It's already the end of July. I can't believe how fast the time has flown.
Tomorrow I will begin my vacation time, returning to the parish on Monday August 27. I'm grateful for the coverage for services, Len and Don and for Margaret who is covering pastoral emergencies in my absence.
There will be no musings published until the end of the month.
Blessings and see you in a few weeks!!
On Monday night
there were 17 at "holy spirits"!!
We had to take up two tables!!!
And many regulars were away!!
What a great turn out
including a couple of people
who were out for the first time
including one who read about it
in the newspaper!!
If you missed it and are interested
here's the link to Sunday's sermon
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)
Mark will be on vacation from August 4 to August 27. There will be no Thurs 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.
Please contact either the wardens or the church office.
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
On Sunday September 2
I will be concluding the reflection series ...
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
September 2 ... "Church Army", Wilson Carlile
& Marie Louise Charlile
Let's learn something ourselves
about our call to be audacious
from these ordinary men and women
who did extraordinary and faithful ministry
Beginning in September
on the fourth Sunday at 1:30 pm
we will be offering Communion
at Douglas Crossing
If you'd like to assist me out with this ministry
I'd love to have you join me.
Any musicians would be most welcome
so we could sing a couple of
old tyme favorite hymns!!
September 23 will be our first time.
Speak to me for more details!
Please mark on your calendar now!!!
Saturday October 27
9:30 am to 230 pm
"What's God up to at St. Paul's" Summit
We hope as many parishioners
as possible will attend
this time together of reflecting,
praying and planning for our future.
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 Sun 23 ... Communion at Douglas Crossing
Mon 24 … holy spirits Thurs 27 … Communion & Bible Study; Noon Organ concert Sun 30 … Orange Shirt Day ... shared worship at St. Andrew's Chalmers Presbyterian Church ... other activities including a walk in solidarity with our aboriginal brothers and sisters
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 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
Sun 28 ... Communion at Douglas Crossing Mon 30 … holy spirits
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
Sun 25 ... Communion at Douglas Crossing 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
Sun 23 ... Communion at Douglas Crossing Mon 24 … Family Christmas Eve Communion; Festive Almost Midnight Communion Tues 25 … Christmas Day Communion Sun 30 … 9:30 Communion
"Sabbath ... something we all need!!"
We live hectic and busy lives that are so often governed by our schedules and appointments. I'd venture to say that many of us today, of all ages, over schedule ourselves. The result is we get tired, irritable and even feel the need to withdraw from time to time.That withdrawal can be seen as a time of sabbath rest for renewal and restoration.
It is too easy for us to say that sabbath as we have known it in the past has been taken from us especially now that Sunday is just another day. When the calendar had a built in sabbath day when work stopped and stores weren't open and there was a designated time to "be" it was a lot simpler to claim the time for sabbath.
However, I think that there are still opportunities for the rest, reflection, renewal and restoration if we choose to create them and seek them out. It may not be the same day each week; it may not be in the middle of the summer; it may be a Wednesday evening; it may be during the spring or fall. The important thing is to claim for ourselves the need and the desire for the gift of time and the space to receive a renewed spirit.
We are encouraged as part of our spiritual rhythm to intentionally take such times of sabbath. Jesus modeled that when he himself went off on his own and when he encouraged his disciples to do the same. His outlook at those times was that the work that needs to be done will be accomplished; the ministry that needs to happen will be done; people's needs will be met. However, Jesus also knew that in order to be most helpful and resourceful to those who came to him, he himself needed to have experienced renewal himself.
Sabbath rest can take many forms depending on the situations and circumstances of our lives. Sabbath may be staying at home, sleeping as long and as often as you like; reading books you've wanted to but didn't have the time to; listening to music; playing games on the computer; enjoying the garden. These all can be sabbath moments of grace. Maybe it's about taking a walk on one of the trails in town; or going to a movie; or a concert at the Foster Memorial. It might involve taking a trip; going to a cottage; visiting a friend.
I think there is much for us to learn about Sabbath from taking Sabbath. I hope that for myself and all of us that we can embrace the spirit of sabbath regularly as we incorporate it into our day and week. We need to always care for ourselves in order to be agents through whom God can work and minister as we faithfully serve Him, each other and the world around us.
The only way sabbath rest happens is when we are intentional and receive it as a gift without the guilt that might often come attached with it. Sabbath is a gift from God to be enjoyed in all of its fullest. So whether it's an hour, half a day, a full day, a week or a few weeks ... make that space for yourself to be renewed spiritually, emotionally, and physically. Then we will receive newness of life that enables us to be faithful.
As my time of sabbath is beginning, I hope that you too will make that time and space for yourself, to do what refreshes you and brings you the gift of new life.
I offer us this prayer from the BAS for the good use of the leisure time that God offers us and encourages us to take ...
O God, in the course of this busy life,
give us times of refreshment and peace;
and grant that we may so use our leisure
to rebuild our bodies and renew our minds,
that our spirits may be opened
to the goodness of your creation;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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.
As always, my inbox is open, and so is my office door if you'd like to chat. I'm usually in my office most mornings Monday through Thursday unless otherwise announced due to a meeting. Stop by or make an appointment!