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Worn and Weary

Mark's Midweek Musings ... January 5, 2022

Thank you for your support through your offerings
throughout 2021.

We are pleased to report that
we ended the year with $ 108,793.15 
received as offerings.

That is compared to our budgeted amount of $100,000.

Thank you for your support of
the ministries of St. Paul's and the wider church.
Announcing ...

Each Monday we will send out an email
with a reflection from a parishioner
on their favorite bible passage
and what makes it their favorite.

By way of introduction,
scripture is a gift from God to us
meant to inspire in us faith and faithfulness.

We are called as a community
to share with each other the significance of our faith
and how we are inspired by God
through a growing and maturing relationship with Him.

I encourage each of us
to enter into the reflections in a way that we are drawn
to ponder what the passage shared
means to us in our own journeys of faith.

As well, I hope that in sharing our reflections\
we will each be encouraged to think
about which scripture passages are significant to us
and what is inspired in us by them.

I also hope that many of you will be willing to share
in offering one of the weekly reflections.

Each week, you hear from me
through sermons, bible study and musings.

This gives us the opportunity to hear from each other.

May God's truth be shared
and may God's truth be heard;
may we each grow in our faith
and in our relationships with God.
Spiritual Reflection ...
A parishioner's experience

I suffered a traumatic experience as child of eight. This experience was buried for years until I attended a healing service many years later. (St Luke's Peterborough). I don t know how to explain the power of the Compassionate Christ in the Eucharist and laying on of hands. During this time of suffering and healing arose an inner warmth. This warmth continues to this day as abiding prayer. By warmth I'm not speaking figuratively but as an inner prayer experience.  The inner life is gift of the Spirit, the Comforter.  What I always believed is confirmed inwardly. 'God is love:  the kingdom of God is within me,.  Many Christians are now praying in the Spirit all over the world. We enter by mystical prayer into the hidden fellowship of the mystical Body. The church is both human and divine visible and invisible. How wonderful to be a part of this Gift.     

Thank you for sharing your story
that has significance to you.

If other's have stories they'd like to share  please send them to me. 

I'd love to hear from you!! 
It's hard to believe it's that time already!!

We need to tear down our display in Elgin Park
and we need your help!!!

Art Mathews will be there on Saturday at 1:30 pm
with his trailer.

We need willing hands to help.

Hope to see you there!!!
This week ...
  • Thurs Jan 6 ... Conference Call Bible Study
  • Sunday Jan 9 ... Baptism of the Lord ... an email will be sent out with a link to the online video worship service
  • Monday Jan 10 ... Spiritual Formation Monday's
  • Tuesday Jan 11 ... Zoom Prayer Group

If you missed our worship
for last Sunday,December 19
here's the link ...

https://youtu.be/tuxfNtLDYmA
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
  • Wednesday ... Ps 100; Jn 1:43-51
  • Thursday ... Epiphany ... Ps 72:1-7, 10-14; Mt 2:1-12
  • Friday ... Ps 2; Mt 4:12-17, 23-25
  • Saturday Dec 25 ... Ps 72:1-8; Mk 6:30-44
  • Sunday Dec 26 ... Baptism of the Lord ...  Ps 29; Lk 3:15-17, 21-22
  • Monday Dec 27 ... Ps 116:10-17; Mk 1:14-20
  • Tuesday Dec 28 ... Ps 123; Mk 1:21-28

Wed January 5 ... Mark's Midweek Musings
Thurs January 6 .. 11 am; Conference Call Bible Study
Sun January 9 ... The Baptism of Jesus ... a link will be emailed to a pre recorded video of prayers, readings, a sermon and music
Tues January 11 ... 7:30 pm; Zoom Prayer Group
Wed January 12 ... Mark's Midweek Musings
Thurs January 13 .. 11 am; Conference Call Bible Study
Sun January 16 ... a link will be emailed to a pre recorded video of prayers, readings, a sermon and music
Tues January 18 ... 7:30 pm; Zoom Prayer Compline
Tues January 18 ... Celebrating the Saints ... The Confession of St. Peter
Wed January 19 ... Mark's Midweek Musings
Thurs January 20 ... 11 am; Conference Call Bible Study
Sun January 23 ... a link will be emailed to a pre recorded video of prayers, readings, a sermon and music
Tues January 25 ... Celebrating the Saints ... The Conversion of St. Paul
Wed January 26 ... Mark's Midweek Musings
Wed January 26... 11 am; Zoom Coffee & Chat
Thurs January 27 ... 11 am; Conference Call Bible Study
Sun January 30 ... a link will be emailed to a pre recorded video of prayers, readings, a sermon and music

