Sunday, 9 March 2008

Sunday Service in Oakville

St. Hilda's Anglican Church in Oakville ON was one of the two parishes that recently voted to leave the Anglican Church of Canada and seek alternate oversight. The diocese of Niagara immediately appointed 'administrators' and launched court action, ostensibly to provide for 'faithful' members of these parishes who wished to remain affiliated with the Anglican Church of Canada and the diocese of Niagara.

Because the court in Hamilton temporarily awarded exclusive use of the church facilities to the 'breakaway' congregations, the diocese, in a bit of a snit (if you ask me), rushed to set up alternate services close by the two parishes, even though there are other Anglican churches within minutes' drive of both. The one in Oakville was to be held in the public library. Obviously, I think they were just trying to prove a point. Well, a point was certainly made. I only hope it was taken. Here, from Michael Daley is an account of the alternate service in the library:
The room that was rented in the library can only hold about 30 people.

Fortunately, overflow facilities were not needed. Only Brian Ruttan (the diocese appointed administrator, JK)and his wife showed up, along with 2 observers from St. Hilda’s. When Brian picked up his guitar (he) lost his entire congregation since the observers left.

It may be tempting, it is certainly easy, to gloat, but I think we need also to pray for the leadership of the diocese of Niagara, and all others who have wandered from the truth, that they might come to a knowledge of the truth, see their error, and come under conviction for their persecution of those who are standing firm for the true Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Take Care

PS. Yes, we pray that those who oppose the truth will come to rcognize their error, but until they do, praise God for their disappointments!

1 comment:

stauf46 said...

It's hard not to chuckle at that turnout, but it really isn't a laughing matter.

Those who try to keep the shell without the truth find themselves in the worst of both worlds. Pure secularlism sells (obviously) and the truth has appeal, but a secularized religion is doomed to failure.

I think both Lewis and Chesterton have written on this, right?