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Thanking God for the Angus Reid Institute

By Rev. Dr. Ed Hird

Faith and Religion in Public Life: Canadians deeply divided over the role of faith in the public square

On this 150th Anniversary of Canada, I am grateful for the role of Angus Reid and the Angus Reid Institute in helping Canadians understand themselves better.

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Most research on Faith and Religion has been drawn from American sources which is often a different socio-economic and religious mix.  Because Canada is both 1/10th the population of the USA while geographically larger, there are unique challenges in measuring the Canadian mindset.  While we have many similarities to Americans, it often plays out differently. Americans often feel closest to Canadians, but sometimes miss our uniqueness, assuming that American values are fully expressed in Canada.  Part of the reason why Americans often know less about Canada is because Canadians are seen as relatively harmless and peaceful, in contrast to other more troubling areas of the world. I particularly valued the measuring by province, having lived in both BC and Quebec.

To learn more about the Angus Reid Institute’s latest research on Faith and Religion in the Canadian Public Square, click on Faith in the Public Square.

 

The Rev. Dr. Ed Hird, Rector

St. Simon’s Church North Vancouver

Anglican Mission in Canada

-an article for the October 2017 Deep Cove Crier and Light Magazine

-The sequel book Restoring Health: body, mind and spirit is available online with Amazon.com in both paperback andebook form.  Dr. JI Packer wrote the foreword, saying “I heartily commend what he has written.” The book focuses on strengthening a new generation of healthy leaders. Drawing on examples from Titus’ healthy leadership in the pirate island of Crete, it shows how we can embrace a holistically healthy life.

In Canada, Amazon.ca has the book available in paperback and ebook. It is also posted on Amazon UK (paperback and ebook), Amazon France (paperback and ebook), and Amazon Germany (paperback and ebook).

Restoring Health is also available online on Barnes and Noble in both paperback and Nook/ebook form.  Nook gives a sample of the book to read online.

Indigo also offers the paperback and the Kobo ebook version.  You can also obtain it through ITunes as an IBook.

To receive a signed copy within North America, just send a $20 cheque (USD/CAN) to ED HIRD, 102 – 15168 19th Avenue, Surrey, BC, V4A 0A5, Canada.

– In order to obtain a signed copy of the prequel book Battle for the Soul of Canada, please send a $18.50 cheque to ED HIRD, 102 – 15168 19th Avenue, Surrey, BC, V4A 0A5. For mailing the book to the USA, please send $20.00 USD.  This can also be done by PAYPAL using the e-mail ed_hird@telus.net . Be sure to list your mailing address. The Battle for the Soul of Canada e-book can be obtained for $4.99 CDN/USD.

-Click to purchase the Companion Bible Study by Jan Cox (for the Battle of the Soul of Canada) in both paperback and Kindle on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca 

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Overflowing with Hope, Serving One Another

Rev Dr Ed Hird preaching a Facebook Live message from Joshua 24 “Overflowing with Hope, Serving One Another” How can we grow in the area of serving others? What idols or addictions do we need to get rid of in order to better serve JESUS and one another?

St Simon’s meets at Maplewood School, 420 Seymour River Place, by Maplewood Farms. Please repost.

Our mailing address is 114-1151 Mount Seymour Road, North Vancouver, BC, V7H 2Y4

If you enjoyed this message, you can support the work of St. Simon’s ministry & mission at https://www.canadahelps.org/dn/13140


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Serving One Another

By the Rev. Dr. Ed Hird

Recently my wife Janice and I had the privilege of attending a dance at a Legion.  For many years, we have worn a poppy each November 11th.  It helps us remember and reflect on the great sacrifices by so many that we might be free.  It is so easy to take freedom and security for granted.  Freedom and democracy are a precious gift from God that must never be treated lightly.  We wear a poppy ‘lest we forget’.

Peninsula Remembrance DayEach November 11th, we have the privilege of remembering and giving thanks for those who served in the Armed Services.  My 93-year-old father served for four years during World War II in the Air Force.  My Uncle Reg served in the Army.  My other Uncle, Don, served in the Navy.  Service is a great privilege.  Service breaks through our selfishness.  It is so easy to let life become all about ourselves.  Service expresses the truth that other-centeredness keeps us healthy.  When my great uncle Harry died while serving in World War I, a kind chaplain sent the following note to my grandmother:

“Dear Miss Williams, I dare say you have heard the sad news of the death of your brother Private H.C.W. Williams who was killed in action on the morning of November 6th.  He did not suffer as death was instantaneous. No doubt you will feel the loss of your dear brother very much as it is hard to part with those we love; but it is a consolation to know he did his duty faithfully and died in a righteous cause.  He gave his life for others.  And ‘greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.’ I pray that God will comfort you in your sad bereavement and may you find his grace sufficient in your hour of need.  Cast your cares on the Lord and he shall sustain you.  With Deepest Sympathy, Yours sincerely, Alex Ketterson, Chaplain 29th Canadians, B.E.F.”

