Mark's Midweek Musings & Updates

Thursday October 31, 2019
"Friends ..."

Dear Friends,

My musings are a day late as I was under the weather the early part of the week. Feeling better now. Looking forward to an appointment with my doctor later today to adjust a medication I take. Isn't it something that on the one hand something can work so well and yet cause us not to feel well at the same time.

In any case ... onward and onward!!
Yesterday St. Paul's hosted the Community Lunch
at St. Andrew's Chalmers.

As usual there was lots of food, volunteers and fellowship.

We raised $200.65 for the Loaves and Fishes Foodbank.

Thank you to everyone who was involved
and to Sharon Houston for coordinating.
Thank you to Marianna who will be working with our children
during the 930 service
to prepare with them dances to tell the Christmas story
at the family service Christmas Eve.

Be sure to bring your children out
so they can participate fully!
Finance Report - month ending September 2019

Our intake of offering dollars is in a shortfall of $10,000 when measuring against our 2019 Operational Budget. However, last year at the same time we were $13,000 short. This is good news!

Please look forward to the next financial updates in November and December.

Reminder - we are closing in on our fiscal year-end December 31st, 2019. We all need to be aware,  for our personal budgeting purposes, as this it is only 9 weeks away.

The Wardens of St. Paul's would like to thank you all for your support and generosity.

Peace and grace,

Sharon Houston, Beth Crook, Art Mathews, Dorothy Haines
Don't forget to change your clocks
before going to bed on Saturday!!

Otherwise you'll be
an hour early for church
on Sunday!!!
Saturday Nov 2 ... 5 to 7 pm; Turkey Dinner
Sunday Nov 3 ... All Saints Day ... 8:15 am Quiet Traditional Communion; 9:30 am "The Table"; 10:45 am Classic Communion and Baptism
Sunday Nov 3 ... following 10:45 am communion ... Outreach Meeting
Monday Nov 4 ... 1 pm; Coffee & Chat at Tin Cup
Wednesday Nov 6 ... 9 am to 12:30 pm; Poverty Maze sponsored by the Uxbridge Poverty Coalition
Thursday Nov 7 ... 10 am; Communion followed by Bible Study at Mae's
Thursday Nov 7 ... 7:30 pm; Choir practice
Friday Nov 7 - Sat Nov 8 ... Diocesan Synod ... please pray for Gail Browne and Mark as delegated from St. Paul's
Sunday Nov 10 ... Remembrance Sunday ... 8:15 am Quiet Traditional Communion; 9:30 am "The Table"; 10:45 am Classic Communion
Sunday Nov 10 ... 7:30 pm; "Remember Them" ... Manfred Symphony by Tchaikovsky ... performed by Orpheus Symphonietta ... Tickets $20
Tuesday Nov 12 ... 7 pm; Advisory Board
Thursday Nov 14... 10 am; Communion followed by Bible Study at Mae's
Thursday Nov 14 ... noon; Lunch & Learn
Thursday Nov 14 ... 7:30 pm; Choir practice
Saturday Nov 16 ...11 am; Uxbridge Santa Claus Parade
Saturday Nov 16 ... 2 to 4 pm; Gay Straight Alliance
Sunday Nov 17 ... 8:15 am Quiet Traditional Communion; 9:30 am "The Table"; 10:45 am Classic Communion
Thursday Nov 21... 10 am; Communion followed by Bible Study at Mae's
Thursday Nov 21 ... 7:30 pm; Choir practice
Sunday Nov 24 ... Reign of Christ ... 8:15 am Quiet Traditional Communion; 9:30 am "The Table"; 10:45 am Classic Communion
Sunday Nov 24 ... 2 pm; Communion at Douglas Crossing
Sunday Nov 24 ... 7:00 pm; Bach's Christmas Oratorio ... performed by Cantorei sine Nomine accompanied by Orpheus Symphonietta ... Tickets $25
Monday Nov 25 ... 7 to 9 pm; "holy spirits" at Wixan's
Thursday Nov 28... 10 am; Communion followed by Bible Study at Mae's
Thursday Nov 28 ... 7:30 pm; Choir practice
Friday Nov 29 ... 7 to 9 pm; Gaymes Night
Before we know it December will be here with lot's happening at St. Paul's.
Mark your calendars now
so you don't miss anything!!

