Mark's Midweek Musings & Updates

Wednesday August 29, 2018
"Lessons from the Maritimes!"

Dear Friends,

They say time flies when you're having fun. Well that was certainly true of the vacation time I've just finished. Where did the time go? It was an enjoyable, restful and renewing time for which I am grateful. And although vacations seem to me to often not be long enough, it is good to be back and ready to begin our fall season together. And what a fall we have planned. Be sure to mark your calendars. You won't want to miss any of the exciting things planned!!
Later this morning we will deliver 
over 20 backpacks with school supplies
to the food bank for children in need
to begin the coming school year!!

There are a number of supplies left over
that we will deliver to a local school
to be given to any children 
who may need them.

Thank you and well done!!!
This Sunday, September 2
I will be concluding the reflection series ...

Audacious Anglicans

Anglican who have had the courage
to take risks out of their faith
to advance the ministry of the church
and the proclamation of the kingdom message

September 2 ...  "Church Army" & Wilson Carlile

Let's learn something ourselves
about our call to be audacious
from these ordinary men and women
who did extraordinary and faithful ministry

Midweek Communion
begins on Thurs September 6
at 10:00 am

Followed by bible study,
conversation and discussion.
Coffee and Conversation
resumes on Monday Sept 17
1 pm
at the Tin Cup.

Invite your friends and neighbors
to share in this time of
fellowship and conversation!!
Sept 23 and 4th Sun of each month

We will be offering worship
at Douglas Crossing

Please let me know if you are interested
in helping out
with this ministry to those who live
at Douglas Crossing.

We especially need musicians.
As part of Orange Shirt Day
we will be sharing in worship
at St. Andrew's Chalmers Presbyterian
for our 1030 service.

The evening will include
The Honourable Jane Philpott
gJane Philpott

Minister of Indigenous Services
 and MP for Markham—Stouffville

Get your tickets soon 
for the dinner here at St. Paul's
as there is a limited number available!!

The evening presentation
is open to the general public
with no admission charge.
The Orange Shirt planning team including
Gail Browne, Gail Verwoerd & Eileen Foote from St. Paul's
You are invited!!
We need you!!!

Please mark the date on your calendar now!!

Saturday October 28
9:30 am to 2:30 pm

A day together to reflect, discuss
and pray about our life together
here at St. Paul's.

Let's discern what God is up to
in our shared ministry!
even though things may change,
mark your calendars now so you don't miss out!!

Sun 2 … Labor Day
Sat 8 … Men’s Breakfast
Sun 9 … return to 8:30 & 10:30 service times
Thurs 13 … Communion & Bible Study
Sat 15 … Gay/Straight Alliance
Mon 17 … Coffee & Chat
Thurs 20 … Communion & Bible Study; Lunch & Learn; TAB
Sun 23 ... Communion at Douglas Crossing
Mon 24 … holy spirits

Thurs 27 … Communion & Bible Study; Noon Organ concert
Sun 30 … Orange Shirt Day ... shared worship at St. Andrew's Chalmers Presbyterian Church ... other activities including a walk in solidarity with our aboriginal brothers and sisters
Mon 1 … Coffee & Chat
Thurs 4 … Communion & Bible Study
Sun 7 … Harvest Thanksgiving
Thurs 11 … Communion & Bible Study
Sat 13 … Men’s Breakfast
Mon 15 … Coffee & Chat
Wed 17 … Pilgrim Series
Thurs 18 … Communion & Bible Study; Lunch & Learn; TAB
Sat 20 … Trent/Durham Mental Health symposium for clergy at St. P’s; Gay/Straight Alliance
Wed 24 … Pilgrim Series
Thurs 25 … Communion & Bible Study
Sat 27 … “What’s God Up To?” … appreciative inquiry summit for St. P’s … details to follow
Sun 28 ... Communion at Douglas Crossing
Mon 30  … holy spirits

