Service for April 07, 2024

 

The flowers in the Sanctuary today are to the Glory of God and in loving memory of “Kath”, given by “Glore”.

 

*Garage Bake Hot Dog Sale.  Thank you! Donors, Shoppers, Volunteers, Bakers, Hot Dog Makers.

*Our food cupboard.  Butch  519-615-9106. 

*Penny Social May 3 6:30 for 7:30.

*Masonic Visit.  Sunday May 5. 

*Welcome Sunday.  May 19. Lunch.

*Jazz Vespers.  St. James.  May 26.  Afternoon. Stephen

*Fundraiser Dinner.  Epiphany.  June 8. Silent Auction.

*Jeremy Smith.  Sun. July 28.  Afternoon.  

*Meat and Veggie Pies.  5$ for a great meal.

*Mint smoothies Sandra $3

*Cancelled stamps. Gloria Thompson.

*Rinsed empty drink containers Dan Davies

*Apportionment. 2024  $19,571.00

*Sept. 22. Bishop Todd visits.  Change!

 

*Slate Sisters by Adam C- H.  Kydra R. Acting. April 18 – 29. For tickets call 519-615-2210.

 

*There are three ways to support our church.  Volunteering at events.  Generosity.  Prayer.  Our church is a team

*If you wish, our regular weekly donations or special donations may be sent to our Envelope Secretary:

Barb Smallman

4860 Whiteoak Road

London, Ontario

N6E 3Y8

 

519-680-0649

 

Bible Readings for April 07

 

Audio Service for April 07

Opening:

Mighty God,

in whom we know the power of redemption,

you stand among us in the shadows of our time.

As we move through every sorrow and trial of this life,

uphold us with knowledge of the final morning

when, in the glorious presence of your risen Son,

we will share in his resurrection,

redeemed and restored to the fullness of life

and forever freed to be your people. Amen.

 

Reading John 20:19-31

20:19 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”

20:20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.

20:21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”

20:22 When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.

20:23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

20:24 But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came.

20:25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”

20:26 A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”

20:27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.”

20:28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”

20:29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”

20:30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book.

20:31 But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.

Sermon 

John 20:24-29

A lot of us will remember the old TV show Dragnet? 

The main character, Sergeant Joe Friday used to tell the folks, 

“Just the facts, please, just the facts?” 

It seems Thomas was a little like Joe Friday. 

Thomas needed the facts and needed to see the “signs” and wonders of Jesus with their own eyes.

For centuries Thomas has been labeled a doubter 

but likely Thomas doesn’t get fair treatment. 

Thomas was a practical person. 

If he couldn’t see it, touch it or feel it, 

he had a hard time believing it. 

But there was more to Thomas than just doubt. 

Thomas was a man of courage, commitment; and faith. 

And there’s a little bit of Thomas in all of us.

  1. Two Kinds of Doubt

We all have a little doubt in us. 

But there are two kinds of doubt. 

There is a difference between doubt and unbelief.

 

 Doubt asks questions

            while unbelief won’t even listen to answers.

==

Some of you may remember Dave Dravecky, 

former pitcher for the San Francisco Giants.

 At the peak of his career in 1991

 he lost his pitching arm to cancer. 

It is bad enough to have cancer, 

let alone face the amputation of an arm, 

but then on top of that, 

to lose a promising career as a major league baseball player. 

Naturally Dave was devastated.

But His Lord was close, carrying him through somehow….

During his struggles, 

letters of encouragement poured in from all over the country. 

Most were letters of encouragement.  

They had seen him keep his faith, 

and they wanted to know how he had done it. 

But one day he received this letter:

“Dear Mr. Dravecky, I

f there is a God who cares so much about you, 

why did he allow you to have this trouble in the first place?

 I have lived 41 years in this old world 

and have yet to see any piece of genuine evidence 

that there is anything real 

about any of those religious beliefs you talk about. 

A pretty cruel letter, isn’t it? 

How would you have responded to it?

 Dave Dravecky sent a letter to the man 

He said that he had faced his own doubts 

and that faith was not always easy. 

