St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Port Hope

The 14th Sunday after Pentecost                6 September 2020

From the Wardens:

Like a swan gliding smoothly on the river, but  paddling like mad under the surface, despite the apparent calm behind St. Mark’s locked doors there has been a  great deal of activity  behind the scenes as we prepare to open for worship on Sept. 13, God and the Bishop willing!

Those who have not been involved in any aspect of the andated preparations will have little idea of the herculean task of preparing our premises to safely receive our parishioners and our renters.  Gwen Duck and Susan Abell, in particular, have taken on this huge task and we are forever in their debt.  There are some 58 items (92 in total!) that must be signed off by those responsible before the whole document is submitted to the Bishop for final approval.  Without that approval, we cannot open until we have complied with all requirements.

The Diocese has prepared a video to prepare parishioners for COVID-19 era worship.  Do have a look at it!  A picture is worth a thousand words.  Here is the link:

We hope that our reality will be brighter and sunnier, even joyful, and we urge everyone to bring a big smile and positive attitude to help us move through this Amber Stage.

There will be ONE Sunday service for the time being.  10:30 a.m.  This will allow us to cut our teeth on the protocols that have been laid upon us.  We are not eliminating the 8 a.m., service, but very practical requirements, especially the requirement to ‘deep clean’ after every service, mean that we can only cope with the one service at this time.  Our regular cleaners, TLC, will come in after Sunday and do that deep clean.  A further, but essential, financial burden in these trying times.

Prayer books and hymn books have all been removed from the church.  They will be replaced by one-use-only orders of service that must be recycled after the service.  The bulletins for the 8 a.m. service, therefore, could no longer be reused week after week as has been the practice.

We will be required to wear a mask to enter the church and we will need to sign in so that contacts connected with any case of COVID can be traced.  Nothing new about this, for we have to wear a mask every time we enter a building out there in the ‘real world’.

All this is labour intensive and, for instance, we will need no fewer than four greeters on hand at various stations and doors to help us navigate the system.

In last week’s Cat’s Meow William+ outlined in greater detail many of the requirements and changes and we will soon become accustomed to them.  All things are possible when hearts are willing and we will come through this just fine.  Trust in the Lord!

Gary Potter & Marion Thompson

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?

Isaiah 43:18-19      

This bears repeating:

Washrooms – The parish hall washroom is available as needed. It will have been sanitized. There is no need for you to clean the washroom after use. There is hand sanitizer in the washrooms and throughout the church.


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

September 6 :  In memory of Donald and Elsie MacRae  from Marion Thompson.



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

Exodus 12: 1-14;   Psalm 119: 33-40;

Romans 13:  8-14;   Matthew 18:15-20.


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.

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 souls of the departed and for those who mourn.

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

Choral Evensong

Sunday, Sept 6, 2020

 This week’s Evensong is on Youtube :

It will also be shared to St Mark’s Facebook page on Saturday.

The service bulletin is at the end as usual.

YouTube video Choral Evensong, 14th Sunday after Pentecost, Sept. 6, 2020.


Fare Share Donations

To those who responded to our request for donations of toiletry items, thank you very much. Your generosity was much appreciated and there is now a good supply on hand for those who need this type of assistance.           Anne Oram,


We have been challenged to find quantities of PPE, especially disinfectant wipes and spray, to help clean surfaces. If you are shopping and see these items please purchase them and we will reimburse you. Please read the ingredients carefully as we have discovered not all hand sanitizers, wipes and sprays kill the virus! The product must have a minimum of 60% alcohol content.

If you would like to help with re-opening expenses, by making a donation, please make your cheque out to St. Mark’s with Re-opening expenses on the memo line and drop it off in the mailbox outside the parish hall

Garden debris and tree brush:  Now that the old shed has been demolished and other improvements made, the entire south property line from King Street to the eastern boundary has been cleared of debris and brush thanks to the efforts of the Brooks-Prower clan: David, Douglas and Liz, Doug Armstrong and Peter Kedwell. Steve Poste kindly transported all this to the dump where there is no charge for same. The same work has been started on the north boundary.


Nadia Bolz-Weber, an Evangelical Lutheran Pastor, wrote this prayer in May, 2020.

I don’t know when we can gather together again in worship, Lord, so for now I just ask that:

When I sing along in my kitchen to each song on Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life album, that it be counted as praise.

And that when I read the news and my heart tightens in my chest, may it be counted as a Kyrie.

And that when my eyes brighten in a smile behind my mask as I thank the cashier, may it be counted as passing the peace.

And that as I water my plant and wash my dishes and take a shower, may it be counted as remembering my baptism.

And that when the tears come and my shoulders shake and my breathing falters, may it be counted as prayer.

And that when I stumble upon a Tabitha Brown video and hear her grace and love of you, may it be counted as hearing a homily.

And that as I sit at that table in my apartment, and eat one more homemade meal, slowly, joyfully, with nothing else demanding my time or attention, may it be counted as communion.


Choral Evensong

14th Sunday after Pentecost – September 6, 2020

St Mark’s Anglican Church,

Port Hope, Ontario

The Rev. William Roberts, Priest and Pastor

Cantors: Killari (officiant) and Iris

 Welcome and Opening Sentence

The Preces BCP p.20  Smith of Durham

Psalm 103   BCP p.460        Tone VIII.2

First Lesson                1 Kings 12.21-24

Magnificat                    Giles Bryant in F

Second Lesson           Matthew 5.13-16

Nunc Dimittis              Tone II.1 with                                                                                                            Fauxbourdons by 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.

Anthem: The Heav’nly Aeroplane

– John Rutter

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.

Postlude:      Now Rest Beneath Night’s                                                                                              Shadow – Paul Manz