Diocesan and Cathedral Events – April and May 2018
· April 20-21 - The Diocesan Synod is to be held at the Diocesan Centre in Surco. From the Good Shepherd, participants are Andrew King, Martha Rivera, Ricardo Vargas and Ana Núñez
· April 27 — Rev. Mark Ewbank and his wife Vanessa arrive. Rev. Ewbank will be the Rector at the Good Shepherd, serving the English-speaking congregation and community.
· May 6 —Annual General Meeting. A joint service will be held at 10 a.m. followed by the AGM at 11:30 a.m. in the Cathedral hall.
· May 22-24 — Bishops Meeting of the Anglican Province of South America
· May 25 to 27 — Climate Change and the Role of the Church — Bishops and delegates from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay will met in Lima to consider and try to define their response to the devastating effects of climate change within their dioceses. Sponsored by the Anglican Environmental Network. More information on the Anglican Environmental Network can be found on the Internet and on www.anglicannews.org
· May 26 (to be confirmed) – Welcome to Rev. Mark and Vanessa Ewbank by the British community in Peru
Our forty day Lenten journey toward Easter is fundamentally an imitatio Christi–an imitation of Jesus’ time in the desert. It’s a time of simplicity, purification, and self-denial, of setting aside our distractions and diversions and getting back to basics: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.
Here we have readings, devotions, and meditations to help us come closer to the meaning of Christ's suffering, death, and resurrection, preparing our hearts for Good Friday and Easter.
We start this special journey this year on 14th February at 7pm. Fr. Marvin Bowers will be joining us to officiate.
Lent Meditations 2018 (Year B)
Taking into consideration the six threads of our life as expressed in the Christian Life and Formation summary, as well as the readings for Ash Wednesday and the Sundays during Lent, we can use this time of Lent to deepen our walk with the Lord. Each week there are 4 meditations, one for each of the Sunday readings, to help us apply the teachings in Scripture during this season.
Week of Ash Wednesday:
Isaiah 58:1-12; Ps.51:1-17; 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10; Matthew 6:1-6,16-21
a) Isaiah 58:1-12: “ ‘Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?
7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter –
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness[a] will go before you,
and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. (v.6-8)
The Church: Thinking of the way God treats us, how should we behave as a Church to show the same attitude to each other as God shows towards us?
My personal relationship with Christ: Am I conscious of all that I can enjoy, because of what the Lord has done in my life?
My personal relationship with Christ: For what do I work most? For my own good? For that of my family? For the Lord?
Week of Lent 1:
Genesis 9:8-17; Psalm 25:1-10;
1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:9-15
The Bible: Dios ha hecho muchos pactos con la humanidad. ¿Cuánto tiempo me dedico a leer la Palabra de Dios para saber de estos pactos? God has made many covenants with mankind. How much time do I spend Reading God´s word in order to know about these covenants?
My personal relationship with Christ: Do I allow the Lord to guide me? What decisions do I have to make at the momento where I want the Lord to show me which is HIS path rather than MINE?
Witness: During this time of Lent, with whom can I share the Good News in these verses?
My beliefs: Is it difficult for me to believe that Jesus is 100% God and 100% man?
Week of Lent 2:
Genesis 17:1-7,15-16; Psalm 22:23-31;
Romans 4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38
My personal relationship with Christ: What does it mean to “walk before God”? In what areas of my life am I tempted to try to escape from His presence? In what aspects of my life am I not perfect? What should I do?
Spirituality: In my prayer life, do I CRY OUT to the Lord? Or do I simply SPEAK to Him?
My beliefs: How sure am I that I will be considered righteous before God because of what Jesus did in dying and rising again from the dead?
My witness: The cross about which Jesus is speaking here is a cross that is taken up voluntarily. What “cross” have a taken up to follow and serve Christ in the world?
Week of Lent 3:
Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19;
1 Corinthians 1:1-8-25; John 2:13-22
a) Exodus 20:1-17: God spoke all these words: 2 ‘I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 3 ‘You shall have no other gods before me. (v.1-3)
My Witness: Living in a world where most people put other “gods” before God (whether their god is work, the family or something else), how can I show in my life that God is the most important factor in my life?
b) Psalm 19: “Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun…..
7 The law of the Lord is perfect,
refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
making wise the simple…..
The decrees of the Lord are firm,
and all of them are righteous.
10 They are more precious than gold,
than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
than honey from the honeycomb.” (v.4,7,9b-10)
Bible: Do I see the Word of God as “precious”? Do I “devour” the Bible or simply read it out of duty?
c) 1 Corinthians 1:1-8-25: “20 Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. (v.20-21)
Bible: Do I examine the Scriptures to see how Jesus fulfils all prophecies?
d) John 2:13-22: “14 In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. 15 So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts,…..; he scattered the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. 16 To those who sold doves he said, ‘Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!’ 17 His disciples remembered that it is written: ‘Zeal for your house will consume me.’” (v.14-17)
My witness: Do I honour God´s house as I should?
Week of Lent 4:
Numbers 21:4-9; Psalms 107:1-3,17-22;
Ephesians 2:1-10; John 3:14-21
Church: In the congregation, Deanery and Diocese to which I belong, in what situations do I see people complaining and infecting others with the same attitude? What should I do about it?
