer fruits of faith, bread of affirmation and waters of refreshment to our body, soul, spirit and mind, in love of  trinity in action.

Before you all think I am silly, read though my comments. Where is a church a building, structure or location? When you make the institution about who you share, life, adventures, stress, ideas, worship and meals as the base of your role in a community, that group prospers. You can not hold them back from the pain, joys, prayers, words and deeds in how they interact. Invite all to the table of Eucharist,  and seldom will anyone not be fed by the body of Christ, the cup of salvation and renewal. However worship is not solely acts or actions. When we depart the location with a prayer of thanks on our lips and minds, then walk the streets of any town, city or open area you will find ways to share that gift of faith. Accounting is for business, or agencies to gauge values and profit or loss. We have a no need or benefit to a ledger sheet to determine our  faith. It is alive, and ready to do amazing things when we move in ways to give others care, consideration and some love, by faith in various expressions.