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April Yamasaki
Works at Emmanuel Mennonite Church
Attended Regent College
Lives in Abbotsford, B.C. Canada
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Work
Occupation
Pastor, Writer
Employment
  • Emmanuel Mennonite Church
    Lead Pastor, present
  • Writer
    present
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Currently
Abbotsford, B.C. Canada
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I'm a writer and pastor who loves encouraging people on the journey of faith.
Introduction
My website is Writing and Other Acts of Faith, and features weekly articles on everyday acts of faith, like choosing faith instead of worry, finding a healthy rhythm of work and rest, how to pray on difficult days, and other articles on practical spirituality. Find out more at http://www.aprilyamasaki.com/about/.
Bragging rights
Twenty-two years of pastoral ministry with the same congregation! Four books published in three years: Sacred Pauses: Spiritual Practices for Personal Renewal (Herald Press, 2013), Ordinary Time with Jesus (CSS Publishing, 2014), my Sacred Pauses daybook (with Lois Siemens, Loishelen Designs, 2014), Spark: Igniting Your God-Given Creativity (forthcoming, 2015).
Education
  • Regent College
    Master of Christian Studies
  • University of British Columbia
    Bachelor of Arts, Political Science
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Choosing a word for the year isn't so much about the one word. For me it means choosing an orientation, an attitude, a priority. Create is my word for 2017. What's yours?
I’ve been trying to find just the right word for 2017, since I loved wonder as my word for 2016. I read I Asked for Wonder by Abraham Joshua Heschel, and found much to ponder in his writings:…
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On Being An Imposter at the Academy - a personal/pastoral reflection
I love so much about the annual meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature and American Academy of Religion (SBLAAR). I love the way they’re in a different city each year, and this year I…
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Several weeks ago I received an email from the managing editor of Canadian Mennonite seeking permission to print one of my church employment articles as a sidebar for a feature story. You’ll …
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Praise as an act of defiance - Dan Epp-Tiessen
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits– (Psalm 103:1-2, New Revised Standard Vers…
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Five years ago, I preached on the temptation of Jesus in Matthew 4, and how we sometimes treat life as a test for God. So…if my husband is healed of cancer, then hurrah!–God passes the …
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One of the gifts I received this season has been a series of Advent devotionals sent to me by Frank Klassen, a good friend and now pastor of Trinity Pacific Church. Written in collaboration with Je…
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Only 15% of Canadians attend worship services on a weekly basis, so some might well wonder what's wrong with the church? At the same time, some congregations continue to flourish. So the Flourishing Congregations Institute focuses on what's going right in Canadian churches with a view to sharing their research to assist individuals, churches, and society at large.
What’s wrong with the church? Only 15% of Canadians attend worship services on a weekly basis. Fewer young families and young people remain engaged. Donation budgets are in decline. Aging bui…
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I've collected the helpful counsel we've received over the last number of months. What's missing? Can you help us and others by adding to my list, sharing your story or word of encouragement?
Since I shared my husband’s painful job loss, I’ve received many emails and other private messages from people who have also experienced difficult endings in their employment. Five, six…
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Celebrating 23 years of pastoral ministry with some sabbatical time and sharing what I'm learning over the years.
As of last Easter Sunday, I’ve now been pastoring in my congregation for 23 years! I didn’t mention that in my Easter sermon since I wanted every precious minute to focus on the resurre…
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Come, Lord Jesus, the comfort and joy of Christmas,

Come, Lord Jesus, the suffering servant of Lent,

Come, Lord Jesus, the risen King of Easter,

I come to you.
One Lent, when my mom was in the hospital and I was spending significant time with her there, I took a break for a late lunch by myself at a nearby Japanese restaurant. While I waited for my bowl o…
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Enjoyed a few days in "Winterpeg" speaking on Spiritual Renewal in Changing Times for Mennonite Church Manitoba. Many thanks for your hospitality and for the opportunity to spend this time together. May God continue to renew and restore you!
When I signed my book contract with Abingdon Press, we agreed on a deadline of April 30, I arranged for a two-month study leave from pastoral ministry to help me finish my manuscript on time, and I…
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