"Spirit of Gratitude"

"Mark's Midweek Musings ... October 6, 2021

Last Friday, on the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
and what is known as Orange Shirt Day
there were about 130 people who gathered
and walked in remembrance and solidarity
for the injustice faced by those in Residential Schools
and their families who still are affected today.

We were grateful to hear from
Pearl Gabona, a Metis Elder and Councilor
She challenged us with a message
we need to hear and remember 
as descendants of settlers who colonized this land.
This past Saturday
the Outreach Committee and the Green Committee
sponsored a Plant and Pernnial Sale

As well Rainbow reading blankets
were sold in support of St. Paul's Outreach

There are still some plants
left at the side of the rectory.
If you're interested in taking them for your garden
please make a donation 
in an envelope marked "Plant Sale
and place it on the offering plate
or in the mail box at the side door of the church.

Thanks to everyone involved!!
On Saturday, family and friends gathered
for the internment of Joan and Leo's ashes
at Uxbridge Cemetery

It was significant that it would have been
their 67th Wedding Anniversary.

May they rest in peace and rise in glory.
Rainbow Reading Blanket are available 
as gift for ...

Birthday, Christmas, Baby Shower, Birth of baby
or just because 

Gifts for children ages infant to 8!
Crocheted colourful blanket
with age appropriate book, all gift wrapped with tag

Pricing ...
Blanket and book - $25.00
Blanket only - $20.00

If interested, we have inventory.

Contact: Sally Kotsopoulos 
Phone: 647-206-8645

Let your friends and family know too!

All proceeds go to St.Paul’s Outreach.
Support the environment
and St. Paul's Outreach with eco-products! 

Dryer Balls (reduce drying time and dryer sheet use)
- suggested donation Three for $15
Produce bags (replace plastic bags for produce)
- suggested donation $10-12
Bamboo cutlery sets (replace plastic cutlery)
- suggested donation $5

Great Christmas gifts/stocking stuffers!
Have a look in the bell tower foyer!
Leave your donation in an offering plate
using the envelopes provided.
Announcing .....

St. Paul's, in partnership with
North House and the Region of Durham
will open the Uxbridge Service Hub
in our parish hall starting next Wednesday, October 13

Various service providers
to those who are often overlooked and underserviced
will gather on the second Wed of each month
at St. Paul's from 10 to noon

Our hope is that
with the service providers in one location
this will make it easier for clients to access their services

What an exciting ministry opportunity
and the joy of partnering with others!!

God is up to something!!!

October 1, 2021

Dear Friends in Christ,

For the first time since the fall of 2019, the Canadian House of Bishops gathered at the Mount Carmel Retreat Center in Niagara Falls this week. Over the last 18 months, the House has convened its meetings like everyone else, online. Since the last in-person meeting, eight new bishops have been elected in dioceses across the land. We were meeting in person for the first time. Some of our fold joined us by Zoom for this first ever hybrid assembly.

I can say without hesitation, it was a very fine gathering, my favourite to date. It was the first time we could be together face to face since the pandemic began. How are you holding up? How are things going in your diocese? How are your clergy faring? What’s been happening in your parishes? Questions of the sort rolled off the tongue as we ate breakfast, lunch and dinner or went for a stroll by the Falls or gathered for our formal sessions. It didn’t take long to become pretty candid and honest with each other. While virtual platforms are really helpful, they cannot mimic the full effect of being in each other’s presence.

Our days were structured around important discussions on matters such as ecumenical dialogues, COVID-19 reopening, vaccination policies and liturgical guidelines, models of formation for ministry and future directions of the national church. Our Indigenous bishops guided our discussion, contemplation and reflections as we marked the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Grief mingled with sorrow was peppered with words of hope. It was a powerful moment.

