Church prepares for inaugural Jerusalem Sunday

The Anglican Church of Canada is preparing for a new annual church observance.  Jerusalem Sunday takes place on Sunday, June 1, 2014 and celebrates companionship with the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, which extends over Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria.  It is home to several thousand Arab Anglicans in thirty parishes. Situated in one of the world’s holiest destinations for Christian, Jewish, and Muslim pilgrims, the Diocese is an active member of the Christian, ecumenical, and interfaith community in the Middle East.

Jerusalem Sunday is an opportunity for Anglicans in Canada to learn more about and support God’s mission in the Diocese of Jerusalem. Parishes are encouraged to use liturgical resources developed for Jerusalem Sunday. The Anglican Journal website is hosting complementary resources including videos, diaries, background information, and photography to enliven parish celebrations of Jerusalem Sunday.  The May print edition of the Anglican Journal also features background stories from the Holy Land.

Jerusalem Sunday is also an opportunity to send a measure of financial support to the ministries of the Diocese of Jerusalem, including the Penman Medical Clinic in the West Bank. The Penman Clinic is housed in the parish of St. Matthew in Zababdeh. The clinic is a busy gathering place for those seeking diagnostic tests, examinations, and medical consultations. It is the only clinic for many miles around and each year serves thousands of townspeople, villagers, and farmers from the surrounding area.

Many who receive treatment in this and other diocesan institutions cannot afford tests and prescriptions. The directors of the Diocese’s medical ministries hope to expand the Penman Clinic into its own building, refurbished with additional consultation rooms, diagnostic equipment, and health care workers.  This will become a reality through the generous support of local, regional, and international companions.

Parishes and individuals can support the work of the Penman Clinic on Sunday, June 1, 2014 through a special offering or a contribution to Gifts for Mission.

Parish offerings can be sent by cheque to:

Resources for Mission
Anglican Church of Canada
80 Hayden Street
Toronto, ON
M4Y 3G2

For more information on celebrating Jerusalem Sunday in your parish, please visit the Jerusalem Sunday webpage

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