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Brrrrrr it's cold

Mark's Midweek Musings ... January 12, 2022

Thank you to Art, Sharon, John, Grant,
Trevor & Siobhan & Chris
for helping in dismantling our display
in the Elgin Mills Fantasy of Lights.

Thanks to Dave for assisting Art
in unloading.

It goes to show that many hands
make for light work!!!

Thanks everyone!!!
This week ...
  • Thurs Jan 13 ... Conference Call Bible Study
  • Sunday Jan 16 ... Baptism of the Lord ... an email will be sent out with a link to the online video worship service
  • Monday Jan 17 ... Spiritual Formation Monday's
  • Tuesday Jan 18 ... Zoom Compline
  • Tuesday Jan 18 ... Celebrating the Saints ... The Confession of St. Peter

If you missed our worship
for last Sunday,December 19
here's the link ...

https://youtu.be/tuxfNtLDYmA
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 ... Ps 40:1-10; Mk 1:29-39
  • Thursday ... Ps 44:7-14, 23-26; Mk 1:40-45
  • Friday ... Ps 89:15-18; Mk 2:1-12
  • Saturday Dec 25 ... Ps 21:1-7; Mk 2:13-17
  • Sunday Dec 26 ... 2nd Sun After Epiphany ...  Ps 36:5-10;          Jn 2:1-11
  • Monday Dec 27 ... Ps 50:7-15, 24; Mk 2:18-22
  • Tuesday Dec 28 ... The Confession of St. Peter the Apostle ...  Ps 23; Mt 16:13-19

Wed January 12 ... Mark's Midweek Musings
Thurs January 13 .. 11 am; Conference Call Bible Study
Sun January 16 ... a link will be emailed to a pre recorded video of prayers, readings, a sermon and music
Tues January 18 ... 7:30 pm; Zoom Prayer Compline
Tues January 18 ... Celebrating the Saints ... The Confession of St. Peter
Wed January 19 ... Mark's Midweek Musings
Thurs January 20 ... 11 am; Conference Call Bible Study
Sun January 23 ... a link will be emailed to a pre recorded video of prayers, readings, a sermon and music
Tues January 25 ... Celebrating the Saints ... The Conversion of St. Paul
Wed January 26 ... Mark's Midweek Musings
Wed January 26... 11 am; Zoom Coffee & Chat
Thurs January 27 ... 11 am; Conference Call Bible Study
Sun January 30 ... a link will be emailed to a pre recorded video of prayers, readings, a sermon and music

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Brrr it's cold

Yesterday morning, I bundled up in my warmest winter coat, a hat and gloves and headed out with the dog for her morning walk. We weren't going to be going far though as the temperature was clost to -30 degrees. Brrr it's cold was definitely on my mind.

I don't know about you, but when I've been out in the cold, I can't wait to get home to something warm to drink. There's a comfort and anticipation of what was awaiting me when I got home on what has been described as the coldest day in a number of years. 

This all got me to thinking and reflecting on how at various times throughout our lives we may go through what feels like a winter season. And, there are many potential causes for us to feel that way. It could be a prolonged illness, or grief, or economic struggles, or heavy decisions weighing us down, or a pandemic. And during those times all we want is the comfort of a warm blanket to enfold us; we want and need to be cared for in whatever state we are in, with whatever reality we may be dealing with.

There are many possible places we can turn for support during these times when we're shivering and feel the impact of whatever cold front is moving through our lives. We have family, friends, doctors, counsellors and our church community that we can lean on for the support we need. But we need to remember that we equally have God who can and will warm us through with the presence of His Holy Spirit surrounding us and within us too.

God's desire is for us to never experience all that has the potential to cause us discomfort and that might even cause us harm. God doesn't want us to freeze in the realities of our lives in this world that come upon us and have the potential to overcome us. God wants us to be warmed through and through with all the grace and mercy God offers us through His Son Jesus Christ. 

When we're feeling down for some reason or other, isn't it good if someone offers to make us a cup of tea? Isn't it welcome when the phone rings with someone simply asking how we're doing and are ready to listen as we share what's happening in our lives? 

God wants to offer us a spiritual cup of tea that will equally bring us calm, peace and the warmth of God's love. God wants to be there to have a conversation with us when we need Him most. God is always available so we can be assured that we are never alone, having to deal with these frosty moments in our lives all on our own.

Yes, brr it's cold and not only because of the weather and freezing temperatures. Today, how can you make time and space for God in whatever cold spell you're going through in your lives? How can God offer you all the warmth of a cozy spiritual blanket? How can God offer you an embrace and a shoulder to cry on?

Let's not stay out in the cold ... let's come into God's presence where we will be warmed and comforted by the mercy of God. Amen.
 
A prayer for the winter we experience
as part of our lives ...

There is a winter in all of our lives,
a chill and darkness that makes us yearn
for days that have gone
or put our hope in days yet to be.
Father God, you created seasons for a purpose.
Spring is full of expectation
buds breaking
frosts abating and an awakening
of creation before the first days of summer.
Now the sun gives warmth
and comfort to our lives
reviving aching joints
bringing colour, new life
and crops to fruiting.
Autumn gives nature space
to lean back, relax and enjoy the fruits of its labour
mellow colours in sky and landscape
as the earth prepares to rest.
Then winter, cold and bare as nature takes stock
rests, unwinds, sleeps until the time is right.
An endless cycle
and yet a perfect model.
We need a winter in our lives
a time of rest, a time to stand still
a time to reacquaint ourselves
with the faith in which we live.
It is only then that we can draw strength
from the one in whom we are rooted
take time to grow and rise through the darkness
into the warm glow of your springtime
to blossom and flourish
bring colour and vitality into this world
your garden.
Thank you Father
for the seasons of our lives.

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