"Jesus and Politics"

Mark's Midweek Musings ... November 5, 2020

If you missed out worship on Sunday
here's the link to the video ...
Now available ...

Written copies of the weekly sermons
are posted on our website

Here's the link
I will be taking the remainder
of my summer vacation time
from Nov 8 to Nov 16.

The Rev. Greg Fiennes Clinton
will preside and preach on Sunday Nov 15.

If there is a pastoral emergency
please contact the church office
be email at
or by telephone at 905-852-7016.
Or you can contact one of the wardens.
This week in our parish cycle of prayer
we remembered and gave thanks for ...

Edna, Joan and Leo, Norma and Sandra and their families.

Christmas Hampers

As with everything else, our Christmas hampers will have a different look this year.  We have been advised by the organisers of the program that they are unable to match sponsors with families this time.  Presently, no hall is available for collection and distribution of the hampers.  They are asking for gift cards to cover the cost of groceries (approximately $150 to $200 depending on family size) and $75 to $100 per child for gifts.

Your Outreach Committee has undertaken to provide gift cards, hopefully for three families (estimated to total $1,500).  Our suggestion is to purchase gift cards from local stores for $10 or $25, which will enable the organizers to distribute them amongst the families as required.

We hope to support local stores and ease transport issues for the families.  Vince's and Zehrs are convenient for food with Walmart, Canadian Tire ad Marks for clothes and toys.

The generosity of St. Paul's members over the past many years is well known and we ask you to consider making gift card donations for whatever you can.  They may be placed on the collection plate at Sunday or Wednesday services or put in the newly installed, secure, mailbox by the south entrance to the Church.

The gift cards will be distributed the first week in December, so please have your gift cards to the Church by Sunday, November 29th.

This year recipients will be empowered to choose what food and gifts they purchase, something they can't normally do.

Keep safe and well.

With blessings from your Outreach Committee,
Joy Freemantle, Chair
This week ...
  • Tues Connections email
  • Zoom Compline ... Tues 7:30 pm
  • Communion at St. Paul's ... Wed 10 am
  • Please register in advance if you are planning on attending worship on Sunday (see note below)
  • Mark's Midweek Musings ... Thurs
  • Conference Call Bible Study ... Thurs 11 am
  • On line worship links will be emailed on Saturday
  • Communion at St. Paul's ... Sun 10 am ... or viewed live or using the video posted later in the morning on our YouTube channel
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
  • Tuesday ... Ps 144:1-10; Lk 13:31-35
  • Wednesday ... Ps 27:1-6, 17-18; Lk 14:25-33
  • Thursday ...Ps 105:1-7; Lk 15:1-10
  • Friday ... Ps 122; Lk 16:1-8 
  • Saturday ...  Ps 112; Lk 16:9-15
  • Sunday ...  Ps 78:1-7; Mt 25:1-13
  • Monday ...  Ps 24:1-6; Lk 17:1-6

Thurs Nov 5 ... Mark's Midweek Musings
Thurs Nov 5 ... 11 am; Conference Call Bible Study
Thurs Nov 5 ... Online Hymn Sing
Sun Nov 8 ... Remembrance Day ... 10 am; Communion at St. Paul's ... safe and physically distanced ... live streamed and available later via video on our YouTube channel
Mon Nov 9 to Tues Nov 17 ... Mark will be taking the last of his vacation ... contact the wardens for any pastoral emergencies ... no Tuesday connections, zoom Compline, Wed communion, mid week musings, conference call Bible Study or online hymn sing
Wed Nov 11 
... please register if you are planning to attend the in person worship on Sunday (see note below)
Sun Nov 15 ... 10 am; Communion at St. Paul's ... safe and physically distanced ... live streamed and available later via video on our YouTube channel
Tues Nov 17 ... Tuesday Connections
Tues Nov 17 ... 7:30 pm; Zoom Compline
Wed Nov 18 ... please register if you are planning to attend the in person worship on Sunday (see note below)
Wed Nov 18 ... 10 am; Communion ... safe and physically distanced
Thurs Nov 19... Mark's Midweek Musings
Thurs Nov 19 ... 11 am; Conference Call Bible Study
Thurs Nov 19 ... Online Hymn Sing
Sun Nov 22 ... "Reign of Christ" ... 10 am; Communion at St. Paul's ... safe and physically distanced ... live streamed and available later via video on our YouTube channel
Mon Nov 23 ... 7:30 pm; Zoom "holy spirits ... faith conversations over a pint"
Tues Nov 24 ... Tuesday Connections
Wed Nov 25 ... please register if you are planning to attend the in person worship on Sunday (see note below)
Wed Nov 25 ... 10 am; Communion ... safe and physically distanced
Wed Nov 25 ... 11:15 am; Zoom Coffee & Chat
Wed Nov 25 ... 7:30 pm; Zoom "Covid 19 Christmas" series
Thurs Nov 26... Mark's Midweek Musings
Thurs Nov 26 ... 11 am; Conference Call Bible Study
Thurs Nov 26 ... Online Hymn Singe and Chat
Sun Nov 29 ... "Advent 1" ... 10 am; Communion at St. Paul's ... safe and physically distanced ... live streamed and available later via video on our YouTube channel 

To assist us in planning for our Sunday worship services
we are asking you to please register
if you are intending to attend.

