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"Everything Made New ..."

Midweek Musings ... September 10, 2020

My apologies. I guess it was the holiday on Monday, but somehow I lost a day and realized I was late getting out my midweek musings.

Cooler temperatures ... fall allergies ... children back to school ... Autumn is definitely upon us. I'll say more later. 

I hope and pray that you have found some kind of rest, refreshment and renewal as we enter into the fall season ... albeit differently than usual. However, we are doing what we can during these times to keep some kind of schedule and routine, whatever that is for each of us. May we not be overwhelmed or anxious, but take each day as it comes and seek out and find God's presence with us. 
The wardens and I are pleased to report that our finances are in good shape thanks to your support of St. Paul’s throughout Covid 19. 

Aug 31, 2019 Actual Total Offerings ... $ 54853.16    
Aug 31, 2019 Budgeted Total Offering ... $ 65960.00                 

Aug 31, 2020 Actual Total Offering ... $ 62798.09       
Aug 31, 2020 Budgeted Total Offering ... $ 68000.00


Aug 31, 2019 Actual Investments ... $ 57034.20    
Aug 31, 2019 Budgeted Investment ... $ 70938.00                   

Aug 31, 2020 Actual Investments ... $ 33059.64         
Aug 31, 2020 Budgeted Investments ... $ 76130.00


Aug 31, 2019 Actual Total Income ... $ 111887.36    
Aug 31, 2019 Budgeted Total Income ... $ 136898.00            

Aug 31, 2020 Actual Total Income ... $ 95857.73    
Aug 31, 2020 Budgeted Total Income ... $ 144130.00


Aug 31, 2019 Actual Operating Expenses ... $ 141426.24    
Aug 31, 2019 Budgeted Operating Expenses ... $ 141932.00            

Aug 31, 2020 Actual Operating Expenses ... $ 111060.08    
Aug 31, 2020 Budgeted Operating Expenses ... $ 159131.00


Aug 31, 2019 Actual Capital Expense ... $ 16950.00    
Aug 31, 2019 Budgeted Capital Expense ... $ 20000.00                   

Aug 31, 2020 Actual Capital Expense ... $ 12170.00    
Aug 31, 2020 Budgeted Capital Expense ... $ 13467.00


Aug 31, 2019 Actual Total Expenses ... $ 158376.24    
Aug 31, 2019 Budgeted Total Expenses ... $ 161932.00            

Aug 31, 2020 Actual Total Expenses ... $ 123230.08    
Aug 31, 2020 Budgeted Total Expenses ... $ 172598.00


To summarize … our offerings through envelopes, PAR and Canada Helps are significantly higher than last year. That is good news especially during this time of Covid 19 and considering these include the summer months. Thank you for attending to your ongoing support of St. Paul’s. We are pleased to report that as of the end of August we have not withdrawn as much from our investments this year as last year. Our operating expenses are significantly below budget due to the Jubilee extended by the Diocese to cover clergy costs, rectory utilities and diocesan assessment for three months. We are grateful to the Diocese for making these provisions and for their support of local parish ministry during this time. As well we had budgeted to fill a new position for family ministry which we have not done at this time. In addition, we also received government assistance with the salaries we were paying our staff during this time. We were able to pay for the expense of completing the exterior window painting without withdrawing from our investments. There remains a balance in our building fund for any future work that we may need to attend to.

We are in a healthy position heading into the fall as we trust in your continued support of our ministries. Thank you for all you give and have given to St. Paul’s. We appreciate it!
This week ...
  • Tues Connections email
  • Zoom Compline ... Tues 7:30 pm
  • Zoom "Coffee & Chat" ... Wed at 11 am
  • Mark's Midweek Musings ... Thurs
  • NO CONFERENCE CALL BIBLE STUDY THIS WEEK
  • ST. PAUL'S OPEN FOR PUBLIC WORSHIP ... SUNDAY SEPT 13 AT 10 AM
  • ONLINE WORSHIP LINK WILL BE EMAILED
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 149; Luke 6: 12-19
  • Wednesday ... Psalm 45: 11-18; Luke 6: 20-26
  • Thursday ... Psalm 139: 1-9, 22-23: 1-5; Luke 6: 27-38
  • Friday ... Psalm 84; Luke 6: 39-42
  • Saturday ... Psalm 116: 10-17; Luke 6: 43-49
  • Sunday .. .Psalm 114; Matt: 18: 21-35
  • Monday ... Holy Cross Day ... Psalm 98: 1-6; Luke 3: 13-17
This Sunday ... September 13 at 10 am
we reopen our doors
and join together in worship at St. Paul's.

All is cleaned and sanitized
and seating has been marked
so we can be appropriately physically distanced.

PLEASE COME EARLY
to avoid congestion getting people 
registered, into the church and seated.
This will take time!!!

Please be sure to do a self assessment
asking yourself ...

do you have a new cough, runny nose,
or any new respiratory issues;
do you have a fever; do you have any nausea,
gastro issues, diarrhea;
have you traveled outside Canada in the last 14 days;
have you had contact with anyone
who has been told to self-isolate in the last 14 days;
have you been told to self-isolate in the last 14 days


If you answer yes to any of these questions,
please stay home and consider getting tested.


