|THE CAT’S MEOW
St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Port Hope
The 16th Sunday after Pentecost 20 September 2020
St. Matthew, Apostle & Evangelist
FLOWERS THIS WEEK
September 20: The flowers are given to the Glory of God and in memory of Robert Benson Gifford, husband of Nathalie Gifford.
THIS WEEK’S READINGS
Should you wish to follow the Lectionary at home, here are the readings:
Proverbs 5: 1-3; Psalm 119: 33-40; 2 Timothy 3: 14-17 Matthew 9: 9-13
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 John Geale, whose open heart surgery on Sept. 15 was successful. He returns home on Monday. Thanks for all your prayers and support.
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 repose of the soul of The Rev. Canon James O’Neill
For the souls of all the departed and for those who mourn.
Let us have names by next Friday and they will be included in the next issue.
Michaelmas Jacob’s Ladder will come out at the end of the month. Please submit stories, reports and family news to email@example.com or the church office. All contributions welcome.
From Wednesday, September 23, the office will open on Wednesday, Thursday Friday mornings. 9:30 to noon.
REOPENING COMMITTEE UPDATE
We extend a sincere thank you to everyone who donated to help cover the costs of reopening the parish, the purchase of PPE and the ongoing cleaning expenses associated with the pandemic. The committee continues to meet to critique our progress and plan for a gradual opening of other areas of our parish. Protocols have been developed and safety is our number one priority. We ask your support by wearing your mask, maintaining proper physical distancing inside and outside of the church and practicing proper hand sanitizing.
Stay safe and stay the course.
Gwen for the Reopening Committee
A Thanksgiving Challenge in support of Fare Share
A survey done in May by statistics Canada revealed almost 1 in 7 Canadians live in a household where food insecurity was a problem. This situation has been further aggravated by the pandemic.
At this time, we cannot host a meal for the Greenwood Coalition, but we can fill our church food basket with non-perishable food items or financially support the Fare Share Food bank.
St. Mark’s has always been a strong supporter of our local food bank and I hope you will prayerfully consider how you can help feed the hungry families in our town.
We will collect financial support until we celebrate Thanksgiving on October 11. To receive an income tax receipt for your donation, please make your cheque out to St. Mark’s and indicate Fare Share Challenge on the memo line.
St. Mark’s Fare Share Challenge Goal – to raise $1,500 for Fare Share and to keep filling the donation basket!
Thanking you in advance for your support,
Gwen for the Events Committee
COVID 19 PANDEMIC QUESTIONS FROM STORY CORPS
StoryCorps’ mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world.
We do this to remind one another of our shared humanity, to strengthen and build the connections between people, to teach the value of listening, and to weave into the fabric of our culture the understanding that everyone’s story matters. At the same time, we are creating an invaluable archive for future generations.
- What has given you comfort and hope during this pandemic time?
- What has been the most challenging part of this experience for you?
- Who do you wish you could see right now but cannot?
- What during this pandemic do you most fear?
- If you could ask anyone from your life living or dead, for advice on getting through this, who would it be and what would you ask them?
- Who do you most worry about in your family or circle of friends right now?
- What lessons do you think the Christian church can learn from COVID 19?
- What ways have you found most satisfying of being together apart, finding connections even when physically distancing.
- What long term effects do you think this pandemic will have on the next generation?
- If COVID 19 ended tomorrow what’s the first thing you’d do?
Two other references from Father William’s homily last Sunday:
1) “Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead” by Brene Brown University of Houston’s Graduate School of Social Work.
2) “Finding Empathy in the Age of Rage”, by Payam Akhavan in openincanada.org May 22, 2019
The Benediction from Rachel Held Evans’s funeral:
Blessed are the agnostics. Blessed are they who doubt. Blessed are those who have nothing to offer. Blessed are the preschoolers who cut in line at communion. Blessed are the poor in spirit. You are of heaven and Jesus blesses you.
Blessed are those whom no one else notices. The kids who sit alone at middle- school lunch tables. The laundry guys at the hospital. The sex workers and the night-shift street sweepers. The closeted. The teens who have to figure out ways to hide the new cuts on their arms. Blessed are the meek. You are of heaven and Jesus blesses you.
Blessed are they who have loved enough to know what loss feels like. Blessed are the mothers of the miscarried. Blessed are they who can’t fall apart because they have to keep it together for everyone else. Blessed are those who “still aren’t over it yet.” Blessed are those who mourn. You are of heaven and Jesus blesses you.
I imagine Jesus standing here blessing us because that is our Lord’s nature. This Jesus cried at his friend’s tomb, turned the other cheek, and forgave those who hung him on a cross. He was God’s Beatitude— God’s blessing to the weak in a world that admires only the strong.
Jesus invites us into a story bigger than ourselves and our imaginations, yet we all get to tell that story with the scandalous particularity of this moment and this place. We are storytelling creatures because we are fashioned in the image of a storytelling God. May we never neglect that gift. May we never lose our love for telling the story. Amen
— The Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber
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