This will help us know in advance
how many people to expect
and if we need to open the lower hall
to accommodate all who wish to attend.

We will be allowing some space for those
who haven't registered.

There are two ways to register ...
1. Using the internet, go to and click on the Sunday you plan to attend, following the directions to type in your name and email address.

2. Phone the church office at 
905-852-7016 and leave a message by Wednesday.

Thank you for your assistance in registering
for Sunday morning worship at St. Paul's.
I'm looking forward to working with Karen
to offer this zoom series in preparation for Christmas 2020.

I hope you'll consider joining in the conversation
and reflection around how to celebrate this year.

Please email me to register.

I will send out the zoom link.

What to expect as we gather for worship ...
Things are different from our usual pattern of worship!!
  • please ensure you are healthy with no symptoms of Covid 19 and that you haven't been in contact with anyone who has symptoms or has tested positive for Covid 19 or is in quarantine
  • please self-screen by asking yourself the following questions … do you have a new cough, runny nose, or any new respiratory issues; do you have a fever; do you have any nausea, gastro issues, diarrhea; have you traveled outside Canada in the last 14 days; have you had contact with anyone who has been told to self-isolate in the last 14 days; have you been told to self-isolate in the last 14 days … If you answer yes to any of these questions, please stay home and consider getting tested.
  • everyone attending worship is expected to wear a mask
  • please arrive early for the service to allow an easy flow into the church 
  • there will be markers on the sidewalk leading to the church to ensure appropriate physical distancing as people arrive
  • please use the main front doors to access the church … those who use the right front door will be sitting on the right side of the church and those who use the left front door will sit on the left side of the church … the entrance on the south side of the church will be reserved for those requiring the elevator
  • a record will be kept of those who attend worship at the church for tracking purposes in case we should need to make contact 
  • there will be hand sanitizer available at each entrance 
  • please take your coats or umbrellas with you to your seat ... no coats are to be hung at the back of the church
  • you will be ushered to where you will sit in the church … beginning with pews at the front, working to the back … please sit where you are assigned, appropriately and safely distanced from those around you
  • children will stay in church with their families and are encouraged to bring soft toys or books for during the service
  • there will be no hymn or prayer books in the pew ... everything for the liturgy will be projected at the front
  • there will be a few printed service leaflets for those who find it difficult to see the projection ... please take these home with you if you use them
  • there will be no congregational singing ... music will be instrumental and soloists
  • you will be encouraged to remain seated throughout the worship service
  • the priest, readers, intercessor, musicians, and soloists will be wearing masks 
  • there will be no congregational responses to the prayers
  • offering plates will not be passed from person-to-person ... parishioners may deposit their offering into plates which will be prominently placed near the entrance/exit … offerings will be counted and deposited every two weeks
  • communion will be administered as you leave the building ... please stop leaving appropriate physical spacing between yourself and those who are distributing communion ... come forward with your mask on to receive the bread ... move away before you remove your mask and consume your communion as you exit the building 
  • we discourage using cash in your envelopes preferring a check and encourage other options such as PAR, Canada Helps or E-transfers  
  • instructions will be given about leaving the church at the end of the worship service exiting from the back to the front using the same door you entered
  • the washroom on the main level will be available for use with instructions for sanitizing after each use
  • the church will be fully cleaned and sanitized after each service

What to expect when I come to church
for Wednesday Communion …
  • All of the above instructions are to be followed except we will use only the front doors on the right with instructions to sit on the right side of the church safely and appropriately distanced
  • Communion will be administered at the end of the liturgy as you leave the building

Everyone needs to feel safe and comfortable.

As we gather, we need to mitigate stress.
There will be people available to give direction.

We pray that this will be
an inspiring opportunity to gather in worship together.

We will do what we can
to try and meet everyone's spiritual needs
as we remain faithful and engaged
in our relationship with God
and with each other as the body of Christ.

Whether you join us in person or on-line,
we look forward to worshiping with you!

An option to make your St. Paul's donations
which is easy and convenient

we have online banking available for e-transfers.

If this is helpful as you support the ministries of St. Paul's
the email address you need is
We have our "Canada Helps" account
up and running 
and ready to receive donations.