He wrote, “I am convinced that there is a God. 

That no matter what happens to us, 

there is a purpose for it 

and behind that purpose stands a loving, caring God

helping us through.”

Dravecky had come to know the same Lord 

who came back for Thomas. 

The same Resurrected Jesus 

who stood before all the disciples and said, 

“Peace be with you, Thomas. 

Put your finger here; see my hands. 

Reach out your hand and put it into my side.

 Stop doubting and believe.”

 

We all have doubts: 

            Thomas, Dravecky, the letter writer. 

                        No one is exempt. 

What Jesus says is: 

You will be blessed if in the midst of those doubts you believe. 

                This kind of doubt leads to a deeper faith.

                          A more meaningful life of service. 

===

You see, when push came to shove,

                   Thomas’ faith helped him believe, 

                                 because Thomas was a man of faith. 

 

Scripture doesn’t say where Thomas was 

                   when the risen Christ first appeared, 

                                             it just says that he wasn’t there. 

 

Then he found himself back with the disciples 

                                                with their incredible story. 

 

Being a pragmatist, 

             he wanted physical proof. 

A week later he got it.

 

Scripture doesn’t tell us whether or not 

                   Thomas actually touched Jesus. 

 

It does say that Jesus invited him to. 

But maybe he did not touch.

He likely did not he need to. 

Jesus’ voice 

           the look in his eyes, 

                       and forgiveness was enough for Thomas, 

                                  he believed. 

 

That was when Jesus said: 

               “Have you believed because you have seen me? 

                                  Blessed are those who have not seen 

                                                 yet have come to believe.”

====

We need the faith Thomas had, 

                 the faith to believe in God 

                                 even when the going gets not just rough. 

Like the hymn says: 

              “You ask me how I know He lives? 

                                        He lives within my heart!”

 

 Not only that, 

                 but we see the signs of the Risen Christ’s presence

                                                                     with us in everyday life.

====

Thomas had faith, he also had courage and commitment. 

 

It was his love for Jesus that filled him with courage. 

When Jesus started back to Judea

              to raise Lazarus from the dead, 

                          the other disciples warned Jesus 

                                that the Jews there would just try to kill him again. 

 

Thomas says,

                    “Then let’s go die with him.” 

Thomas was brave.

        Loyal.

 

===

Thomas was committed. 

          He was ready to follow Jesus anywhere, 

                               even if it meant his own death. 

 

Thomas was always there.  

           He was the person you can count on.

=

Tommy tried and tried to go to church with his wife. 

Sophia was the one who’d been brought up in the church.

 Her parents had been very devout Christian people. 

With Tommy’s parents it was completely different. 

Tommy had promised he’d give church a try.

And he did. 

But there was just too much there that was unbelievable!

Tommy tried talking to Sophia about it one Sunday after they had been to church. 

“Can’t we find some kind of compromise on this religion thing?” Tommy asked. 

“You promised,” she said to Tommy. “You said you would give it a try.”

“But I have tried,” Tommy replied. “How long do I have to go on with this anyway?

 I’ve been to church with you just about every Sunday for this whole first year of our marriage. 

. There’s just too much about church and all that I just can’t believe.”

“Well, what can you believe about it all?” Sophia asked.

“Jesus,” Tommy blurted out after a few moments of silence. 

“I like Jesus. He makes a lot of sense to me. 

There’s some very good advice about life in his teachings. 

But to buy into Jesus I’ve got to buy into too much other stuff 

that isn’t helpful at all. 

In fact, it just confuses the issue. 

I don’t need all this miracle business. 

At the end of their discussion, however, Tommy agreed to keep his promise and go with her on Sundays for a few more months.

One Sunday the gospel reading caught Tommy up short.

 It was about Thomas. 

That was his name. 

Thomas had doubts. 

So did he. 

He liked what Thomas had to say 

“Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands,

 and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side,

 I will not believe.” 

Tommy couldn’t have put it better himself.

 “If only I could see his body,” 

Tommy thought to himself. 

