Wow, that was quite the rain storm we had the other day, thunder and lightning like I haven't seen or heard in a while. And quite the downpour of rain too. We sure did need it though for the gardens and to break some of this humidity.
I do hope that you are enjoying your summer. The weather coming up promises to be inviting of some rejuvenation.
Thanks to the wardens for providing
all the fixings to make ice cream sundaes
after church last week.
What a special treat on a warm summer day!!
The next Sundae Sunday will be August 12
If you were away last Sunday
and missed worship
and would like to hear the sermon ...
Here is a link to last Sunday's sermon reflection
Audacious Anglicans ...
Samuel Ajayi Crowther
Our new website is well underway,
will soon be completed and up and running.
Watch for further details and check us out!!!
I have decided to cancel these Wednesday evening services
since the first week there were 3 of us
and last week there was no one.
We try these kind of ministries out
and then evaluate if they are meeting a need.
It appears that such was not the case with this endeavor.
Over the Sundays in July
I will be offering a reflection series
in place of the sermon ...
Anglican who have had the courage
to take risks out of their faith
to advance the ministry of the church
and the proclamation of the kingdom message
July 22 ... Percival Gibson
July 29 ... Li Tim Oi
Let's learn something ourselves
about our call to be audacious
from these ordinary men and women
who did extraordinary and faithful ministry
For the second year ...
Filling backpacks to give to the foodbank.
Last year we filled over 10 backpacks
that were very much appreciated
by the children who received them.
Please bring donations to the church
by August 19th
so they can be prayed over on the 26th
and taken to the foodbank for the 29th.
Let's help the children of our Sunday School
reach out to children of our community
so they have what they need
for a successful school year!!
Here's a list of items needed ...
Pencil case or box
Pencils - can buy them sharpened
Coloured Pencil Crayons
Markers - large and small point
Loose-leaf paper or spiral notebooks
Tissues (small travel packages)
Our first donations to fill back packs!!!
July & August 2018
Wed July 18 ... Communion service on the front lawn cancelled Thurs July 19 ... 10 am ... Communion service Sat July 21 ... 2 to 4 pm ... Uxbridge Gay/Straight Alliance Sun July 22 ... 9:30 am ... Communion Service followed by Lemonade on the Lawn Wed July 18 ... Communion service on the front lawn cancelled Thurs July 26 ... 10 am ... Communion service Sun July 29 ... 9:30 am ... Communion Service & baptism followed by Lemonade on the Lawn Mon July 30 ... 7 pm ... "holy spirits ... faith conversations over a pint" at Wixan's
Mark will be on vacation from August 4 to August 27. There will be noThurs morning communion services throughout August.
As well, we will not meet
for coffee and conversation in August,
resuming the 3rd Mon of September. There will be coverage for pastoral emergencies that arise.
Sun Aug 5 ... 9:30 am ... Morning Prayer followed by Lemonade on the Lawn ... Len Skidmore officiating Tues Aug 7 ... 10 am ... Wardens Sun Aug 12 ... 9:30 am ... Communion followed by "Sundae Sunday" ... The Rev. Don Shields celebrating Sat Aug 18 ... 2 to 4 pm ... Uxbridge Gay/Straight Alliance Sun Aug 19 ... 9:30 am ... Communion followed by Lemonade on the Lawn ... The Rev. Don Shields celebrating Sun Aug 26 ... 9:30 am ... Morning Prayer followed by Lemonade on the Lawn ... Len Skidmore officiating Sun Aug 26 ... 4 pm ... Jazz Vespers with "Add Water & Stir" ... donations in support of "Orange Shirt Day" Mon Aug 27 ... 7 pm ... "holy spirits ... faith conversations over a pint" at Wixon's
Nothing like planning ahead ...
even though things may change,
mark your calendars now so you don't miss out!!
