Epiphany Service For April 11, 2021

 

Image: Paul’s Hands by Dorothea Lange. 1957.

The flowers in the sanctuary today are to the honor and Glory of God and in loving memory of the Black and Whittington families given by Doris and Jack Black.

*We are in a Stay At Home Order.  But we are encouraged by the number of our folks who are qualifying for their vaccine.  

*Fundrive:  We are collecting items we normally would have collected for our Spring yard sale for delivery to Value Village. Value Village will pay us 15 cents a pound for” wearables” (clothing, purses, belts, backpacks, shoes,  etc) in large bags and 10 cents a pound for “housewares” in boxes.   (Housewares are things home-related, but NOT furniture) Ron has had to postpone the previously announced drop off days due to the stay at home order which was just issued on Thursday. Look for rescheduled dates probably early May.  Delivery to Value Village is Wednesday May 12. Thanks Jan for leading in this!

*Please remember to save your cancelled stamps.

*Food Cupboard.     Butch. 519-615-9106. Thank you everyone!

*Thank you for your generous love of Epiphany.  Our Church does much good, quietly, without fanfare.   Let’s all keep up our Good Work! Even while we are sheltering in our homes.

*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

 

*Thank you Ron for posting our service on our website, Adam for recording our service To Anusha for the music.  Also Stephen.

 

Audio for April 11 Service

 

Opening:

Alleluia! Christ is risen.

The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

May his grace and peace be with you.

May he fill our hearts with joy.

 

WE pray:

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. 

 

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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 of the Jews, 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 20:19-31

In the last year and a half during the worst pandemic of the last two centuries, doors were shut, businesses closed, and communities became ghost towns. People became shadows of their former selves, as they hid away from a virus that could kill them and their loved ones and friends. And lethargy set in. Professionals are calling it covid burnout: malaise, lethargy, low-grade stress, depression, lack of focus, lack of energy, faulty memory, lack of enthusiasm and purpose. People are less engaged, feel less successful, have suffered loss, are feeling fried. Some have become glued to a computer screen or television for days on end. 

. We are living in a groggy state of mental fog. 

This must have been the feeling Jesus’ disciples had as well after the crucifixion. Thousands felt their hope had been dashed and destroyed. Others felt disillusioned and betrayed by someone they put their trust in. He had promised change. Now everything felt just the same. Jesus’ inner circle was hit hardest. They cowered and locked themselves away in a single house, fearing for their lives. They didn’t want to be seen. They didn’t know what would happen next. Their leader had been brutally murdered. And they felt their own lives in mortal danger. Their mourning period, their shiva, had turned into a long-lasting morbidity, a paralyzing fear of going out. Overwhelmed, they were stressed, worried, petrified, and didn’t know what to do next.

 

Even after they had experienced the empty tomb, the signs of the graveclothes left behind, still they remained locked in. Peter and John had run to the tomb, had peeked in, and then had hurried back to their home again and locked themselves back in.

 

Now Jesus is appearing to them, right in the midst of their fear and pain, right in that locked room. And he was telling them to “go”! “As the Father has sent me, so I send you,” he told them. He breathed Holy Spirit power into them. And yet still, they did not go.

 

The scriptures tell us that a week later, the disciples were still in the house, but this time Thomas was with them.

 

We don’t know why Thomas was missing from the earlier appearance, or why he dared to leave the house when the others didn’t.  Perhaps, like now, Thomas was the designated shopper, Thomas took the chance and went to get food. While the others cowered in fear, Thomas had left the house and was out and about doing something. Now he came back and needed to experience the resurrected Jesus for himself.

 

Perhaps he felt, the disciples’ experience had been just one more crucifixion-fatigue symptom, a delusion. Or maybe he felt they had hatched a communal illusion due to prolonged stress. 

Thomas needed to experience the resurrected Jesus on his own, and then he believed, he knew Christ was with us for ever.

