... putting our faith into action"

Mark's Midweek Musings ... Nov 17 2021

On Remembrance Day
a wreath was laid at the cenotaph
by the parish of St. Paul's.
On Sunday evening, Orpheus Symphonietta
presented a Remembrance Day concert

Thank you Stuart for your leadership
and for the creation of "Angelis"
which premiered in the concert. 
Last Saturday
Len's family and friends gathered
at Goodwood Cemetery to inter his ashes.

May he rest in peace and rise in glory.
Christmas Hampers
This year the Christmas Hamper Committee are able to provide hampers and gifts for those in need. Our Outreach Committee has committed to provided for three families and, as in past years, a wreath will be installed at the back of the Church from November 14th for you to take a gift suggestion. All food and gifts need to be at the Church by Sunday, December 12 for sorting and delivery to Sacred Heart during that week.

If you would like to participate in this Outreach endeavor, but are uncomfortable going to Church yet, please feel free to call me and I can give you some suggestions. If necessary, a member of the committee will be glad to pick up your donation. Gift certificates from local grocery stores, Walmart, Marks, Canadian Tire or Dollarama are also needed gifts.

Members of St. Paul's have been generous in past years and we hope, with your help, to again help those less fortunate.

Thank you and keep safe,

Joy Freemantle, Outreach Chair


November 12, 2021

Dear Friends in Christ,

Our diocesan Synod is only two weeks away, and I can’t wait!
I have always enjoyed Synod – perhaps that makes me a bit unusual – so I’m very much looking forward to being “together” again, even if our gathering this year is a virtual one. I will miss being able to see everyone face to face. I will miss sharing stories and catching up at the social times or perusing the display tables. And of course, I dearly wish we could all worship together in-person for one of our grand and joyful diocesan family Eucharists. God willing, next year. 
Synod gives us the opportunity to dive into the business of the Church – Christ’s mission to God’s world. How we define and articulate, fund and live out our ministry as the Diocese of Toronto over the coming months and years is critically important, especially as we emerge from pandemic.
One of the motions I have been asked about is Motion 12, found on page 21 in Section A of the Convening Circular, entitled “Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples and Communities.” Diocesan Council has given its recommendation for adoption. This motion is born out of what many feel is the stirring of the Holy Spirit in our Church: a call to tithe to Indigenous communities 10% of funds from the sale of diocesan real estate.
This motion provides an opportunity for our Diocese to commit to Call to Action #61 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission: “We call upon Church parties to the Settlement Agreement, in collaboration with Survivors and representatives of Aboriginal organizations, to establish permanent funding to Aboriginal people for: i.) Community-controlled healing and reconciliation projects, ii.) Community-controlled culture and language revitalization projects, iii.) Community-controlled education and relationship building projects, iv.) Regional dialogues for Indigenous spiritual leaders and youth to discuss Indigenous spirituality, self-determination, and reconciliation.”
Rather than naming an external agency as the designated recipient of these funds, we intend to consult and partner with Indigenous peoples in this Diocese and beyond, to engage with them in ministry projects and to listen and learn so we may grow together in our mutual understanding and restoring of relationships.
Motion 12’s preamble outlines the Diocese of Toronto’s existing and continuing commitment to the work of reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples. This includes some substantial financial gifts we’ve made from the Ministry Allocation Fund, which repurposes proceeds from the sale of surplus property. This fund was a result of the Capital Redeployment Policy of 2003, which states that “We must always remember that we have inherited the Church today and its assets from earlier generations... We have a responsibility to future generations to consider the ongoing work of the Church and the, as yet, unknown needs of future generations whenever we make decisions.”
Last week we prayed, studied and contemplated how we can all live into our responsibilities as Treaty People on this territory. An ongoing commitment of a 10% tithe from the MAF would be a tangible step towards restoring the treaty relationship between the Diocese and Indigenous Peoples.
This past summer, as scores of unmarked graves of Indigenous children were recovered on the grounds of former residential schools, we were confronted once again with the horror of the abuse inflicted on whole communities and the tragedy of our Church’s participation in an evil system. As I mentioned in my letter last Friday, we are also reconsidering and acknowledging the Land on which we reside. There are many theological, historical, cultural and moral questions to ponder when we reflect on the concept of “property.” Motion 12 makes a first attempt at regularizing the sale of our “property” by committing to prioritize a cumulative tithe to the work of reconciliation.
I commend this motion to our prayerful attention, and I encourage the Members of Synod to consider the merits of making this kind of decision together. Here is an opportunity to make a real, systemic change in our practices to demonstrate our commitment to right relations with the Indigenous peoples of this land.
See you at Synod!

Yours in Christ,

The Rt. Rev. Andrew Asbil
Bishop of Toronto

P.S. Another upcoming event I’m excited about is an online Advent study that I’m leading with Dr. Sylvia Keesmaat, co-chair of the Bishop’s Committee on Creation Care. It’s called “Reading the Bible from the Margins,” and I would love to have you join us for four Sunday evenings starting Nov. 21, over Zoom. For more information or to register for this free series, visit

The Rt. Rev. Andrew Asbil
Bishop of Toronto

If you missed our worship
for last Sunday, October 24
here's the link ...
Our thermometers are now working
so we will be checking
people's temperatures
as they arrive at church.

Although this isn't required
it is an additional way
to keep people safe and healthy
especially because we are not
asking for vaccine status.

Thank you in advance
for your understanding.
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.
Christmas Services at St. Pauls ...

Dec 24th, Christmas Eve at 4:30 pm
Family Christmas Eve Communion

Dec 24th, Christmas Eve at 7:00 pm
Festive Christmas Eve Communion

Dec 25th, Christmas Day at 10:00 am
Quiet Christmas Day Communion

Please register in advance ...

