April 30, 2020
I hope that you are all keeping well and are in good spirits. As we phone around I get the sense that most people are doing OK, some people are bored and feeling cooped up now, and a few are feeling very worried. If you find yourself feeling in need of a chat please call anytime. My number is 905-209-0229 and I will return your call if I miss it. The Church is here for you, so if you need prayer, groceries, a chat etc., please do get in touch.
There is some news to share with you - Bishop Peter is retiring. I am happy for him and his family, but I have to confess that I will deeply miss him being our Bishop. He is a man of tremendous faith and has been a very supportive leader over the years. I hope we will have the opportunity to worship with him again before he retires in November. Please read Bishop Andrew Asbil's Letter from Bishop Andrew (click here).
Wednesday Bible Study on Zoom - we will begin studying Paul's letter to the Philippians on Wednesday 6th May and will send the time out on the weekend with the Zoom invite - I am just canvassing whether people want 10am or 2pm. Anyone is welcome to join us. I know other churches are using Zoom successfully so we will give it a shot and see how it goes. If you want to join in please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are a couple of great youtube videos for preparation:
1- Theologian Dr Paula Gooder (who preached at Grace a couple of years ago.) Paula is a Lay Canon of St Paul's Cathedral in London, England and a specialist in St Paul.
2- The Bible Project - a fun overview of Philippians which pictures for the the visually inclined!
Grace Church Sunday services and Video reflections will continue to posted on the website https://www.graceanglican.ca/ and our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Grace-Church-Markham-899593736788754/.
The Diocese continues to live stream from Cathedral Services from St. James Cathedral are being live streamed each Sunday at 11 a.m. on the Diocese’s Facebook page and the diocesan website, with videos posted after the fact on YouTube.
May the Risen Christ continue to guide, lead and enfold us with peace as we walk this road together. Our prayers continue for the sick, the lonely and the vulnerable, as well as all healthcare workers, essential service workers and our leaders in government.
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A letter from Archbishop Anne Germond, Metropolitan of the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario: "The well-being and safety of all our parishioners and the communities we serve is uppermost in our hearts and minds as we carefully plan for the eventual reopening of Ontario’s many Anglican churches."