 

But they still didn’t know what to do. They didn’t understand what it meant. Or what they were supposed to accomplish next. Even after this appearance, when they left that locked room, they went back to their former lives, as fishermen. 

Jesus had to appear to them yet again on the shores of the Sea of Galilee before they really started paying attention. Jesus needed to tell them exactly what to do.

 

Crucifixion shock. Crucifixion fatigue. This is a real phenomenon. And the disciples were real people, just like you and me.

 

It’s no mistake that the aftermath of Easter lasts until Pentecost on May 23rd! That’s nearly two months. Because it took that long for the disciples to “go out” and start fulfilling their mission. For the shock to wear off. For new life and new energy to set in.

 It would take the refreshing and renewing breath of the Holy Spirit to set them on their feet again and drive them out and on their way. 

In the meantime, they loitered, they hesitated, they dragged their feet and their nets, and they waited.

 

To recoil in fear from that which can harm us is a normal, human reaction to stress and shock. And when something happens that turns our world upside down, It takes us some time to regroup and keep going.

 

It may have taken Jesus’ disciples a long time, but eventually, they did understand. And after a period of time for them to figure out how to proceed and what to do next, they began a movement that changed the world.

 

They couldn’t go out and preach the way they had when Jesus was with them for fear of being killed, so they formed house churches with secret passwords.

 

They couldn’t just rent buildings and worship Jesus in public, so they hid and worshipped in caves and private homes.

 

They couldn’t teach in the synagogues and in the Temple as Jesus had, because they weren’t educated. So they began to preach to small groups and individuals, a few at a time.

 

They couldn’t change their current religion, or its structure, or its people. So, they formed the early church, an ecclesia of Jesus’ faithful.

 

As their courage grew, so did their ministry, their mission, and the church. And then came the Roman Paul, adversary turned advocate, who would revolutionize evangelism and create what we now know as the church of Jesus Christ.

 

All this took time. Innovative thinking. Initiative. And yet caution.

 

Today, we too are still called and sent by Jesus to love like Christ, to forgive, to heal and spread the story of Jesus Christ. But like the early disciples, we are stumped on how to do it.

 

The only thing we know is that Christ is risen, and he is asking us to “go!”

 

And the Holy Spirit of Christ is here to guide us and strengthen us, move us, and propel us into the future and into mission.

 

We don’t have to have it all figured out ahead of time. The disciples didn’t.

 

We don’t have to know what we’re doing or how we’re going to do it. The disciples didn’t.

 

We don’t even need to know what will happen! The disciples didn’t.

 

Jesus’ resurrection appearances more than any other scriptures let us that our future, though unknown, will be filled with Love and Service. Because that is what it means to be a disciple of Jesus.

 

It’s not our job to “know.” Just to “go”! And He will do the rest.

 

“Go!” people of God. Love with courage, with generosity, Christ is right there guiding you when you do….Disciples go on trust…of the One…who walks ever beside us

 

Hymn: Thine Be the Glory

 

Yours be the glory, risen, conquering Son,

endless is the victory over death you’ve won;

angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,

kept the folded grave-clothes, where your body lay.

 

Yours be the glory, risen, conquering Son,

endless is the victory over death you’ve won.

See, Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb;

lovingly he greets us, scatters fear and gloom;

let the church with gladness hymns of triumph sing,

for the Lord is living, death has lost its sting. 

 

Yours be the glory, risen, conquering Son,

endless is the victory over death you’ve won.

No more we doubt you, glorious Prince of life;

life is naught without you: aid us in our strife;

make us more than conquerors through your deathless love;

bring us safe through Jordan to your home above. 

Yours be the glory, risen, conquering Son,

endless is the victory over death you’ve won. 

 

A prayer:

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.

 

Our Creed: All together.

 

We believe in one God,

the Father, the Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth,

of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

the only Son of God,

eternally begotten of the Father,

God from God, Light from Light,

true God from true God,

begotten, not made,

of one being with the Father.

