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Gene Packwood
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Septuagenarian, by the grace of God.
Septuagenarian, by the grace of God.

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On Not Seeing Yet Believeing: today’s By the Way column in the Medicine Hat News
Bright Week is what the Orthodox Church calls the week after Easter. This week is Bright Week for us. What a lovely name! According to our Easter timeline, last weekend the Risen Jesus beamed himself through a locked door to stand among his fearful disciple...
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Bible Prayer Points for Lenten Ember Day Three
That it is St Matthias Day today in the BCP calendar caught me by surprise this morning having already posted the Ember Day readings from the Daily Office in both BCP and BAS lectionaries earlier. Not to worry, they’re all good and profitable and for traini...
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Lenten Ember Day One: Wednesday—Anglican Renewal Ministries Canada Call to Prayer
It begins again. Wednesday, the first of the Lenten Ember Days. The morning Book of Common Prayer readings include the final verses of Matthew 26 where Peter denies Jesus. Uncomfortable on any day, but especially on an Ember Day when I’m really trying to be...
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Lenten Ember Days of Solemn Prayer
Last Sunday, the First in Lent, our priest called us to worship using the following Exhortation:  Brethren, in the primitive Church it was the custom to observe with great devotion the days of our Lord’s Passion and Resurrection, and to prepare for the same...
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Getting Back to Basics: an Excerpt from the Winter 2017 Issue of Anglicans for Renewal
From the ARM Chair Since the last issue, I have enjoyed opportunities to share some time with the Calgary Chapter of the Anglican Fellowship of Prayer, and the Synod of the Diocese of Athabasca. It was delightful and encouraging. Anglicans are alive and wel...
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What If God Loves You?: a Short Sermon for Christmas Eve - with Reference to Isa 9:2-7, Titus 2:11-14 and Luke 2:1-20
The Christmas Eve Homily at StB in 2011. What if God loves you?  What if Caesar Augustus issuing that census decree  which sent Joseph and Mary off on the road to Bethlehem,  expecting a child,  and the baby being born and wrapped and placed in a manger bec...
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Putting On the Armour of Light: Advent Ember Days of Prayer and Fasting for the Anglican Church—Prayers at Mid-Day
One of them in the BCP is this: And I, if I be lifted up, will draw all men unto me. BLESSED Saviour, who at this hour didst hang upon the cross stretching out thy loving arms: Grant that all mankind may look unto thee and be saved; who livest and reignest ...
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Putting On the Armour of Light: Advent Ember Days of Prayer and Fasting for the Anglican Church—Day Three
Well this will reveal the super spiritual saints among us! Who fasts two days from Christmas? And the awful thing is, even if we we are feeling a little full of ourselves because we do, we can’t tell anyone lest we lose our reward! (Mt 6.16-18) Sigh. Fastin...
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Putting On the Armour of Light: Advent Ember Days of Prayer and Fasting for the Anglican Church—Day Two of Three
Today is the second of the three Advent Ember Days of Solemn prayer and fasting for the Church (See the post on the first day  here ).  The rubrics for THE ADVENT EMBER DAYS BEING THE WEDNESDAY FRIDAY AND SATURDAY AFTER THE THIRD SUNDAY IN ADVENT state the ...
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Good News! Help is On the Way—Today’s By the Way column for the Medicine Hat News
Kim Jong Un has just claimed “nuclear completion,” whatever that means, after North Korea tested its latest missile. Today’s equivalent of sabres continue to be noisily rattled and brandished around the globe. Women and children continue to be victimized, t...
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