August 2018 Newsletter


Service Circle for August is Rebecca.

Worship begins at 10:00am

Pastor- Jim Vickers 848-0237
Deacon- Hilde Vickers 636-2144
Administrative Assistant- Sylvia Linda Kaktins 636-2259

Mark on Your Calendar!

Banquet Sat, Aug 18 Reg 4 - 6 supper at 6 pm. Cost $25/person. At Legion Hall. Rsvp to Sharon by Aug 1. Sunday service Aug 19 at 10 am. Potluck lunch to follow at Legion hall

Service in the Park
Aug. 12 at 2:00 pm at the bandstand in Wasagaming. Our Hymn Sing Band will be playing. Bring a lawn chair!

In Reach/Out Reach Committee

If you know of someone who would like a visit please contact Viola Burkett, Dolores Hall, Mary Nichols, or Heather Howdle.

The New Eternity For Today is now available. Pick one up for yourself and a friend.

Our Daily Bread is now available for all who are interested. Take one to a friend as well.

Pastor’s Perspective

We’ve had a lot of hot weather so far this summer. So have most other parts of the Northern Hemisphere. I normally like hot summers, but I also like to get in some cool water as well. Here in Erickson we have ready access to all kinds of lakes, and even in Waldersee, Lake Dauphin and Lake Manitoba are not far away. Many other parts of Canada are not so fortunate and some parts of the world are hotter and drier than us. For ordinary people in many parts of the world finding enough water to drink and wash is almost impossible. Rivers and Lakes are drying up and aquifers are being drained. Even though people in such areas are resourceful about doing more with less, there is a limit and such scarcity leads to conflict and migration. For example: Some people say that the unrest and civil war in Syria occurred because Syrian famers were forced off the land because there was not enough water to farm.

This is the price we all pay for the rising global temperatures. What price will we h ave to pay to bring the global temperature down? The scientific community says that human generated climate change is adding to whatever the natural climate swings there are. Perhaps we could try and cut down on our CO2 and methane emissions globally. In Genesis humans are given dominion, or stewardship over the earth. Exercising that stewardship is therefore the responsibility of our whole species. Even though Canada’s net contribution is small compared to other nations, we can only be responsible for what we ourselves do. So let us do it. No matter if we support the particular political party in our province or country, or not, we need to give them a message that we want them to take action to reduce our contribution to climate change.

Manitoba has an abundant supply of electrical energy. It is in our power to use that energy to supplant fossil fuel emissions and even to help neighbouring provinces like Saskatchewan do likewise. We as a species have gone forth, been fruitfull and multiplied. Now we along with other wealthy countries who have the power; need like Cain, to take our responsibilities to our brothers and sisters seriously lest we be marked as murderers in the face of all humanity.

Submitted by Pastor Jim

Get Up and Grow VBS

We begin at the beginning, when God created, and put us in charge of taking care of his garden. And we find out that God also plants seeds in us, seeds of love and goodness that are meant to sprout and grow, and not dry up, or get choked or eaten. But we can only grow and produce fruit if we remain connected to the Vine, especially with prayer. Finally, its harvest time, and we check out our fruit of the Spirit, and seek to grow and improve its quality.

August 8th & 9th
9:00am ~ 3:30pm

About August Hymn of the Month

"Santo, Santo, Santo" or "Holy, Holy, Holy"

History of Hymns

"Santo, Santo, Santo"
by C. Michael Hawn

"Santo, Santo, Santo"
Guillermo Cuéllar
The Faith We Sing, No. 2019

Oscar Romero
Holy, holy, holy, holy, holy
holy is our Lord,
God is Lord of all creation,
holy, holy is our Lord.
God is Lord of past and present,
holy, holy, is our Lord. *

Roman Catholics around the world were freed by the Second Vatican Council (1962-65) to explore congregational song in their own local musical idioms. While composers everywhere have added new songs for the Mass, this is especially true in Central and South America and sub-Saharan Africa.

Guillermo Cuéllar (b. 1955) is among the most prominent of the Central American Catholic composers. His “La Misa Popular Salvadoreña (Salvadoran Folk Mass)” served as a model for how to integrate the spirit of El Salvadoran folk music into the structure of the Mass.

While Mr. Cuéllar is usually cited as the composer of “Santo, Santo, Santo,” the hymn was actually the work of several composers, theologians and Archbishop Oscar Romero, the Salvadoran church leader who was assassinated in March 1980 after advocating for human rights in the war-torn country.

Five months after the assassination Mr. Cuéllar recorded the Mass in honor of Romero with a popular Salvadoran group, Yolocamba I-ta. A second recording was made in 2005 by Mr. Cuéllar in honour of the 25th anniversary of the archbishop’s martyrdom.

The Mass and others like it in Nicaragua and Argentina established an emotional link between the campesinos (country peasants) and the structure of the Mass by incorporating the music of popular folk dances throughout the liturgy.

The joyful music of the Salvadoran Folk Mass belies the struggle and oppression suffered at the time by so many people in El Salvador. Mr. Cuéllar later described the political context in a letter to the Rev. Gary Campbell, a Presbyterian minister: “I know what peace is; I can enjoy it now with all my being after a long drawn-out war that I suffered in my own flesh, in my time and my country. . . . I saw babies thrown into the air and caught on military bayonets. I had to bear the howling of women machine-gunned en masse; the roaring of rockets launched by human beings at other human beings. And I stood and watched while entire towns were swept away by showers of bombs; starving old men blown to pieces by the explosions.

“ . . . For thirteen long years I lived with my bitterness and consternation. It seems a miracle to me that I am alive now, sharing my sufferings with you. But now the warm sun of peace comforts me again, and I know that I could not be different for anything in the world. I rediscovered peace, not only because the arms fell silent, but because in my heart I renounced hatred and vengeance. That peace that springs up inside of each of us is the peace that our Lord Jesus promised to all people of good will.”

The “Santo” (“Holy”) draws its inspiration from the “Holy, Holy, Holy” that is spoken or sung during Communion. While the text is similar to the usual text, there are some changes that reflect the perspective of liberation theology. For example, God is the “Lord of all the earth” and the “Lord of all of history” in the first part. In the second part of the song, God “accompanies our people living in our struggle. . . . Blessed are those who announce the good news of liberation.”

This is an excellent song for World Communion Sunday, especially to accompany the procession of the Communion elements. In singing it we join with so many people around the world who have shed their blood in suffering just as Christ did.