Through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation

he came down from heaven:

by the power of the Holy Spirit

he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,

and was made man.

For our sake he was crucified

under Pontius Pilate;

he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again

in accordance with the scriptures;

he ascended into heaven

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory

to judge the living and the dead,

and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit,

the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father.

With the Father and the Son

he is worshipped and glorified.

He has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic

and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one baptism

for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come. Amen

 

Prayers:

Sisters and brothers in Christ,

God invites us to bring our doubts and fears,

our joys and concerns, our petitions and praise,

and offer them for the earth and all its creatures.

 

 

Prayers:

Connie and Henry (Katherine and Harold K); Adam P. (Joan and Mike); Sari (Betty G); Connie C.;  Jim P. Jack B.; Jack and Julie.  Jim M; Mary B.;  Keanna,  Ella D.; Evelyn Mc; Marion R.; (Church)  Jade (Carol R.); Dori;  Belinda,;  Kim; Edie K., Ross B., Francis & Bill W.; Jeff G. (Dori & Jack); Michelle P.;(Jim P.)  Pat P; Grant K; Kathy W. (Jack & Julie); Hope (Marilyn B.) ; Larry R.; Brian; Marcel De C and family; Tara; Jeff B.; Doug T.; Alex,  Gord, (Sandra);  Valerie (Carol F.); Helen, Debrah G.,and Regina G (Pat M.); Lori (Maya) Pat and Tony  (Marilyn B.); Melanie; Marlene H. Pam B. (Barb & George); Zaden; Kendra; (Gloria);  Bill, Sheila, Jessica, Sonya, Jamie (Peter);  Peter T.;  Mark Mc; Dan B.; Alanna R. (Garfield & Diane);  Lynda D . (Mary Beth & Paul); Linda; Allan; Aunt Frankie; (Brian G.); Diane (Garfield);  Jean (Bruce J.); Ola and Roman; Mildred Mc. (Jan & Ron); Brian (Jeanne); Lisa G.;Diana, Ian, Edna, Matthew & Annika;   David & Lyla & Joanna Mac;   Janice L & Darrin R;  Roland & Pansy V;  Rob P;  Pat B & her family;)Clark & Helene (Suzie D)

 

Receive these prayers, O God,

and transform us through them,

that we may have eyes to see and hearts to understand

not only what you do on our behalf,

but what you call us to do

so that your realm will come to fruition in glory. Amen

 

As our Savior taught us, let us pray,

 

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.

 

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.

Suspension of Services

In person Service Suspension

In Person Services Suspended

We are very sorry to have to convey this bad news, but as London moves into grey level restrictions, and based on the advice of Bishop Todd, The Church of the Epiphany is suspending in person services effective immediately. We invite everyone to join us for our online audio services, and continue to reach out to Rev. Teresa throughout the week.

In person services will remain suspended until London moves back to code orange restrictions and advice is received from the Bishop’s office to resume in person services.

On Friday Feb 12 we received the following notice from the diocese.

Reopening our Churches

Dear friends,
With the lifting of the State of Emergency in Ontario, the area covered by the Diocese of Huron will be transitioned into the Provincial COVID-19 Response Framework—or colour zones—on February 16th.  We expect to hear within a few days which zone each of the health units in our diocese will enter.  

Churches in the Diocese of Huron will remain closed for public worship until the 2nd Sunday of Lent, February 28th. At that time, parishes in the Orange, Yellow or Green zones may reopen for in-person worship according to the AMBER Stage guidelines.  Bishop Townshend recommends that parishes in the red zone suspend in-person worship.  Any parish in the red zone that wishes to hold in-person worship must receive permission from the bishop.  (Permission given previously remains valid.) Parishes in the Gray zone may not hold in-person worship and are to follow the RED Stage guidelines.  Please see the information and links below for more details.

No parish is required to hold in-person worship.  It is up to the leadership of each parish to determine if they feel comfortable doing so. You know best your people and your context.   

