"The Smell of Baking Bread" 

"Mark's Midweek Musings ... September 29, 2021

September 24, 2021

Dear Friends in Christ,

“The Good of Patience.” This is the title of the second chapter of Alan Kreider’s book, The Patient Ferment of the Early Church. I commend both the book and the value of living out the good of patience. Throughout, Kreider shows how this one virtue is continually being woven into the very fabric of who we are as Christians. He draws on the example of many in our shared history, like St. Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage, North Africa (248-258). Cyprian was leader at a particularly dangerous and difficult time. There were divisions within the Church and there were waves of hostility coming from without. And at this point in the third century, all had been deeply affected by a pandemic that devastated communities large and small. At the height of the pandemic, it is said, as many as 5,000 people died every day in the city of Rome.

During this season of uncertainty, disruption, worry, and anxiety, Cyprian chose to write a treatise on patience. He wrote, “Beloved, we are philosophers not in words but in deeds; we exhibit our wisdom not in dress, but by truth; we know virtues by their practice rather than through boasting of them; we do not speak great things, but we live them… Therefore, as servants and worshippers of God, let us show by spiritual homage the patience that we learn from the heavenly teachings. For that virtue we have in common with God.”

Cyprian was calling the Christian community to embody the quality of Patientia to demonstrate the very character of God. Become like God, he would say. As a community of faith lives out the virtue of patience, God becomes known and shown through it. Wiser words could not be spoken now.

If there was a time for us to embody the Christian virtue of patience, it is now, especially as we deal with a fourth wave of pandemic. Our recently published vaccination policy that is to be adopted in parishes across the Diocese, makes it possible for us to comply with provincial health guidelines and ensures safety and well-being. We also recognize that for us to comply, a great responsibility is shouldered by clergy, volunteers, and leaders.

Please, everyone, let’s be patient with one another and kind, too. Please do all that you can to be helpful. Be supportive of your wardens as they do their level best to make note of vaccination receipts. Be supportive of your clergy as they stay open and attentive to the myriad of pastoral needs that are emerging. Please show patience with our staff at 135 Adelaide Street who are doing their very best to keep up with your questions and changing circumstance. We appreciate your striving to accommodate tight timelines and guidelines. We know that this time is not easy. By being attentive and living out the deeds of our faith, we demonstrate the very character of our God.

The scourge of COVID-19 persists. We invite you to continue to pray for frontline workers, the sick and the dying, especially in those places where infections are rampant. We pray especially for our siblings in the province of Alberta. May God continue to bless us on our way.

Yours in Christ,

The Rt. Rev. Andrew Asbil
Bishop of Toronto
The full text of the Diocese of Toronto
Mandatory Vaccine Policy can be found here ...

Thank you to those
who have already provided proof of their vaccine.

We appreciate your assistance
in keeping our parish safe.

If you missed our worship
for last Sunday, September 19
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House Plants, Perennials and rainbow blankets
(please note ... no bake sale)

This Saturday, October 2, 11 am to 1 pm
Front lawn of St. Paul's

All proceeds will support St. Paul's Outreach ministry.

Please follow all Covid protocols
of masking and appropriate physical distancing.

If you have any plants you would like to donate
please contact Gail Browne at 905-852-6853
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Each week, I will share 
The Truth and Reconciliations "Calls to Action"

May we not only read them
but pray over them ...

National Council for Reconciliation

53. We call upon the Parliament of Canada, in consultation and collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, to enact legislation to establish a National Council for Reconciliation. The legislation would establish the council as an independent, national, oversight body with membership jointly appointed by the Government of Canada and national Aboriginal organizations, and consisting of Aboriginal and non- Aboriginal members. Its mandate would include, but not be limited to, the following:
  • Monitor, evaluate, and report annually to Parliament and the people of Canada on the Government of Canada’s post-apology progress on reconciliation to ensure that government accountability for reconciling the relationship between Aboriginal peoples and the Crown is maintained in the coming years. 
  • Monitor, evaluate, and report to Parliament and the people of Canada on reconciliation progress across all levels and sectors of Canadian society, including the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action. 
  • Develop and implement a multi-year National Action Plan for Reconciliation, which includes research and policy development, public education programs, and resources. 
  • Promote public dialogue, public/private partnerships, and public initiatives for reconciliation.
54. We call upon the Government of Canada to provide multi-year funding for the National Council for Reconciliation to ensure that it has the financial, human, and technical resources required to conduct its work, including the endowment of a National Reconciliation Trust to advance the cause of reconciliation.