“If only I could touch his body. 

That’s the way we Thomas people are.”

That’s what he was thinking about when he and Sophia 

went up for communion.

 “If only I could see his body. 

If I only could touch his body.”

And then Tommy’s musing was interrupted

 by the ministerr’s words, 

words that jolted his consciousness, simple words, 

“This is the body of Christ given for you.”

It was his sign,

 His miracle,

His God was a God who answered questions….miraculously.

With that one personal only for him miracle

He believed.

===

There is a bit of Thomas the doubter in each of us. 

==

Jesus said Blessed are those who have not seen 

             and yet have come to believe.”

That through believing 

            you may have meaningful life in his name.

 

 

Hymn:  Thine is the Glory

Thine be the glory, risen, conqu’ring Son;

endless is the vict’ry Thou o’er death hast won.

Angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,

kept the folded grave-clothes where Thy body lay.

Thine be the glory, risen, conqu’ring Son;

endless is the vict’ry Thou o’er death hast won.

 

Lo! Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb.

Lovingly He greets us, scatters fear and gloom;

let His church with gladness hymns of triumph sing,

for the Lord now liveth; death hath lost its sting. 

No more we doubt Thee, glorious Prince of life!!

Thine be the glory, risen, conqu’ring Son;

endless is the vict’ry Thou o’er death hast won.

 

Life is nought without Thee; aid us in our strife;

make us more than conquerors,

through Thy deathless love;

bring us safe through Jordan

to Thy home above.  

Thine be the glory, risen, conqu’ring Son;

endless is the vict’ry Thou o’er death hast won.

 

The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God,

the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.

He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit

and born of the Virgin Mary.

He suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried.

He descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again.

He ascended into heaven,

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again

to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic Church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting. Amen.

 

Prayers:

O God, your Son remained with his disciples after his resurrection,
teaching them to love all people as neighbors.
As his disciples in this age,
we offer our prayers on behalf of the universe
in which we are privileged to live
and our neighbors with whom we share it.

Prayers: Linda (Deb Mc.); Christine A.; Bob H.; Dori;  Garfield; Eunice S.; Connie C.;  (Church)Suzanne (Ron and Jan);  Gloria A. (Carol);  Belinda,;  Ross B., Francis & Bill W.; Jeff G. (Dori); Kenny;  Jim T.; Norma A,;Dave F.; Peter T.;  Dan B.;. (Garfield & Diane);  Gord T.; Amy W. ; Yvonne; Maryanne; GusJay P.;; Rick W.;.; Sharon;  Anne F.; Marcel D.; Jeff B.; (Sandra); Mike J.; Scott H.; Lisa (Keeling), Wendy; Eric P,; Sarah-Jane P.; Linda H.; Sharon D.; Philip D; Jacquie and Cam .; Janice  & Darrin R;  Roland;  .(Suzie D.)

 

Open our hearts to your power moving
around us and between us and within us,
until your glory is revealed in our love of both friend and enemy,
in communities transformed by justice and compassion,
and in the healing of all that is broken. Amen.

 

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 those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation;

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

the power and the glory,

for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Glory to God,

whose power, working in us,

can do infinitely more

than we can ask or imagine.

Glory to God from generation to generation,

in the Church and in Christ Jesus,

for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Prayer based on Scripture:

Light of the world,

shine upon us

and disperse the clouds of our selfishness,

that we may reflect the power of the resurrection

in our life together. Amen.

 

Blessing from the Book of Common Prayer:

The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you, and remain with you always. Amen.

 

Our Parting Blessing Song:

May God’s blessing surround you each day

As you trust Him and walk in His way

May His presence within guard and keep you from sin,

Go in peace, go in joy, go in love.

Go in peace, go in joy, go in love.

Food Cupboard Wish List

 

Here’s an updated wish list for our food cupboard

Brown Beans with or without pork,

Mushroom soup,

Vegetable soup and

Chicken noodle soup,

Canned vegetables except cream corn,

Uncle Bens Rice,

Sidekicks,

Minute Rice,

Pancake Mix (just add water kind),

Pancake Syrup,

Sugar,

Jam,

Cheese Whiz,

Canned fruit,

Any canned meat like Tuna, Flakes of Ham, Chicken or Turkey and luncheon meat.