Please follow the directions
of those greeting you at the church door.

We have done followed the protocols
of the Anglican Diocese of Toronto
put in place to keep everyone 
as safe and healthy as possible.

A reminder ...
if you don't feel comfortable
gathering at the church in person
there will be a link emailed to you
for the live stream.

In addition, there will be a video
on our YouTube channel
if worshiping at 10 am on Sunday
isn't convenient for you.

Thank you to the Pandemic Response Team
for taking leadership in our preparations
to worship again in our church building.
Thurs Sept 10 ... Online Hymn Sing
Sun Sept 13 ... WE RETURN TO IN PERSON WORSHIP AT ST. PAUL'S ... 10 am; worship service at St. Paul's ... safe and physically distanced ... live streamed with a link distributed to our you tube channel for those who don't feel comfortable returning to public worship
Tues Sept 15 ... Tuesday Connections
Tues Sept 15 ... 7:30 pm; Zoom Compline
Wed Sept 16 ... 10 am; Communion at St. Paul's ... safe and physically distanced
Wed Sept 16 ... 7:30 pm; Zoom "God and the Pandemic" Series ... please register in advance to receive the details for connecting
Thurs Sept 17 ... Midweek Musings
Thurs Sept 17 ... 11 am; Conference Call Bible Study
Thurs Sept 17 ... Online Hymn Sing
Sun Sept 20 ... 10 am; worship service at St. Paul's ... safe and physically distanced ... live streamed with a link distributed to our you tube channel for those who don't feel comfortable returning to public worship
Tues Sept 22 ... Tuesday Connections
Tues Sept 22 ... 7:30 pm; Zoom Compline
Wed Sept 23 ... 10 am; Communion at St. Paul's ... safe and physically distanced
Wed Sept 23 ... 11 am; Zoom Coffee & Chat
Wed Sept 23 ... 7:30 pm; Zoom "God and the Pandemic" Series
Thurs Sept 24 ... Midweek Musings
Thurs Sept 24 ... 11 am; Conference Call Bible Study
Thurs Sept 24 ... Online Hymn Sing
Sun Sept 27 ... 10 am; worship service at St. Paul's ... safe and physically distanced ... live streamed with a link distributed to our you tube channel for those who don't feel comfortable returning to public worship
Tues Sept 29 ... Tuesday Connections
Tues Sept 29 ... 7:30 pm; Zoom Compline
Wed Sept 30 ... 10 am; Communion at St. Paul's ... safe and physically distanced
Wed Sept 30 ... 7:30 pm; Zoom "God and the Pandemic" Series 


For those who are interested,
here is a link to the Diocesan Protocols
which we have followed and adhered to

https://www.toronto.anglican.ca/2020/08/19/amber-stage-guidelines-for-the-diocese-of-toronto/

and here is the link to a video
produced showing how to
safely open our churches for public worship.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yt82HGrc7dI

What to expect as we gather in September ...
Things will be different from our usual pattern of worship!!
  • please ensure you are healthy with no symptoms of Covid 19 and that you haven't been in contact with anyone who has symptoms or has tested positive for Covid 19 or is in quarantine
  • please self-screen by asking yourself the following questions … do you have a new cough, runny nose, or any new respiratory issues; do you have a fever; do you have any nausea, gastro issues, diarrhea; have you traveled outside Canada in the last 14 days; have you had contact with anyone who has been told to self-isolate in the last 14 days; have you been told to self-isolate in the last 14 days … If you answer yes to any of these questions, please stay home and consider getting tested.
  • everyone attending worship is expected to wear a mask
  • please arrive early for the service to allow an easy flow into the church 
  • there will be markers on the sidewalk leading to the church to ensure appropriate physical distancing as people arrive
  • please use the main front doors to access the church … those who use the right front door will be sitting on the right side of the church and those who use the left front door will sit on the left side of the church … the entrance on the south side of the church will be reserved for those requiring the elevator
  • a record will be kept of those who attend worship at the church for tracking purposes in case we should need to make contact 
  • there will be hand sanitizer available at each entrance 
  • please take your coats or umbrellas with you to your seat ... no coats are to be hung at the back of the church
  • you will be ushered to where you will sit in the church … beginning with pews at the front, working to the back … please sit where you are assigned, appropriately and safely distanced from those around you
  • children will stay in church with their families and are encouraged to bring soft toys or books for during the service
  • there will be no hymn or prayer books in the pew ... everything for the liturgy will be projected at the front
  • there will be a few printed service leaflets for those who find it difficult to see the projection ... please take these home with you if you use them
  • there will be no congregational singing ... music will be instrumental and soloists
  • you will be encouraged to remain seated throughout the worship service
  • the priest, readers, intercessor, musicians, and soloists will be wearing masks 
  • there will be no congregational responses to the prayers
  • offering plates will not be passed from person-to-person ... parishioners may deposit their offering into plates which will be prominently placed near the entrance/exit … offerings will be counted and deposited every two weeks
  • we discourage using cash in your envelopes preferring a check and encourage other options such as PAR, Canada Helps or E-transfers  
  • instructions will be given about leaving the church at the end of the worship service exiting from the back to the front using the same door you entered
  • the washroom on the main level will be available for use with instructions for sanitizing after each use
  • the church will be fully cleaned and sanitized after each service

What to expect when I come to church
for Wednesday Communion …
 
  • All of the above instructions are to be followed except we will use only the front doors on the right with instructions to sit on the right side of the church safely and appropriately distanced
  • Communion will be administered at the end of the liturgy as you leave the building

Everyone needs to feel safe and comfortable.