Wednesday Dec 4 ... noon; Community Lunch at St. Andrew's Presbyterian
Wednesday Dec 4, 11 & 18 ... 7 pm; Advent Candlelight Communion services 
Sunday Dec 15 ... 2 to 4 pm; Christmas Open House at the rectory
Sunday Dec 15 ... 4:30 pm; Community Christmas Carol Sing
Saturday Dec 21 ... 7 pm; Longest Night Service
Sunday Dec 22 ... 8:15 quiet communion service & 10:30 am (note time change) Choir Cantata "Emmanuel"
Tuesday Dec 24 ... 4:30 pm Family Christmas Communion service ... 10:30 pm Carol Singing ... 11:00 pm "Almost Midnight Communion"
Wednesday Dec 25 ... 10:00 am; Christmas Day Communion
Sunday Dec 29 ... 8:15 quiet communion service & 10:30 am Communion with Carol singing
"Friends ..."

From the moment we are young children playing on the school yard we work at developing friendships. Sometimes it's pretty hard work; and sometimes they don't last long. But, whatever form it takes, and at whatever age we find ourselves, we value relationships with others that we come to know as friends.

Friends are there for each other; they support each other; can be a source of advice; they laugh together and cry together too; they truly care for each other and want the best for each other. In many ways, our friendships early in life teach us so much about relationships in general. Developing those friendships, especially those which last into adulthood, is a gift to treasure and value.

Signs of a friendship that is meaningful to us are: honesty, respect, sharing, and loyalty. Day to day living can be a bit easier when we have someone we can call a true friend through whatever we are experiencing. That's because they stand with us, and we in turn stand with them.

Have you ever thought about developing a spiritual friendship with someone? It's been reported that it's easier to walk faithfully our discipleship if we are sharing that journey with someone we can call a friend. It needs to be someone we trust and who in turn can trust us. Just as our best friend is there with us, so too is our spiritual friend who walks alongside us and prays with us and for us. And what a gift that is too.

Of course, the most obvious spiritual friend we always have with us is Jesus himself. The well known hymn sums it up so nicely ...
What a friend we have in Jesus
All our sins and griefs to bear
And what a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer

Jesus want to be our friend and to share that intimate place of being there with us and for us whatever is happening in our lives or in the world. In John 15, Jesus says ...
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 
Greater love has no one than this:
to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 
You are my friends if you do what I command. 
I no longer call you servants,
because a servant does not know his master’s business.
Instead, I have called you friends,
for everything that I learned from my Father
I have made known to you.

Jesus wants to be friends with us. We need to remember that that relationship also needs attention on our part to make it work at its best. Let's not take that friendship for granted any more than we would take any other friendship for granted. Let's commit to being intentional so that the relationship with Jesus is one that truly is meaningful with opportunity to grow and flourish.
I offer us this prayer for friendships in our lives
You have blessed us, O God, with the gift of friendships in our lives

We thank you for such a blessing:
for friends who love us, who share our sorrows,
who laugh with us in celebration, who bear our pain,
who need us as we need them, who weep as we weep,
who hold us when words fail, 
and who give us the freedom to be ourselves.
Bless our friends with health, wholeness, life, and love.
Remember, if you have a question, I encourage you to send it to me in an email and I will do my best to answer it either in a weekly update or in a sermon.

As always, my inbox is open, and so is my office door if you'd like to chat. I'm usually in my office most mornings Monday through Thursday unless otherwise announced due to a meeting. Stop by or make an appointment!

Take care and have a blessed day and week!

Mark +

The Rev. Canon Mark Kinghan
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