November 20, 2011
What is it about Christmas time that brings out the best in us? 33% of all charitable giving by Canadians is given during the December Christmas season. One of my favorite Christmas movies is ‘It’s a wonderful life’ where Jimmy Stewart plays the part of a generous but discouraged businessman who discovered that he really was making a positive impact.
Written by Frank Capra in 1946, the movie was initially seen as a box-office flop. It did not win one Academy Award Oscar, but later went on to become one of the one hundred most popular movies of all times. It is now seen as the number one inspirational North American movie ever made. You will remember how the Christmas angel Clarence had to earn his wings by helping out Jimmy Stewart (aka George Bailey). George was so discouraged at Christmas that he was about to jump off a bridge. Clarence the delightful angel showed George what an amazing impact his generosity was making, and how much poorer his town would be without him.
Generosity is never wasted. Love is never wasted. Goodness is never wasted. Sometimes it feels like we are not making a difference, but Christmas reminds us that love wins over despair, love wins over darkness, love wins over emptiness. At the heart of Christmas is a tiny baby, the Christ child, born in a manger. God so loved the world that he gave his only son. Christmas is about giving. God gave. We give. Everyone wins when we are generous at Christmas and year-round.
Rev Ed Hird, Rector
St. Simon’s Church North Vancouver http://stsimonschurch.ca
Anglican Mission in the Americas (Canada)
-an article for the December 2011 Deep Cove Crier
-award-winning author of the book ‘Battle for the Soul of Canada’
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October 23, 2010
Dear friends in Christ,
You are encouraged to pray for our 29th Alpha Course ( and other Alpha Courses around the world) which is currently having its Holy Spirit weekend at a retreat centre. Please pray for our Youth and Young Adult Pastor Jill Cardwell who is giving leadership to the weekend.
Jill Cardwell St Simon’s NV Youth Pastor (click to hear her heart)
Uploaded to http://www.youtube.com
Jill Cardwell who has been with St Simon’s NV for 1 1/2 years, shares her excitement about youth ministry
b) Deep Cove shoreline (click to view the beautiful scenery)
bishopsilas.blogspot.com ( you can still sign up today for another 100 days of prayer with Bishop Silas Ng)
Bishop Silas Ng writes: “There is no better teaching I have heard than what our Chairman bishop, Rt. Rev. Chuck Murphy, teaches about tithing. So you really need to see all the clips now from his talk of Theology of Stewardship last Saturday in our 1st ACiC/AI Regional Conference. That way at least, you will know why you need to tithe, though like many people you might still do what you want to do and not what God wants you to do”:
By Antoine Rutayisire: Find and share articles, videos, research and links regarding Cape Town 2010 Congress Video on The Lausanne Global Conversation.
Ed Hird Dr Os Guinness is always well worth watching and listening to. A most original thinker. Click to watch these Lausanne 3 videos.
ii) Dr Os Guinness video on Globalization, given at the Lausanne 3 Congress.
Dr Os Guinness said: “The rarest commodity in the west is attention, not gold, because in the West everyone is speaking, emailing, texting, tweeting, everyone is speaking, but no one is listening.”
3c) Ed Hird Bishop Cyril Okorocha of the Anglican Church of Nigeria shares at the Capetown 2010 Congress about Globalization: Worldliness and Renewal.
By Cyril Okorocha: Find and share articles, videos, research and links regarding Cape Town 2010 Congress Video on The Lausanne Global Conversation.
3d) Ed Hird an amazing video of Archbishop Benjamin Kwashi, of Jos, Nigeria, discussing life at the intersection of other faiths. He shares how he represented Christ in the midst of racial unrest and violence. “I have a gospel worth living for, and I have a gospel worth dying for.”
By Archbishop Kwashi: Find and share articles, videos, research and links regarding Cape Town 2010 Congress Video on The Lausanne Global Conversation.
3e) Becky Pippert is the author of the best-selling ‘Out of the Salt Shaker’, and spoke at our Anglican Mission Winter Conference. Her books are well worth reading.
By Becky Pippert: Find and share articles, videos, research and links regarding Cape Town 2010 Congress Video on The Lausanne Global Conversation.
3f) Ed Hird Very insightful short skit
In this drama, a group of Ephesian Christians await Tychicus’ arrival with Paul’s letter to their church. Fearful that he has been arrested at a Roman checkpoint on his way, they rejoice upon his arrival and begin reading the letter. Join the Conversation…
3g) http://conversation.lausanne.org/en/conversations/ (There are many other Lausanne 3 videos available that you can check out for yourself)
September 9, 2010
You will enjoy the Homecoming Newsletter, hot off the press. It is full of vision, energy and great new opportunities. Let us know what you think. Just click to read it.
August 3, 2010
By Rev Ed Hird, AMiA (Canada) Bishop’s Chaplain