St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Port Hope

The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost                     2 August 2020

July 30, 2020

Dear Parishioners of St Mark’s. Port Hope,

Greetings from your new Priest in Charge and Pastor. I look forward very much, even in these difficult COVID times, getting to meet, to know and to journey together with you. My thanks to Bishop Shaw for her confidence in appointing me. What a small Anglican world it is to know that when my wife Eileen was warden at St. Stephen’s Maple, Riscylla came to serve in the parish. Eileen, and her now 92 year old mother Ivy, fondly remember going to Deacon Shaw’s ordination at St. James Cathedral.

I have already had pleasant introductory communications with the Wardens, Marion and Gary, but I am sure you want to know who I am.  Let me introduce myself briefly here with more to come as we get to know each other.
I remember during my senior year at Trent University, way back in 1975, applying for a fellowship for a trial year in a theological seminary. The last question on the application form was ‘what do you most want us to know about you, when you realize we do not think arrogance and self-affirmation are synonymous?’ In my response I wrote in part that I ‘was very much still in the process of self-affirmation, and that I am continually surprised by God, sensing His design in life more and more as I grow’.

I have grown a lot since then, am still continually surprised by God, and humbled by His design in our lives. I was ordained a priest in 1980 and served three years at St. John’s Ancaster, and more recently, three years at St. Mark’s Niagara-on-the-Lake. Like St. Mark’s Port Hope, they are 200-year-old parishes, treasure troves of Ontario history and tradition. I have also served in Cathedrals in Edmonton and Jerusalem, in urban and rural churches out west. With my Welsh father’s DNA, I have sung in many church and community choirs, and know choral music quite well, which I understand is a love of Randy Mills, and of many of you.

Our surprising God also called me to ministry outside of the parish. I found myself serving in the Alberta Legislature for close to eight years, then consulting on hospital and health care planning in BC, also doing some fundraising for churches, health care and environmental organizations. For ten years I directed Leadership Sea to Sky, a community leadership program for mid-career professionals. Through it all I have grown in my love of Jesus and the Christian path before me, learned from many sojourners, and supported by a great cloud of witnesses.

With one daughter, her husband and one year-old grandson, and a son in Toronto, and another daughter in Montreal, it is so good to be close by to them, as I’m sure you with children and grandchildren know. To be back in the Trent Durham area with friends still in Peterborough, is like a homecoming.

Like all of us, I have experienced a few bumps in the road, and now, with COVID-19, we are experiencing unexpected twists and turns in our lives. But we grow by God’s grace even through tough times. He meets us in ways we least expect. I am eager to meet you and hear about your life’s journey, the ups and downs, and your cares and concerns in and for our community of faith.

There is more to learn from and about each other, so let us keep strong in the faith of our surprising God, our life-giving, sacrificial Jesus, and our ever creative Holy Spirit. It a privilege to be coming to serve you, to grow in our faith and to share our journey together.

The Rev’d William Roberts

Flowers this week

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

July 26:  In memory of Robertus (Bus) and Evelyn Smith, Children, Robert and Margaret and Grandchildren Catherine Jane and Michael Harry and Myrtle Jones, Terry, Nancy Jones from Wayne Smith

This Week’s Readings

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

Genesis 32: 22-31;  Psalm 17: 1-7, 15;  Romans 9: 1-15; Matthew 14: 13-21


 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.  She has returned to Belleville from Kingston.  Please continue to pray for her and send a card to cheer her: 30C Union Rd, R R # 7 Belleville ON K8N4Z7

 For Ken West who is home following aortic heart surgery at St. Michael’s Hospital and for Sue and his family;

 For John Geale, whose surgery has been postponed.

 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 those who mourn.

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

The College of Bishops has determined that for parishes who wish to reopen for corporate worship, Sunday September 13 will be the target date. They also stated they will rescind this decision if necessary.

There is much to be done in preparation for the reopening including the completion and submission to the Diocese and approval of an updated guideline checklist by September 9 and the release of a video to the parish the week of August 24, to help everyone prepare for the changes and protocols they will experience when we reopen.

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 and, if at possible, can you change to the automatic PAR (Pre-authorized Remittance).  So easy to do, so easy to change if you wish to, and it helps us by ensuring a steady revenue stream over the months.

A REMINDER – We hope you RSVP-ed!

St. Mark’s Country BBQ

At Steve Poste’s Property

Sunday, August 2nd.

Food served at 12:30 p.m.

Mask required to pick up food.  If you have symptoms, please stay home.

Draw tickets are $5 or 10, Exact cash, No change.  Proceeds to St Mark’s Choir.

Bring a face mask, lawn chairs, comfy shoes.

RSVP by July 31 to 905-885-6903 or

Steve’s Cell if lost:  905-269-0186

Have GPS or Maps on your phone? –

482 3rd Concession Road W., Trent Hills

Directions – Shortest Route:

From Port Hope…travel North on 28 to Dale Road.

Turn Right at lights, and continue East, through the traffic lights at Precious Corners, until road ends.

At stop sign, turn left. (you are now on Hwy 45)

Drive North to County Road 29.

Turn Right, towards Warkworth.

Continue until you reach a stop sign.  (you are now in Burnley)

Turn Left.  (following the sign for Sandy Flats Sugar Bush)

At the 3 Way stop, turn right.

Follow this road past Sandy Flats (large red gate on the left).  Driveway is on left.

Alternative routes:

A: From Port Hope…travel North on 28 until you reach County Road #9. (Oak Ridges Dr.)

Turn Right at lights, and continue east until you get to the stop sign in Burnley. (you will pass the dump, go thru stop sign at Burnham Street and  thru the stop sign at Hwy 45)

Turn Left.  (following the sign for Sandy Flats Sugar Bush)

At the 3 Way stop, turn right.

Follow this road past Sandy Flats (large red gate on the left). Driveway is on left.

B:  From Port Hope…take Hwy 401 East to the Grafton Exit.  Exit Hwy and turn left.

Follow this road (MacDonald Rd) until you can’t go any further North. (going thru the stop sign at Centerton).

At the stop sign, (cemetery in front of you) turn right and follow road until you get to Burnley.

Turn Left.  (following the sign for Sandy Flats Sugar Bush)

At the 3 Way stop, turn right.

Follow this road past Sandy Flats (large red gate on the left). Driveway is on left.