Anti-racism Town Hall: Wednesday, May 5 at 7:00 PM
Where are we at with our anti-racism work? Where do we go from here? Join us for a talking-circle style conversation.
Season of Pentecost: May 23 onward
Pentecost is about the Gospel being heard in and by a diversity of voices. We want our liturgy to reflect that diversity. Do you have ideas for liturgy, prayers, reflections, or projects? Let us know, we want to hear the whole church speaking!
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COMPLINE – Wednesdays at 7:30 PM
Each Wednesday at 7:30 PM, we will gather for a short service of prayer. You can access the service through the same link that we use for Sunday worship.
Compline, which comes from the same Latin root as the word “completion,” is a form of prayer that marks the end of the day where we hand the night over to God and ask for a restful sleep.
| FROM THE DEACON’S DESK – Prayers and Reflections |
Like you, I am aware of how much COVID 19 has dominated all aspects of our lives for the past year. Much as we would like to ignore its presence in our midst, we must acknowledge it and face it. Not doing so would be irresponsible and disastrous on our part.
While respecting free choice as important in our decision about the vaccination, this reflection is appealing to each of us to include spirituality in that decision. Kofi Hope, who writes columns on social policy pointed out in an article in the Toronto Star that spirituality, an important piece in any conversation in a post- pandemic society of social change, has been notably omitted throughout the pandemic in public conversations. I agree that spirituality is an important tool in the social change toolbox, as well as our conversations and decisions during the pandemic. It must be used to frame any decisions around our actions we make. In the same article, he correctly reminds us of the increased secularization in the Canadian context. This of course results in a society where individualism takes precedence over a more communal society. The common good becomes less common and the rights of the individual is more important. We have seen this phenomenon in actions and interactions throughout the pandemic.
Throughout the world, people are wrestling with many issues. These include the decision on whether they should or should not take the vaccine. They are conflicted on many other issues centred around where worship, how we worship, and so on. This is understandable in a climate where the rug was dragged from under us. Suddenly we were plunged into a new normal which we were neither prepared to step into nor fully understood so we had to adapt.
Opinions and information on COVID 19 and the vaccines abound—friends, family, acquaintances, news articles, social media, the internet. People are confused and many accept the information at face value. Many feel that if something is found on the internet, it must be correct. That is very far from the truth. We must get information from credible sources like credible scientific sources, medical organizations, people with the background knowledge of pandemics. Much as we love and admire friends, relatives, and acquaintances, we must be prudent when taking Aunt Mollie’s advice on COVID 19 and the vaccine. Aunt Mollie’s information came from her hairdresser who got it from a friend of a friend of a cousin who had seen a movie about the Spanish Flu many years ago.
As I mentioned earlier, our decisions must be framed by our spirituality and as good neighbours, we demonstrate our love in the care and attention we give in making decisions. These decisions therefore must be grounded in getting correct information, asking the right people for clarification, and doing our “homework” to keep everyone safe. We want to take care of each other. This is what our community is called to do.
Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Oxford-AstraZeneca and Johnson and Johnson are the vaccines currently approved in Canada. The first three require two shots administered several weeks apart while the fourth requires only one. J & J vaccines have not yet arrived in Canada.
AstraZeneca is only offered through Ontario pharmacies while hospitals, City-run mass clinics and other sites are providing the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. 2021,
For further information, please let us know how we can assist you.
Hope, Kofi. “A little faith can help us to pave the road back.” The Toronto Star 4 April Toronto: A1.
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