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"Squirrel ... Easily Distracted"

"Mark's Midweek Musings ... September 2, 2021

In September, the Outreach Committee
is planning to have a sale of house plants.

If you have any plants you would like to donate
please contact Gail Browne at 905-852-6853
We are excited and looking forward
to our return to in person worship!!

Please register in advance
if you are planning to attend.
(see note below)

You can also leave a message on the church answering machine
if you are planning to attend.

Be assured that attending church in person
will be safe following Diocesan protocols.

Everyone must wear a mask
and we will continue to be physically distanced.

We will be doing our best
to have the live streaming up and running
for our first Sunday.

If there are glitches,
we will record the worship 
and post it later in the day.

More details to follow!!
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 ...

https://reopen.church/r/Wn8gJSqv

Thank you in advance for your help!!!

We look forward to worshiping together in person
starting Sunday September 12.

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

May we not only read them
but pray over them ...

Reconciliation

Canadian Governments and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People

43. We call upon federal, provincial, territorial, and municipal governments to fully adopt and implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as the framework for reconciliation.

44. We call upon the Government of Canada to develop a national action plan, strategies, and other concrete measures to achieve the goals of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. 
"A Home for All?"

"Creation-supporting tips from St. Paul's Green Team" 

Reduce Food Waste 

* Make a menu and a shopping list and stick to it! 
* Have a plan for leftovers (soups, salads, freezing)
* At restaurants: Ask your server to omit items you won't eat (e.g. rolls)

Outreach Thanks
 
On behalf of the Outreach Committee, I wish to thank you all for your generous donations to our recent appeal.  Once again, St. Paul's has met the challenge.
 
The Reading Blanket initiative by Sharon Houston and Sally Kotsopoulus continues to do well and we appreciate those who have supported it.
 
We do have two fund raising events planned for the Fall and if you are able to assist in either of these, please contact Gail Browne (maritimer3.83rose@gmail.com or 905-852-6853).  If not, please support these efforts as you are able.
 
Thanks again,
 
Joy Freemantle
Outreach Chair
This week ...
  • Mark's Midweek Musings ... Thurs
  • Thurs ... Conference Call Bible Study; 11 am
  • On line worship links will be emailed on Saturday for Sunday Worship Video
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 ... Psalm 85:8-13; Matthew 19:27-30
  • Wednesday ... Psalm 34:9-22; Luke 4:38-44
  • Thursday ... Psalm 98; Luke 5:1-11
  • Friday ... Psalm 100; Luke 5:33-39
  • Saturday ... Psalm 54; Luke 6:1-5
  • Sunday ... 15th Sunday of Pentecost ... Psalm 125 ; Mark 7:24-37
  • Monday ... Psalm 62:1-7; Luke 6:6-11
Thurs September 2 ... Mark's Midweek Musings
Thurs September 2 ... Conference Call Bible Study
Sun September 5 ... an email will be sent with a link to the Online worship Video
Tues September 7 ... Tuesday Connections
Tues September 7 ... 7:30 pm; Zoom Compline
Tues September 7 ... email re. registering for In person Sun worship
Thurs September 9 ... Mark's Midweek Musings
Thurs September 9 ... 11 am; Conference Call Bible Study
Sun September 12... 10:30 am; in person worship including communion ... an email will be sent with a link to the live stream and video
Tues September 14  ... Tuesday Connections
Tues September 14 ... 7:30 pm; Zoom Prayer Group
Tues September 14 ... email re. registering for In person Sun worship
Wed September 15 ... Zoom Coffee & Chat
Thurs September 16 ... Mark's Midweek Musings
Thurs September 16 ... 11 am; Conference Call Bible Study
Sun September 19 ... 10:30 am; in person worship including communion ... an email will be sent with a link to the live stream and video
Tues September 21 ... Tuesday Connections
Tues September 21 ... "Celebrating the Saints" ... St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist
Tues September 21 ... 7:30 pm; Zoom Compline
Tues September 21 ... email re. registering for In person Sun worship
Thurs September 23 ... Mark's Midweek Musings
Thurs September 23 ... 11 am; Conference Call Bible Study
Sun September 26... 10:30 am; in person worship including communion ... an email will be sent with a link to the live stream and video
Mon September 27 ... 7:30 pm; Zoom "holy spirits"
Tues September 28 ... Tuesday Connections
Tues September 28 ... 7:30 pm; Zoom Prayer Group
Tues September 28 ... email re. registering for In person Sun worship
Thurs September 30 ... Mark's Midweek Musings
Thurs September 30 ... 11 am; Conference Call Bible Study
Thurs September 30 ... "Celebrating the Saints" ... St. Michael and All Angels
Thurs September 30 ... Orange Shirt Day ... Walk down Brock Street