As always, please be in touch if you have any questions or concerns.

blessings,
Tanya+
The Ven. Tanya Phibbs
Archdeacon of Huron

The Colour Zone Chart may be found here
The AMBER Stage Guidelines may be found here
The RED Stage Guidelines may be found here

 

Epiphany Service for March 28 2021

Image: Peasants with Donkey

by Giuseppe Maria Crespi

 

The flowers in the Sanctuary today are in loving memory of Esther Holowitz given by her son Stephen.  

*Fundrive  Wednesday April 28.  We are collecting items we normally would have collected for our Spring yard sale for delivery to Value Village. Value Village will pay us 15 cents a pound for” wearables” (clothing, purses, belts, backpacks, shoes,  etc) in large bags and 10 cents a pound for “housewares” in boxes.   (Housewares are things home-related, but NOT furniture) Ron Stewart will be at Epiphany Sat. April 10 and Sat April 24 from 10:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m.  to receive your donations. Ron will also accept donations for our food cupboard at the same time. Delivery to Value Village is Wednesday May 12.  But we need to tell them how much we have by Wednesday April 28.  Thanks Jan for leading in this!

*In London we are now back in Red which is second highest.   At this point limited indoor gatherings are not recommended. So for now at Epiphany we are waiting  in order to keep each other safe.   We are looking forward to being together soon.

*Please remember to save your cancelled stamps.

*Food Cupboard.     Butch. 519-615-9106. Thank you everyone!

*Thank you for your generous love of Epiphany.  Our Church does much good, quietly, without fanfare.   Let’s all keep up our Good Work! Even while we are sheltering in our homes.

*Thank you Ron for posting our service on our website, Adam for recording our service To Anusha for the music.  Also Stephen.

 

Audio for March 28 Service

 

Bible Readings for week of Mar 28 – Apr 04

For more Easter Readings go to              http://montreal.anglican.org/comments/

 

Opening:

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,

and the love of God,

and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,

be with you all.

And also with you.

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God of wilderness and water,

your Son was baptized and tempted as we are.

Guide us through this season,

that we may not avoid struggle,

but open ourselves to blessing,

through the cleansing depths of repentance

and the heaven-rending words of the Spirit. Amen.

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Mark 11:1-11

11:1 When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples

11:2 and said to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden; untie it and bring it.

11:3 If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ just say this, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here immediately.'”

11:4 They went away and found a colt tied near a door, outside in the street. As they were untying it,

11:5 some of the bystanders said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?”

11:6 They told them what Jesus had said; and they allowed them to take it.

11:7 Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it; and he sat on it.

11:8 Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields.

11:9 Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!

11:10 Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David! Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

11:11 Then he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple; and when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.

 

John 12:12-16

12:12 The next day the great crowd that had come to the festival heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem.

12:13 So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord– the King of Israel!”

12:14 Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it; as it is written:

12:15 “Do not be afraid, daughter of Zion. Look, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt!”

12:16 His disciples did not understand these things at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written of him and had been done to him.

 

Sermon: 

Today we hear how Jesus rode a donkey into Jerusalem.

People were so happy, hoping he would free them from terrible leaders.

They throw palm branches and coats on the ground to make a soft path for Jesus.

Jesus is quite specific about the donkey.

He wants a donkey, and serendipitously one is provided.

So why a donkey?

What can we understand from the donkey?

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People often speak of donkeys in belittling terms.

 You may have heard the expression,

 “I’m just someone who has to do all the donkey work.”

 Or “So-and-so is as stubborn as a mule” (a mule is part donkey).

These sayings overlook the contributions of a truly valuable animal.

 Donkeys have served the human race for thousands of years. 

They are symbols of humility, gentleness, and peace.

In Bible days,

donkeys that had never been ridden were regarded as especially suitable for religious purposes. 

