St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Port Hope

The 15th Sunday after Pentecost               13 September 2020

Holy Cross Day & Our Reopening


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?

Isaiah 43:18-19      

Associated with fire and the sun, the Phoenix represents eternity or foreverness. It continuously goes through the cycle of transformation, death, rebirth by rising through the fire from the ashes of its predecessor.  One lifetime of a Phoenix represents 50 times approximately the life span of a mortal human being.

“From the ashes, a fire shall be woken, A light from the shadows shall spring…” — J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

 Now on this Sunday, September 13, our time of exile is over.  We are back in our beloved St. Mark’s and the future is ours to grasp.


September 13:  The flowers are given to the Glory of God and in memory of Marg and Stanley Dotzko, Paul Dotzko, Harry Merrifield and Clara and Jack Martin, family members of Deanna Brittle.


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

Numbers 21: 4b-9; Psalm 98: 1-5;

1 Corinthians 1: 18-24; John 3: 13-17


PRAYERS 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 Molly Mulloy (Lawson) and for her family;

For those who are living in fear for whatever reason;

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 souls of the departed and for those who mourn.

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

Washrooms – The parish hall washrooms are available as needed.  They will have been sanitized.  There is no need for you to clean the washroom after use.  There is hand sanitizer in the washrooms and throughout the church.

Fair Share Donations – To those who responded to our request for donations of toiletry items, thank you very much. Your generosity was much appreciated and there is now a good supply on hand for those who need this type of assistance.

Anne Oram,


We have been challenged to find quantities of PPE, especially disinfectant wipes and spray, to help clean surfaces. If you are shopping and see these items please purchase them and we will reimburse you. Please read the ingredients carefully as we have discovered not all hand sanitizers, wipes and sprays kill the virus! The product must have a minimum of 60% alcohol content.

If you would like to help with re-opening expenses, by making a donation, please make your cheque out to St. Mark’s with Re-opening expenses on the memo line and drop it off in the mailbox outside the parish hall

Nadia Bolz-Weber, an Evangelical Lutheran Pastor, wrote this prayer in May, 2020.

I don’t know when we can gather together again in worship, Lord, so for now I just ask that:

When I sing along in my kitchen to each song on Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life album, that it be counted as praise.

And that when I read the news and my heart tightens in my chest, may it be counted as a Kyrie.

And that when my eyes brighten in a smile behind my mask as I thank the cashier, may it be counted as passing the peace.

And that as I water my plant and wash my dishes and take a shower, may it be counted as remembering my baptism.

And that when the tears come and my shoulders shake and my breathing falters, may it be counted as prayer.

And that when I stumble upon a Tabitha Brown video and hear her grace and love of you, may it be counted as hearing a homily.

And that as I sit at that table in my apartment, and eat one more homemade meal, slowly, joyfully, with nothing else demanding my time or attention, may it be counted as communion.


Even though we are now able to physically gather within St.  Mark’s, may we keep this same spirit alive within us and constantly renew our relationship with God and each other in all our daily activities.