I suppose if there was one thing that will linger most from this meeting for me, it was the time we spent in prayer together. Our meetings were infused with Bible study, liturgy and meditation, from the beginning of the day to the close. We had time to intentionally pray for one another, for our personal and ministry needs and for the hopes and worries facing our dioceses. We bishops may not always agree with one another on issues facing the Church. We sometimes argue and wrestle with difference, and not always in a helpful way. The Church does that from time to time. Yet over the last four days, our eyes were turned in the direction we needed the most. Our gaze was fixed on each other, on those who suffer in these difficult times, on our communities of faith dotting every region of this land, on the providence and love of God in Jesus Christ our Saviour, and upon you.

Yours in Christ,

The Rt. Rev. Andrew Asbil
Bishop of Toronto

If you missed our worship
for last Sunday, September 19
here's the link ...
In order to assist us
in knowing ahead of time
how many will be attending in person Sunday worship
please register in advance.

We have accommodated for 35
to allow for those who might not register
or those who might show up at our door.

Simply go to the link
and follow the directions
filling in your name, number attending
and contact email.

Here's the link to register ...

Thank you in advance for your help!!!

If your plans change after you have registered
and you won't be attending
please send an email to
so the space can be made available for someone else.

Given that this Sunday is thanksgiving
if we reach our maximum capacity for the 1030 service
I will schedule another service to accommodate
those who wish to attend worship.

Each week, I will share 
The Truth and Reconciliations "Calls to Action"

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

Professional Development and Training for Public Servants

57. We call upon federal, provincial, territorial, and municipal governments to provide education to public servants on the history of Aboriginal peoples, including the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, Indigenous law, and Aboriginal–Crown relations. This will require skillsbased training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights, and anti-racism.
This week ...
Mark is on vacation this week from October 11 to 18th. Please contact the wardens if there is a pastoral emergency. The Rev. Don Shields will be convering for the worship service on October 17.

There will be no Tuesday evening prayer group, Midweek Musings or Thursday Conference Call Bible study.
  • Tuesday ... email to register for in person worship
  • 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
  • Monday ... "Celebrating the Saints" ... St. Luke the Evangelist
  • 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

Week starting Wed Oct 6
  • Wednesday ... Psalm 86:1-10; Luke 11:1-4
  • Thursday ... Psalm 1; Luke 11:5-13
  • Friday ... Psalm 9:1-8; Luke 11:14-26
  • Saturday ...Psalm 97; Luke 11:27-28
  • Sunday ... 20th Sunday of Pentecost ... Psalm 22:1-15; Mark 10:17-31
  • Monday ... Thanksgiving ... Psalm 126; Matthew 6:25-33
  • Tuesday ...  Psalm 19:1-4; Luke 11:37-41
Week starting Wed Oct 13
  • Wednesday ... Psalm 62:1-9; Luke 11:42-46
  • Thursday ... Psalm 130; Luke 11:47-54
  • Friday ... Psalm 32; Luke 12:1-7
  • Saturday ...Psalm 105:5-10, 42-45; Luke 12:8-12
  • Sunday ... 21st Sunday of Pentecost ... Psalm 104:1-9, 25, 37b; Mark 10:35-45
  • Monday ... Feast of St. Luke ...Psalm 147:1-7; Luke 4:14-21
  • Tuesday ...  Psalm 40:8-11; Luke 12:35-38

Free Bishop's Company Cabaret

The Bishop’s Company Cabaret is almost here!

Registration is open.
Join us online on Friday, October 15 from 8-9:30 pm 
for an evening of FREE musical performances
from across our Diocese

and a conversation between Judy Maddren
and the Suffragan Bishops.

It's time to celebrate our clergy and give thanks.

Register Here:

Only one registration required per household. 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email
containing information about joining the webinar.

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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"Spirit of Gratitude"
Gratitude ... thanksgiving ... appreciation. These are the words that come to mind as we enter into this intentional time of remembering our many blessings. We have received gifts in abundance from God and yet how often do we remember to express our thanks. Are there times when in fact, as unintentional as it might be, that we take those blessings for granted simply because they are always there.