Church: Do we pray and cry out to the Lord together about the situations which weigh us down as congregations, deaneries and the Diocese? Do we thank Him together when we see answers to our prayers?
My Witness: Does my way of living show that I do not depend on good works to “earn” my salvation? What are the “good works” that God has prepared for me?
My beliefs: Am I convinced about what Jesus did on the cross to bring salvation to those who believe in Him?
Week of Lent 5:
Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalms 51:1-12;
Hebrews 5:5-10; John 12:20-33
Spirituality & my personal relationship with Christ: Do I allow the Lord to enter into my heart to such an extent that He can write His laws and promises into the most intimate parts of my life? What can I do so that He can write them even more deeply?
b) Psalms 51:1-12: “mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is always before me” (v.1-3)
My personal relationship with Christ and my witness: In my daily life, where have I sinned and need to ask forgiveness?
My beliefs: What do I believe about the fact that Jesus “learned” obedience?
1. A new cooker (with fan) and washing machine have been bought for the Rectory kitchen.
2. The chains for the small ventilation panels in the stained glass windows need to be replaced, and there is sufficient money for this in the window fund. However, once this has been done the only money remaining will be a donation designated for the Saint Francis window, so more donations are needed in order to continue the work of repairs and maintenance.
3. The fault on the organ, which developed during the Remembrance Day service, will not be easy to repair /replace. Thankfully someone present at that service has offered the use of their keyboard as a long-term loan.
4. Christmas projects are being carried out by each of the congregations. The English speaking congregation is responsible for the boxes (mostly prepared by San Silvestre School) being sent to Cuzco, Abancay, Caraz and Lima. The Spanish speaking congregation is holding a Christmas activity for children from Jesus el Salvador (in Villa el Salvador)
5. A provisional report was given about the Bazaar, with specific positive mention of the involvement of so many members of the congregations and the hall design. A full report will be prepared by the Committee.
6. A record of thanks was made to Rev Ian Montgomery for his presence at the Remembrance Day service and 2 other Sundays in November. He will be in Lima to take the services on 24th and 25th Dec, and also for 3 weeks before and over Easter.
7. Estimates are being sought for some of the work that needs to be carried out in the Hall
Join us for a pre-season warm-up, a wonderful day of Christmas shopping, entertainment, Santa Claus and games for children, the Garden Café and Afternoon Tea, handicrafts and other ideal Christmas gifts, a whole new selection of second-hand books, and great raffle prizes! And of course, our classic Christmas puddings, mincemeat, marmalades and a wonderful choice of British goodies.
HOW CAN I HELP?
Firstly, please share this poster with your friends by email and social media.
You can also find the event on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/
Please note this year we have extended our hour to 4PM.
Secondly, there are many contributions you can make to help make this event special:
Thirdly, finally and most importantly, we require your time. On the day we need volunteers to various activities and stalls. If you can help please contact us as soon as possible.
Tuesday 19th September
1. Rev Mark Ewbank is being invited to come to the Cathedral to serve as Rector in the English speaking congregation.
2. For those who are interested in the details of the Treasurer´s Report, this is available in the hall after the service, or in the Office during office hours.
3. Like all older buildings, the Cathedral and its installations frequently need repairs, major and minor. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor to help with funding for repairs to the Hall or office roof, or you know someone else who may want to help with this, please see our treasurer Andrew King.
1. For those who are interested in the details of the Treasurer´s Report, this is available in the Office during office hours.
2. The Spanish speaking congregation will be selling empanadas on 3rd September.
3. Like all public buildings, the Cathedral and installations are inspected regularly by INDECI (Civil Defence). There are several observations that have been made in order to attain the standards required; we need to find experts who can help. If you know reliable experts in electricity and civil engineering please see a member of the Council.
1. Stained glass Windows: part of the St Agnes window has now been removed for repairs and maintenance.
2. The organ was given its routine maintenance check and is in good order.
3. There is a need to carry out significant work on the roof in the Hall. Budgets are being sought.
4. The Bazaar committee, led jointly by Robin Emigh, Patricia García-Sayán and Ellie Zuniga, is working. One aspect is finding raffle prizes; it has been suggested that members of the congregations donate some major prizes.
5. The Council agreed to pay part of the cost for the Dean to travel to “Caminemos Juntos” – an Anglican event being held this year in Recife, Brazil.
1. Stained glass Windows: work having been completed on Windows in the Baptistry, we will now request the repairs and maintenance of the Saint Francis of Assisi window. Letters of thanks are being sent to those who contributed to the windows, along with photos of the work carried out.
2. The organ will be given its annual maintenance check this month.
3. In order to encourage maximum use of the Cathedral installations, photos are needed of the hall etc being used by different groups. These will then be put on the website.
4. Thanks were given to the council members now retiring from this area of serving the Cathedral.
1. Enough funds have been given in order to start the repairs and maintenance needed for the stained glass windows. Work will begin on the 3 windows in the Baptistry in the near future. Donations are still needed for work on other windows.
2 There are some candidates for the new Council which will be elected at the AGO (Ordinary General Meeting) on 30th April. Since almost the whole Council will be replaced, other candidates are still needed to fill all the vacancies.
3. Volunteers are needed to help with practical matters around the Cathedral such as cleaning silver, arranging flowers.
4. The Search Committee reported that there is a shortlist of people who are being interviewed. In the near future people will be invited to visit the Cathedral to meet us.