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 

stpaulsuxbridge@yahoo.ca

Please use the security question
"What town is the church located in?"
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!!
"Squirrel ... Easily Distracted"

This past weekend, we enjoyed puppy sitting our pseudo grand puppy. She was a joy to have around; it was wonderful to be greeted so lovingly each morning and after having been out on an errand.

As I walked her on a number of occasions, there were times when she'd see something move in the distance. It may have been another dog or a bird, but most likely a squirrel. And when that happened, that's where her attention went, no longer concerned in the least with the leaf she may have been sniffing or running through the grass. In a nut shell, she was easily distracted. And as a dog, who wouldn't find that squirrel more interesting than anything else around.

I haven't watched the movie "Up", although I've heard about it from my children. One of the funny moments that occurs throughout the movie is when the dog, who can talk, is saying or doing one thing, and then is immediately distracted by something else ... and the line they say at that moment, no matter what the distraction is, is "squirrel"! That has become a joke in our house for whenever we are distracted from one thing to another ... someone invariably says "squirrel".

This all got me to thinking about how easily we can become distracted in our lives of faith and faithfulness. We may be focused intently on the blessings we have been given in a moment, and then something else draws our attention elsewhere. Maybe it's something we hear or see on the news, or a person whose walking by, or a loud noise, or a siren going by. There can be many distractions in our lives that take out attention away from that moment of grace and blessing we are experiencing of God in our midst.

I appreciated, and laughed too because it's all too familiar, when I read this in an article ...

Do you find yourself starting your day with the Lord, but all the sudden: Squirrel! Someone is driving poorly in front of you. Squirrel! Your kid forgot their lunch. Squirrel! That conference call didn’t work out as planned.

The reality is that there are more distractions to our faith, and our faithfulness, than we can ever imagine.

So, what can we do when we find ourselves distracted. One thing is to acknowledge the distraction for what it is and that it has grabbed our attention. And second, we can incorporate it into a prayer. For instance when an ambulance passes us with it's siren going, say a prayer for the person being attended to and for patience in other drivers on the road; if it's construction that is making us late for an appointment, pray for the safety of those working and for patience and peace.

Even in the squirrel moments of our faith journey and our relationship with God, we can always return back to that moment of grace and blessing; we can return our focus on Jesus and who we are and who we are called to be; we can refocus on the faithfulness of being a disciple of Jesus and a child of God.

Are we going to be distracted in our lives, of course we are because we are human and it is part of the human condition. Let's not be so preoccupied with those distractions that we don't reengage with the essence of who we are and all that means in our day to day lives. Even the "squirrel" moments can be blessings too; they can be experiences of the grace and love of God.
 
A Summer Prayer in a Prolonged Season of COVID (2021)
written by Ken Carter 

O God of every time and season
we give thanks for rhythms of work and rest
for places apart that mark our years
for the eternal return of ocean waves
for the defiant posture of mountains
for the hiddenness of favorite coves
for pilgrimages made and then homecomings.
O God, in this season we are grateful
for sanity regained
for blessings discovered
for those who return to us
and for those who leave.
As we enter into autumn  
we confess an anxiety for children and grandchildren 
who begin a new school year amidst a virus 
that is too much with us; 
we offer intercession for them, 
and for those called to teach them; 
and we lift our voices for policies that place the common good 
and indeed human life before the expediency 
of present political affinities and future political elections.  
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers.
And through it all, teach us, 
God of wonder and creation 
that your spirit is nearer to us 
than the gift of our next breath
that your presence is woven into
the comings and goings of our lives
and having fled to our own lonely places
let us return, with Jesus
to live and work 
to pray and heal
to worship you 
and love our neighbor. Amen.
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