So it was most fitting that Jesus sent for a young donkey to perform the royal task of carrying Him into Jerusalem. 

How valuable is that donkey’s work!

When we work for Christ, are we not like the donkey?

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Corrie Ten Boom was a famous Christian 

whose testimony of suffering in Nazi concentration camps

and God’s grace through it all touched millions of lives.

 

Once, in a press conference following a ceremony 

in which Corrie Ten Boom was given an honorary degree,

one of the reporters asked her if it was difficult

remaining humble while hearing so much acclaim. 

 

She replied immediately, 

“Young man, 

when Jesus Christ rode into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday on the back of a donkey, everyone was waving palm branches 

throwing garments in the road 

singing praises,

 

do you think that for one moment 

it ever entered the head of that donkey 

that any of that was for him?” 

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She continued,

“If I can be the donkey on which Jesus Christ rides in his glory, 

I give him all the praise 

all the honor.”

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So we may ask:

How are we, you and I donkeys for Christ, 

carrying Christ’s love in our world?

 

 Maybe in ways that just seem just natural at the time.

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The story is told of an soldier who had drawn remote duty.

He  had written home to his wife,

telling her of his seven new friends 

with whom he had developed a close friendship.

 

 “I am so grateful,” he said,

 “because in this isolated and barren land

 a person could easily be driven to despair.” 

 

When his next birthday rolled around, 

there was a large package in the mail from the Home. 

 

When he opened it, 

he discovered not one gift, 

but eight gifts. 

 

One for him and one for each of his seven friends. 

The soldier looked at the eight presents.

Then they looked at the husband.

With tears rolling down his cheeks, 

He exclaimed,

“That’s my wife for you! 

For sure, that’s my wife!”

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For the woman, it seemed natural.

It was what she would do.

She was the donkey on which Christ rode,

Christ who would also do something like that.

That is how Christ is.

 

Like the husband,

 we exclaim, 

“That’s our God for you!

 Yes, that’s what our God is like!

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No wonder Jesus needed the donkey.

Here is an example of a different kind of power:

Jesus, a young carpenter,

riding into Jerusalem on a donkey.

 

His disciples vie for the best seats.

He takes a towel and basin 

to wash their feet. 

 

On the cross he meets evil with a prayer of forgiveness.

He is not like everyone else, 

He is love incarnate.

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People who are love incarnate stand out.

Like:

A wonderful story of an incident that occurred during the Special Olympics. 

Nine children lined up for the 100 yard dash. 

The gun sounded and the race was off.

 But only a few yards into the race, 

one of the children fell

They began to cry.

 

These children who were love incarnate

did not live the world’s concept of competition.

Getting ahead

taking advantage when a competitor was down

made no sense to them.

 

Like Christ they saw the world differently.

 

So of course the other eight children 

stopped running 

came back to their fallen comrade. 

 

A young girl with kissed him and brushed him off.

The children lifted him up together, 

arm in arm, 

they ran over the finish line. 

 

The audience rose to their feet in applause. 

 

There was not one winner, 

there were nine winners.

 

For a fleeting moment these children

showed us what the Kingdom of God is like. 

 

They challenged the world’s concept that first place is everything.

 

On Palm Sunday, Jesus challenged the world’s concept of power.

 

When we love others, even against the wisdom of the world.

We still carry Christ into the world…

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Christ believe it or not still makes a huge difference in the world.

When we carry him into the world…like the donkey did…

 

Like a story:

While Dr. Samuel M. Shoemaker

was rector of Calvary Episcopal Church in New York City,

he had an old building fixed up

He began an outreach to the stuggling folks of the Bowery. 

 

A famous cartoonist became interested in the Work. 

 

The cartoonist  drew for Dr. Shoemaker 

a moving poster, 

with a person standing against a wall, 

 

The caption,

 “There’s a place nearby,

 where a Carpenter still mends broken men.”

 

That’s carrying Christ! 

The need for to move our world in the direction of peace and oneness.