Thurs 1 … Communion & Bible Study
Sat 3 … Men’s Breakfast; Turkey Dinner (TBC)
Sun 4 … All Saint’s Day; Evensong with Tudor Singers
Mon 5 … Coffee & Chat
Wed 7 … Pilgrim Series
Thurs 8 … Communion & Bible Study
Sun 11 … Remembrance Day; Orpheus Symphonietta concert
Wed 14 … Pilgrim Series
Thurs 15 … Communion & Bible Study; Lunch & Learn
Sat 17 … Gay/Straight Alliance
Sun 18 … Feast of St. Cecilia; afternoon “Old Tyme Hymn Sing … celebrating the gift and ministry of music”
Mon 19 … Coffee & Chat
Wed 24 … Pilgrim Series
Thurs 25 … Communion & Bible Study
Sun 25 … Reign of Christ; Cantorei sine Nomine Concert
Sun 25 ... Communion at Douglas Crossing 
Mon 26 … holy spirits
Wed 28 … Pilgrim Series
Thurs 29 … Communion & Bible Study
Sat 1 … Men’s Breakfast; putting up the Christmas tree
Sun 2 … Advent 1
Mon 3 … Coffee & Chat
Wed 5 … Advent Candlelight Communion
Thurs 6 … Communion & Bible Study
Sun 9 … Advent 2 “Old Tyme Christmas Carol Sing”
Wed 12 … Advent Candlelight Communion
Thurs 13 … Communion & Bible Study
Sat 15 … Gay/Straight Alliance
Sun 16 … Advent 3; Christmas Open House at the Rectory
Wed 19 … Advent Candlelight Communion
Thurs 20 … Communion & Bible Study
Fri 21 … Longest Night Service
Sun 23 … Advent 4
Sun 23 ... Communion at Douglas Crossing
Mon 24 … Family Christmas Eve Communion; Festive Almost Midnight Communion
Tues 25 … Christmas Day Communion
Sun 30 … 9:30 Communion

"Lessons from the Maritimes!"

First, the Maritimes is such a gorgeous splendor of God's creation. I enjoyed capturing the many images, as best I could through the lens of my camera. Here are a few of the photos that show the essence of our experience on Cape Breton Island.




And if I were to count, there are hundred's more photographs!!

Life in the Maritimes, and especially on Cape Breton is certainly different than what we experience day to day. And, in reflecting, I think there are some things to learn from our experience that would make life easier, less stressful and probably more healthy in the long run.
  • slow down the pace and enjoy the moment
  • what's the hurry all the time
  • stop and simply smell the sea air and feel the ocean breeze and taste the salt on your lips
  • relationships and community are to be nurtured and friends and neighbors treasured
  • friendliness to everyone we meet is a gift we can offer and receive
  • even when there's construction, drive up and down the steep hills anyway
  • if you're stopped to let ongoing traffic through at a construction site, look around because perhaps it's the best view you'll have all day
  • if there's the choice between two hiking paths, take the longer one because who knows what you'll miss by taking the short cut
  • be spontaneous and not always having to stick to the plan arranged ahead of time
  • drive the back roads and explore beyond the highlights on the tourist map
  • walk into the ocean, even up to your ankles and realize this is but one small piece of such a large body of water stretching far beyond the horizon
  • go to the end of the road, even if it's a dirt road, otherwise you'll miss out on being as far north as you can go
  • take part in local customs and meet those who live there
  • listen to the stories and hear something of the past
  • even when it's raining, head out with an umbrella
  • the scenery looks different depending on the time of day and the weather
  • there are rocky cliffs, high mountains, pastures, villages, fishing boats, lobster traps, sea birds, lighthouses, beaches, driftwood, rocks, sunsets, clouds in the sky ... each one offering a glimpse of life in this part of our country
  • most important ... have ice cream every day!!
There is so much spiritual wisdom in these observations I had from our time away amidst such a friendly and engaging people. God is offering abundance all the time, even in the mundane of daily routines, schedules and appointments. I wonder what it would be like for us to really enter into a rhythm that allows us to open our eyes and our ears, using all of our senses to truly recognize, experience and appreciate the glory of God not just on a vacation some 5000 kilometers away. But right here, at home, whatever we are doing, whoever we are with.

That's a challenge I put to myself as I transition back to work. Maybe it's a question and challenge for you to put before yourself too ... What does it look like for you to be still and know that God is God right here and right now?

I suspect our lives would be a lot simpler, less stressful as we recognize and engage with the abundance of all that is holy and sacred even in the structure of our everyday lives.
I offer us this prayer guiding us in how we approach day to day life with the hope and trust of a meaningful encounter with God ...

God, You know our hearts better than we know them ourselves.
You know our struggles
and You hold each hope and fear in Your caring hands.
Teach us to be still and to know that You are God.

Teach us to wait for Your still, small voice
and quiet the earthquakes and blazing fires in our lives.

Replace our restless doing with inner calm,
and help us to sit at Your feet in quiet adoration
even if there are a million things clamoring for our attention.
Just as You spoke over the tumultuous sea and storms,
so speak over our hearts Your shalom.

Teach our hearts to cease striving
and to know that we can have an intimate and deep,
personal, first-hand experience–that You are God.

Help us cultivate quiet hearts,
like a baby content in its mother’s arms,
no longer coming to You with a “gimme” spirit
but instead calmly nestling against Your heart.
Help us find quietness  and happiness
in intimate communion with You. 
You’ve got the details of our day covered.
We can rest in You. Amen!!

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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