Pastoral Letter to our Churches

Be Not Afraid Bob Dufford, Earthen Vessels Album

You shall not cross the barren desert, But you shall not die of thirst.
You shall wander far in safety, Though you do not know the way.
You shall speak your words in foreign lands, And all will understand,
You shall see the face of God and live. Be not afraid,
I go before you always,
Come follow Me,
And I shall give you rest.

Brothers and sisters in Christ. Grace and peace to you from God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ! In these trying times of uncertainty in the outbreak of the Corona virus COVID-19, many are anxious and fearful. Listen to the daily updates from our media sources and government, it’s easy to see how panic sets in. Restaurants are closing. Shopping numbers are minimized in the stores, libraries, theatres and entertainment venues are closing. People are restricted in numbers where they gather. Even the zoo is shut down.

Our health professionals are asking us to practice social distancing and if you have traveled anywhere by plane place yourself under a 14-day self-quarantine. That’s what I’m doing as I write this.

Taken at face value, this is scary stuff but we have been prepared for this very moment through the baptism that unites us all in Christ. As that long ago hymn suggests, we are not to be afraid. The Bible teaches us that perfect love casts out fear. Jesus Himself promised He would never leave us alone...orphaned to struggle in insolation.

“I will ask the Father, and he will give you another helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.” John 14:16-17

The Holy Spirit, given us at baptism, is within us, so we do know our God and can count on Him keeping His promises. From this moment know you are not alone. Let’s stay in touch. Those who have ability, use the internet to utilize the resources that will be sent shortly. On Sunday our hope is to livestream our Sunday worship and Tim will soon set out a virtual copy of our coming Sunday service. Pray with us at the appointed hour. I will also send weekly sermons to go with that.

Those who have been studying the words of Jesus through the Red Letter Study will also go virtual as we send the passages ahead ad connect using the Internet’s Zoom electronic meeting technology. Online with will advertise and invite others to join.

If you are one of our user groups, plese know we hold you in prayer and are here for you. Those needing a pastoral visit simply need to ask and a visit will be arranged.

We are not alone. We need only to be aware of the mighty presence of our God of love in each other and in the neighbourhood and world we serve. Our God is an awesome God. Let’s use this time to deepen our faith in Jesus and prepare for life.

Should you need to speak to a pastor, I can be reached at 204-391-7267 or From July to December, our intern pastor Andrea Grozli can be reached at or 204-791-1515.

Stay safe, pray for a swift end to this pandemic and remember those in need, those who have lost loved ones are are grieving, those in pain or suffering, those lost, those hungry, those in fear. Give thanks for our awesome God and His uncondiitonal love and may our Lord bless you and yours in the days ahead.

The Rev. Canon Dr. Murray Still Pastor Incumbent

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We acknowledge that St. James Anglican Church is located on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, Cree and Dakota people and the homeland of the Métis Nation, and that we are gathering on Treaty 1 Land. We are grateful for their stewardship of this land and their hospitality, which allows us to live, work, and serve God the creator here.