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All we can do is be the donkey.

 

It is not about us, It has always been about Christ.

Christ chose the donkey that day, 

As a kind of parable.

 

We may not feel we do enough,

Only carrying Christ’s love the best we can.

We may feel inadequate.

 

But somehow Christ makes it enough, if we have love.

==

Christ was quite specific about needing a donkey.

Like much of what Christ taught, it is perhaps a parable.

 

An easy way for us to remember a profound truth about life.

 

We are the donkey,

We don’t need to do it all, Christ is the one.

 

But if we act with love, if we are the donkey,

If we naturally love others

Christ will use for good  in the world.

 

Hymn: All Glory Laud and Honor

All glory, laud, and honor
To thee, Redeemer, King
To whom the lips of children
Made sweet hosannas ring

Thou art the King of Israel
Thou David’s royal Son
Who in the Lord’s name comest
The King and Blessed One

All glory, laud, and honor
To thee, Redeemer, King
To whom the lips of children
Made sweet hosannas ring

The company of angels
are praising thee on
And we with all creation
In chorus make reply

All glory, laud, and honor
To thee, Redeemer, King
To whom the lips of children
Made sweet hosannas ring

 

A prayer:

God of suffering and glory,

in Jesus Christ you reveal the way of life

through the path of obedience.

Inscribe your law in our hearts,

that in life we may not stray from you,

but may be your people. Amen.

 

Our Creed: All together.

We believe in one God,

the Father, the Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth,

of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

the only Son of God,

eternally begotten of the Father,

God from God, Light from Light,

true God from true God,

begotten, not made,

of one being with the Father.

Through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation

he came down from heaven:

by the power of the Holy Spirit

he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,

and was made man.

For our sake he was crucified

under Pontius Pilate;

he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again

in accordance with the scriptures;

he ascended into heaven

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory

to judge the living and the dead,

and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit,

the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father.

With the Father and the Son

he is worshipped and glorified.

He has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic

and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one baptism

for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come.

Amen

 

Prayers:

Caught between joy and despair,

we yearn for the fulfillment of God’s desire

beyond the brokenness and neediness of this life.

We offer thanksgiving for God’s presence with us

and petitions for the transformation

of the church and the world.

 

Prayers Connie C.;  Jim P. Jack B.; Jack and Julie.  Jim M; Mary B.;  Keanna,  Ella D.; Evelyn Mc; Marion R.; (Church)  Jade (Carol R.); Dori;  Belinda,;  Kim; Edie K., Ross B., Francis & Bill W.; Jeff G. (Dori & Jack); Michelle P.;(Jim P.) Pat P; Grant K; Kathy W. (Jack & Julie); Hope (Marilyn B.) ; Larry R.; Brian; Marcel De C and family; Tara; Jeff B.; Doug T.; Alex,  Gord, (Sandra);  Valerie (Carol F.); Helen, Debrah G.,and Regina G (Pat M.); Lori (Maya) Pat and Tony  (Marilyn B.); Henry (Katherine and Harold K); Melanie; Marlene H. Pam B. (Barb & George); Zaden; Kendra; (Gloria);  Bill, Sheila, Jessica, Sonya, Jamie (Peter);  Peter T.;  Mark Mc; Dan B.; Alanna R. (Garfield & Diane);  Lynda D . (Mary Beth & Paul); Linda; Allan; Aunt Frankie; (Brian G.); Diane (Garfield);  Jean (Bruce J.); Ola and Roman; Mildred Mc. (Jan & Ron); Brian (Jeanne); Lisa G.;Diana, Ian, Edna, Matthew & Annika;   David & Lyla & Joanna Mac;   Janice L & Darrin R;  Roland & Pansy V;  Rob P;  Pat B & her family;)Clark & Helene (Suzie D)

Life-giver, Pain-bearer, Loving-creator,

day by day you sustain the weary with your word

and gently encourage us to place our trust in you.

