Annual Plant Sale & Bake Sale
Saturday, May 27, 2017 9.00 am
Churches and Christians throughout the world are joining Thy Kingdom Come worldwide prayer from Ascension, 25 May, to Pentecost, 4 June 2017. Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to gather in prayer.
Thy Kingdom Come worldwide prayer is a global movement which invites Christians around the world to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus Christ. What started out as an invitation from the Archbishops’ of Canterbury and York in 2016 to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer. Take part and “Pray it – Picture it – Post it”.
The hope is that
“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses …to the ends of the earth. When he had said this…he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight…Then they returned to Jerusalem … and were constantly devoting themselves to prayer…
When the day of Pentecost had come they were all together in one place… All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit… and that day about three thousand persons were added.” — Acts 1,2
“In praying ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ we all commit to playing our part in the renewal of the nations and the transformation of communities.” — Justin Welby
Read the prayer which thousands of people across the world will be praying during Thy Kingdom Come, and which will be at the heart of every event.
your ascended Son has sent us into the world
to preach the good news of your kingdom:
inspire us with your Spirit
and fill our hearts with the fire of your love,
that all who hear your Word
may be drawn to you,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
We’re barely a year old! In May 2016 the Archbishops of Canterbury and York invited Christians from across the Church of England to join a wave of prayer during the days between Ascension and Pentecost – a time when the church traditionally focuses on prayer. They encouraged everyone to ask for the Holy Spirit to help them be witnesses to Jesus Christ and to pray for others to discover that living faith.
What started as an idea gained momentum and in May 2016 more than 100,000 Christians from different denominations and traditions took part from the UK and across the world. They joined in more than 3,000 events and services to pray for others to come to know Jesus Christ and for God’s kingdom to come. The time of prayer culminated in six national Beacon Events over Pentecost weekend at cathedrals in different parts of the country. At Winchester demand was so great overspill areas with big screens had to be organized and at Canterbury a live stream was set up for people to join in on the internet. By July it had received 300,000 views.
The response to this simple invitation was astonishing as hundreds of thousands joined in from churches of many denominations and different traditions around the UK and across the world.
For 2017 the vision is even greater. The hope is to see at least 80 per cent of Church of England churches and cathedrals taking part as well as many other denominations and the churches of the world-wide Anglican Communion. Leaders from Churches Together in England, including Roman Catholic, Pentecostal, Baptist and Methodist churches, Free churches and Orthodox churches to name but a few, have all signalled their support.
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The day has long been associated with mothers and family. For centuries it was custom for people to return home to their ‘mother’ church on Laetare Sunday – the middle of Lent. Those who did so were said to have gone ‘a-mothering’.
The day often turned into a family reunion and a chance for children working away from home – often young domestic servants – to spend time with their mothers. Many used to pick flowers from the verges along the way to leave in the church or hand to their mothers when they got home.
Mother’s Day – or Mothering Sunday – [was] this year on Sunday, March 26 in the UK. The Anglican Church of Canada inherits some of its traditions from the Church of England. Although Mothering Sunday has been supplanted by the North American practice, some traces remain.
The day is always on the fourth Sunday of Lent in the UK, exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday and usually in the second half of March or early April.
The day is a celebration of mothers and the maternal bond and traditionally children give flowers, presents and cards to their mothers, and other maternal figures such as grandmothers, stepmothers and mothers-in-law.
But it was American social activist Anna Jarvis (1864-1948) from Philadelphia who lobbied the government for an official day to honour mothers in the US, and is regarded as the “Mother of Mother’s Day”. She dedicated her life to the cause after swearing she would do so after her mother’s death.
In the US, it began in the early 20th century. It is not related to the many celebrations of mothers and motherhood that have occurred throughout the world over thousands of years, such as the Greek cult to Cybele, the Roman festival of Hilaria, or the Christian Mothering Sunday celebration (originally a commemoration of Mother Church, not motherhood) However, in some countries, Mother’s Day has become synonymous with these older traditions.