55. We call upon all levels of government to provide annual reports or any current data requested by the National Council for Reconciliation so that it can report on the progress towards reconciliation. The reports or data would include, but not be limited to: 
  • The number of Aboriginal children—including Métis and Inuit children—in care, compared  with nonAboriginal children, the reasons for apprehension, and the total spending on  preventive and care services by child-welfare agencies. 
  • Comparative funding for the education of First Nations children on and off reserves. 
  • The educational and income attainments of Aboriginal peoples in Canada compared with  nonAboriginal people. 
  • Progress on closing the gaps between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities in a  number of health indicators such as: infant mortality, maternal health, suicide, mental  health, addictions, life expectancy, birth rates, infant and child health issues, chronic  diseases, illness and injury incidence, and the availability of appropriate health services. 
  • Progress on eliminating the overrepresentation of Aboriginal children in youth custody over the next decade. 
  • Progress on reducing the rate of criminal victimization of Aboriginal people, including data  related to homicide and family violence victimization and other crimes. 
  • Progress on reducing the overrepresentation of Aboriginal people in the justice and  correctional systems. 
56. We call upon the prime minister of Canada to formally respond to the report of the National Council for Reconciliation by issuing an annual “State of Aboriginal Peoples” report, which would outline the  government’s plans for advancing the cause of reconciliation.
"A Home for All?"

"Creation-supporting tips from St. Paul's Green Team" 
Support Biodiversity:

* Grow a pollinator/insect friendly garden
* Install nest boxes and a bird bath
* Consider adding more native plant species to your garden
This week ...
  • Wednesday ... Celebrating the Saints ... "St. Michael & All Angels"
  • Mark's Midweek Musings ... Wednesday
  • Thursday ... 6:45 pm; Orange Shirt Day Community Walk
  • Saturday ... 11 am to 1 pm; Plant Sale
  • Saturday email with links to the live streaming of our worship service and our You Tube channel for the video link following the service
  • Sunday ... 10:30 am; in person communion ... live streamed for those not worshiping in person
  • Tuesday ... email to register for in person worship
  • Tuesday ... 7:30 pm; Zoom Compline
I have been asked to share
some scripture passages
that people can read over the week
and reflect in their own personal times
of prayer and bible reading.

These are the appointed lectionary readings
from the psalm and the gospel
for celebrations of the Eucharist
  • Wednesday ... St. Michael & All Angels ... Psalm 87; Luke 9:51-56
  • Thursday ... Psalm 19:7-10; Luke 10:1-1
  • Friday ...  Psalm 79:1-9; Luke 10:13-16
  • Saturday ... Psalm 69:34-38; Luke 10:17-24
  • Sunday ... 19th Sunday of Pentecost ... Psalm 26; Mark 10:2-16
  • Monday ... Psalm 148:7-14; Matthew 11:25-30
  • Tuesday ... Psalm 6; Luke 10:38-42
Wed September 29 ... Mark's Midweek Musings
Wed September 29 ... "Celebrating the Saints" ... St. Michael and All Angels
Thurs September 30 ... 6:45 pm; Orange Shirt Day ... Walk down Brock Street
Sun October 3 ... 10:30 am; in person worship including communion ... an email will be sent with a link to the live stream and video
Tues October 5  ... 7:30 pm; Zoom Compline
Tues October 5 ... email re. registering for In person Sun worship
Wed October 6 ... Mark's Midweek Musings
Thurs October 7 ... 11 am; Conference Call Bible Study
Sun October 10 ... 10:30 am; Harvest Thanksgiving ... in person worship including communion ... an email will be sent with a link to the live stream and video
Tues October 12 to Mon Oct 18 ... Mark will be on vacation ... no prayer group, musings or bible study conference call 
Tues October 12 ... email re. registering for In person Sun worship
Sun October 17 ... 10:30 am; Feast of St. Luke ... in person worship including communion ... an email will be sent with a link to the live stream and video
Mon October 18 ... "Celebrating the Saints" ... St. Luke the Evangelist
Tues October 19 ... 7:30 pm; Zoom Compline
Tues October 19 ... email re. registering for In person Sun worship
Wed October 20 ... Mark's Midweek Musings
Thurs October 21 ... 11 am; Conference Call Bible Study
Sun October 24... 10:30 am; in person worship including communion ... an email will be sent with a link to the live stream and video
Mon October 25 ... 7:30 pm; Zoom "holy spirits"
Tues October 26 ... 7:30 pm; Zoom Prayer Group
Tues October 26 ... email re. registering for In person Sun worship
Wed October 27 ... Mark's Midweek Musings
Thurs October 28 ... "Celebrating the Saints" ... St. Simon and St. Jude
Thurs October 28... 11 am; Conference Call Bible Study
Sun October 31... 10:30 am; in person worship including communion ... an email will be sent with a link to the live stream and video