Sun 2 … Labor Day Sat 8 … Men’s Breakfast Sun 9 … return to 8:30 & 10:30 service times Thurs 13 … Communion & Bible Study Sat 15 … Gay/Straight Alliance Mon 17 … Coffee & Chat Thurs 20 … Communion & Bible Study; Lunch & Learn; TAB Mon 24 … holy spirits Thurs 27 … Communion & Bible Study; Noon Organ concert Sun 30 … Orange Shirt Day
Mon 1 … Coffee & Chat Thurs 4 … Communion & Bible Study Sun 7 … Harvest Thanksgiving Thurs 11 … Communion & Bible Study Sat 13 … Men’s Breakfast Sun 14 … Jazz Communion service with the “Monday Morning Singers” Mon 15 … Coffee & Chat Wed 17 … Pilgrim Series Thurs 18 … Communion & Bible Study; Lunch & Learn; TAB Sat 20 … Trent/Durham Mental Health symposium for clergy at St. P’s; Gay/Straight Alliance Mon 22 … holy spirits Wed 24 … Pilgrim Series Thurs 25 … Communion & Bible Study Sat 27 … “What’s God Up To?” … appreciative inquiry summit for St. P’s … details to follow
Thurs 1 … Communion & Bible Study Sat 3 … Men’s Breakfast; Turkey Dinner (TBC) Sun 4 … All Saint’s Day; Evensong with Tudor Singers Mon 5 … Coffee & Chat Wed 7 … Pilgrim Series Thurs 8 … Communion & Bible Study Sun 11 … Remembrance Day; Orpheus Symphonietta concert Wed 14 … Pilgrim Series Thurs 15 … Communion & Bible Study; Lunch & Learn Sat 17 … Gay/Straight Alliance Sun 18 … Feast of St. Cecilia; afternoon “Old Tyme Hymn Sing … celebrating the gift and ministry of music” Mon 19 … Coffee & Chat Wed 24 … Pilgrim Series Thurs 25 … Communion & Bible Study Sun 25 … Reign of Christ; Cantorei sine Nomine Concert Mon 26 … holy spirits Wed 28 … Pilgrim Series Thurs 29 … Communion & Bible Study
Sat 1 … Men’s Breakfast; putting up the Christmas tree Sun 2 … Advent 1 Mon 3 … Coffee & Chat Wed 5 … Advent Candlelight Communion Thurs 6 … Communion & Bible Study Sun 9 … Advent 2 … “Old Tyme Christmas Carol Sing” Wed 12 … Advent Candlelight Communion Thurs 13 … Communion & Bible Study Sat 15 … Gay/Straight Alliance Sun 16 … Advent 3; Christmas Open House at the Rectory Wed 19 … Advent Candlelight Communion Thurs 20 … Communion & Bible Study Fri 21 … Longest Night Service Sun 23 … Advent 4 Mon 24 … Family Christmas Eve Communion; Festive Almost Midnight Communion Tues 25 … Christmas Day Communion Sun 30 … 9:30 Communion
"Soccer Mania" ... What about "Faith Mania"??
Over the past few weeks, there has been a lot of fever and attention on the soccer matches in the World Championships. People had allegiances for the teams they were cheering for and would do whatever they had to do to watch the various matches. There were flags on people's cars indicating the team they were rooting for. Pubs had specials to attract crowds to watch the various matches in a group. Even on Sunday morning, when the final game was about to begin, churches were advertising large screens to watch the game as soon as worship was ended. Soccer is obviously a big thing to many people.
I remember a few years ago the cars going up and down Yonge St. honking their horns and waving in celebration because their team had won. There was so much excitement in the air. And for the most part, it was good natured even though some teams obviously lost while others won.
I had a thought! What if followers of Jesus Christ were as excited and exuberant about their faith. It would be quite a spectacle that would attract attention if together we lived out a similar kind of fever as we see around such sporting events. Imagine the message of good news and hope that could be proclaimed; or the light that could shine in the darkness of the world; or the healing that could be offered in midst of so much brokenness.
I believe that the world around us takes notice when we as the body of Christ are active in celebrating who we are and all God has blessed us with. Our excitement can become contagious. Imagine the impact that could have! In truth, being public about our faith is part of our ministry of discipleship as followers of Jesus. Remember Jesus himself saying, "No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lamp stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven." (Matt 5: 15)
When we get so excited about so many things, let's remember to make our faith one of those things because of the joy it brings into our lives. Let's live in such a way that we are always celebrating who we are in Christ Jesus and how much we have received because of our discipleship as followers of Jesus. Our lives will be affected for sure, and so will the lives of those who are around us.
I offer us this prayer to experience fully God's abiding joy ...
what a comfort to read of the prophets of old
who despite the difficulties and dangers
that they were called upon to face,
were able to rejoice in the Lord
and trust in Your never-failing faithfulness.
We pray that like them
we too may receive Your abiding joy and discover like them…
that the joy of the Lord is our strength
and that the peace that comes from You
is an abiding peace that enables us
to overcome all difficulties of life - in the power of Your Holy Spirit.
So fill our hearts with Your abiding joy
that we may rejoice in life’s circumstances.
In periods of plenty and during those seasons
when we have very little
- in times of hardship as well as those times of great sufficiency.
Thank You that we are Your children and You are our Father.
May our hearts rejoice in good times and in bad
and may Your abiding joy and perfect peace
find residence in our heart - as we rest in Your love
and trust in Your unfailing goodness,
Remember, if you have a question, I encourage you to send it to me in an email and I will do my best to answer it either in a weekly update or in a sermon.
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