As we gather, we need to mitigate stress.
There will be people available to give direction.

We pray that this will be
an inspiring opportunity to gather in worship together.

We will do what we can
to try and meet everyone's spiritual needs
as we remain faithful and engaged
in our relationship with God
and with each other as the body of Christ.

Whether you join us in person or on-line,
we look forward to worshiping with you!
Please email me if you are interested
in the zoom reflection series
and let me know if you would like
to have a copy of the book ordered for you
at Blue Heron at a cost of approx $15.

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
We have our "Canada Helps" account
up and running 
and ready to receive donations.

For those who would find this 
a helpful way to continue
supporting St. Paul's.
here is the link ...



Thank you in advance
for your support of our ministry at St. Paul's
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!!
"Everything Made New"

Over the past couple of weeks, as I drive around town, the trees have been turning color. In addition, many have already lost a significant number of leaves that have dropped to the ground. There is one especially right near our house that always is the first to show the signs of fall. And it certainly has this year. I couldn't help but think that it feels very early ... too early for my liking!!!

And yet, as these changes happen, God is up to something ... God is making everything new. There is no doubt that the glorious array of beautiful colors speaks of the glory and magnificence of God. I'm always awestruck at how gorgeous the countryside becomes with this tapestry that is truly God's gift to us. There is no doubt that God is making everything new.

Part of the mystery of the transitions of the seasons is that the ultimate newness of God's creation is something we'll need to wait for ... the leaves in their beauty are actually dying only to come back to new life in the spring. But for that to happen, we go through a time that we might rather avoid ... and in that wait patiently for the coming again of spring. I know personally that letting go of summer and that patiently waiting for the next spring to arrive is something I need to work on. And in the mean time ... I need to appreciate the many ways God continues to make new opportunities available to experience the richness and glory of this wonderful gift of creation God has blessed us with.

There are other ways in our lives that everything is becoming new ... children are adapting to a new way of learning in their classrooms; teachers are adapting to news ways to teach their classes; churches are reopening and adapting to new ways of worshiping together; restaurants are always adapting to how they can safely serve their customers; doctors, nurses and all in the medical professions are adapting to how they can treat illness; government leaders are adapting in their decisions and plans to keep people safe and healthy and the effects of Covid 19 as minimal as possible.

I wonder ... what might God be making new during these days, with these new experiences amidst all the protocols we're called to follow in our day to day lives and in gathering together? 

Although I don't believe for a second that God has brought this pandemic upon us, I do trust that God is with us in the midst of what we are going through and that God will bless us with His healing hand upon us when we need it most. God is doing something new every moment through researchers who are developing a vaccine; God is doing something new through worship services that are more accessible for people through the internet; God is doing something new in the care, compassion and concern people are showing one another; God is doing something new in leading us to really think about what our faith means to us and the significance of our relationship with Him; God is doing something new in reminding us that we are abundantly blessed in ways we often overlook. 

This Sunday, as we come back together to worship corporately in person, things will be different. There's no doubt about it. Just read through the protocols above. But I believe that God is and will be doing something new in our shared life together and in our individual faith journey too. Through a revised liturgy and through the vocal and instrumental solos that will be offered, through our prayers and our hearing of and reflecting on God's Word, through the gift of silence ... God will open doors for us to be renewed in our faith to become recommitted to our faithfulness.

Let's avoid being preoccupied with the changes we face ... and the inconvenience and burden we feel as a result ... let's be patient with ourselves, with each other and with God too ... let's anticipate that we will experience something new and invigorating every day, and especially in our worship together as the body of Christ.
 
A song offered as a prayer
as we anticipate and pray
for all that will be made new
in and through us ...


Then I saw the heavens open, for the former things were past.
And I heard my Savior singing: “I have come for you, at last!
I will wipe away death’s sorrow; you will no more cry or grieve.
To the thirsty I give healing; from the spring of life come drink!”

“For behold, I am making all things new!
Write this down; every word is true.
Tell the world what I come to do:
I am making all things new!”

Then I saw God’s holy city, New Jerusalem, descend.
And a voice announced with splendor,
“I will dwell with you, my friends!
I will be your God forever; you will never leave my side.
You were always my beloved, now, at last, you’ll be my Bride!”

We will no more fear the darkness, and the night will be like day;
for the Lamb in all his beauty, like a torch, will light our way.
And the gates of that great city never close to those who come;
every nation brings its glory to our new creation home!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tn8hQy54R9Y
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