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"The Smell of Baking Bread"
It's quite something when our senses take us back to some experience we are reminded of. As I'm out walking each morning, and turn on to Bascom St. at Chances Are, I can smell the baking bread from Bredin's bakery. What comes to mind for me each time is many years ago when I went to nursery school and we would go for our walk each morning. As we went along Facer Street, the bakeshops all had that wonderful smell of baking bread. That's what I think of and remember.

It's funny how certain things trigger memories of certain people or events. When I eat dill pickles, which I love, I remember my Aunt Donna who reminded me at family gatherings how much I loved them. I also think of her because she made the best macaroni salad for family bbq's. I think of Beth's Aunt Marg when we have Christmas pudding and sauce; and Mrs. Berry when I see candy apples because that was her specialty.

As we go through our lives of faith, and grow in our spirituality and our relationships with God and His Son Jesus, there are many invitations we have to connect with the divine and sacred. Many of them involve our using our senses to receive the gift God is opening before us.

One of those for me is when we gather around the table and share in the Eucharist together. I noticed personally a marked loss for me when we couldn't do that throughout this pandemic. The sharing of bread, whether as a wafer or actual bread, connects us with God in a way that is tangible and uses our sense of taste. Sometimes it can also use our sense of smell. I remember being at General Synod 2016 and they had set up bread makers to make the bread for the closing Eucharist. Needless to say it was hard to concentrate on the business at hand with the tantalizing smell of baking bread. 

Using our hearing can also be a way of encountering God present in our lives. Maybe it's in the gift of song as we listen to a soloist. I know I've had more than one occasion when after a Sunday liturgy there was a solo we heard that I can't get out of my head. As well, though, there's the song of the birds in the yard that encourage us to recognize and experience God in our midst using our sense of hearing.

For some, the sense of smell is incorporated into their spirituality and worship experience of God. I have been in liturgies that have included incense and have appreciated the way it invites me into prayer. Smudging liturgies, from the Indigenous tradition, use sweet grass and sage which has a fragrance that invites those participating into a spiritual experience of the holy and sacred.

Finally, I also use my eyes and what I see to experience God. As a photographer, what I see through the lens of my camera, and thereby simply with my eyes at other times, speaks to me of spirituality and encountering an experience of God. That's why for some time, although not so much at the moment, my photography was an integral part of my spirituality.

Our senses are a gift from God and inspire different reminders of times past when we experienced something that is still there even if only in our subconscious. Ask yourself, and be aware as you are out and about this week, how do your senses help you recognize and experience the presence of God? How does what you see, hear, taste and smell invite you to encounter the sacred and holy either in the moment now, or remembered from the past? 

Let's embrace using our senses to experience God and grow in our being able to recognize the holy and sacred in our midst.
A prayer written by Sr Bridgetta Rooney
about using our senses ... 

Open my senses, God,
to understand and answer the needs of others.
Keep my ears attuned to the laughter of children,
my eyes to the needs of the hidden.
Let my nose smell the beauty of flowers
and transform the earth’s decay to the scent of fecundity.
May my touch be gentle in raising up
those who live under a heavy burden.
May I savour the taste of your abundance
and make the earth sustainable for all.
Open my senses, God. Amen.
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