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Living the Mission - Bishop's Ride


Posted: Jun 26, 2018

A message from Bishop Anne Germond…

 

Dear Algoma friends,

Last week we celebrated National Indigenous Peoples’ Day and I was pleased to hear about several initiatives across the Diocese where people gathered for prayer and to foster good relationships with our indigenous brothers and sisters.

I would like to tell you about an important mission that is taking place right now in the Anglican Church of Canada in the hopes that you might be able to support its cause - Unity, Healing and Reconciliation. Some of us are already partners in this mission.

It’s called ‘Living the Mission’ and is the initiative of Bishop Rob Hardwick of the Diocese of Qu’Appelle in Saskatchewan. Bishop Rob is riding a bicycle across Canada this summer. He’s travelling west to east across the Trans-Canada Highway through 21 Anglican dioceses, a distance of 7877 kms.

Bishop Rob is travelling with his wife Lorraine (she is driving the support vehicle) and they are stopping along the way to gather with supporters for prayers, services, fellowship and food. As he rides, Bishop Rob is praying for unity, healing and reconciliation across our land and in the Anglican Communion. He is also raising money for the Anglican Healing Fund and hopes to raise a million dollars. The Diocese of Algoma has made a generous donation and it is my hope that congregations, ACW groups and others in Algoma will ‘Live the Mission’ with Bishop Rob and make a contribution too.

During the week of June 21st to June 27th, Algoma hosted Bishop Rob and Lorraine in Thunder Bay, Nipigon, Wawa and Sault Ste. Marie. Folks gathered to pray with them and to hear about their trip so far. They were moved by the warmth of our people- thank you for meeting them and for providing opportunities for Bishop Rob to share stories of his ride.

Unfortunately, on Friday June 22nd, Lorraine was involved in a serious accident just outside Wawa and the van and trailer were badly damaged. We give thanks to God that she did not sustain any serious injuries. They initially thought that they would return home to Regina but they received so much encouragement from family and friends they’d only just met that they decided to continue the pilgrimage with a rental vehicle. Such is the desire to Live the Mission!

On Saturday 23rd of June, just 24 hours after the accident, Bishop Rob joined six Algoma cyclists on a bike ride from St. Luke’s Cathedral to the Garden River Community Centre for a meal, prayers, time of stories and worship. We exchanged gifts and spoke about healing, unity and the desire to be a people reconciled to God and to one another. In Christ we are one. On Sunday morning Bishop Rob was warmly welcomed at St. Luke’s Cathedral and preached at both services.

Colin and I hosted Bishop Rob and Lorraine at Bishophurst for a few days while they sorted out the practicalities of the next stage of their journey. I give thanks for the generosity of our parishioners in Wawa, the Synod office staff and Dean Jim who went above and beyond to assist in this time of need. Please join with me in praying for Bishop Rob and Lorraine as they continue their pilgrimage. You can follow him on Facebook ‘Living the Mission- Bishop’s Ride’ or on the Diocese of Qu’Appelle website.

 

Want to contribute to the Anglican Healing Fund for reconciliation and healing? Here’s how.

Cheques made payable to ‘Anglican Church of Canada’ 80 Hayden Street Toronto M4Y3G2. Please reference Bike Ride.

If you wish to donate to the actual mission and all the practicalities (including the need to rent a new vehicle and cover overnight motel costs) please make cheques payable to Diocese of Qu’Appelle 1501 College Ave, Regina, SK. S4P 1B8

“Bless the Living the Mission campaign with a deepening devotion to prayer, a growing commitment to service, and an increased level of generosity as we work together to advance the mission of every parish across Canada, through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.” Amen.

Wishing each of you God’s richest blessings as you live the Mission God is calling you to,

 

 

 

+Anne

 

 

IMPORTANT LINKS FOR “LIVING THE MISSION”

 

Bishop Rob’s Prayer Diary - https://quappelle.anglican.ca/assets/docs/Prayer_Diary_FINAL..pdf

 

Diocese of Qu’Appelle - https://quappelle.anglican.ca/ministry/p/bishops-ride

 

Living the Mission – Bishop’s Ride – Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/DoQMission/posts/2108565882736506

 

 

 



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