"Love ... it's That Simple"

Mark's Midweek Musings ... May 13, 2021

Wow ... we're at the middle of May already. 

This week has significance for me as 31 years ago today I was ordained a priest and 32 years ago tomorrow I was ordained a deacon. Anniversaries like this are milestones to remember and celebrate. Each year on these days I give thanks to God for the privilege of being called to ministry; I take time to think of the parishes where I have served and am serving and the many faithful people I have met and ministered alongside of. The church is definitely changed in these over 30 years as has so much in our society. In some ways it's more challenging as we live with realities that could be discouraging and disheartening. However, as I mark these anniversaries, I pray that God will continue to inspire in me a spirit of hope and joy in being called to serve God as a priest in His church.
This week ...
  • Tues Connections email'
  • Zoom Prayer Group ... Tues at 7:30 pm
  • Zoom Coffee & Chat ... Wed at 11:15 am
  • Covid 19 ... Reflections on life and faith email
  • Mark's Midweek Musings ... Thurs
  • Conference Call Bible Study ... Thurs at 11 am 
  • Online Hymn Sing ... Thurs
  • On line worship links will be emailed on Saturday for Sunday Worship Video
This week in our parish cycle of prayer
we remembered and gave thanks for ...

Roger and Marilyn, Jane, Jayson and Samuel
and Kim and MG.
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 138; Jn 16:4b-11
  • Wednesday ... Ps 148; Jn 16:12-20
  • Thursday ... Ascension Day ... Ps 47; Lk 24:44-53
  • Friday ...  St. Matthias ... Ps 15; Jn 15:1, 6-16
  • Saturday ... Ps 47:1-2, 7-10; Jn 16:23b-28
  • Sunday ... 7th Sun of Easter ...Ps 1; Jn 17:6-19
  • Monday ... Ps 68:1-6; Jn 16:29-33
"Get vaccinated, then pay it forward ..."

The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund has launched a new Vaccine Equity Fund to contribute to the worldwide vaccination effort from COVID-19. Money donated to this fund will be used to support our partners as they prepare for vaccine rollout in the coming months.

With the cooperation of the Anglican Church of Canada and our Primate, Archbishop Linda Nicholls, PWRDF has created a fund for Anglicans eager to “pay it forward.” Now when you receive your vaccine, you have the opportunity to “Pay it forward” and make a donation to PWRDF’s Vaccine Equity Fund.

“We must ask how we can share the benefits of health care and vaccinations many of us enjoy, with others who need it,” writes Primate Linda. “Canada will have excess vaccine – will we donate it to other nations? Will our government do its part to provide increased funds to COVAX [a pact among nations to share vaccines with all countries] to ensure that availability? Will we ask for a temporary suspension of trade restrictions (which currently control the price of the vaccine) so that production can reach heavily populated areas?”

Vaccine equity is a fundamental expression of the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37-40) through which we demonstrate our love of God and of neighbour, says Primate Linda.

PWRDF joins the Primate in urging Canadians to do what we can to ensure the people in our own communities, especially the most vulnerable, are being vaccinated. We can also write to the Prime Minister and our Member of Parliament and tell them we want Canada to share excess vaccine, allocate more funds to COVAX and suspend the international agreement to allow vaccines to be produced more quickly and cheaply around the world.

Here is the link to make a donation ...

You may also donate over the phone by calling Donor Relations Officer Mike Ziemerink at 416-822-9083, or leave a voicemail toll-free at 1-866-308-7973 and we will return your call. Or, send a cheque with “Vaccine Equity Fund” in the memo field to PWRDF, 80 Hayden St. Toronto, Ontario, M4Y 3G2.

An Evening of Celebration and Appreciation
on Zoom on Friday 28 May
from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

As part of our evening’s programme
St. Paul's will be recognized for the contribution
that we have made over the past 25 years
as the highest contribution offered
relative to offertory in our Deanery.

Well done!!!!!

This is an achievement that every person
in our parish can celebrate.

