St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Port Hope

The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost                          12  July 2020


This is Fr Randy Murray pulling away from St. Mark’s for the very last time on Saturday morning, 4 July 2020.  We deeply regret that COVID-19 made impossible a festive reception to honour  his time with us as our priest.  Nonetheless, we thank him and are grateful for the unique talents he shared with us at St. Mark’s and for the presence of his partner Garry Lovatt of blessed memory.  We wish him God speed and every blessing as he explores his monastic vocation at St. Gregory’s Abbey in Michigan.

Flowers this week

We will print the dedications for flowers that would have been placed in the church each Sunday.

July 12:  In memory of Frank and Millie Harding, Doug and Rick Harding and Ray Poste from Carol Poste

This Week’s Readings

Should you wish to follow the Lectionary at home, here are the readings:

Genesis 25:19-34;  Psalm 119: 105-112; Romans 8: 1-11; Matthew 13: 1-9, 18-23

Choral Evensong

Sunday, 12 July, 2020–sQ

This week’s service leaflet link is at the end.

Our reader for July 12 is Marion Thompson, with Kate and Sarah singing the service.

After our recording session, five of our chimers and some parents enjoyed socially-distanced outdoor chiming at the home of Dorothy and John Geale. A very warm afternoon, but the chimers enjoyed ringing favourites such as ‘Happy Birthday’ (recorded for Killari’s dad, David, a former Junior chorister himself at St Mark’s) and ‘Ring Merrily’ along with some hymns. Special thanks to the Geales for their kind hospitality and Carole Poste and the Early Risers for donating bell gloves for the chimers.

Chiming recordings will be added to St Mark’s Facebook page:



Through The Cat’s Meow we can gather in the names of those who are suffering in body, mind or spirit at this time and for whom you have a special concern and we can each undertake to lift them up in prayer before God.

For Graham Cotter in Campbellford Hospital with an infection (see picture below)

For Molly Mulloy (Lawson) who has been moved to the Neurology Unit in Kingston from Belleville Hospital. And for her family.

For those who travel at this time;

For patients in hospitals and residents of long-term care facilities, and their families;

For the lonely and forgotten in this time of social isolation;

For those whose burden is too deep for words.

For the repose of the souls of:

Gareth Jones, TCS, former master & Asst. Headmaster

    David Wilson (53 yrs) TCS
John deP Wright, Canon, Huron U.

 For those who mourn.

 Let us have names by next Friday and they will be included in the next issue.

Churches to remain closed for summer worship
 We have received 20 pages of guidelines and protocols to absorb and adhere to if we are to safely open our buildings by stages. Here is our first bulletin:


The office in the parish hall has been closed and all activities in the hall have been suspended since the state of emergency was declared. The office has been used by our ‘essential workers’, Jenn Mitchell (bookkeeper), Dorothy Geale (communications), Marion Thompson and Gary Potter (wardens). Nobody else should be in there.

As we move to the reopening of the parish hall under the Diocesan and local guidelines, protocols will be put in place to keep us all safe. They won’t be any different to what you are currently experiencing in other enclosed spaces, such as grocery stores and hair salons. There will be hand sanitizing stations, limits to the number of people permitted in a space, social distancing and masks where that is not possible. Some major differences to the social side of St. Mark’s will be no coffee hour and no goodies to go with the coffee!

We will be contacting our current renters to determine if they are planning to return to St. Mark’s and discussing with them what protocols will need to be followed.

For the moment the parish office and hall will remain closed. More details will come to you as we work through the various guidelines.

Thank you for your patience ….stay safe, stay the course, better times are coming.


Isaiah 43:18-19  “Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it?     


 Please remember to keep up with your givings over the summer.


Pat Bryan has two regular weekly radio programs on Northumberland 89.7fm. One is at 10 am on Sundays, the other later in the day at 1.30 pm. The station signal can be heard pretty well every-where in our parish area, and is also available on our website – just scroll down and click on the link Listen Now. Pat’s 90th birthday is July 13.  He has recorded two special programs to run on Sunday July 12.

The first, I Know What I Like at 10 am is a musical program, which this week will carry songs created in 1930, the year Pat was born, along with commentary.

For the second program at 1.30 pm, called Curl Up With Pat Bryan and A Good Book, Pat usually reads excerpts from books he likes. However, for the occasion, he has written and recorded an essay entitled On Arriving at 90, a not too serious look at some things I remember.  Hope you can tune in and listen.

Rectory Gardens

is complete and is a vast improvement on the dead, overgrowth and invasive plants and shrubs that were removed. We would like to thank all those who contributed to this project; indeed your generosity was overwhelming so much so that we now have a garden fund for future use. Of special note is a welcome and thanks to Elaine Wallace who has volunteered to come on board as our gardener in charge of the front of rectory gardens (below the dining room and porch). Our other gardeners have been hard at work in the Long, Peacock, Dale, Boddington, turning circle, west and south exposure of the parish hall. If you are out for a drive or walk, drop by and enjoy the magnificent beauty of our church property.

 Choral Evensong

Fifth Sunday after Trinity

July 12, 2020

St Mark’s Anglican Church, Port Hope

 Reader: Marion Thompson, Rector’s Warden,

Cantors: Kate (officiant) and Sarah


The Preces BCP p.20  Smith of Durham

Psalm 32    BCP p.366              Tone VI

First Lesson               Jeremiah 36.1-26

Magnificat                            Tone VIII.2

Second Lesson                 John 15.1-16

Nunc Dimittis                            Tone I.4

   Then shall be said the Confession of the Faith, called the Apostles’ Creed

 I BELIEVE in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:  And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary, Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and buried: He descended into hell; The third day he rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost; The holy Catholic Church; The Communion of Saints; The Forgiveness of sins; The Resurrection of the body, And the Life everlasting. Amen.

And after the Creed, further prayers will be sung, then:

OUR Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us; And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. Amen.

Closing prayers

THE grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost, be with us all evermore. Amen.