My Grandmother (whom we called Nana) held on to this deeply comforting note.  She sadly lost both of her brothers within one year during WW1.  For my grandmother, doing one’s duty was deeply important.  Each of us have the duty to serve one another, not just on Remembrance Day but every day of the year.  Serving one another is at the heart of true love.  As Chaplain Ketterson said, quoting Jesus, there is no greater love than laying down your life for others.

Martin Luther King memorably said: “Anyone can be great because anyone can serve.”  King laid down his life for the sake of racial reconciliation and equality. One of my heroes, E. Stanley Jones, taught that the future belongs to those who belong to others in loving service.  What if our lives became known for loving service?  My prayer for those reading this article is that we might joyfully commit ourselves to the duty of serving one another, of laying down our lives that others might thrive.

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Rev. Dr. Ed Hird, Rector

St. Simon’s Church North Vancouver

Anglican Mission in Canada

-an article for the November 2017 Deep Cove Crier

-The sequel book Restoring Health: body, mind and spirit is available online with Amazon.com in both paperback andebook form.  Dr. JI Packer wrote the foreword, saying “I heartily commend what he has written.” The book focuses on strengthening a new generation of healthy leaders. Drawing on examples from Titus’ healthy leadership in the pirate island of Crete, it shows how we can embrace a holistically healthy life.

In Canada, Amazon.ca has the book available in paperback and ebook. It is also posted on Amazon UK (paperback and ebook), Amazon France (paperback and ebook), and Amazon Germany (paperback and ebook).

Restoring Health is also available online on Barnes and Noble in both paperback and Nook/ebook form.  Nook gives a sample of the book to read online.

Indigo also offers the paperback and the Kobo ebook version.  You can also obtain it through ITunes as an IBook.

To receive a signed copy within North America, just send a $20 cheque (USD/CAN) to ED HIRD, 102 – 15168 19th Avenue, Surrey, BC, V4A 0A5, Canada.

– In order to obtain a signed copy of the prequel book Battle for the Soul of Canada, please send a $18.50 cheque to ED HIRD, 102 – 15168 19th Avenue, Surrey, BC, V4A 0A5. For mailing the book to the USA, please send $20.00 USD.  This can also be done by PAYPAL using the e-mail ed_hird@telus.net . Be sure to list your mailing address. The Battle for the Soul of Canada e-book can be obtained for $4.99 CDN/USD.

-Click to purchase the Companion Bible Study by Jan Cox (for the Battle of the Soul of Canada) in both paperback and Kindle on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca 


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All You Need is Love…

Rev Dr Ed Hird preaching a Facebook Live message from Psalm 107 “Valuing the Gift Of Steadfast Love”.

Do you know anyone who suffers from a love deficit?

St Simon’s meets at Maplewood School, 420 Seymour River Place, by Maplewood Farms. Please repost.

Our mailing address is 114-1151 Mount Seymour Road, North Vancouver, BC, V7H 2Y4

If you enjoyed this message, you can support the work of St. Simon’s ministry & mission at https://www.canadahelps.org/dn/13140


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Rev Dr Ed Hird preaching a Facebook Live (click to watch) message from Psalm 90 “Dwelling in Our Dwelling Place”

St Simon’s meets at Maplewood School, 420 Seymour River Place, by Maplewood Farms. Please repost. http://www.stsimonschurch.ca Our mailing address is 114-1151 Mount Seymour Road, North Vancouver, BC, V7H 2Y4

If you were blessed by this message, you can give a thank-offering online.


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Choosing Presence in a Distracted World

Rev Dr Ed Hird preaching a Facebook Live (click to watch) message from Exodus 33:12-23 “Choosing Presence in a Distracted World”

St Simon’s meets at Maplewood School, 420 Seymour River Place, by Maplewood Farms. Please repost. http://www.stsimonschurch.ca Our mailing address is 114-1151 Mount Seymour Road, North Vancouver, BC, V7H 2Y4

If you were blessed by this message, you can give a thank-offering online at offering online.