Mark's Midweek Musings ... July 8, 2021

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

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

Child welfare

1. We call upon the federal, provincial, territorial, and Aboriginal governments to commit to reducing the number of Aboriginal children in care by:
  • Monitoring and assessing neglect investigations.
  • Providing adequate resources to enable Aboriginal communities and child-welfare organizations to keep Aboriginal families together where it is safe to do so, and to keep children in culturally appropriate environments, regardless of where they reside.
  • Ensuring that social workers and others who conduct child-welfare investigations are properly educated and trained about the history and impacts of residential schools.
  • Ensuring that social workers and others who conduct child-welfare investigations are properly educated and trained about the potential for Aboriginal communities and families to provide more appropriate solutions to family healing.
  • Requiring that all child-welfare decision makers consider the impact of the residential school experience on children and their caregiver
2. We call upon the federal government, in collaboration with the provinces and territories, to prepare and publish annual reports on the number of Aboriginal children (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis) who are in care, compared with non-Aboriginal children, as well as the reasons for apprehension, the total spending on preventive and care services by child-welfare agencies, and the effectiveness of various interventions.

3. We call upon all levels of government to fully implement Jordan’s Principle. 

4. We call upon the federal government to enact Aboriginal child-welfare legislation that establishes national standards for Aboriginal child apprehension and custody cases and includes principles that:
  • Affirm the right of Aboriginal governments to establish and maintain their own child-welfare agencies.
  • Require all child-welfare agencies and courts to take the residential school legacy into account in their decision making.
  • Establish, as an important priority, a requirement that placements of Aboriginal children into temporary and permanent care be culturally appropriate.
5. We call upon the federal, provincial, territorial, and Aboriginal governments to develop culturally appropriate parenting programs for Aboriginal families.

Thank you to those who have supported
the 2021 Outreach Campaign.

So far we have received $2920.00.
We will continue to accept donations
as we work toward our goal of $5000.

That's wonderful!! Thank you!!!

To date we have received 30 census returned.
Thank you for assisting us
to keep our records and data base up to date.

If you haven't filled yours in yet
we'd be happy to receive it from you!
This week ...
  • Tues Connections
  • Tues ... Zoom Compline; 7:30 pm
  • Wed "Covid 19 ... Reflections on life and faith email"
  • 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 ... Ps 17:1-8; Mt 9:32-38
  • Wednesday ... Ps 33:1-4, 18-22; Mt 10:1-7
  • Thursday ... Ps 105:7-21; Mt 10:7-15
  • Friday ...  Ps 37:3-4, 19-20, 28-29, 41-42; Mt 10:16-23
  • Saturday ... Ps 105:1-7; Mt 10:24-33
  • Sunday ... 7th Sunday of Pentecost ...  Ps 24; Mk 6:14-29
  • Monday ... Ps 124; Mt 10:34—11:1
Are your plants crowding you out of your house?  
Or would you like some new plants for the fall?  

St. Paul’s Outreach Committee will have a plant sale
on the front lawn of the church in September
(date to be determined).  

If you have plants to donate,
please call Gail Browne at 905-852-6853
or email to  

All funds raised will be used for community outreach projects. 

Announcing the 2021
St. Paul's Car Rally
a fundraiser for Outreach and Faithworks

Sunday October 3 in the afternoon

Set the date aside now!!
Watch for more details to follow!

A few people are needed
to assist in the planning committee
to help gather prizes, and assist with other details

Please let Gail Browne know if you are interested
or (905) 852-6853

Plan to be part of this fun fellowship event!!
Thurs July 8 ... Mark's Midweek Musings
Thurs July 8... 11 am; Conference Call Bible Study
Sun July 11 ... Pentecost 7 ... an email will be sent with a link to the worship video
Tues July 13 ... Tuesday Connections
Tues July 13 ... 7:30 pm; Zoom Prayer Group
Wed June 14 ... "Covid 19 ... Reflections on Life and Faith"
Wed June 14 ... 11: 15 am; Zoom Coffee & Chat
Thurs July 15 ... Mark's Midweek Musings
Thurs July 15 ... 11 am; Conference Call Bible Study
Sun July 18 ... Pentecost 8 ... an email will be sent with a link to the worship video
Thurs July 22 ... Celebrating the Saints ... St. Mary Magdalene
Sun July 25 ... Celebrating the Saints ... St. James the Apostle
Tues July 27 ... Tuesday Connections
Tues July 27 ... 7:30 pm; Zoom Prayer Group
Wed June 28... "Covid 19 ... Reflections on Life and Faith"
Wed July 28 ... 11:15 am; Zoom Coffee & Chat
Thurs July 29 ... "Mark's Midweek Musings"
Thurs July 29 ... 11 am; Conference Call Bible Study

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Trust me when I say
it is no bother!!

This is what I'm here to do!!

One of my favorite genres to read are mysteries. I also enjoy watching a good mystery movie. It's intriguing to figuring out all the intricate details as the story goes along. And of course in the end to have the mystery revealed as all the pieces come together.

Our faith, that God has revealed to us through Jesus, is a mystery that often confounds the mind. I don't believe we are meant to understand all that we experience when it comes to our faith and all God promises us through Christ. And for some, that's a conundrum.

We live in a time when for the most part people desire answers and proof in order to be able to believe. And yet, when it comes to God's grace, love and mercy, there often aren't ready answers and little of the proof people are looking for. That in turn can compromise faith because of our limited human understanding and a skeptical spirit that can develop when so much is unexplainable.

And yet, for me, I don't want or need to understand the mystery of all God has, continues and promises to do for His creation. God has made a covenant and promise that He sealed in sending Jesus to this earth to live a human life and die a human death so he could in turn be raised to new life. That inspires in me a hope and trust that I can't begin to understand. However, that doesn't ever diminish in me the impact and potential of what God is doing in me and throughout all of creation.

I may still from time to time have questions that cause me to be pensive and reflect. But as I've said many times, having faith doesn't mean that we are discouraged from asking questions about what God is up to. To question allows for our faith to grow stronger, more vibrant and alive; to question means we are engaged in our faith because it matters to us and makes a difference. And even though in the end we can't understand it more fully and comprehensively, that faith and trust goes deeper within us and becomes all the more integrated into who we are and how we live out our lives.

God desires us to grow in our faith and our relationship with Him. God doesn't call us to a faith that is static and unchanging; God calls us to faith that is alive and energized by the gift of the Holy Spirit.

I've shared before that one of my favorite prayers is in the baptism liturgy ... "Give them an inquiring and discerning heart, the courage to will and to persevere, a spirit to know and to love you, and the gift of joy  and wonder in all your works." Growing in our faith allows us to know God more deeply and to live our lives more faithfully.

What about our faith is a mystery to you? I encourage you to name it and allow it to be what it is, knowing what we do know, trusting what we've experienced of God, and believing in what we can't understand or explain. Experiencing the mystery of God is a sacred gift; it is holy ground.

Friends, let's celebrate the mystery of God and all we receive of God's grace, love and mercy. It truly is a gift!!
A prayer for today ...

Loving God,
we bring you our thanks for all that has been.
We pray for open hearts to receive today as a gift,
a new page, a new chapter in the journey of our lives.
Fill us with your wonder and your love
your gentleness and peace.
Help us to use each moment for your glory
and show us how we might be a blessing to others.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.
May God hold you in his love and fill you with his peace
today and everyday. Amen
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