Laundry soap,

Plus anything else you think of except tomato soup, toilet paper and instant coffee which we luckily have an abundance of.

Thank you  for your generous donations. 

 

Cans for Keanna

Don’t throw out that aluminum. Save it and bring it to Epiphany. Crush it down first if you are able.

 

Service for Easter March 31,  2024

 

 

The flowers in the Sanctuary today are to the Glory of God and in memory of loved ones given by Judy and Bob Caley.

 

Hot Cross Buns after service Easter from Lambeth Foodland Bakery thanks to Julie Ph. & Adam.

*There are three ways to support our church.  Volunteering at events.  Generosity.  Prayer.  Our church is a team

*Garage Bake Sale.  Hot dog Stand. .Next Saturday  April 6.    9 to 12:30.  

Donate and Set up.  April 5 1:00 till ? Volunteers needed. Price your donations?  

*In our Hall: Live Theatre: Slate Sisters by Adam C- H. April 18 – 29. For tickets call 519-615-2210.

*Penny Social May 3 6:30 for 7:30.

*Masonic Visit.  Sunday May 5. 

*Welcome Sunday.  May 19. Lunch.

*Jazz Vespers.  St. James.  May 26.  Afternoon. Stephen

*Fundraiser Dinner.  Epiphany.  June 8. Silent Auction.

*Jeremy Smith.  Sun. July 28.  Afternoon.  

*Meat and Veggie Pies.  5$ for a great meal.

*Mint smoothies Sandra $3

 

*Cancelled stamps. Gloria Thompson.

*Rinsed empty drink containers Dan Davies

*Our food cupboard.  Butch  519-615-9106. 

*Apportionment. 2024  $19,571.00

*Sept. 22. Bishop Todd visits.  Change!

 

*If you wish, our regular weekly donations or special donations may be sent to our Envelope Secretary:

Barb Smallman

4860 Whiteoak Road

London, Ontario

N6E 3Y8

 

519-680-0649

Bible Readings for March 31st Easter Sunday

 

Audio Service for March 31st Easter Sunday

 

Opening:

Living God,

long ago, faithful women

proclaimed the good news

of Jesus’ resurrection,

and the world was changed forever.

Teach us to keep faith with them,

that our witness may be as bold,

our love as deep,

and our faith as true. Amen.

 

Reading John 20:1-18

20:1 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb.

20:2 So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.”

20:3 Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb.

20:4 The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first.

20:5 He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in.

20:6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there,

20:7 and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself.

20:8 Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed;

20:9 for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead.

20:10 Then the disciples returned to their homes.

20:11 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb;

20:12 and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet.

20:13 They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.”

20:14 When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus.

20:15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.”

20:16 Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher).

20:17 Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'”

20:18 Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her.

 

Sermon 

Easter sermon

Mark’s Easter story is missing something.

I never noticed it before because the tomb was there…

 the women followers of Jesus were there, 

                                        ready to honor his body. 

 

After Jesus’ death, 

              they followed Nicodemus carrying his body 

                                                     to see where it was placed. 

 

They waited, anxiously, 

               until the sabbath was over, 

                       then hurried to honor Jesus in death, 

                                                          and to grieve for him. 

 

We hear them fret about huge the stone

                                    in front of the tomb.

 

                                                  They wonder 

                                                          if they can find someone 

                                                                     to help them roll it away. 

 

Then,

     the mysterious figure is there to give the news.

 

Then before this version — 

               in Mark’s version of the story —

                                                  there’s no Jesus.

 

In fact, the messenger says:

                            “He is not here.”

 

Wait, this is Easter —

                if he’s not here, where is he?

 

The women didn’t wait around 

                         to ask too many questions. 

 

They rush off, as the story says, 

                        seized by “terror and amazement.”

