THE CAT’S MEOW
St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Port Hope
The 4th Sunday of Easter 3 May 2020
From Fr Randy
Artwork: Boy With A Flute (1910). Paul Henry (1876-1958). Charcoal on paper. Private collection.
Reading: John 10.1-10 (printed below). Also Exodus 3.1-15.
Jesus said, ’In very truth I tell you, the man who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs in some other way, is nothing but a thief and a robber. 2He who enters by the door is the shepherd in charge of the sheep. 3The door-keeper admits him, and the sheep hear his voice; he calls his own sheep by name, and leads them out. 4When he has brought them all out, he goes ahead of them and the sheep follow, because they know his voice. 5They will not follow a stranger; they will run away from him, because they do not recognize the voice of strangers.’
6This was a parable that Jesus told them, but they did not understand what he meant by it. 7So Jesus spoke again:
‘In very truth I tell you, I am the door of the sheepfold. 8The sheep paid no heed to any who came before me, for they were all thieves and robbers. 9I am the door; anyone who comes into the fold through me will be safe. He will go in and out and find pasture. 10‘A thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and may have it in all its fullness.
The Good Shepherd discourse (a portion of which is printed above) is found by many to be among Jesus’ most comforting words. Children, in particular, who are very ill find it a source of comfort. In the form in which it is presented as a lesson in the children’s Christian education program, Godly Play, the discourse has been used as a means by which the very young are able to make some sense out of the scary circumstances they face, and of their vulnerability. Perhaps it’s the part about being called by one’s own name that provides the greatest comfort. There is something about being known and called by one’s name that gives anyone, whether child or adult, a sense of uniqueness and value, a sense of belonging and of being loved. When one is called by one’s name—not shouted at, not called out, not threatened—one’s sense of being vulnerable is eased. One more easily lives with vulnerability when, at the same time, one hears one’s name called. In hearing one’s name called in love, one more easily comes to terms with that which, in large part, makes us human.
The ‘names’ of Jesus appear frequently in John’s gospel. Among others, Jesus variously names himself door, living water, vine, shepherd. In each instance, he precedes his name with “I am.’ This is the answer God gave to Moses when asked what name he (Moses) should give when asked by the Israelites ‘Who sent you?’ ‘Tell them that I am has sent you to them,’ God said. The common element in each ‘I am’ name is its function as something which gathers or permits gathering, holds things together or gives them nourishment. A vine holds together and nourishes grapes or flowers. Water provides a home to some and gives life to others. A shepherd gathers a flock and keeps it from harm. Perhaps most interesting is the name door. It is the only inanimate name, yet carries with it both promise and challenge. A door ajar allows us to glimpse something beyond. We can open a door or close it. We can walk through, go another way, or stay put.
In the connotations of each I am name comes something godly. By referencing the name of God in each of the names he applies to himself, and by calling each of us by our names, Jesus calls men and women into their true selves as uttered by God’s creative expression. Having been so created we are generative of divine being. As Jesus calls us by our name we are gathered into God and become God’s children. We choose to trust what we glimpse through the door ajar, heed the shepherd’s voice and follow. We embrace the vulnerability that comes with being human, and emend to others the same sense of safety in vulnerability that has been extended to us.
In this we fulfill Jesus’ words a bit further on in the discourse, ‘There are other sheep of mine…I must lead them as well. There will be then one flock, one shepherd…I and the Father are one.” There are always other sheep—always more alienated, sick, and lonely ones. But the sheepfold into which Jesus leads is the gathering of these ones into the ultimate One; it is the great I am, which is God’s own being, where we find not only oneness within ourselves but oneness with all. RM+
Choral Evensong for Sunday, May 3, 2020
This week’s service leaflet is printed at the end of The Cat’s Meow.
This week, our own Ellen Torrie has produced the Evensong video (from Montreal), with Fr Randy leading the prayers (in St Mark’s). Ellen is singing all of the harmony parts heard during the sung portions – including beautiful fauxbourdon settings of the Canticles by Healey Willan, and a fine motet by the noted Parisian composer and organist, Maurice Durufle.- his Marian motet, Tota pulchra es.
When viewing, you may wish to check the Settings icon, at the bottom right of the Youtube view, and change to 720p, to improve the quality.
Many thanks to the Early Risers for their kind donation to cover Ellen’s work.
Some notes about last week’s First Video After nearly a week on Youtube, last week’s video has over 215 views, with nearly 40 ‘Likes’ on various Facebook pages (including one from our Area Bishop Riscylla Walsh Shaw – one of the first!) from Canada, the US and Britain.
The Flowers this week We will print the dedications for flowers that would have been placed in the church each Sunday. May 3: Herb and Marg Long and Stephen Long from Pam Behm
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.
Let us have names by next Friday and they will be included in the next issue and onward.
From the Sublime to the Cor Blimey! If you have been busy with isolation clearing and tidying, there is still the hope that the Attic Treasures and Basement Bargains sale will be able to take place on Saturday, August 15, so bear that in mind and keep your fingers crossed!
A GIFT FOR FATHER RANDY 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!
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.
The Third Sunday after Easter
May 3, 2020
St Mark’s Anglican Church, Port Hope, Ontario
Presider: Fr Randy D. Murray,
Cantor: Ellen Torrie (officiant)
Welcome and Opening Sentence
The Preces Smith of Durham
Psalm 121 Tone II.1
First Lesson – Acts 2.40-47
Magnificat Tone VII.6 with fauxbourdons Healey Willan
Second Lesson – John 10.1-10
Nunc Dimittis Tone VIII.1 with fauxbourdons 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.
Motet Tota pulchra es, Maria Maurice Duruflé
|Tóta púlchra es, María, et mácula originális non est in te.||You are wholly beautiful, Mary, and the original stain is not (found) in you.|
|Vestiméntum túum cándidum quasi nix, et fácies túa sicut sol.||Your clothes are as white as snow, and your face is like the sun.|
|Tu glória Jerúsalem, tu laetítia Israel, tu honorificéntia popular nóstri.||You (are the) glory of Jerusalem, you (are the) joy of Israel, you (are the) honour of our people.|
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.