The day took off in Britain when vicar’s daughter Constance Smith was inspired by a 1913 newspaper report of Jarvis’ campaign and began a push for the day to be officially marked in England.
Smith, of Coddington, Nottinghamshire, founded the Mothering Sunday Movement and even wrote a booklet The Revival of Mothering Sunday in 1920. Interestingly, neither Smith nor Jarvis became mother’s themselves.
By 1938 Mothering Sunday had become a popular celebration with Boy Scouts, Girl Guides and various parishes across Britain marking the day and communities adopting the imported traditions of American and Canadian soldiers during the war.
By the 1950s it was being celebrated throughout Britain and businesses realised the commercial opportunities.
When you say ‘Mother’s Day’ you’re actually referring to the American version, although the term is widely used in Britain too. In the US, Mother’s Day falls on Sunday, May 14 this year.
The French celebrate Mother’s Day on the last Sunday in May, where a family dinner is the norm, and traditionally the mother being honoured is presented with a cake that looks like a bouquet of flowers.
Mother’s Day in Spain is celebrated on December 8th. Spaniards pay tribute not only to their own mothers on this day, but also to the Virgin Mary. The day includes religious celebrations across the country.
The origin of Mother’s Day in Canada is likely a hybrid of both the British and American traditions.
Happy Mother’s Day!
source: The Daily Telegraph
Once again the feature of the Annual Spring Tea was a spring and summer planter demonstration by Vikki of Griffin’s Greenhouses, Lakefield. That’s not to say that the menu fare was not almost as fantastic. The Spring Tea menu offered several kinds of home-made quiche, fresh salads and scrumptious desserts. Check out the slides to get the full picture.
Vikki shared really useful tips about spring planting and how to transition from the hearty mid-spring plants into those that provide colour and blossoms throughout the hot days of summer. It was great to see how properly to create a spring-summer planter but all along her demonstration, Vikki gave out secret tips that could turn each person in attendance into a master gardener for their neighbourhood. She mentioned that she’d be happy to offer additional assistance for anyone who would like to visit her at Griffins Greenhouses in Lakefield.
Through lunch, there were on-going draws for small but useful prizes. And, once the planter was completed, a draw was done from the attendance tickets. One lucky person got to take a really great summer planter home. There was also a second draw for a special rocking-chair planter which was donated by Peggy and Donnie Roberts. Congratulations to both winners.
Thanks to Marion and Nancy F plus all the helpers from the parish who made the Spring Tea a great success and fun afternoon for all. Special thanks and appreciation to Vikki!
Check out a great article on this that appeared in The Examiner 10 May .
Homily by the Rev’d W Glenn Empey
When they were walking along the road to Emmaus, I think they were still confused. It would have been difficult to be able to figure out all that had happened. Surely they would have had some doubts as they tried to comprehend things. Doubts that seem to fall entirely on Thomas, Doubting Thomas.
You know, every time I hear “Poor Thomas”, it makes me think back to — of all things — my Latin classes in High School at St Andrew’s College. You might wonder why that is.
Well, it’s in remembering a drill the teacher use to give in conjugating the verb “porto” (I carry). And, for scholars of Latin, you’ll probably remember how that goes. I carry, you carry we carry … Porto, portas portatas … p-o-r-tamus … and so on. That’s where I get “por-tamus”. He said it as if it were “poor Thomas”. And it worked! I’m sure I’m not the only lad who remembers that from those classes.
Of course, at the advanced level of Latin, there’s also the conjugation of the verb “pigo” for which the Infinitive, present participle, perfect participle are something like: pigo, pigere, squili, gruntum. … No, that’s not a real verb. It’s kind of like “semper ubi sub ubi”.
Anyway, enough of that.
I really think Thomas – poor Thomas – gets some very bad press among the disciples. He gets a bad rap being labeled with the nickname Doubting Thomas. As if the others didn’t have doubts too.