 

 In the original Greek, 

                         the words are even sharper — 

                                               trauma, and happiness.

 

The story ends in silence.

 

This ending is so unsettling

                           that at last three different attempts 

                                                      have been made to fix it. 

 

It doesn’t seem quite right to leave the story there,

                                   later writers have added to the end.

 

Mark wrote this gospel down 

                 about forty years after the death of Jesus, 

                                   in a time of upheaval for the Jewish people.

 

The great temple was reduced to rubble. 

 

The people of Israel 

               had rebelled against the Romans 

                                       sustained terrible losses.

 The followers of Jesus were separating 

                                       from other folks 

                                             who didn’t believe he was the Messiah. 

 

There’s more and more distance between folks 

                                                 who follow Jesus 

                                                         and folks who are still waiting for the Messiah. 

These two groups with the same roots, 

                   sometimes even members of the same family, 

                                                                           were dividing. 

 

Mark wrote his gospel into a world of terror.

 

The bleakness of the ending 

                 matched the harshness of the times.

 

The women’s reaction made perfect sense. 

 

They were seeing something 

                they had never seen before. 

 

The first day of college, 

             being the new kid at school, 

                                first day on a new job, 

                                  the first time they let you take a baby home from the hospital 

                                               and seem to think you can take care of it — 

 

we’ve all known

            the terror of something completely brand new.

 

We take the resurrection for granted 

                         because we know the story, 

                                     but it’s a huge surprise on that first day. 

 

We don’t know that we would have been any different.

In fact, we admire their courage. 

If you were expecting a body 

                  and you got a message 

                                that Jesus who was missing, 

                                                 was going ahead of you…

                                                                being afraid makes perfect sense.

 

Still, we want more.

 

Like the women at the tomb, 

                    we want to know where Jesus is, 

                                                  and what he’s up to.

 

Glennon Doyle wrote on her blog 

             about teaching Sunday school at her church. 

 

The kids came into the sanctuary 

                                              sat down, listening to the teacher. 

 

After a bit, 

                     one little boy got restless 

                                          and whispered to her: 

                                                           “Excuse me. Is God coming?”

 

 As she said, 

              he looked around 

                           “like he was expecting God to show up here 

                                        like the mascot shows up occasionally at a restaurant.” 

“Excuse me. 

             Is God coming?”

 

That’s the question, isn’t it – 

                  when we look into the tomb 

                                              and find it empty 

                                                           but we don’t know what’s coming next.

 

When troubles come in life. 

                              Is God coming?

==

Mark wrote his gospel 

              for people who were already believers.

 

They already knew the rest of the story.

 

They knew that God was coming, 

                                    that God has come 

                                                     and is still around.

 

The story is not so much about the empty tomb 

                        the missing Jesus, 

                                    but the reality that he’s already at work again. 

 

He’s already in Galilee, 

                where they’re all from, 

                                     where it all began. 

 

He’s not in any place that can contain him, 

                                         seal him up, or keep him in place. 

 

He’s in Galilee, 

         where there’s work to be done. 

 

The very first thing Mark ever says about Jesus is,

                       “In those days 

                                  Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee 

                                               and was baptized by John in the Jordan.” 

 

He went back to where the need was.

 

He went to Galilee, 

               and Canada, and London.

 

He has gone to refugee camps.

 

He has gone to the seat on the bus 

                 where a child is feeling alone.

 

He’s gone to the person struggling.

 

          He’s gone when the women come 

                                        because he’s busy, 

                                                          coming to us when we need him.

 

We can stand, 

            peering into the tomb, 

                                  wanting more.

 

We can get lost in our fear, 

                    

Or, we can get up and go, 

                   wherever we find need in our world.

 We find Jesus at every turn in our life 

                                   Jesus who can’t be limited, 

                                                               and can’t be held down by death.

 

We can go and find him, 

                       God is coming — 

 

to you and me 

                  and every place of need, 

                              every place of pain and suffering,

                                                         and every place of joy too.

 

Jesus has encouraging news for us.

