Vocational Discernment Weekend

9-11 November, Centre Culturel St Thomas, nr. Robertsau.
God calls each of us to service and to a variety of ministries – in the church, in our workplace, in our home communities and beyond. God calls us each in different ways and at different times in our lives. How is God calling me? is the topic of a Vocational Discernment Weekend to take place from 9th to 11th November at the Centre Culturel St Thomas in Strasbourg. This event is sponsored by the Episcopal/ Anglican churches in Europe and takes place annually in different locations in Europe.
This year’s retreat will be led by Br Samuel, a Franciscan brother of the (Anglican) Society of St Francis. You are invited to come and explore with him and others how to discern the divine will for your life. Indicate your interest in attending this event by speaking to Fr Mark.

Marks of Mission of the Anglican Communion

 

Fifth Mark of Mission of the Anglican Communion: to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth.
Cinquième Marque de la Mission de la Communion Anglicane :  travailler pour la sauvegarde de l’intégrité de la création et soutenir et renouveler la vie de la terre.
The Philippines was once one of the loveliest places on earth. It is now  experiencing some of the most brutal consequences of climate change…  Climate justice is what the people need …  If we partake of the Eucharist, we must be willing to become eucharist for others: blessed, broken and  given for the life of the world.’

Bishop Jonathan Casimina, Diocese of Davao in the Episcopal Church in the Philippines

‘The destruction of the earth’s environment is the human rights challenge of our time… We cannot maintain a liveable temperature and climate for humanity, if we burn more than a fraction of the fossil fuels that have already been discovered … we can no longer continue in this way if there is no tomorrow – or there will be no tomorrow.’

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Archbishop emeritus of Cape Town, South Africa

‘The decisions we make today are critical in ensuring a safe and sustainable world for everyone, both now and in the future.’

Debra Roberts, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Visit the Anglican Communion Environmental Network

http://acen.anglicancommunion.org

Understanding our faith: La liturgie chrétienne.

Offrande dans la liturgie de l’Eglise
La « liturgie », qu’est-ce que c’est ?  Oui, c’est un culte public institué par l’Église, mais d’autant plus c’est tout simplement ce que nous faisons en tant que le people de Dieu. L’origine du terme remonte au mot grec qui signifie une action faite en public pour le service du peuple.
Dans la Grèce antique, le mot désignait l’action des plus riches citoyens qui finançaient l’organisation des fêtes, des grands événements ou des campagnes militaires à travers lesquels les moins riches en profitaient. Dans l’Empire romain, il désignait le service des évergètes qui participaient à l’embellissement de la cité et à l’organisation de jeux et de fêtes, aux distributions gratuites de blé ou d’argent et à la construction de monuments ou d’édifices religieux et de routes.
Les traducteurs de l’Ancien Testament en grec ont choisi d’employer ce terme pour désigner le culte rendu au Dieu d’Israël. Ils avaient l’idée que le culte est le service le plus éminent que l’on rend à Dieu au nom du peuple. Le Nouveau Testament considère que les offrandes d’un prêtre et les services sacerdotaux étaient des « liturgies » dans ce sens.
Qu’est-ce que c’est donc la liturgie chrétienne ? C’est le lieu d’une double action : action du peuple pour son Dieu + action de Dieu pour son peuple. Donc les chrétiens y rencontrent Dieu. Cela se traduit concrètement par toutes formes de prière ou de célébration ainsi que la célébration des sacrements. Dieu agit au cœur de chaque célébration : il y est présent, il est celui qui convoque, qui invite à la prière et qui distribue ses dons.
                                                           + Vénuste MutigandaUndersta

Prière œcuménique au Temple Neuf

Effata – Ouvre-toi !
Effate  – c’est le thème cette année pour les célébrations de prière œcuménique qui auront lieu les premiers dimanches du mois au Temple Neuf. Celles-ci rassembleront mensuellement chrétiens de toute confession – anglicane, catholique, orthodoxe et protestante – de 18h à 19h pour manifester leur unité et prier que cette unité soit de plus en plus réaliser de nos jours.
Christians of all confessions – Anglican, Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant – will be gathering monthly at the Temple Neuf on first Sundays from 6 to 7 pm to pray for Christian unity. This year’s theme is Effate – Be opened, recalling Jesus’ opening the ears and mouth of the deaf-mute man in Mark’s Gospel.
Next meetings:    Sunday 4 November, 18.00 – 19.00h
                               Sunday 2 December, 18.00 – 19.00h

 

Tuesday Prayers – Come Join Us !

Mark Barwick writes:
All are welcome to come to the Chaplaincy flat, 12 avenue de la Forêt Noire, every Tuesday from 18h30 to 19h30 for a time to pray. Whether you are new to prayer, frustrated with prayer or an experienced practitioner, you will find a place alongside others in all simplicity and in a spirit of mutual encouragement. If you are not able to join us physically, you can pray with us and for us where you are. You can also leave your requests for prayer in the box at the back of the church.

