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  Memorial services for the Rev John Stott, 1921-2011  

Several ANiC churches are holding memorial services for the Rev John Stott who died July 27 in England at the age of 90. If you can possible participate in one of these services, you are urged to do so. You’ll be encouraged and challenged by what God can do with a life that is yielded to Him.

The Vancouver service will be hosted by ANiC’s Good Shepherd Church
Time: Friday, 5 August 2011 at 7:30 pm
Place: Anglican Network Church of the Good Shepherd, 189 West 11th Ave, Vancouver,
604 872-1884
Preacher: Canon Dr J I Packer

In Toronto, the Evening Prayer at ANiC’s Christ the King will be a memorial service.
Time: Sunday, 7 August 2011 at 6:30 pm
Place: Christ the King Anglican Church, meeting in Blythwood Baptist Church, 80 Blythwood Rd, Toronto
Preacher: The Rev Robin Guinness
Testimonial: The Rt Rev Charlie Master will share the impact this great stalwart of faith has had on his ministry

In Ottawa, ANiC’s St Peter & St Paul’s will honour Dr Stott at their Wednesday morning Eucharist:
Time: Wednesday, 3 August 2011 at 7am
Place: St Peter & St Paul’s Anglican Church, 152 Metcalfe St, Ottawa
& presiding:

The Rev Paul Donison

If you are in the area, please plan to attend one of these services as we reflect on John Stott’s influence on our lives and thank God for his life and minister. Please communicate these memorial services to others who might like to participate.

Dr Billy Graham once called John Stott “the most respected clergyman in the world”. In 2005, Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world, and Queen Elizabeth recently bestowed on him the title of “Commander of the British Empire”. And yet Christians worldwide knew him simply as “Uncle John”.

John Stott served at All Souls London from 1945 until 1975, first as curate, then as rector, and after 1975 as rector emeritus. He was also chaplain to the Queen from 1959 until 1991. Author of 50 books – including, Basic Christianity, Between Two Worlds (on preaching), The Cross of Christ and The Radical Disciple – his influence went far beyond his writings. Dr Stott was committed to evangelism as well as to caring for the poor and needy. He traveled extensively in developing countries teaching and mentoring pastors and church leaders. Almost all of the royalties from his books went to supplying Christian resource books for students and pastors in the developing world.

Christianity Today, in an obituary, says, “His passion was to learn what God said, and to let it shape life. Stott's preaching and writing renewed faith in the inspiration of Scripture—not only because he defended it, but because he displayed it… What evangelicals most treasured—the person and work of Jesus Christ, and the Scriptures that testified to them—he showed to be potent resources for winning the world. Largely through Stott's leadership, British evangelicalism was transformed from a defensive backwater to an engaged and significant movement… For all his skill and intellect, his writing, his entrepreneurial energy, and his brilliant preaching, John Stott's ultimate legacy may be people. He has mentored and befriended a vast number of co-workers all over the world.”

You can watch a short memorial video, read a tribute on the All Souls website, and contribute to a Book of Remembrance. And you can learn more about John Stott’s passion for raising up and training godly, Biblical Christian leaders through his founding of the Langham Partnership.

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