             Jesus has work for us to do alongside him.

 

He is not here — he has been raised.

                          He is up ahead of you and I.  

                                         He is walking with us every step the way.  

 

 

Hymn:  In the Garden

I come to the garden alone,

While the dew is still on the roses;

And the voice I hear, falling on my ear,

The Son of God discloses.

 

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,

And He tells me I am His own,

And the joy we share as we tarry there,

None other has ever known.

 

He speaks, and the sound of His voice

Is so sweet the birds hush their singing;

And the melody that He gave to me

Within my heart is ringing. 

 

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,

And He tells me I am His own,

And the joy we share as we tarry there,

None other has ever known.

 

I’d stay in the garden with Him

Tho’ the night around me be falling;

But He bids me go; thro’ the voice of woe,

His voice to me is calling.

 

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,

And He tells me I am His own,

And the joy we share as we tarry there,

None other has ever known.  

 

The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God,

the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.

He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit

and born of the Virgin Mary.

He suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried.

He descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again.

He ascended into heaven,

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again

to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic Church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting. Amen.

 

Prayers:

Let us pray for the needs of the church and the world

to God who raised Jesus to new life.

 

Prayers: Linda (Deb Mc.); Christine A.; Bob H.; Dori;  Garfield; Eunice S.; Connie C.;  (Church)Suzanne (Ron and Jan);  Gloria A. (Carol);  Belinda,;  Ross B., Francis & Bill W.; Jeff G. (Dori); Kenny;  Jim T.; Norma A,;Dave F.; Peter T.;  Dan B.;. (Garfield & Diane);  Gord T.; Amy W. ; Yvonne; Maryanne; GusJay P.;; Rick W.;.; Sharon;  Anne F.; Marcel D.; Jeff B.; (Sandra); Mike J.; Scott H.; Lisa(Keeling), Wendy; Eric P,; Sarah-Jane P.; Linda H.; Sharon D.; Philip D; Jacquie and Cam .; Janice  & Darrin R;  Roland;  .(Suzie D.)

 

Through the resurrection of your son, O God,

you destroy the power of death

and remove your people’s shame.

By the power of the Spirit,

raise us from sin

and seat us at the paschal feast,

that we may rejoice in the gift of salvation

Jesus has won for us. Amen.

 

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 those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation;

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

the power and the glory,

for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Glory to God,

whose power, working in us,

can do infinitely more

than we can ask or imagine.

Glory to God from generation to generation,

in the Church and in Christ Jesus,

for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Prayer based on Scripture:

Love divine,

in raising Christ to new life

you opened the path of salvation to all peoples.

Send us out, with the joy of Mary Magdalene,

to proclaim that we have seen the Lord,

so that all the world may celebrate with you

the banquet of your peace. Amen.

 

Blessing from the Book of Common Prayer:

The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you, and remain with you always. Amen.

 

Our Parting Blessing Song:

May God’s blessing surround you each day

As you trust Him and walk in His way

May His presence within guard and keep you from sin,

Go in peace, go in joy, go in love.

Go in peace, go in joy, go in love.

ST Pats 2024

Wasn’t that a party

*St. Patrick’s Show and Party. $2600.00
Thank you to musicians, performers,
church volunteers and attenders and supporters.

 

 

Donna McColl

 

McCOLL, Donna

Peacefully passed away, with loved ones by her side, on Thursday, February 1, 2024, at the age of 67. Beloved mother and best friend of Lindsay Hall (nee Trelford), and cherished mother-in-law of Nathan. Devoted daughter of the late Donald and Mildred McColl. Much loved sister and sister-in-law of Janet and Ron Stewart, and Wendy and Rod MacSween. Loving “auntie” to Suzanne Hallay (Peter), Cait and Sara Stewart, and Scott MacSween (Carmen). Dear “great auntie” to Mason, Max, Ivy, Carter and Bazil. She will be fondly remembered by her extended family and friends.

