Mark's Midweek Musings & Updates

Wednesday December 5, 2018
"Jolly old St. Nicholas ..."

Dear Friends,

It's Monday as I begin these musings. Walking outside, it hardly feels like it's the beginning of December. The snow has all melted; it's virtually balmy temperature wise. Although I don't mind it, it's a sign of the effects of global warming in how our weather is so mixed up and unpredictable. 

And now later in the afternoon ... it is snowing!! so unpredictable indeed!!! It's no wonder the weather forecast people often get it wrong. 

Be safe ... be warm ... enjoy these Advent days of preparation!
It was announced this week that
Joan Doodchenko
will be the recipient of
The Order of the Diocese of Toronto
from St. Paul's.

As well, 
Beth Kinghan
was informed that she has been nominated
by Archbishop Colin Johnson
for the Order of the Diocese of Toronto.

Both Joan and Beth
will receive this honor
at the Bishop's New Years Day Levy
January 1 at 3:30 pm at St. James' Cathedral.

We will try and arrange rides
for those of the parish who might like to attend
and celebrate the recognition
Joan and Beth
are receiving for their ministry in the parihs & diocese.

Congratulations Beth and Joan!!
An honor well deserved for you both!!!
As in past years, we have undertaken to provide
Christmas food hampers and presents for three families.   
The wreath with requests is at the back of the Church,
colour coded by family. 
If you are able please take a tag or two
and return your gifts with the card attached
for easy sorting for each family. 
Please do not wrap your gift and,
if possible, include a gift receipt if you purchase clothing. 
All donations MUST be back to St. Paul's
by Sunday, December 16th to enable us to sort them
for delivery on Tuesday December 18th.
Thank you.

The Outreach Committee
If you would like to make 
memorial donations for Christmas Flowers

Please advise the office
and drop your contribution off
or place it in an envelope on the offering plate.

Thank you.
On Monday night, I attended
the inaugural meeting of the new Uxbridge Town Council
where they were installed.

I reminded Mayor Barton
that he recently said to me ...
"Don't stop pushing the envelope!"

Tonight I assured him we wouldn't!!

Prayer for our community ...

O Lord our creator,
by your holy prophet you taught your ancient people
to seek the welfare of the cities in which they lived.
We commend our neighbourhood to your care,
that it might be kept free from social strife and decay.
Give us strength of purpose and concern for others,
that we may create here a community of justice and peace
where your will may be done;
through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

With live meditative music this year.

Here's the video invitation ...

Remember ...

Men's Breakfast this Saturday
December 8

at 8:30 am

Delicious meal and good fellowship!!
An invitation from Jim ...


You are invited to my 80th birthday drop in
Saturday December 8, 6 pm to 11 pm
400 Kingston Rd Unit 108, Pickering

Finger food contributions are welcome.

please RSVP to 905-509-0667

Hope you can join us!!

Invite your family & friends
to join you!!

Invite your family & friends
to join you!!
Wed 5 … 7:00 pm Advent Candlelight Communion
Thurs 6 … 10:00 am NO COMMUNION & BIBLE STUDY
Sat 8 … 8:30 am Men’s Breakfast; putting up the Christmas tree

Sun 9 … Advent 2 … 2:00 pm “Old Tyme Christmas Carol Sing”
Wed 12 … 7:00 pm Advent Candlelight Communion
Thurs 13 … 10:00 am Communion & Bible Study
Thurs 13 ... TAB Potluck Christmas Dinner

Sat 15 ... 1 to 4 pm Farewell reception honoring Archbishop Colin Johnson at St. Jame's Cathedral, concluding with Evensong
Sat 15 … 2 pm Gay/Straight Alliance

Sun 16 … Advent 3; 2 to 4 pm Christmas Open House at the Rectory
Wed 19 … 7:00 pm Advent Candlelight Communion
Thurs 20 … 10:00 am Communion & Bible Study
Fri 21 … 7:00 pm Longest Night Service
Sun 23 … Advent 4 ... 10:30 am Jazzy Christmas with special music presented by St. Paul's Choir and "Add Water & Stir"
Sun 23 ... 1:30pm Communion at Douglas Crossing
Mon 24 … 4:30 pm Family Christmas Eve Communion with Spontaneous Pageant; 10:30 pm Carol Singing; 11:00 pm Festive Almost Midnight Communion
Tues 25 … 10:30 am Quiet Christmas Day Communion
Sun 30 … 9:30 am Communion with favorite Christmas Carols
Community Christmas concerts
at St. Paul's

