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Dec. 15, 2007 - The Daily Gleaner

Anglican primate visits parish

By WILFRED LANGMAID 
For The Daily Gleaner 

The Anglican Parish of Prince William, Dumfries, Queensbury and Southampton hosted Most Rev. Fred Hiltz, the newly-elected Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada recently.

Rev. Canon Elaine Hamilton, rector of the parish since 2005, said, "Archbishop Hiltz impressed me as a humble, spirit filled man of God and I am proud to be a member of the Anglican Church of Canada under his leadership."

The Parish of Prince William, Dumfries, Queensbury and Southampton was "absolutely delighted to host our primate, his principal secretary, Archdeacon Paul Feheley, our Bishop Claude Miller and the clergy of the diocese," Hamilton said.

"The church members enthusiastically decorated the tables and prepared a delicious meal for all who attended from around the province. A traditional arch of evergreens was placed in the entrance of St. Clement's Church to welcome Archbishop Hiltz and (Fredericton)Bishop Claude Miller."

The day began with Morning Prayer and then Hiltz outlined what his first four months as Primate has involved in a session for Diocesan clergy and staff.

Hamilton said, "He invited questions and comments and responded to each with respect and grace."

To one of the questions asked about how we move forward in the midst of the issues that are facing the church, Hamilton said that Hiltz invited the clergy to share with him their hopes for the church and how they thought they could move forwarded.

According to Hamilton, "Archbishop Hiltz shared with the clergy that his understanding was we need to continue to proclaim the gospel. On Sunday Morning we gather to pray for the church in the world, we break bread and are sent out into the world to proclaim the gospel -- the Good News of Jesus Christ."

In the afternoon people from throughout the diocese shared a celebration of the holy eucharist with the primate who was also preached on the gospel lesson from Luke for Reign of Christ the King Sunday.

He concluded inviting everyone to join him in singing Jesus Remember Me When You Come Into Your Kingdom.

"It was very powerful message," Hamilton said.

Activities

The Anglican Parish of Prince William, Dumfries, Queensbury and Southampton has a full slate of services scheduled for the Advent and Christmas season.

As has been the case since the lengthy incumbency of the late Rev. Elmer Smith in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, the multi-point parish moves to various points for shared services each Sunday.

Tomorrow's service will take place at 11 a.m. at St. John's Anglican Church, Nackawic. The Third Sunday of Advent will be marked. Included in the service will be the lighting of the Advent Wreath and a collection of food and cash by children of the parish to help with the Christmas Hampers program.

On Sunday, Dec. 23, the congregation has invited the Prince William United Church Pastoral Charge to join them for The Festival of Lessons and Carols at 11 a.m. at St. Clement's Anglican Church, Dumfries.

On Monday, Dec. 24, a family eucharist is scheduled for 4 p.m. at St. John's Anglican Church, Nackawic, and a candlelight eucharist is set for 8 p.m. at St. Clement's Anglican Church, Dumfries.

On Tuesday, Dec. 25, a 10 a.m. Christmas eucharist will be held at St. Clement's Anglican Church, Dumfries.

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