Survey: Resuming in-person worship
Before heading off on holiday I have one request to make of you. Please fill out the survey in this week’s email newsletter.
We need to hear from you so that we can make informed decisions about when and how we return to in-person worship services.
I look forward to seeing you in a few weeks,
THIS SERIES HAS BEEN EXTENDED THROUGH AUGUST.:
August 5: Canadian Black Church History – Early Seeds of Anti-Black Racism
Speaker: Rev Denise Gillard, President, My Divine Appointment, Coaching & Consulting
August 12: The Impact of Anti-Black Racism in Education in Ontario
Speaker: Jacqui Getfield, PhD Candidate and College Professor
August 19: Anti Black Racism in Housing: Secrets Revealed
Speaker: Dr Nemoy Lewis, Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Toronto
August 26: Overcoming the Myth of the Model Minority: Anti-Black Racism in the South Asian Community
Speaker: Rev. Alison Hari-Singh, Assistant Curate, St Martin-In-the Fields
Join us for online weekly worship held on Sundays at 10:30am
Join our services through Zoom Meeting on your computer:
Meeting ID: 777 678 934
Or call in with your phone:
+1 647 374 4685 Canada
+1 647 558 0588 Canada
Meeting ID: 777 678 934
If you do not have a copy of the Book of Alternative Services at home, you can download a copy here.
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.
PRAYERS: FOR USE DURING THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK
The Church of England has produced an excellent prayer resource for use during the pandemic. The booklet includes prayers about the outbreak, personal prayers, prayers with children, and a pattern of daily prayer.
| FROM THE DEACON’S DESK – Prayers and Reflections |
In his weekly pastoral letter last Friday, Bishop Andrew Asbil our Diocesan Bishop, reminded us about the importance of rest and quiet–a practice which Jesus incorporated in his life and ministry. We too must include rest and quiet as part of our routine. It is essential to our physical, mental, and spiritual health and wellness. It makes us complete and whole.
In this time of uncertainty and change, we have been given many, many unexpected and unrecognized gifts. These gifts may seem insignificant but, like the yeast in Sunday’s Gospel reading come with many profound blessings if we choose to use it. One of the gifts is the gift of time. The usual and regular demands on our lives have been blocked allowing us time and space to “smell the roses”.
As I took a leisurely walk this morning, I had a chance to literally and figuratively smell the roses. Even though the humidity was high for that time of the morning, the morning was pleasant. There was a nice breeze so there were many people taking advantage of the beautiful weather. Instead of rushing madly going nowhere, people waved or smiled and a couple who I had not seen up close for some time, stopped to have a quick chat while social distancing. You actually felt a sense of community–we are all part of this small piece of God’s beautiful earth and we will get through COVID-19 and the messiness of the past few months. Everything seemed to say, “The sun is shining, God is in His heaven and all is well.”
I had the time to wander in the neighbourhood, mingle as best I could given social distancing. I could enjoy the gift of a beautiful world consisting of a kaleidoscope of people, creatures, plants, landscapes. What a beautiful world! I have time to reflect. I better understand how the writers of Genesis sought to express God’s absolute delight at His creation–different in the way they look but bearing different gifts to honour Him! Why can’t we always see that? Why do we insist on sameness? Why do we insist on creating boxes for each other and rejecting anything that does not fit into that box we created?
My morning walk gave my soul refreshment as well as some exercise. I get to appreciate “Nature’s God”, say a huge “thank you” and experience gratitude and love that allows me to further develop a relationship with that divine being who is called by so many names.
Many of us have had to postpone trips to exotic places but a simple walk will bring wholeness and peace to us. Go for a nice, leisurely walk. Accept the precious gift of time!
Drop Thy still dews of quietness,
Till all our strivings cease;
Take from our souls the strain and stress,
And let our ordered lives confess
The beauty of Thy peace.
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