Donna was a long time employee of Bank of Montreal, and closed out her career in banking and finance at Point B Financial, making lasting friendships along the way. She was extraordinarily independent, had an unmatched work ethic, and was stunningly brilliant. Donna was a reader, a life-long learner, and loved to travel, going on annual adventures with her daughter. Her life was filled with music and laughter, sarcasm and wit. Donna was an animal lover, and she will be missed by her furry friends, Kenny and Dolly. She was young at heart, had a twinkle in her beautiful green eyes, and was a fighter until the very end.

Family and friends are welcomed for visitation on Saturday, February 10, 2024 from 12-1 p.m. with a memorial service beginning at 1:00 p.m. at Forest Lawn Funeral Home, 1997 Dundas Street East. Interment at Forest Lawn Cemetery to follow. For those who wish, donations may be made to Thames Valley Education Foundation “Caring Fund.” Online condolences may be shared at www.forestlawnmemorial.ca

Norman Laird Ball

July 16, 1928 – November 26, 2023

Peacefully at Victoria Hospital on Sunday, November 26, 2023, at the age of 95. Norman was born on July 16, 1928. Loving husband of the late June Evelyn (née Lilley) Ball. Father of James Ball (Coral) of North Bay and Susan Daines (late Richard) of Stoneycreek. Grandfather of four grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. Brother of Marjorie Wilson (late Bruce), Ena Parker (late Douglas) and the late Jessie Butson. A funeral service will be conducted at Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, London on Thursday, November 30, 2023 at 12:00 p.m., with visitation one hour prior from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Interment at Woodland Cemetery, London. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Norman are asked to consider the LHSF – Cancer Program or a charity of their choice.

Annual Epiphany Lunch – Mandarin 2023

106th Service of Remembrance

Year 2023 marks the 106th year that a service of Remembrance was was held at the corner of Briscoe and Holborn. Here are some pictures from our annual service.

On November 10th, the Orange Owls from Western Daycare visited with their teachers. 

 

 

 

 

Here’s some pictures from the 106th Service of Remembrance

And after the service

 

More photos to follow

Kim Ruth Pargeter

Of St. Thomas, passed peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, on October 5, 2023, at the St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, in her 65th year. Beloved wife and best friend of Scott Pargeter. Dearly loved mother of Melissa Patel (Sunny) and Brittany Letkemann (Bryan). Cherished grandmother of Nora and Wyatt. Dear sister of Pam (John), Ross (Tammy) and Rob (Karen). Lovingly remembered by several nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. Kim was born in London on March 14, 1950, daughter of the late Jack and Doris Black. Kim was a retired unit clerk at LHSC. She loved to scrapbook and will be sadly missed by her fellow “Scrapbook Girls”. The family would like to extend a very special thank you to Dr. Mark Vincent at the London Regional Cancer Program for the compassionate care he gave to Kim throughout her journey.

In keeping with her wishes, a private family service will be held. Cremation has taken place with interment of ashes in Woodland Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society (ALK Research) or to the London Regional Cancer Program. Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin Street, St. Thomas entrusted with arrangements.

Jack Graham Phoenix

 

 