Here is the link
if you would like to register
to join the celebration on May 28 by zoom
Celebrate Pentecost ... Sunday May 23

Our worship will be in partnership
with Trinity United and St. Andrew's Chalmers Presbyterian

Music ... Dance ... Scripture ... Reflections
as we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit

Watch for the link to the worship video

Thurs May 13 ... Mark's Midweek Musings
Thurs May13... 11 am; Conference Call Bible Study
Thurs May 13 ... Online Hymn Sing 
Sun May 16 ... Ascension... an email will be sent with a link to the worship video
Mon May 17 ... 7:30 pm; Zoom Choir practice
Tues May 18 ... Tuesday Connections
Tues May 18 ... 7:30 pm; Zoom Compline
Wed May 19 ... "Covid 19 ... Reflections on Life and Faith"
Thurs May 20 ... Mark's Midweek Musings
Thurs May 20 ... 11 am; Conference Call Bible Study
Thurs May 20 ... Online Hymn Sing
Sun May 23 ... Pentecost ... an email will be sent with a link to the worship video
Tues May 25 ... Tuesday Connections
Tues May 25 ... 7:30 pm; Zoom Prayer Group
Wed May 26 ... "Covid 19 ... Reflections on Life and Faith"
Wed May 26 ... 11:15 am; Zoom Coffee & Chat 
Thurs May 30 ... Mark's Midweek Musings
Thurs May 30 ... 11 am; Conference Call Bible Study
Thurs May 30 ... Online Hymn Sing 
Thurs May 30 ... Zoom "holy spirits"

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

we have online banking available for e-transfers.

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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!!

The gospel message is really that simple ... it can be summed up on one word ... LOVE!!

As human beings, throughout the ages of time, we have tried to comprehend exactly what the good news God has for us in Jesus. And in a nut shell, from Jesus himself and from the writings of the early church, it really isn't all that difficult ... in fact it's very straightforward. The gospel and good news of Jesus Christ is about love, God's love for us and our calling in turn to love one another.

God's love for us is so obvious and real as we look to the life, example and witness of His Son Jesus. Love is the very reason God sent Jesus into the world in the first place. Love is the reason Jesus died on the cross. Love is the reason Jesus rose from the dead. Love is the reason when He ascended Jesus promised the coming of the Holy Spirit. All Jesus did, and everything Jesus taught was indicative of God's love for his people and all of creation.

Two things in particular Jesus said about our call to love others ... first we are to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. That presupposes that we do in fact love ourselves, not out of ego but with a healthy respect for who we are and the gifts God has blessed us with. As we love our neighbors, we are in turn showing and living our love for God. 

And second, Jesus said, love one another as I have loved you. We trust that we are indeed loved by Jesus. That is at the center of our faith, hope and trust. As we have experienced that love firsthand in our own lives, we are called to equally love those around us in like manner. That is the center and basis of our baptismal identity as followers of Jesus.

In our human condition, with all the temptations of the world we live in, it is far too easy to neglect that simple, central message of our discipleship ... our calling to love as we have been loved. Undoubtedly we all want to love our neighbours. And yet we experience barriers and obstacles which undoubtedly are our own making. And so we don't always live respectfully of those around us; we are sometimes jealous of what they have that we don't have; we might be judgmental; and out of all of that not express the care, compassion and love Jesus calls us into.

As we come to the end of this Easter season, and look with anticipation to the joy of celebrating the gift of the Holy Spirit in our lives, let's offer the prayer that we may be loving to others as God has been loving to us. May we never take that for granted and always desire to be intentional in sharing the gift of love with all those we meet.

It's that simple ... love!!
A prayer for God's love in us

Dear God of Love,
I pray your steadfast love fall on me again today.
I know you always love me,
but sometimes I need reminded again of your love.
Let me think of your love first thing in the morning and
again as I fall asleep each night.
Your love is pure, strong, wise, and full of peace.
Let me lean into this love - knowing that I never could earn it
- it is only freely given.

As I struggle to love those around me,
give me patience and kindness.
Let me remember how much you have loved me
so I can love others.
Help me to be aware of how I can comfort others
and remind them of your love.
Give me wisdom and guidance.

Your love is fixed and firm in purpose and direction.
It is unwavering and established forever.
Your love, O Lord, holds out against sin, darkness, and death.
Your love sustains me day by day without yielding.
Eternally and always will your love
continue to exist. Amen.
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