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    by Graydon McArthur
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Sunday, September 29
The Feast of St. Michael and All Angels (Michaelmas)
8:30 a.m. | Holy Communion in the Chapel
10 a.m. | Morning Prayer in the Chapel
10:30 a.m. | Holy Communion
Junior Church Lesson | Guardian Angels (parents please bring student workbooks)
Followed by Coffee Hour
4 p.m. | Choral Evensong for Michaelmas and Sir David Willcocks’ Centenary (see below).
O EVERLASTING God, who hast ordained and constituted the services of Angels and men in a wonderful order: Mercifully grant that, as thy holy Angels alway do thee service in heaven, so by thy appointment they may succour and defend us on earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
READINGS: Revelation 12.7 and St. Matthew 18.1
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The following message is part of a monthly series of testimonials written by a member of St. Olave’s, to offer a deeper understanding of the impact the church has had in his or her life. Read past messages here.
What St. Olave’s Means to Me 
By Graydon McArthur

St. Olave’s is my home and has been the home of my family since Day 1. It all started out when my great grandmother Ester Howard (née Camplin) walked across the street at The Queensway to attend the first service at the original site down on Windermere. My great uncle, John Howard, was the first Rector’s Warden there under Mr. Sparks.

Years later, my grandmother Edna married my grandfather William Coates and in those years, the whole family attended the church. When the church purchased the land at 360 Windermere, my grandfather, a brick layer in the village, walked up daily with his level to make sure the building was being built properly. I’m very familiar with our history here.
My grandfather went on to be the People’s Warden for about 24 straight years and was a lay delegate to Synod for few years as well. I learned much from my grandparents and here I am today doing The Lord’s work because of their fine examples and dedication.
I was baptized by the Rev’d Sextus Stiles and confirmed and married by the Rev’d Dr. Wigmore. And I hope that when my time comes, the Rev’d Robert Mitchell will be here to preside over my last service at St. Olave’s. The teachings from St. Olave’s are the very basis of how I live my life.
I love the parish and the congregation and have spent extended periods of time each week a number of years ago, working on functions to grow the congregation and organize social events, fund raisers, dances, picnics and sporting events that everyone could participate in. I do the Easter Egg Hunt and give out candy canes at the Christmas Eve family service each year.
September 2019 marked my 43rd year of being vested and working the services here. To some, I’m a Lay Anointer, to others, I minister to the sick and shut-ins and yet to others, I’m a sociable fellow with a fairly wild sense of humour. The prayer book is very important to me and I take it with me always. The gothic architecture of the church enhances each and every service, as does the organ. I enjoy each and every service I attend and I always feel the Real Presence during each service. I still feel 10 feet tall, very good and whole every time I leave the church. 
St. Olave’s is my home, my life, my inspiration and who I am.

What does St. Olave’s mean to you? If you would like to provide your own tribute message, it would be most welcome! Please email your message to Jim Shapland.

On Sunday, October 6, we will be celebrating the 82nd anniversary of the dedication of our current church building. The original St. Olave’s building at the bottom of Windermere Avenue served our parish from 1887 to 1927. For the next 10 years the congregation worshiped in the basement, until in 1937 moving into the newly constructed church that we know today. 

I continue to be amazed and a little perplexed by the capacity of our parish to build such a magnificent building throughout the height of the Depression. It speaks to a form of generosity and foresight that is quite extraordinary. Despite enormous obstacles, the spirit of St. Olave’s has been one of boldness and faith. 

It is clear to me, from my short time here so far, that that spirit has never wavered. In a time of great social change and numerous challenges for Christian communities, we continue to look to the future with boldness and faith. 

In this light, we will be introducing the idea of Legacy Giving at our Dedication Festival services on October 6. Legacy Giving refers to the practice of making provision for the church in ways that continue to benefit the ministry of St. Olave’s, even after we are no longer living. This kind of foresight from past parishioners has been vital for St. Olave’s, and it could become an even greater way of ensuring that our unique and important ministry continues to thrive long into the future. 

Join us on October 6 as we celebrate and thank God for blessing our parish all these many years, and to pray for many future blessings.


SEPT 27-30

For four days, beginning September 27, Archbishop Mark MacDonald is asking Anglicans to gather in prayer and ceremony for the Indigenous children who did not return home from residential schools. Read more.

Prayer for the Children Who Didn’t Return Home
Almighty God, we remember before you all of the children – our dear relatives – who did not return home from the Residential Schools. May you remember their suffering and pain. May you grant them rest in the Land of Peace. May you surround them with beautiful and sacred love and joy. We pray to you also for ourselves and our children. At a time like this we remember we need your Spirit so very much. We pray to you, your Spirit prays through us, in the Name of Jesus, who suffered with us but raised us and will raise us with our departed loved ones.  Amen.

Evening Prayer 6 p.m., light supper 6:30, talk at 7 

This Friday our series on the History of Private Prayer turns to the Reformation. All are welcome! 

Oct. 4:  Prayer Today

followed by Peach Tea and Clement Carelse on Sir David Willcocks 
The choir of St. Peter’s, Erindale, under the leadership of Clemente Carelse, will sing the Evensong Responses by William Smith (1603-45), the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis by George Dyson (1883-1964) in D and the anthem Evening Hymn by Balfour Gardiner (1877-1950). Read more about the Peach Tea and Talk on Sir David Willcocks (right).
Weekly announcements
This week’s services
Tuesday, October 1
Remigius, Bishop

8:30 Morning Prayer
4:30 Evening Prayer

Wednesday, October 2 
8:30 Morning Prayer

11:15 Holy Communion 
4:30 Evening Prayer
Thursday, October 3
8:30 Morning Prayer
4:30 Evening Prayer

Friday, October 4 
St. Francis of Assisi
8:30 Morning Prayer
Noon ORA quiet prayer in the Chapel
4:30 Evening Prayer
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