Peter – the rock on which Jesus founded his Church – even denied Jesus three times. There sure must have been some doubt going on there.
It’s fairly easy to figure that each of the disciples was confused as Holy Week began, as they each entered into Jerusalem. I can’t see how they’d have been certain in any way about what was going to happen. Surely the atmosphere was one of a mixture of feelings ranging from a sense of celebration even to one of trepidation.
For example, I don’t think the disciples could possibly have fully grasped what Jesus was doing at that moment in the Upper Room when he instituted the Holy Eucharist in the Last Supper.
The week was supposed to have been one of a glorious entry in Jerusalem. The coming of the Messiah. But with all the scheming going on by the Chief Priests and the Roman officials, that must have cast some pall of doubt on things.
And, later, after the crushing impact of the crucifixion, when Jesus did appear first to the disciples, Thomas was not there. So, he was taking the word of his fellow disciples without having seen Jesus himself. I’d say that makes it a bit more understandable. Thomas was not there as an eye-witness as were the others. I think I’d wonder about what they were reporting too if I hadn’t been there.
And, when you think about it, the other disciples had not believed themselves that Jesus had risen until he had actually appeared to them too.
So, I think Thomas gets a bad rap, a really bad rap. And I think that’s for a number of reasons.
Somehow, some people think that having doubt is a failing of faith. It means not being faithful.
But, it seems to me that doubt is an integral part of growing in faith. I’ve said a few times before that belief is not the same as pure knowledge. Belief is not a scientific kind of thing. In the creeds we don’t’ proclaim that we know, we say that we believe.
Doubt and belief are not opposites. They’re two sides of the same coin. One informs the other. By exploring what we’re not sure about, we can dig deeper to discover, to understand, to see how the teachings apply and integrate with our experiences in life as seen through the eyes of faith.
The expression “leap of faith” was coined by the philosopher Soren Kierkegaard. It is important to understand that Kierkegaard felt a leap of faith was necessary in accepting Christianity due to the paradoxes that exist in Christianity. Paradoxes make you wonder. They make you search for understanding. Paradoxes and doubt spur you on to engage in the experience of faith. That’s how and why I think that doubt is an integral component of faith. That’s why I think Thomas gets a bad rap.
It might even be that we also chastise ourselves when we have doubts, especially doubts about faith. Again, I’d like to remind you about the fact that we proclaim that we believe; we don’t proclaim pure knowing.
It is part of the human condition to have doubts. Rather than seeing that as a bad thing, it may be more helpful to see them as a gateway to understanding, to making meaning out of experiences and an understanding of faith. It is a way into the mystery of faith.
Now, if you go comparing yourself to giants of faith such as Mother Theresa, you might feel unfit as not measuring up. But, if you read the writings of Mother Theresa, you’ll readily see how she struggled with doubt throughout her entire earthly life.
The well-known writer and Roman Catholic priest, Henri Nouwen was similar. Through his many books, each of which are really solid, he encouraged thousands of people on their journey of faith. Yet he himself acknowledged:
So I am praying while not knowing how to pray. I am resting while feeling restless, at peace while tempted, safe while still anxious, surrounded by a cloud of light while still in darkness, in love while still doubting.
Henri Nouwen, empowered through engagement with his own doubts, was able to offer encouragement and support for thousands of others in his writings, lectures and sermons.
Here is a quote from Nouwen’s book, Here and Now: Living in the Spirit that has provided reassurance for those overcome with doubting: “Have the courage to trust that you will not fall into an abyss of nothingness, but into the embrace of a God whose love can heal all your wounds.”
In the Letter to the Hebrews, it says: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Doubt is a necessary catalyst to faith, it seems to me. By embracing doubt, you and I can grow in understanding our journey of faith and hone meaning along the steps of the journey. After all, faith is a daily re-commitment in believing. With each step forward, it takes on more meaning as we grow in understanding.
Sometimes there’s a step backward too … but then… there are two steps forward.
