In the interests of catching up, a short summary of a very full day.
Our day began with a beautiful Palm Sunday service including a confirmation.
To a full church, Bishop delivered a stirring homily on the theme "Is that all you have?"
We processed from the beautiful old St Anne's Church waving palms and cedar boughs to a full church and witnessed the confirmation of Evan. Chief Recalma was with us, honouring Bishop and the SJ once again.
With many km to go and people from another parish to see and a stop at a FN tribal office to make, we set off right at noon, joined by three hardy souls.
John Woodruffe joined the team as driver and Doug returned home with our most hearty thanks for his service.
On the path just outside of town, a small red car stopped, a man crossed the road to thank the bishop for what he was doing. The man had been at St Mark for the morning service and had heard of the SJ. He was from Edmonton. The word is spreading!
At Nanoose Bay, we met at the Petrocan station with members of St Mary's. Val and granddaughter Ava joined us for a few kms. Mary and Elaine wished us well. So good to have people join us along the way - evidence of a growing awareness, stirring our souls and spurring us on.
Given time constraints, we were forced to travel down the main highway for several kms - not a pleasant experience. Rain was an added issue, so we walked heads down...we persisted.
Down the road, three members of the Nanoose FN were waiting in the rain to ensure we didn't miss the turnoff. Imagine what a pleasant sight that was. We walked with the three and others joined along the road to the tribal office.
In a gazebo, out of the rain, we had the most wonderful short ceremony with young tribal leaders. We were honoured with a song in the language of the nation and a welcome from a council member who was also a residential school survivor. The welcome touched us all deeply; John said this had given him a perspective that would forever change his attitude toward the First Peoples.
Then on to St Philip to meet with Rev Chillman and his people and team and cookies.
Our days are getting full and joyous. By day's end, the rain and traffic were forgotten in the delight of the FN ceremony and the visits with fellow Anglicans.
May you all be as blessed as are we.
Wayne for the team.