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!!
Worn and Weary

There's no doubt that the January blah's are real and not in our imaginations. And to be sure, I know personally for myself, and I suspect for many of you too, the January blah's are only exasperated by all we're going through these days. 

January is a month when many people experience feeling worn out and weary. I know that is my experience. We've had all the festivities of Christmas, getting together in whatever way we could with those who are significant in our lives, planning special meals to eat and for some of us just cocooning with a break from the chaos and routine that keeps us busy and preoccupied.

I know I always go through an adjustment period the beginning of January when the children have returned home, the decorations around the house need to be put away for another year, the meals are back to what is normal and I try again to avoid the junk food that's been in the cupboard and all too easy to much on. As well, it has been lovely just having time to simply be with the most significant decision being which board game we're going to play or which movie we'll watch on the television. 

Add to the transition that is inevitable, this year we also now have further restrictions and protocols around Covid 19 with the Omicron variant. Schools are closed; capacity limits in stores; the encouragement to work from home; concern that hospitals will soon reach their capacity; surgeries and medical procedures cancelled that people have been waiting for; being told to get booster shots but not being able to find anywhere that has spaces available; number of cases reported not being accurate because most people are told simply to isolate when they have symptoms and not seek out a Covid test; worshiping again online through videos; and the list goes on and on.

It's little wonder that beyond the weariness that might be "normal" for this time of year, we are further worn down. Again, I, perhaps like many of you, want to join in the chorus of the psalmist, "how long, O Lord, how long??"

Usually each year, given a week or so into January, I know my weariness and feeling tired will dissipate. However, this year, it may take a bit longer than that. What will the next weeks bring? Will protocols and restrictions need to be extended? What will the next variant look like and what impact will it have? Indeed, "how long, O Lord, how long??"

In the midst of that weariness, we are called to continue to have faith and trust in all God promises us. Here are some scripture passages to remind us of that ...

Isaiah 40:31 ... "But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint."

Jeremiah 31:25 ... "For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish."

Isaiah 41:10 ... "Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."

Matthew 11:28 ... Jesus said, "Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."

1 Peter 5:7 ... "Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you."

"Ephesians 6:10 ... "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might."

Last night, Beth mentioned to me at just after 5, when she'd taken Honey out and came back inside, that it wasn't as dark as it had been a few days ago. I noticed it too when I was out shortly after that. That is good news ... that is a sign of hope ... light overcoming the darkness. And, it is the reminder to me, who isn't the biggest fan of winter, that spring is coming. That too is good news!!

So whatever may be wearing us down or might be making us feel weary, let's remember that we can lean into God's Spirit in us and all around us; let's trust in the one who will renew our strength and help us to face each day whatever that day might bring. We can hear Jesus saying to us, "Come to me you who are weary and I will give you rest!"

Thanks be to God!!!
 
A prayer for our journey when we are weary and tired ...

Gracious God,

Thank You that You continue to reign sovereign over us
no matter what trials and restrictions we are currently enduring.

Our reserves of strength are finite,
but we know that You are our eternal source of strength.
When we put  hope in You, Lord,
You infuse our weary souls with strength from within.

Grant our us your strength to go about our everyday lives,
and to keep our eyes on You
as we navigate the different challenges of the day.

With Your strength soaring through our souls,
we can continue to enjoy the gifts and blessings You’ve given us
while waiting for You to work amidst this adversity:

quality time with friends, family and loved ones,
a roof over our heads,
a full and warm stomach.

But especially, that you for the gift of faith;
thank You for filling us with Your peace and love.

In Jesus’ name, Amen

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