The scriptures call us to give voice to our thanks and praise to God for the bountiful blessings He bestows upon us. God enjoys nothing more than lavishing His children with all we need to live life to the fullest and more. God is generous beyond belief, even when we may not deserve it. And our response should be a continual expression of our gratitude and praise.

Here's a list of only some of the scripture passages that deal with thanksgiving ...
  • "Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever." 1 Chronicles 16:34
  • "Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful." Colossians 4:2
  • "Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
  • "The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him." Psalm 28:7
  • With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the Lord: “He is good; his love toward  Israel endures forever.” And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid. Ezra 3:11
  • I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving Psalm 69:30
  • Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. Psalm 100:4-5
Day to day life gets hectic, with many stresses as we are often over scheduled and even over extended. These are the times when our attention gets drawn to the micro details of everyday we have to attend to and deal with. These can at times be overwhelming and leave us tired and weary. And in those moments, we may neglect to remained attuned to how blessed we are even in the midst of what may be causing us chaos.

A good exercise is to take an intentional inventory of the blessings we have received and enjoy in our lives ... a gratitude journal. So, what am I aware of that I need to express my thanks to God for:
  • my relationship with Beth and love and support we share in our everyday lives 
  • our children who are so attentive to issues of justice and act proactively for the dignity of all people
  • that our immediate family and their partners are double vaccinated against Covid 19 so that, unlike last year, we can enjoy thanksgiving together
  • for the joy Honey has brought into our lives
  • that most of our extended family has also been vaccinated, especially our mothers, meaning we can spend time with them
  • for the gift of my faith in Jesus Christ that sustains and comforts me no matter what is happening in my life or in the world
  • for my calling and vocation as a priest, having served for over 30 years in ordained ministry
  • for calling me to serve at St. Paul's
  • that St. Paul's is engaged with reaching out to the wider community around us and especially responding to the needs of the most vulnerable on the margins of our society
  • for the decreasing number of Covid cases despite the reality we are in a fourth wave
  • for the medical professionals on the front lines who continue to care for the sick in our hospitals
  • that we are able to resume our in person worship and come together in our beautiful church
  • for the gift of technology that has opened up opportunities to remain connected even when we couldn't be physically together
  • for the glorious colours of the changing leaves, even though I know what is coming next
  • for the sumptuous fresh tomatoes from the field and even still local grown corn that is delicious and sweet
And I'm sure that there are more things I could add to my list. 

As we head into this weekend when we focus on thanksgiving and gratitude, I encourage you to be intentionally mindful of the blessings you have received. And then, take that next important step of offering a prayer of thanks for all the gifts God has given you.

One last thought ... we set aside this weekend for thanksgiving. But shouldn't there be room everyday to show gratitude. I know personally, and maybe for you too, I want to commit to that attentiveness and awareness everyday and in turn say my prayer of gratitude to God who is the source of all my blessings always.
A prayer for Thanksgiving ... 

God of all blessings,
source of all life, giver of all grace:

We thank you for the gift of life:
for the breath that sustains life,
for the food of this earth that nurtures life,
for the love of family and friends
and the gift of community.

We thank you for the mystery of creation:
for the beauty that the eye can see,
for the joy that the ear may hear,
for the unknown that we cannot behold
filling the universe with wonder,
for the expanse of space
that draws us beyond the definitions of ourselves.

We thank you for setting us in communities:
for families who nurture our becoming,
for friends who love us by choice,
for companions at work,
who share our burdens and daily tasks,
for strangers who welcome us into their midst,
for people from other lands
who call us to grow in understanding,
for children who lighten our moments with delight,

We thank you for this day:
for life and one more day to love,
for opportunity
and one more day to work for justice and peace,
for neighbors
and one more person to love and by whom be loved,
for your grace
and one more experience of your presence,
for your promise:
to be with us, to be our God,
and to give salvation.

For these, and all blessings,
we give you thanks, eternal, loving God,
through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.
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