Isn’t that exactly what Jesus’ Passion – his life, death, and resurrection — shows us.
“Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”
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By The Rev’d W Glenn Empey
Alleluia. Christ is risen.
This is the most fundamental exclamation of the entire Christian Church, the Body of Christ, the community of faith throughout the world. On this day, across the globe the faithful proclaim this basic tenet of the Christian faith. Christ is risen.
Christ is risen indeed.
It continues to be the proclamation of the Christian Church in spite of the fact that things did not turn out as the people had been expecting in their day.
In our day this year, from the ashes at the beginning of Lent, the faithful have trod a journey of repentance, reflection, prayer, almsgiving to the hopeful day of Palm Sunday as Holy Week began. That was the day when the people in Jesus’ time expected his entry into Jerusalem to be a day of triumph and of revolution to overthrow the princes of this world and powers-who-be and to establish a new world order. They expected a new king to overthrow the oppressive Romans and to usher in a new age where the tables would be turned and they would become the powers-who-be. That’s what they expected from the Messiah.
Who could blame them for that kind of aspiration. And they were confused by all that was going on: was Jesus the Messiah; was he a prophet or was he a rabble-rousing criminal? The conflicting stories were indeed confusing.
Take a look around two millennia later. When you really think about it, we’re still confused about what’s really going on. A self-styled modern-day emperor boasts of bombing the [heck] out of people half a world away while he eats cake. And that quickly brings to mind another self-exalted person who boasted about eating cake while others were perishing. And in France a revolution ensued.
Another quacky despot, who oppresses even his own people, taunts the world’s largest military power with the threat of attack from a peninsula of land half the other way around the world. Elsewhere in the Mid-east a lion and a bear spar by remote in a world scale kind of chess match with cataclysmic potential.
There’s no shortage of mortals who quest for insatiable power. Tiberius to Trump. Pilate to Putin. (Although Pilate to his credit did try to wash his hands and extricate himself from the web of entanglement.)
In the midst of all that, when you have to sift carefully through things to determine what’s true, what’s false, what’s fake news or what’s misinformation or alternate truths to uncover what really does make a difference, it is frustrating. It is confusing. It is draining. You can see how a person would yearn for a new world order. Back in those days and now.
I sometime yearn wantonly to move further north, burn the bridges, and retreat to a simpler life entirely off the grid away from all that. That might do something about hydro bills even in the face of a let-them-eat-cake credit on recent bills. But, that’s a first-world problem though isn’t it.
I wonder still though if there are times when you too just wish things were different. The whole system seems messed up. You can see how a person would yearn for something that can turn it all upside down and be able to start over. To have something that really does make a difference.
So, there you are back in Jerusalem along the steps of the days we now call Holy Week. Time to sift through what is really going on. Is Jesus a new king; is he a criminal; is he a prophet? Who is this fellow?
Holy Week is after 40 days of Lent. A time that has called you and me to reflect on what is really going on. A time to pause to still the noises. To sit in contemplation, to let go, give things up and to engage, to become prayerful. That’s what Lent was all about. Preparing to see things in a new way if we let ourselves be still to the noise.
Lent moves into Holy Week and then into the Upper Room, Gethsemane, betrayal, arrest and court proceedings, conviction, crucifixion and death. Not what was expected at the hopeful beginning of the week. Not what was expected in overthrowing a corrupt world order.
And then, after three days … Sunday. A silent day at the tomb where Mary approached. Silent from the earth shaking, the sky thundering, the curtain in the temple ripping, the clamour of the crowds. Silence. Stillness. Sadness.
Maybe we haven’t understood fully either. Maybe we have to be there again at the tomb to discover that it is empty. And to re-discover what that means.
Even for us it has not brought in any kind of new order that we would want for the world. One of peace, where all people live in freedom, where they have ample food and water and housing. Where all are treated equally. We still live in a fallen world.
So what about this empty tomb?