Awaken us to the suffering of those around us;

save us from hiding in denials or taunts that deepen the hurt;

give us grace to share one another’s burdens in humble service. Amen

 

As our Savior taught us, let us pray,

 

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.

 

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.

 

Cans for Keanna

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

 

Jeanne Heighway

HEIGHWAY, Jeanne


With deep sadness the family of Jeanne L. Heighway (nee Hunt) announce her passing on Thursday, April 1, 2021, due to complications from a stroke, in her 92nd year. Beloved mother of Catherine (Wally MacKinnon) and Steve (Kim) Heighway. Devoted Nana of Mitchell (Meg) Heighway, Brent Heighway and Emily MacKinnon. Survived by her sister Betty (Bud) Bathgate, brothers-in-law Bob (Midge) Heighway and Don Winterton, sister-in-law Kit Hunt as well as many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her loving husband Bruce (2016), brother George Hunt, sister-in-law Mary Jane Winterton and brother-in-law Don Heighway. Jeanne was born and raised in London, Ontario. She attended Central High School, and it was at a school dance where she met Bruce who would become her beloved husband. The couple married in 1951, built their home and raised their family in London. At 16 years of age, she began working at “The Bell” telephone company as a switchboard operator. Jeanne stayed at home to care for her young family and in 1968 joined Canada Trust – University Branch as a teller. Over the span of her 25 year career with the bank, she also worked at head office accounting and real estate administration. Jeanne poured her heart and soul into all aspects of her family. Among her many passions she was a superb gardener, a fantastic cook, an excellent seamstress and an avid birdwatcher. Jeanne and Bruce shared a love of travel that took them on many world-wide adventures. Closer to home, they both enjoyed activities with the Ilderton Curling Club, Huff n’ Puff biking group and the London Centre Branch YMCA. They owned a cottage near St Joseph on Lake Huron for several years, which was the hub of family get-togethers. It was here that Jeanne nurtured her spectacular gardens and opened the wonders of nature to her young grandchildren. She adored her grandchildren and always felt so blessed to have been able to take an active role in their lives. Jeanne was a resilient, determined, creative, generous, and loving woman and we will miss her terribly. We would like to thank the staff at Fox Hollow Assisted Living for their care and compassion over the past several months. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held when Covid restrictions are lifted. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Salthaven Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Centre, PO Box 601, Mt Brydges, ON N0L 1W0, Wellspring London and Region Cancer Support Centre, 382 Waterloo Street (Inside the YMCA), London, ON N6B 2N8 or the London Centre Branch YMCA – Strong Kids campaign, 382 Waterloo Street, London, ON N6B 2N8 in memory of Jeanne. A. Millard George Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements 519-433-5184. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com”The kiss of the sun for pardon, the song of the birds for mirth.
One is nearer God’s heart in a garden than anywhere else on earth.”

Published on April 10, 2021

Easter Sunday Service April 4 2021

 

Image: Monet’s garden at Vétheuil by Claude Monet.

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

*Fundrive:  We are collecting items we normally would have collected for our Spring yard sale for delivery to Value Village. Value Village will pay us 15 cents a pound for” wearables” (clothing, purses, belts, backpacks, shoes,  etc) in large bags and 10 cents a pound for “housewares” in boxes.   (Housewares are things home-related, but NOT furniture) Ron has had to postpone the previously announced drop of days due to the stay at home order which was just issued on Thursday. Look for rescheduled dates probably early May.  Delivery to Value Village is Wednesday May 12. Thanks Jan for leading in this!

* Please remember to save your cancelled stamps.

*Food Cupboard.     Butch. 519-615-9106. Thank you everyone!

*Thank you for your generous love of Epiphany.  Our Church does much good, quietly, without fanfare.   Let’s all keep up our Good Work! Even while we are sheltering in our homes.

*Thank you Ron for posting our service on our website, Adam for recording our service To Anusha for the music.  Also Stephen.

