THE DUST OF YOUR FEET

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 | Uncategorized

Some Canadian Anglicans do it right:

It was a historic moment in Ottawa as a subdued crowd of about 300 filed out of St. Alban’s Anglican Church on King Edward Avenue on Sunday, leaving behind a place where some have roots going back to Confederation.

Founded in 1865, the church where Sir John A. Macdonald worshipped has been in the spotlight ever since a showdown over same-sex marriage and other issues led the congregation of St. Alban’s to leave the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa, and, after a bitter battle, the building they have called home for 146 years.

“This is kind of historic. We’re in a new era,” said Sheila Lang, 79, as her grandchildren — the seventh generation of her family to attend the church — played in the reception hall of the Ottawa Little Theatre, where the congregation, now called the Church of the Messiah, will meet until it finds a permanent home. Meanwhile, the diocese will establish a new congregation at St. Alban’s, with a relaunch planned for Friday.

The move is historic in a broader sense, Ms. Lang added: “This is a societal shift,” in which traditional Christian values are “eroding and we see the church trying to accommodate the eroding values.

“But we are not deviating…. We stand on the Bible and the Word of God.”

“Legally, canonically and morally we believe that we own St. Alban’s,” Rev. Sinclair said, but faced with a time-consuming and expensive legal ordeal, he and the rector of St. George’s opted for mediation, under which his church got cash in return for vacating the building. (St. George’s kept their building, but it is now called St. Peter and St. Paul’s Anglican Church.)

Dead solid perfect, as sportswriter Dan Jenkins once put it.  That’s the way it should be done.  When you finally come to the realization of just how spiritually corrupt official North American Anglicanism has become, don’t waste time fighting for buildings and grounds.  Just walk away to whatever God has in store for you.  After all, there’s a precedent for it.

Now the LORD said  to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.  And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.  I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

17 Comments to THE DUST OF YOUR FEET

Ed the Roman
June 28, 2011

Wonder where the diocese keeps its emergency spare congregations.

Robbo
June 28, 2011

“In case of schism, break glass”

Whitestone
June 28, 2011

The Way of Life is difficult, humble and costly and not many choose it.

There are many who choose the other way that looks smooth, pretty and easy but turns out to be the wrong way and is deadly treacherous indeed.

Katherine
June 28, 2011

Good for them. May the LORD bless them.

FW Ken
June 28, 2011

Part of the revisionist theme is that if they keep the buildings, they will keep a significant number of the people.

Apparently not in all cases. God bless these folks indeed!

Truth Unites... and Divides
June 28, 2011

THE DUST OF YOUR FEET

Dust is a good thing for the liberal revisionists to suck on.

CarolynP
June 28, 2011

EtR, good question. One suspects that the property will be quietly sold to the mooslims later.

Maureen
June 28, 2011

“Zoar” would be a good name for the new church. :)

We have a Zoar Village Historical Site down south of here. The name always stuck in my mind.

Maureen
June 28, 2011

Er… up north. Must go beddy-bye now.

Jedinovice
June 29, 2011

I say this with sadness but…

Back in 2000 I had one guy obsessed with Germany telling me how awful the UK was, and another obsessed with the USA how awful the country was. My national pride wounded I went on a journey to find what was good, noble and true in the UK.

After a year of searching I gave up. It was clear to me that no notion of religion or morality in any meaningful sense existed in the country. The remnants of ages past were dying out and the Government was actively killing anything that did not match its socialist Utopian ideals. I also recognised things had gone so far that active persecution of Christians was inevitable. It was a matter of when and not if.

In 2002 I walked in, almost by accident, on a meeting of Filipinos. My world changed at that moment. My first visit to the Philippines confirmed for me where the future was, not just economically but socially, morally and spiritually. It was in South East Asia. Five more visits out since have only confirmed that opinion.

I head out in a number of weeks. Persecution of Christians in the UK – to Soviet Union level – is now inevitable. The Sexual Orientation Regulations 2006 saw to that. It is now just a legal mopping up exercise before closure of the Churches. I give it about a year. Two at the outside.

God willing, I will be able to raise us children to be missionaries to come back and help re-evangelise after the collapse. But, for the sake of my family, I gotta go.

Sad but I will even look out the window for a lost glimpse of London Heathrow. I, too, will be shaking the dust off my feet.

Allen Lewis
June 29, 2011

Good for them! They did it right, not that my opinion on the matter has any significance at all!

sybil marshall
June 29, 2011

Now they are free….God be with them, as I am sure He will.

Bill in Ottawa
June 29, 2011

It was a very good service. We are sad to leave the home that we occupied on a temporary basis for over 140 years, but we now have a new temporary home and will likely have a few more.

The Diocese may run into some problems when it tries to do something with the building. A former tenant, the Anglican Social Services Centre is slated to move back in which may provide enough income to maintain it. The difficulty in selling the building is that the deed is held in trust by the Incumbent and Wardens for the furtherance of the worship and doctrine of the Church of England.

A peripheral use like the ASSC may be acceptable but selling it for use outside the terms of the deed may be a problem. There are still a few people in our congregation that will be monitoring the situation and will likely hold them to the deed.

The Anglican Church of the Messiah Ottawa (the congregation had to come up with a new name pursuant to the legal settlement) has been growing over the past 25 years along with our sister church, St. Peter and St. Paul. The remaining parishes in the diocese are either maintaining or shrinking.

Please pray for us to continue that growth as we begin to worship in our new temporary home.

LaVallette
June 29, 2011

“God willing, I will be able to raise us children to be missionaries to come back and help re-evangelise after the collapse.”

God in his Infinite Wisdom and Mercy has already started the process with large numbers of priests from India Africa and the Philippines, ministering to Catholics in the West!!

And guess who is objecting? The trendy, Liberal “Imbued with the Spirit of Vatican II” dissenting Pseudo Catholics angered at the thought that the wasteland they have created is being treated as Missionary Land in stead of the “do what you will heaven on earth focused on the senses” of their rancid dreams/

Truth Unites... and Divides
June 30, 2011

God bless you Jedinovice as you take of your family.

If you read this, will you drop me a line at “truthunites@hotmail.com”?

Dr. Mabuse
June 30, 2011

The article I read in the Ottawa Citizen stated that the diocese is going to “relaunch” the parish on Friday, which is tomorrow. (Why not a Sunday?) It struck me as an odd day to choose, because July 1 is Canada Day, our national holiday. And Prince William and Kate have just arrived in Ottawa and will be attending the ceremonies on Parliament Hill. It seems to me you couldn’t have picked a day less likely to attract either a crowd or public notice – and I half suspect that that’s part of the idea. The diocese might not want to raise great expectations that are certain to be disappointed.

Toral
July 1, 2011

Both sides here, ANiC and the diocese, acted in their own economic interests and avoided blowing hundreds of thousands of dollars on lawsuits. It’s rare that you get two opposing parties willing to act this way at the same time in these North American disputes.

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