We live indeed in a fallen world that is broken in many places… but it is not a world without hope. It is a world not without hope because for the sinfulness of the whole world Jesus took it all upon himself in his sacrifice on the cross. That was for you and for me … and for the world.
His descent into hell was to atone for the sins of the world and to show in rising again that there is hope in the midst of any kind of hell or trepidations that you and I may face. He showed the way beyond the Gethsemanes that we face in our own lives. He showed a cycle that is the life of the faithful in experiencing downs and ups and being able to learn and begin anew by having faith and trust as we go through them. And in all that, he forgives us.
That is a taste of the experience of the eternal banquet he promises to all the faithful once their earthly life is done. That is his promise for those who have gone before us and who are now at peace with him. That is his promise and for now we have a glimpse of it.
You can have that glimpse when you see the tomb empty.
He is risen.
Hope is what the empty tomb is about. Living a new life thanks to the Resurrection is seeing things through the eyes of hope. And so no matter what the darkness, the clamor of noise or confusion, hope shines through. Hope overcomes the darkness of whatever sort. Things may not be as we might wish but the profound recognition is that no matter what we will be not be overwhelmed; we are not alone. There are things greater than the parts we can now see.
The empty tomb is the sign to greater things.
It is a call to know that in the midst of all the noise, there are few things that really make a difference beyond the basic necessities of life. And it’s a call to persist in finding ways to put into action the things that really do make a difference.
Love makes a difference, forgiveness makes a difference, compassion makes a difference. They give new ways of seeing the world. They give new ways of understanding others. They give new ways to understanding ourselves. They give new ways for growing the kingdom on which they’re based.
The resurrection from the empty tomb imprinted forever on the world the revolutionary message that Jesus brought into the world. The resurrection has changed the way of seeing things, the way of deciding what really makes a difference. The revolutionary message is that once we’ve learned how to practise that throughout the world, it will usher in a new world order.
The resurrection is the seed of the kingdom that is planted to change the world order. Maybe it will take another millennium. Maybe it will be when Christ comes again. But, surely also in the meantime, it will be through what you and I do, what each of us can bring by humbly walking with our God and doing justice through loving-kindness and by modelling that for others. And finally, even the princes of this world will hear the message.
The fact that the tomb is empty is the cornerstone of faith that leads beyond. We just have to venture forth along that pathway empowered by the hope that transforms us into being people who see things differently and who do things differently. That is the revolution that changes the world.
And so let us proclaim this Easter Sunday and always our profound message of faith: “Alleluia, Christ is risen. Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia.”
Blessings and Happy Easter to each of you.
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Greetings to you in Eastertide,
Easter Sunday afternoon, I happened acoss this really great article in the Wall Street Jornal from March 2016 on social media. I recommend it to you as very relevant and thought-provoking as we begin the journey from The Sunday of the Resurrection to Pentecost.
When was the last time you felt stressed out by Easter? So much Easter shopping to do, so many Easter cards to write, so many Easter gatherings to attend. Not to mention the endless stream of Easter commercials on television and online, the nearly unavoidable Easter-themed movies and all those tacky Easter sweaters that you’re forced to wear every spring. And don’t forget the travails of setting up the annual Easter tree and stringing Easter lights on your house.
Every year you lament how overly commercialized Easter has become. Can the holiday get any more money-oriented? You feel that way every year, don’t you?
Of course you don’t.
That is because Easter has stubbornly resisted the kind of commercialization, commodification and general crassification that long ago swallowed up the celebration of Christmas, at least in the U.S. Here’s a confession: It’s reached the point where I have begun to, yes, dread the Christmas season, and it can be fairly stated that I now dislike Christmas. By that I mean the commercial complex that has grown up around the holiday. (The Feast of the Nativity is another story that I love.)
So how has Easter—with some notable exceptions, like ever-expanding Easter baskets with more and more expensive gifts for the kids—maintained its relative religious purity?
