|THE CAT’S MEOW
St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Port Hope
The 25th Sunday after Pentecost 22 November 2020
FaithWorks Sunday, Reign of Christ the King
FLOWERS THIS WEEK
November 22: The flowers at the lectern are given to the Glory of God and in memory of the Departed Clergy of this Parish by Fr William.
THIS WEEK’S READINGS
Should you wish to follow the Lectionary at home, here are the readings:
Ezekiel 34: 11-16; Psalm 100;
Ephesians 1: 15-23; Matthew 25: 31-46
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 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 who are living on the margins of society;
For those whose burden is too deep for words.
For Gail Rowe and her family. For Sheila Goering.
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.
St. Mark’s Cookie Sale
Let us do your Christmas Baking!
Our tradition cookie room has changed!
Place your order by
December 5th with payment.
Orders min $10 will be delivered
In Port Hope December 12th or 13th.
Order forms available in this Cat’s Meow or St.Mark’s Web & FB page
or at Gould’s Footwear.
All proceeds to St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Port Hope.
Thanks for your support.
Anglican Church Calendar 2021
This year’s calendar features not one, but two, photos taken by Anne Oram. One of our own St. Mark’s Church and the other of St. Paul’s, Perrytown! The text for St. Mark’s is: “St. Mark’s Anglican in Port Hope, Ont. (Diocese of Toronto) dates from 1822, and will soon celebrate its bicentennial. The first Canadian-born Governor General of Canada, Vincent Massey, is buried here.”
Avoid disappointment. Buy your calendar early! Still $5 – still a bargain!
Hollyberry Bazaar preserves are officially sold out!!!
I extend a sincere thank you to parishioners and friends of St. Marks who supported the sale. In addition to the usual run on jams and savories, we sold over 60 jars of chutney, dozens of pepper jelly and helped someone create a secret stash of raspberry jam!!! Over 200 jars have been sold and deliveries will be completed this week.
Thanks for your ongoing support and enjoy your preserves…… Gwen
Reign of Christ Click on the link to join St John’s service on Youtube.
Join fellow St Markers on Nov 29 @ 2:15 to watch Margaret MacMillan present on War: How Conflict Shaped Us in the Mezzanine. Limited to a maximum of 10, all Covid protocols in place. Contact Dorothy Geale firstname.lastname@example.org 905 342 3851
WILLIAM ROBERTS ZOOM
Thurs., Nov 26 7 p.m. on: Preparing for Advent with Richard Rohr
ZOOM link will be supplied shortly.
Fr. William atop the bell tower. What a view!
Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditation
From the Center for Action & Contemplation
Jesus and the Reign of God
The Reign of God as Community
Thursday, November 19, 2020
The world has suffered much from the various forms of Christian colonialism. Yet the Reign of God is an alternative to domination systems and all “isms.” Jesus teaches that right relationship (i.e., love) is the ultimate and daily criterion. If a social order allows and encourages strong connectedness between people and creation, people and each other, people and God, then you have a truly sacred culture: the Reign of God. It is not a world without pain or mystery, but simply a ” world where we are connected and in communion with all things.
The Kingdom is about union and communion, which means that it is also about mercy, forgiveness, nonviolence, letting go, solidarity, service, and lives of love, patience, and simplicity. Who can doubt that this is the sum and substance of Jesus’ teaching? In the Reign of God, the very motive for rivalry, greed, and violence has been destroyed. We know we are all part of God’s Beloved Community.
Author, activist, and community organizer Lisa Sharon Harper describes it in this way:
Evidence of the presence of the Kingdom of God is thick wherever and whenever people stand on the promise of God that there is more to this world—more to this life—than what we see. There is more than the getting over, getting by, or getting mine. There is more than the brokenness, the destruction, and the despair that threaten to wash over us like the waters of the deep. There is a vision of a world where God cuts through the chaos, where God speaks and there is light. There is a vision where there is protection and where love is binding every relationship together.
Jesus did not come to impose Christendom like an imperial system. Every description he offers of God’s Reign—of love, relationship, non-judgment, and forgiveness, where the last shall be first and the first shall be last—shows that imposition is an impossibility! Wherever we have tried to force Christianity on people, the long-term results have been disastrous. The Gospel flourishes in the realm of true freedom.
But it is a freedom we must choose for ourselves. It is almost impossible to turn away from what seems like the only game in town (political, economic, or religious), unless we have glimpsed a more attractive alternative. It is hard to imagine it, much less imitate it, unless we see someone else do it first. Jesus is that icon of the more attractive alternative, a living parable. Jesus has forever changed our human imagination, and we are now both burdened and gladdened by the new possibility. There is good news to counter the deadening bad news, but one first has to be turned away from a conventional way of understanding.
I do not think that Jesus ever expected that the whole world would become formally Christian, but his truth about right relationship and his proclamation of the power of powerlessness will save the world from self-destruction.
Gateway to Action & Contemplation:
What word or phrase resonates with or challenges me? What sensations do I notice in my body? What is mine to do?
Prayer for Our Community:
O Great Love, thank you for living and loving in us and through us. May all that we do flow from our deep connection with you and all beings. Help us become a community that vulnerably shares each other’s burdens and the weight of glory. Listen to our hearts’ longings for the healing of our world. [Please add your own intentions.] . . . Knowing you are hearing us better than we are speaking, we offer these prayers in all the holy names of God, amen.
Story from Our Community:
Clink, / This AND that. / My heart. / Mercy. / Now. / I am still, empty.
—Teresa B., written while sipping tea the morning after the U.S. election.
 Lisa Sharon Harper, The Very Good Gospel: How Everything Wrong Can Be Made Right (Waterbrook: 2016), 205.
Adapted from Richard Rohr with John Bookser Feister, Jesus’ Plan for a New World: The Sermon on the Mount (Franciscan Media: 1996), 7, 11, 13.
Image credit: 芥子園畫傳 Mountainside View (detail of print from The Mustard Seed Garden Manual of Painting), Juran (960–), China, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, New York.
CAN YOU HELP?
Robert Smith has set up a GoFundMe account for neighbours whose home burned on November 1st.The goal is $15,000 to help them rebuild. Any and all help will be welcome (no clothes, thank you). For more information, please contact Robert at 289-251-6886 and his email is email@example.com
The Cat’s Meow: For inclusion, contact Marion Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org before Friday morning. 905-885-0787
Provided pro bono to St. Mark’s by: Jim Corkery at Corkery + Co.