PHOENIX, Jack Graham
March 6, 1944 – September 28, 2023
London, Ontario

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Jack Graham Phoenix at University Hospital. Jack has been a resident of the new Southbridge Long Term Care Home (formerly Chelsey Park) since 2015, soon after his stroke. He is a lifelong resident of London with the exception of a few years where he lived in St. Catharines, and a couple of decades in Kitchener-Waterloo. He worked in the Heating and Air Conditioning business for the majority of his working years, retiring from the City of Kitchener Gas Company. He grew up in East London and attended Ealing Public School and Beal Secondary School. As a teenager, he began serving his community as a Disc Jockey doing parties for young people. He operated a “Young People’s Group” and later served on the Board of Directors at the Boys’ and Girls’ Club of London. He continued that hobby throughout his life and has been a part of many people’s celebrations over many decades. He was the resident disc jockey at the nursing home, doing Gaither Gospel and other events during his time in LTC, right up until this past summer. He was the Charter President for the London-Middlesex Civitan Club in 1975. The club’s motto is “Builders of Good Citizenship” and is a volunteer organization dedicated to serving individual and community needs with an emphasis on helping people with developmental disabilities. During his time with the KW Civitan Club he appeared as the life-sized version of the “Good Bear” in association with the Waterloo Regional Police Department. This project provided for the distribution of “Good Bear” teddy bears in traumatic situations. He was at many City of Kitchener family functions, parades, festivals and celebrations in conjunction with the Police force. He was often found at the Police and Fire & Safety Village working alongside the officers and fireman encouraging good safety practices. The name Civitan is derived from the Latin word meaning citizenship and Civitan members are known to have certain traits in common. The strength of conviction, the courage to care, the desire to get involved and make a difference and they all have a BIG heart. Jack has demonstrated these qualities throughout his life, both before and through Civitan. Jack remained a lifetime member of the London Middlesex club and helped to sponsor progressive Euchre tournaments at Chelsey Park to raise money for the Home’s recreation department (prior to Covid). He made many friends at the nursing home and that community is going to deeply miss his dynamic presence throughout the entire home. Jack is survived by his wife for just short of 60 years, Julie (nee Forgrave), his daughters Cheryl (Bill) Taylor and Tracie (Mark) Hilchey, as well as his grandchildren, Matthew (Naama), Casey (Karen), Weston (Meaghan), Micartney (Vitoria), Gage (Krystina), Brock, Chase and his great-grandchildren, Billie, Saul and Daniel. He was predeceased by his parents Milton and Dorothy (Oscar), his brothers Ray (Doris), Bob, stepbrother Conrad, stepsister Donna, as well as his niece Kathy. He will be missed by his only remaining sibling Elaine (Bill) Blaney as well as his stepsister Gwenda (Lloyd) Kirilenko and his many nieces and nephews. Jack had many very close friends throughout his lifetime, an impossible list to define. A celebration of life service will take place at The Church of the Epiphany at 11 Briscoe St. W. London, Ontario, on Saturday, October 7 at 10:30 a.m., with a time for lunch to follow where I’m sure many memories will be shared. Please RSVP if possible so that we can prepare appropriately to host you at; jackphoenixservice@gmail.com. In lieu of Flowers, the family requests that donations be made to: The Church of The Epiphany, St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation (specifically in honour of the Heart Failure Clinic) who provided exceptional care during his most difficult last few months, London Health Science Centre (specifically in honour of the ICD Clinic) who helped to keep him with us for the extra time we had or (specifically in honour of the Cardiology Department) whose angels cared for him and remained with him in his final hours).

Jack Black

BLACK, John Ross Albert “Jack”

After a lengthy illness, Jack Black of London, found his peace on Monday, January 30, 2023 in his 88th year.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Doris (nee Whittington) Black. Loving father of Kim (Scott), Ross (Tammy), Robert (Karen) and Pam (John). Proud grandfather to 9 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. Dear brother of Ruth Ann MacFarlane of Hamilton, Bob Black and his wife Gloria of Quebec and brother-in-law of Beverly Black of London. Predeceased by his brothers William, James and Thomas.

Born in Kapuskasing, Ontario to Goldie and Bert Black. He was a proud veteran of the Royal Canadian Regiment serving 28 years at home and abroad. In his retirement he enjoyed time fishing on the great lakes. He was a long-time member of the Masonic Lodge, and devoted participant.

Cremation has taken place. Family and friends are welcome for visitation on Friday, February 3, 2023 from 1-1:45 p.m., followed by a Masonic Service under the auspices of Middlesex Lodge No. 379 A.F. & A.M. at 1:45 p.m., and the memorial service at 2 p.m., all held at the Church of the Epiphany, 11 Briscoe Street West, London. PLEASE NOTE: As a request by the family, masks are required to attend the church. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Jack are asked to support the London Regional Cancer Program, c/o London Health Sciences Foundation, 747 Base Line Road East, London, ON N6C 2R6. Arrangements entrusted with A. Millard George Funeral Home, 519-433-5184. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com