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We honour St Matthew’s Abbotsford today…

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My previous congregation was St Matthew’s Abbotsford where I served from 1982 to 1987.  They are a wonderful Christ-centered Spirit-filled congregation that are being evicted today from their premises. I honour their Rector the Rev Mike Stewart, their Bishop the Right Reverend Dr Trevor Walters, and their people for showing the courage of their convictions. They, like our congregation St. Simons’ NV did over six years ago, are putting their faith into action, and showing the world that the Gospel matters more than buildings. Everything has to be laid at the foot of the cross. They are in the words of Hebrews 10:34 ‘joyfully accepting the confiscation of their property’ for the sake of Jesus Christ and his Word.

The people of St Matthew’s will be leaving their old building and process to their new premises at Grace Church where they will be worshipping for the forseeable future.

Grace Church 2087 McMillan Road Abbotsford

Letter from Mike Stewart (July 6, 2011)

My Dear Brothers and Sisters of Saint Matthew’s

But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your Name may exult in you. For you bless the righteous, O LORD; you cover him with favor as with a shield (Psalm 5. 11, 12).

Today has been yet another milestone in our life together as a Christian community. Within a few hours, our belongings were moved to our new home at Grace Church! People turned up in their cars, vans and trucks ready and willing to transport our stuff, and within a few hours we were done. It has been a real blessing in the midst of much grief to see us pulling together in so many ways as a family of God’s beloved people. Over the past few weeks we have been packing and loading boxes, drinking coffee and eating cookies together, praying for one another and generally assuring one another that God is with us and that He continues to guide us and will provide for us. God bless you all for the Godly and exemplary way in which you have dealt with this major transition in our life and witness as a Church! Your light shines brightly for all to see.

There are still a few things to highlight as our time of departure draws nearer.

– Our Service of departure, Solemn Procession to Grace Church and Holy Eucharist begins in our current location this Sunday (July 10th) at 12.30pm. We are anticipating a very large number of people from the community and beyond who are coming to support us and walk with us. We have had so many messages of support from Churches in our Diocese and Province, and from local Churches in Abbotsford and the Abbotsford Christian Leaders Network.  Some of these messages will be read out on Sunday.

– Beginning on Sunday July 17th we are holding one Sunday Service only at 8.30am. This Service will be a Holy Eucharist with children’s ministry, using the new liturgy that your Clergy have carefully and prayerfully put together.


Author: edhird

I am the Rector of St. Simon's Church North Vancouver, B.C., having served there since 1987. Ordained in 1980, I have also served at St. Philip's Vancouver and St. Matthew's Abbotsford. My wife Janice and I have three sons James, Mark, and Andrew. I was the Past President and Chaplain for Alpha Canada. While serving as the National Chair for Anglican Renewal Ministries of Canada, I was one of three co-signers of the Montreal Declaration of Anglican Essentials http://www3.telus.net/st_simons/arm05.htm For the past 31 years, I have been privileged to write over 400 articles as a columnist on spiritual issues for local North Vancouver newspapers. In the last number of years, I have had the opportunity to lead conferences and retreats in Honduras, Rwanda, Washington State, BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland, and Toronto. My sequel Restoring Health: body, mind and spirit, with a foreword by Dr JI Packer, is online with Amazon.com in both paperback http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/097820221X/ref=redir_mdp_mobile and ebook form http://tiny.cc/tanhmx . In Canada, Amazon.ca has it available in paperback http://tiny.cc/dknhmx and ebook http://tiny.cc/wmhmmx . 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: http://tiny.cc/vj3bmx . Indigo also offers the Kobo ebook version: http://tiny.cc/kreonx . You can also obtain it through ITunes as an IBook: http://tiny.cc/1ukiox The book 'Restoring Health: body, mind and spirit' 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 North Americans can embrace a holistically healthy life. In order to obtain a 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. For more info, please click on www3.telus.net/st_simons/nsnews030.html

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