One Voice Singers ... Fri Dec 5, 7:30 pm & Sat Dec 8, 3:30 

and a reminder
that this is the year for Uxbridge Messiah
and a couple of our parishioners
are participating in the choir.
Mon Dec 17 & Tues Dec 18

"Jolly old St. Nicholas ..."


Tomorrow, December 6th is the "Feast day of St. Nicholas".
Nicholas was an early saint in life of church from 2nd & 3rd centuries. But we don’t really know much about him; there is a lot of folklore, legends and stories passed down
In truth of all saints we recognize in the church he has a wide following to this very day. He has a great impact on many, especially young children, even non churched know of him because of course he’s origin of one we now know of as Santa Claus
Very essence of St. Nicholas was his faithfulness in following Christ and that formation of his life and ministry was very much influenced by his Christian teaching. He was also inspired in his desire to serve especially the most vulnerable, the marginalized and those that many would have turned a blind eye to
Most famous of his exploits was when Nicholas heard of devout man who had been wealthy but who had lost all his money. He had 3 daughters and couldn't afford a proper dowry for them. That meant they’d remain unmarried and likely, in absence of any other possible employment, be forced to become prostitutes.
Nicolas heard of girls' plight and decided he was going to help them, but it needed to be in secret; he didn’t want to be identified. So, he went to the house under cover of night and threw a purse filled with gold coins through window. He did same thing next two nights, giving man three bags of gold, one for each of his three daughters.
This may well be a fable. But undoubtedly it is grounded in some truth of the life and ministry of Bishop Nicolas of Myra, a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ . That’s the story we focus on as we remember him on his feast day. He knew within himself the love of God made real through Jesus which overflowed through him. And, he shared it with others who equally needed to hear and experience the love, mercy and grace of God in their own lives.

And out of depth of that love within him, when he saw someone in need, there was no choice, it wasn’t optional. He knew what God called him to do in that moment; he had to respond in way that would help, make some difference, offering care and compassion , truly loving the person as God loved him
Isn’t that the kind of faithfulness we all need to exemplify as we live out our baptismal ministries knowing we too are equally loved by God and in turn are called to love others around us, and care for them with compassion and mercy. There is tremendous social pressure stifle cries of human pain & need.
Remember phrase that was perhaps overused at the time but waspointed none the less … WWJD … What would Jesus do. It’s pretty obvious what Jesus would do. He wouldn’t be silent and stand by doing and saying nothing; he’d be right in there alongside them; speak truth to power because that’s what it means to love all of God’s people, and care for them and advocate alongside them
That was example Nicolas followed … & it's the example we are to follow too. We are to live day to day, in every encounter, in every relationship , in places where we work, go to school and shop for groceries; on the streets & highways as we drive from place to place … our baptismal covenant always needs to be at the heart of who we are and how we live our lives grounding us in ministries we’re called to faithfully following our Lord Jesus Christ … seeking and serving Christ in all persons … loving our neighbor as ourselves … striving for justice and peace among all people … respecting dignity of every human being
The image of Santa Claus brings life to a spirit of generosity and giving as we enter this Christmas season. Let's remember that it all began with the spirit of St. Nicholas, a saint in the church, a bishop called by God to serve God and all of God's people. May we remember his example as we strive to be equally generous with the abundance God has blessed us with. 
I offer us this prayer for the feast day of St. Nicholas ...

Almighty God, You bestowed upon Your servant
Nicholas of Myra the perpetual gift of charity.
Grant Your Church the grace to deal in generosity and love
with children and with all who are poor and distressed
and to plead the cause of those who have no helper,
especially those tossed by tempests of doubt or grief.
We ask this for the sake of Him who gave His life for us,
Your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ, our Lord,
who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.  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!

Take care and have a blessed day and week!

Mark +

The Rev. Canon Mark Kinghan
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