St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Port Hope

The First Sunday of Lent                       10 March 2019

Morning Prayer–Thursday and Friday, 9.30 in the rectory.

Centering Prayer–Every Thursday at 3.00 in the mezzanine.

Lent Service Music: You’ll receive today a music card for Lenten Service music—the Sanctus (Holy Holy, Holy) and Agnus Dei (Lamb of God). Based by James McGregar on a motet by Hassler.

The Angelus: Those who wish to participate in this short devotion, are asked to gather at the icon (the blue table by the font) shortly after the postlude today. The Angelus is a set of versicles and responses, accompanied by the ringing of a bell ( in our casr a Tibetan singing bowl), based on Luke 1.26-38. It is traditionally said three times daily: morning, noon, and evening, as a memorial of Jesus’ Incarnation. Very brief.

Eucharist & PotLuck: March 27 5:15 pm. Feast of St Joseph. Eucharist at 5:15 followed by supper. See posters.

Stations of the Cross: If you are interested in saying the Stations of the Cross a couple of times during Lent, speak to Randy+.

Wednesday Eucharist this week at St. Mark’s on February 27, 10.00 a.m.. In March at St. John’s, Pine St.

Taizé Prayer with Eucharist: Share your thoughts about a Taizé Prayer Sunday with Eucharist, in May. As I envision it, the service would consist of better-known Taizé songs, 1-2 biblical readings, a reading from another Christian source, two periods of silence, no sermon. We would conclude with Communion.

Five Minutes Monthly: Sunday March 24 following 10:30 Eucharist

Liturgy Training: Interest has been expressed in learning more about our liturgy. I propose three consecutive Sundays post-Easter, reading and discussing Mark Galli’s Beyond Smells & Bells: the wonder and power of Christian liturgy. Accompanied by introductory words by me. Express your interest today. RM+.

Ash Wednesday: a word of thanks to the choir and all who came out on Wednesday evening. I was impressed by the lovely atmosphere of intimacy and warmth as we worshipped in the chancel. Supper at The beamish was nice too. RM+.

Wednesday Eucharists in March are at St John’s Pine St. 10 a.m.

St Mark’s Chimers: our choir girls will use the chimes on Sundays in Lent.

The next Greenwood dinner: is on Wednesday March 20. The menu will be pasta with salads and desserts. Sign-up sheet is on the notice board at the back of the church.

The Housing Crisis – A Way Forward? A public engagement event Saturday, March 16, 2019 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. St Thomas’ Anglican Church Parish Hall, 16 Centre Street Millbrook, ON Lunch (with vegan and gluten-free options) is included.There is no charge for the event – but advance registration is required.Please refer to Poster on Bulletin Boards for further information.

Tuesday Tea & Theology: hosted by Patrick Gray, will meet on March 26 at 3 p.m. We’ll discuss Martin Luther by Eric Metaxis. The book is available at Furby House Books.

Cinema St. Mark–A new series of films begins March 22 at 7.30 in the mezzanine.

March 22–Le Quattro Volte (2011). dir., Michelangelo Frammartino. A serene and silent film, its visuals cover the animal, vegetable and mineral stages of life in a small corner of southern Italy. Our thoughts and musings supply the fourth stage. The title can be translated as “The Four Realms.” But the four realms of what? It doesn’t say. Perhaps the four realms of everything that is.

March 29–Breaking the Waves (1996). dir., Lars von Trier. Emotionally and spiritually challenging, newly married Bess is a simple woman who sacrifices herself to sexual brutality to save the life of the man she loves. A sinner? The grim elders of her church think so. But Bess is the kind of person Jesus was thinking of when he suffered the little children to come unto him.

April 26–Cléo de 5 à 7 (1962) dir., Agnès Varda. In France, the afternoon hours from five to seven are known as the hours when lovers meet. On this afternoon, nothing could be further from Cleo’s mind than sex. She counts the minutes until she learns the test results she believes will tell her if she is dying from cancer. Only 90 minutes long, but its clock seems to tick along with Cleo’s.

May 3–45 Years (2015) dir., Andrew Haigh. The life of a childless married couple in the English countryside is disrupted by the arrival of a letter, reawakening long-ago events changing the couple’s entire perspective on the present. As the haunting presence intrudes, the fissures in their relationship appear in small, yet nerve-wracking increments.

Peterborough Brotherhood Tour: On April 17th at about 11 am, we will again host a PeterBrotherhood Tour, lasting about 40 minutes. The tour will use the facilities, see the labyrinth and visit the Massey plot in the cemetery. We will need volunteers, A friendly smile and willingness to help are all that is required. A short history of the church and cemetery wil be available to volunteers and visitors alike. Contact Doug Armstrong at if you can help.


The Cat’s Meow: For inclusion, contact Marion Thompson through the office or at before Friday morning

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