Bishop's Blog

April 16, 2019

"Behold I am doing a new thing!” (Isaiah 43:19)

One of my favourite Scripture passages is Isaiah 43, verse 19. “Behold I am doing a new thing says the Lord; even now it springs forth. Do you not perceive it?”
   It reminds me that our God is a creator God who is always doing some “new thing!” God is...

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March 15, 2019

“You don’t save what you don’t love.” So says Margaret Atwood in her address to the 2018 Parliament of World Religions in Toronto in November 2018. “Unless people with faith get behind fixing the planet, it is not going to happen.” You can listen to a portion of her remarks via the CBC Radio Tapestry website.

Ms....

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February 19, 2019

It’s that time of year when we conduct our Congregational AGM’s, elect new leaders and re-convene new Congregational Councils.

Sometimes we struggle to identify those new leaders; people are reluctant to serve. In some congregations, council seats sit vacant.

I wonder if that might have something to do with...

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December 14, 2018

“The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.”

As a child, I was always mystified by this line from the carol, O Little Town of Bethlehem. I understood something of the hope of Christmas. I knew something of how that hope was expressed in Jesus. I had good Sunday School teachers, parents; a fine...

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November 12, 2018

It’s a command performance. All six ELCIC bishops are invited and expected to attend our Canadian Lutheran Anglican Youth conferences every two years. But it’s a command performance that I, and I trust all of my colleagues, look forward to. This year’s gathering was held at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario and I’d...

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September 20, 2018

The following is an excerpt from Bishop Michael Pryse’s sermon at the closing service of the Eastern Synod Assembly which was convened June 21-24, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario under the theme “Liberated By God’s Grace … to be neighbour.”

In the fifth chapter of Luke’s Gospel we read another story of Jesus and...

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June 21, 2018

Report of the Bishop

I have presented several of these reports to you over the course of my tenure of service as your bishop. And it’s always a...

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June 13, 2018

Earlier this week I did something that my parents did several times a week but that I haven’t done in at least six months. I wrote a cheque. I just don’t use them anymore. I pay my all my bills online. I give my offerings to the church via pre-authorized remittance. As for cash, I seldom carry any. Why would I? Any expenses...

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May 09, 2018

The story is so familiar, perhaps too familiar. 

A lawyer asks Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus responds with the question, “What is written in the law?” The lawyer responds correctly, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your...

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March 13, 2018

It’s been said that the truest test of faith is whether it will let anything stand in its way. And by this measure, those countless individuals who sought Jesus out in the Gospel narratives had incredibly deep faith. A man with an unclean spirit, a leper, a paralytic.  A woman with an unstoppable hemorrhage.  None of them...

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February 13, 2018

As we enter this new calendar year I am keenly aware that for many of us a new day is also dawning when it comes to determining how to best configure and re-position our congregational ministries for the future. I applaud the courageous and forward-looking leadership being provided by pastors and lay leaders who are...

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January 26, 2018

Once a year Bishop Michael invites all the rostered ministers who are serving under call or appointment to participate in meetings that convene in all seventeen Ministry Areas of our Synod. "I view these gatherings as being pastoral visits. The agenda is a simple one. We worship together, engage in pastoral coversation about...

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November 13, 2017

This fall most of us will participate in special worship services where we will ritually and prayerfully commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. Some of these services will be “Lutheran specific” events in our congregations and...

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September 21, 2017

Two interesting pieces hit my twitter feed today. Depending on one’s perspective, I suppose the news they contained could be considered either encouraging or distressing; or perhaps both.

U.S. based Sojourners magazine tweeted a May 2015 article by Ryan Stewart entitled “Is it good or bad when churches shrink?”...

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August 24, 2017

One of our church’s most under-utilized resources is the untapped capacity of our pastors and diaconal ministers to lead. Yes, lead! Having closely worked with hundreds of rostered ministers over the past twenty-five years, I can testify that many of have both the desire and capacity to provide a higher level of leadership...

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