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Some Updates

As we settle into this second lockdown, we are still gathering as we are able and praying for wholeness and health. See below for some updates and a reflection from Deacon Claudette.

Peace,
Jason+

We will have some special programming for Black History Month and Lent this year. Our theme is Holy Labour: Black Women & The Work of Anti-Racism and we have a great lineup of guest speakers for the month of February. Stay tuned! 

Also, please hold Sunday, February 28 at 4:00 PM for the Diocesan Black History Month Service. Details to come. 

Annual Vestry Meeting

We’ve had a practice run with the Special Vestry Meeting that we held several weeks ago. So the idea of holding our Vestry Meeting (our AGM, for you non-Anglicans) under the current conditions should not seem that strange. Here are some things you need to know: 

  • The meeting will be held, over Zoom, on Sunday, March 7, immediately after the service. 
  • All committees and ministries will need to submit their reports by Sunday, February 7. We are asking that even ministries and committees that have been inactive submit reports that says as much. 
  • We are looking for a volunteer who would be willing to compile the full vestry report. If you are someone with the knowledge of a program (Adobe Acrobat Pro, MS Word, etc) and would be willing to dedicate a couple of hours, please let Rev. Jason or the wardens know via email.

Sunday Worship

Join us for online weekly worship held on Sundays at 10:30am

Join our services through Zoom Meeting on your computer:
https://zoom.us/j/777678934 
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.

 FROM THE DEACON’S DESK Prayers and Reflections   

As I am writing this reflection, an emergency alert comes on my cellphone.  We must stay at home except to do some specific activities.  In addition to this, the newspapers and television are filled with stories of political and social unrest.  As our anxiety level increases,  it is understandable to have many questions. Where is God in all of this?  When will this all end? 

In verse 1 of Psalm 121, the psalmist senses danger and perhaps experiences anxiety.  As he looks at the hills perhaps the source of his anxiety, he asks, “Where does my help come from?”    In a eureka moment he realizes that his help comes from the God who created the universe, the God who has the “whole world in His hands” as a well-known hymn reminds us.  That all-powerful God who is on call 24/7 is his protector. 

The Psalm was sung by pilgrims as they travelled very perilous roads to Jerusalem for one of the three major festivals– Passover, the Feast of  Weeks (Pentecost) and the Feast of Tabernacles.  We too can use this psalm of encouragement as we journey through these perilous times.
 
I lift up my eyes to the hills—
from where will my help come?

My help comes from the Lord
who made heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.

He who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper
the Lord is your shade at your right hand.

The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.
 
The Lord will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.

The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in
From this time on and for evermore.  
    
Amen

Claudette



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