St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Port Hope

National Indigenous Day of Prayer                      21  June 2020

From Fr Randy

The movements of the past few months have raised in the minds of many, questions about their very being, the direction of life and of society, We think of course of the Covid pandemic. But the social action and protest that continues to take place in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd, and on this Indigenous Day of Prayer, raises again questions that compel us to reflect and act on what kind of people we are, and what kinds of societies we live in. We are doing more thinking and discussion than ever before on issues of injustice, inequality and the suffering of others—perhaps our own suffering. The prayer below, written by Thomas Merton, and included in his book Thoughts in Solitude, is one to return to again and again in times of restlessness and confusion. It speaks to our desire to do the right thing in the eyes of God while acknowledging the nagging doubt that lingers even after a decision to act has been made. As we St. Markers move through transition and discussion, when things seem less clear than perhaps they ever have, return to this prayer. It is one that validates the OK-ness of doubt. It gives us permission to be unsure. It gives us permission to be ourselves in liminal time and space, and in fellowship with others who are feeling the same. RM+

My  God,

I have no idea where I am going.

I do not see the road ahead of me.

I cannot know for certain where it will end.

Nor do I really know myself,

and the fact that I think I am following your will

does not mean that I am actually doing so.

But I believe that the desire to please you

does in fact please you.

And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.

I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.

And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road,

though I may know nothing about it.

Therefore will I trust you always though

I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.

I will not fear, for you are ever with me,

and you will never leave me to face my perils alone. 



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

June 21:  In memory of Nancy Fair from Bob Fair


This Week’s Readings  Should you wish to follow the Lectionary at home, here are the readings:  Isaiah 40:25-31; Psalm 19; Philippians 4:4-9; John 1:1-18

Choral Evensong

 The National Indigenous Day of Prayer, Sunday, June 21, 2020

Here is the YouTube link for this week’s Evensong:

The video will also be shared on St Mark’s Facebook page.

This week’s service leaflet link is at the end of this issue – the service features cantors Killari and Iris, with Fr Randy leading the prayers. The service includes the Dakota hymn ‘Many and great, O God’ and closes with a full postlude (Bach) this week.


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 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 at this time.

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

Churches to remain closed for summer worship
This decision was outlined in a letter from Archbishop Anne Germond, Metropolitan of the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario.

“…regardless of where the Government of Ontario is with its reopening plan, our churches will not be reopening for in-person worship until at least September.   

And from The Rt. Rev. Andrew Asbil

Bishop of Toronto, circulated on Wednesday, June 10, 2020

We believe … that the difficult but safest decision is to keep our church buildings closed until the fall.

Ed: — We hope that the foregoing statements make it clear that we will not re-open until at least September.  There is no doubt that attending St. Mark’s in the future will a very different experience.

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?     


You are invited to consider making a donation in celebration of Fr Randy’s incumbency at St. Mark’s to either of the following charities:

  • Doctors without Borders
  • 551 Adelaide St. West
  • Toronto, ON  M5V 0N8
  • Nature Conservancy of  Canada
  • 245 Eglinton Ave. East, Suite 410
  • Toronto, ON  M4P 3J1


The bills keep coming in, even though we are shut.  If you usually use your envelopes to give,  please consider mailing in your donation or putting it in the mail box by the parish hall door.

Better still, change to PAR and avoid having to remember each month.  It’s so easy!

Despite the Jubilee relief granted by the Diocese for April, May, and June, our overall financial picture is tenuous at best and we mustn’t become complacent about the real costs of keeping St. Mark’s open as a living faith community, physically and spiritually.

Like it or not, we continue to pay for utilities and services of all kinds to keep us in good shape behind the scenes and our givings are simply not keeping up.    Give from the heart!

  Annual FaithWorks Campaign

By now you will have received your FaithWorks package produced by the Diocese. We have received a good response to date. Thank you for your generosity in this unsettled time. Our Spring campaign will finish at the end of June. There will be another reminder in the Fall but of course you can participate at any time should you wish. Thank you so much.

New signage

We have waited a long time for this but finally 3 new signs have appeared in the area of the parish hall and rectory to better define our parking and no parking spaces. Many thanks to Pat Eberle and Stephen Smith for covering the costs of this purchase and installation.

Parish Directory Revision

Since the initial printing, about 20 revisions or additions have been noted. Before we revise this document in early July, would you please look at your entry and advise if any changes need to be made to Peter Kedwell at or 905-885-6706. Thanks for your help in this initiative.

How Does Your Garden Grow?

The gardens on the grounds of St. Mark’s have a special place of pride for us and for the community. We hear many compliments. Clearly our leader in this department is Nora Holmes who this spring (in addition to the turning circle, front of parish hall and south parish hall gardens) took on the task of the sidewalk gardens leading to the rectory front door. It has been noted for a long time that the rectory gardens directly in front of the dining room and the porch were in a bad way – lots of dead, weeds, and invasive plants.

Thanks to volunteers Doug Armstrong, David Brooks, Steve Poste and Peter Kedwell, these gardens, remediated with new soil and plantings, now display a much more welcoming presence to the property.

 TCS Grad Parade will include King St.

A parents’ committee has organized a real motorcade on Speech Day (‘virtual’ ceremonies only, this year) which will include a drive along King St.

Approved by the town and with a police escort, the cars are scheduled to leave the TCS Arena parking lot at 4pm on Fri. June 19, and the route will take them along King St. (and past St Mark’s), ending at the old Canadian Tire lot, where police will permit families to remain in their cars to mark the day.

TCS Chapel Choir chamber group video

Many choral videos have appeared on YouTube during COVID – after hours of technical hard work. These past two months, a group from my Chapel Choir have recorded their own voice for a ‘performance’ of Tye’s Laudate nomen Domini – a favourite at St Mark’s as well. Some faces will be familiar: Fr Don Aitchison (top right – recorded while serving with the army at a Scarborough seniors’ home), and Choral Scholars past and present: Kaylie (top row, #2), Robin (2nd row, #1), Nita (from 2019, bottom row, #3). Recordings were made throughout the world for this final result, thanks to the School’s IT expert Christian (son of Blair and Dianne McFadden).



Choral Evensong

 The National Indigenous Day of Prayer

June 21, 2020

St Mark’s Anglican Church, Port Hope

 Presider: Fr Randy D. Murray,

Cantors: Killari (officiant) and Iris

 Welcome and Opening Sentence


The Preces  BCP p.20 Smith of Durham

Psalm 19     BCP p.351          Tone III.4

First Lesson                   Isaiah 40.25-31

Magnificat                    Giles Bryant in F

Second Lesson                  John 1.1-18

Nunc Dimittis                          Tone II.3                                                                                              

    with fauxbourdons by Healey Willan

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.

Hymn 407   Many and Great, O God, Are Your Works    (Dakota hymn)

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.


Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten                                                  BWV 642                                   J.S.Bach