Mainly, I would say, because of its subversive religious message: Christ is risen.
read the full article from WSJ. Note: There is a limit to the number of times this can be viewed by individuals without a subscription. You may also access the article via Trent Spiritual Affairs on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/TrentUPadre Look for “The Challenge of Easter”.
Come, gather in a quaint country church for Easter
We are especially blessed at Easter time to have Shannon Knights join with her Mom to add her accompaniment on viola to our Easter music
including music from Handel
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While the whole world clambers upward, love leads Jesus down. As we gather at the table on Maundy Thursday, Archbishop Colin Johnson reflects on Jesus’ love for friend and enemy, shown in the washing of feet and the silence of a tomb.
While the whole world clambers upward, love leads Jesus down. As we gather at the table on Maundy Thursday, Archbishop Colin Johnson reflects on Jesus’ love for friend and enemy, shown in the washing of feet and the silence of a tomb.
Posted by Anglican Diocese of Toronto on Thursday, April 13, 2017
Palm Sunday commemorates Christ’s triumphant arrival in Jerusalem to the cheers of the crowd.
The next day the great crowd that had come for the Feast heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the King of Israel!” John 12:12-13
In many churches, during Palm Sunday services, large palm branches are carried in processions. In Anglican and Roman Catholic churches, members of the congregation hold small crosses made of palm leaf, both to remember the palm leaves which the people of Jerusalem waved when Jesus arrived, and to remember the cross on which he died.
Some Christians display the crosses from that service in their homes during the year as a symbol of their faith. The crosses are burned at the start of Lent the next year to provide the ash for Ash Wednesday.
Maundy Thursday is the Thursday before Easter. Christians remember it as the day of the Last Supper, when Jesus washed the feet of his disciples and established the ceremony known as the Eucharist.
The night of Maundy Thursday is the night on which Jesus was betrayed by Judas in the Garden of Gethsemane. In many other countries this day is known as Holy Thursday.
The word maundy comes from the command (mandate) given by Christ at the Last Supper — that we should love one another.
It was common in monasteries throughout history for the Abbot to wash the feet of the monks in a similar gesture. Some other churches nowadays also have foot-washing ceremonies as part of their Maundy Thursday services.
Good Friday commemorates Jesus’ crucifixion. It is the most solemn day of the Christian Year.
The most important events in Christianity are the death and later resurrection of Jesus Christ, who Christians believe is the Son of God, and whose life and teachings are the foundation of Christianity. Good Friday is the Friday before Easter. It commemorates the Passion: the execution of Jesus by crucifixion.
Good Friday is a day of mourning in church. During special Good Friday services Christians meditate on Jesus’ suffering and death on the cross, and what this means for their faith. In some countries, there are special Good Friday processions, or re-enactments of the Crucifixion.
The main service on Good Friday takes place between midday and 3pm. In many churches it takes the form of a meditation based on the seven last words of Jesus on the cross, with hymns, prayers, and short sermons.
The Bible quotes seven last sentences that Jesus spoke from the Cross.
Holy Saturday is the Saturday after Good Friday which is often, but wrongly, called Easter Saturday.
The Easter vigil service is the first Easter service, and takes place on the night of Holy Saturday.The idea behind the service is for faithful Christians to wait and watch, hopeful and confident that Christ will return at midnight. The Easter, or Paschal, candle is lit during this service. The service traditionally begins outside the church, where minister and some worshippers gather around a fire – a charcoal brazier is common.The service begins with words such as these:
Brothers and sisters in Christ, on this most holy night, in which our Lord Jesus Christ passed over from death to life, the Church invites her members, dispersed throughout the world, to gather in vigil and prayer. For this is the Passover of the Lord, in which through word and sacrament we share in his victory over death.
The lit candle is now a symbol of Christ, risen as the light of the world, and come into the midst of the people.
Grant that this Easter candle make our darkness light; for Christ the morning star has risen, never again to set, and is alive and reigns for ever and ever. Traditional Easter vigil service
Easter is the Sunday of the Resurrection and the Principal Feast of the Christian Church.
Source: BBC — archives