If we reach capacity at these services
we will look at adding further opportunities
for Christmas Eve.

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

May we not only read them
but pray over them ...
National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

77. We call upon provincial, territorial, municipal, and community archives to work collaboratively with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation to identify and collect copies of all records relevant to the history and legacy of the residential school system, and to provide these to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.

78. We call upon the Government of Canada to commit to making a funding contribution of $10 million over seven years to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, plus an additional amount to assist communities to research and produce histories of their own residential school experience and their involvement in truth, healing, and reconciliation.
This week ...
  • Wednesday ... "Mark's Midweek Musings"
  • Thursday ... 11 am; Conference Call Bible Study
  • Saturday email with links to the live streaming of our worship service and our You Tube channel for the video link following the service
  • Saturday ... post Santa Claus Parade; Christmas Market
  • Sunday ... Reign of Christ and Faithworks 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 Prayer Group
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 ...  Psalm 17:1-8; Luke 19:11-28
  • Thursday ...  Psalm 129; Luke 19:41-44
  • Friday ... Psalm 122; Luke 19:45-48
  • Saturday ...  Psalm 124; Luke 20:27-40
  • Sunday ... Reign of Christ ... Psalm 132:1-19; John 18:33-37
  • Monday ... Psalm 24:1-6; Luke 21:1-4
  • Tuesday ... Psalm 96; Luke 21:5-9

Wed November 17 ... Mark's Midweek Musings
Thurs November 17 ... 11 am; Conference Call Bible Study
Sat November 20 ... post Santa Claus Parade; Christmas Market
Sun November 21 ... 10:30 am; Reign of Christ ... in person worship including communion ... an email will be sent with a link to the live stream and video
Mon November 22 ... 7:30 pm; Zoom "holy spirits"
Tues November 23 ... 7:30 pm; Zoom Prayer Group
Tues November 23 ... email re. registering for In person Sun worship
Wed November 24 ... Mark's Midweek Musings
Thurs November 25... 11 am; Conference Call Bible Study
Sun November 28 ... 10:30 am; First Sunday of Advent ... in person worship including communion ... an email will be sent with a link to the live stream and video
Tues November 30 ... email re. registering for In person Sun worship
Tues November 30 ... Celebrating the Saints ... "St. Andrew the Apostle"

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"Faithworks ... putting our faith into action"

God has blessed us abundantly with the gift of faith and hope through the promise He has given us especially in His Son Jesus Christ. And that faith and hope sees us through many difficult, trying and stressful times throughout our lives. I can't begin to count the number of people who have said they aren't sure how they could have coped even marginally throughout this pandemic without their trust in God. As well, I often hear those who are grieving say they don't know how people go through this without faith. There is no doubt that our faith is a blessing to us ourselves.

However, part of being the recipients of faith as a gift from God is that God desires it to motivate us to be faithful in our lives and in living out what we profess to believe in. There are many ways we can do that; one of them is to share of the abundance we have to assist in ministries directed at those who are on the margins of our society, those who are often most vulnerable and have no where to turn for help in their need.

Jesus, in that well known gospel passage said, “Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” And of course those around him asked when they had seen him hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick. Jesus response, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”

As followers of Jesus, our discipleship ministry and vocation is to recognize Christ in our midst especially8 among those who are in greatest need. And we are to treat them and respond to them in exactly the same way we would to Jesus himself. That's often counter cultural in the world we live. More often than not those on the margins are judged and as a result their needs aren't taken seriously. However, Jesus calls us to have a different response ... caring, compassionate, nonjudgmental. And our baptismal identity in living out our baptismal promises invites us to consider how we can seek and serve Christ in all people; and how we can strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being.

Faithworks has been part of our life as a diocese for 25 years. Throughout that time, parishes from across the diocese of Toronto, including our own, have supported ministries of care and compassion. The needs have always been great; Covid 19 has highlighted that those needs are only increasing. The church has the means to respond by supporting other agencies who are doing this work on the ground. 

I had the privilege of serving for a short time on the Faithworks Allocations Committee. The process of applying is rigorous; and each application is reviewed thoroughly. What I experienced in making grants that amounted to over $1 million was the sacred privilege in what we were doing. We were seeing the face of Christ in those served by our partner agencies and organizations, and we responded as best we could with the resources available to us.

This Sunday is Faithworks Sunday across the diocese. You will have received a mailing asking you to consider your support of this important outreach ministry of the Diocese of Toronto. Through our ongoing support, we are reminded again that we are not an island unto ourselves; we are part of a larger church who are committed to working together to be faithful in our calling as the body of Christ. Each of our parishes respond to needs individually; Faithworks is the diocese equally responding faithfully on a larger scale than any of us can do on our own.

I encourage you to support Faithworks in any way you can. No offering is too small. You can use the envelopes mailed to you; or E Transfer if that works easier; you can make a one time donation; or you can sign up for monthly offerings. I invite you to enter into a spiritual exercise as you consider your support. 

May each of us discern our faithful response to the many and various needs supported by Faithworks. Together we can and we do make a difference ... with God's help!!
A prayer for putting our faith into action ...

Heavenly Father, thank You that by Your grace,
we have been made alive in Christ,
who breathed His breath of life into us 
so that we might be faithful
in all we do as disciples of Jesus Christ.
We pray that our faith may be a living faith
that leads us into faithful ministries
that you prepare for us to engage in.
We pray that others may see the living Christ
in us and working through us.
We ask all of this in Jesus’ name. AMEN
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