For those who would find this 
a helpful way to continue
supporting St. Paul's.
here is the link ...

Thank you in advance
for your support of our ministry at St. Paul's
If you or someone you know
is in need of pastoral support
during this time

please leave a message
at the church office or email me.

Trust me when I say
it is no bother!!

This is what I'm here to do!!
"Jesus and Politics"

I decided to write this reflection before the election in the United States so as to hopefully avoid a rant depending on the outcome. And in so doing, I pray that it is more of a spiritual and faith reflection on what is happening not just to the south of us in the U.S. but all around the world, and here in Canada too. In particular, whoever has been elected, I call us to do the only real thing we can do as a people of faith and that is to pray.

Politics were at the center of what Jesus encountered and lived with as part of his life and ministry. It was a political intervention that ultimately led to his death. How many times do we read in the gospels Jesus involved in some kind of confrontation with those in political leadership? Regularly. And how many of those times were initiated by Jesus? Few. 

Jesus stood His ground when the authorities of the day wielded their position of power in order to entrap him and turn the crowds against him. He was a threat to them and the influence they had over the everyday lives of the people they governed. Even though they were often hostile toward him, when questioned about taxes he honored the place of Caesar and the role of those in political leadership. However, he also held them accountable for how they treated people and especially those most vulnerable and marginalized. Most importantly, Jesus opened up the belief that God had another kind of kingdom in mind than what was being lived out on earth. In God's kingdom, the priority would be justice, respect, dignity, care, compassion and love. There would be no discrimination or hatred among people. God's reign would be totally about peace among all people in all places in all time.

Oh how we long for that reality today. And all the drama surrounding the days leading up to the election yesterday only magnify the dysfunction of political systems today and abuses of power by those in positions of leadership.

At this moment, I don't know how the Americans will vote and who will be elected as their next President. I have my own thoughts and prayers in that regard. In the end, all we can do is pray, especially because for most of us in Canada we have no part in the process even tough we will undoubtedly be affected by it.

I was struck by the faithfulness of prayer I have heard about through the church in the U.S. On Sunday, there was a vigil of prayer at the National Cathedral in Washington led by The Most. Rev. Michael Curry. And, on the evening of the election the Brothers from the Society of St. John the Evangelist are holding a prayer vigil in silence with readings throughout from the psalms. The faithful are indeed coming together to pray which they know is all they can do. 

I look to Jesus today; and I will look to Jesus on Wednesday after the election is wrapped up. I remember when Trump was elected in 2018, there was a campaign with the slogan, "No matter who is President, Christ is King". There is some consolation in holding on to that faith with hope and trust. 

Human leaders may well continue to work amidst dysfunction and end up causing hurt and pain in the lives of so many. They will undoubtedly continue to disappoint. That's an unfortunate and a sad reality that comes out of their very human condition and their all too human ambition which leads to their all too human agendas and priorities and success.

However, I pray that God's reign will grow more and more as individuals exercise their rights and freedoms and continue to hold government accountable for actions and decisions. Part of our mission and ministry as followers of Jesus is to speak truth to power. The voices of God's people united in the call for justice must continue to be heard. We need to feel empowered by the gift of God's Holy Spirit to be the faithful voice of God speaking into the darkness and injustice of our time.

We may well speak negatively and disparagingly of those elected to the south of us and how they lead in their government. However we need to keep our own politics here in Canada in mind too. There is a need here too to speak truth boldly and with confidence because of who we are and what we believe and the example of Jesus. Let's use our God inspired voices to speak truth to power here too locally in our town of Uxbridge, provincially and federally too. 

Whatever has happened; whatever the result of the election on Tuesday; whoever is President of the United States; my first prayer is for peace and a true desire to work through the differences that divide people on the many and various issues of the day. And in that, I pray that you and I may not lose hope in the foundation of our faith through Jesus Christ. And, finally, that we might hold on to that biblical imperative from the prophet Micah, "He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God." May we always be empowered to live out our baptismal identity and trust always in the one whose reign we wait and contribute to, Jesus Christ and God's kingdom and the feast gathered at God's table where there's room for everyone and no one is excluded!!
A prayer following the US election
written in 2018.

God of all nations and of the  whole human family,
we give you thanks for the freedoms and blessings
of democratic processes and elections
and especially yesterday the election in the USA.
We ask for your guidance for all
who devote themselves to the common good,
working for justice and peace. 
We lift up all elected leaders and public servants,
especially for the elected President.
Heal differences and unite people together
for the common good of all
with a common purpose, dedication, and commitment
to truly work for justice
in the years ahead for all people,
and especially those who are most vulnerable and marginalized.
In Jesus name we pray. Amen. 
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