Favourite Hymns

Can you tell us your favourite hymns?    Do you miss singing a hymn that you especially love?   Send in your favourites from the two hymnals currently in use – or from any other song book – and we will do our best in incorporate them into our worship on 15th July.
Nous chanterons vos hymnes préférés le 15 juillet !
Send your selection at least a week in  advance to anglican.chaplaincy.strasbourg@gmail.com or by calling 03 69 57 40 03.

Data Protection at St. Alban’s

St Alban’s is reviewing its communications policies in respect to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). To this end we are asking you to complete a form that aims to verify the information that we have and to register your permission to be in contact with you. We appreciate very much your cooperation in this matter.
St Alban est en train de revoir ses politiques de communication en vue du Règlement général sur la protection des données (RGDP). À cette fin, nous vous demandons de remplir un formulaire afin de vérifier les informations dont nous disposons et d’enregistrer votre autorisation d’entrer en contact avec vous. Merci de votre coopération à ce sujet.

Data Protection at St. Alban’s

Mark Barwick writes:
A new European Union data protection law will soon take effect! The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) gives individuals in the EU better control over how their data is being used. St Alban’s is currently reviewing its communications policies to ensure compliance with the new regulation.
The GDPR requires us to have confirmation from you that you agree to receive electronic mail from St Alban’s. This includes news, information and notices of all upcoming meetings and activities. To this end we will be asking you to complete a form over the coming weeks that aims to verify the information that we have and to register your permission to be in contact with you. As always, all data will be scrupulously safeguarded and used only for the purposes of the chaplaincy. We appreciate very much your cooperation in this matter.
Une nouvelle loi sur la protection des données entrera bientôt en vigueur dans l’Union européenne ! Le Règlement général sur la protection des données (RGDP) donne aux individus dans l’UE un meilleur contrôle sur la façon dont leurs données sont utilisées. St Alban est en train de revoir ses politiques de communication tout en s’assurant du respect de la nouvelle réglementation.
Le RGDP nous exige d’avoir confirmation de votre part que vous acceptez de recevoir du courrier électronique de St Alban. Cela comprend des nouvelles, des informations et des annonces de toute sorte. À cette fin, nous vous demandons de remplir un formulaire au cours des prochaines semaines afin de vérifier les informations dont nous disposons et d’enregistrer votre autorisation d’entrer en contact avec vous. Comme toujours, toutes les données seront scrupuleusement protégées et utilisées uniquement aux fins de l’aumônerie. Merci de votre coopération à ce sujet.

Commémoration de l’abolition de l’esclavage

En 2018, la France commémore les 170 ans du décret d’abolition de l’esclavage dans ses anciennes colonies et a fixé le 10 mai comme Journée Nationale dédiée à la reconnaissance de l’esclavage comme crime contre l’Humanité.
Cérémonie œcuménique dimanche 6 mai à 16h, Église St Vincent de Paul , 2 place de l’Ile de France, 67100 Strasbourg/ Meinau
For more information about subsequent events see
https://www.facebook.com/ceragstrasbourg/

                             

                            

 

Annual Church Meeting: a Summary

The Annual Church Meeting was held on Sunday 15 April 2018.   Here is a summary of the discussions and decisions which took place :
  1. Fr Mark, who was installed as St. Alban’s Priest-in-Charge on 10 December 2017, outlined his five priorities for ministry in the coming year – strengthening of the newly-formed Ministry Team, children and youth, stewardship, ecumenical activities and strengthening communications;
  2. In respect of ecumenical activities, Catherine Emezie presented a report on a meeting in Lyon (2-4 March 2018) between the Eglise Protestante Unie de France and the Church of England congregations in France. The gathering, attended by herself and Rev Christine Bloomfield, took place in view of deepening relationships between the two bodies within the framework of the Reuilly Agreement. To read the report, click here ->  Lyon Reuilly Agreement
  3. With regard to communications, it was agreed that there needs to be a better flow of information on the activities of the Chaplaincy. This includes actions and decisions taken by the Chaplaincy Council (publication of the agenda in advance and invitation to Chaplaincy members to propose topics for discussion). Reports would be published in summary form on the website and/or in Sunday morning notices. Efforts would also be made to communicate via email lists, while respecting data protection guidelines.
  4. Both the accounts for 2017 and the budget for 2018 were presented by Treasurer Rufus Folaranmi and Co-Treasurer David Cowley. The accounts had been examined and declared satisfactory by Independent Examiner Lionel Hilaire;. With the appointment of a priest-in-charge, expenditures in 2018 would be considerably higher than in recent years, as will contributions to the Diocese. A stewardship campaign would be initiated shortly to ensure that sufficient income is raised to cover recurrent expenses.
  5. The meeting took note of the reports about the activities of St. Alban’s – these reports are available through the Church office.
  6. The two church wardens, Pauline Dif and Denis Le Moullac,  were re-elected and a new Chaplaincy Council elected (see page “About us” );
  7. We concluded with a prayer for our way forward in the coming months.
Lord God, you call your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden; give us faith to go out with a good courage, not knowing whither we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; to the glory of your name. Amen.