Audio for Easter Sunday Service

 

Bible Readings for Easter Sunday

 

Prelude: Christ the Lord Is Risen Today

Opening:

 

Alleluia! Christ is risen.

The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

May his grace and peace be with you.

May he fill our hearts with joy.

 

WE pray:

 

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..

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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: John 20:1-18

If we had been living in the Roman Empire 

in the first century, 

we would have noticed a strange custom 

practiced by the Christians. 

 

They would go out to their graveyards 

with laurel wreaths, 

the wreaths that had been used 

in Greek and Roman culture 

to crown the victors of athletic contests. 

 

They would take those laurel wreaths 

place them on the graves.

 

 If you had asked them why, 

they would say, 

“Because we believe that in Jesus Christ

 we have received victory 

even in death.”

=

We come to the same idea,

In so many ways.

Like a minister named 

Barbara Brown Taylor, Who says

 

When I was a girl, 

I spent a lot of time in the woods,

which were full of treasures for me.

 

 At night I lined them up on my bed: 

 

Fat flakes of mica, 

big shooter marbles, 

blue jay feathers, 

 

— if I was lucky – 

a cicada shell,…

 

one of those dry brown bug bodies

 you can find on tree trunks 

when the 17-year locusts come out of the ground. 

 

I liked them for at least two reasons.

 

First, because they were horrible looking,

 with their huge empty eye sockets 

their six sharp little claws. 

 

By hanging them on my sweater or

 — better yet — in my hair, 

I could usually get the prettier, more popular girls at school 

to run screaming away from me, 

which somehow evened the score.

 

I also liked them

 because they were evidence 

that a miracle had occurred. 

 

They looked dead,

 but they weren’t. 

 

They were just shells. 

 

Every one of them had a neat slit down its back, 

where the living creature inside of it had escaped, 

 

pulling new legs, new eyes, 

new wings out of that dry brown body 

then taking flight. 

 

At night I could hear them singing 

their high song in the trees. 

 

If you had asked them, 

I’ll bet none of them could have told you 

where they left their old clothes.

=

That is all the disciples saw 

when they got to the tomb on that first morning –

-two piles of old clothes.

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It can be hard to believe,

Belief it seems comes in waves,

 

Like:

A young college girl walked in to her guidance counselor’s office

At a Lutheran college

.

She confessed that she didn’t believe in God anymore.

 

 Her dad was a Lutheran pastor 

 she had heard the stories of Jesus all her life. 

 

But now, in college, 

she was smarter than all that.

 

 Now Like a wave

It seemed she trusted science,

 now she believed in professors

thick textbooks 

knowledge and reason.

 

Faith seemed to have flowed away. 

 

When she got up to leave the office, 

the counselor said

 “Jenny” he said, “God loves you, 

even when you don’t believe that God exists.

You are loved”

 

Tears filled her eyes, 

 she said “I know God does.” 

===

 

Today we have come to hear the story once again. 

 

Like Jenny, 

Maybe we struggle to wrap our brain around the story of that morning. 

 

But we’re here. 

Thank God we are here.

________________________

Belief is not the important thing,

Love is the important thing.

 

Belief is like a wave,

Like a gift given to us if we need it….

=

Like;

A new pastor was visiting one of his church members

 who was in the hospital. 

 

The pastor was a young man, 

fresh out of seminary 

still wet behind the ears as a minister. 

 

He was visiting this elderly man named Sam 

Sam was extremely ill. 

 

Sam wanted to talk to his pastor about his upcoming death 

the pastor wanted to talk about anything else – 

 

the weather, football, politics, 

or anything else he could think of.

 

Sam kept trying.

 

Finally, the pastor asked,

 “Sam, , doesn’t it bother you? 

Aren’t you frightened?”

 

Sam smiled, 

“Preacher, I know its time,

but I’m not afraid. 

 

I have a confession to make. 

I’ve taken a peek at the back of the book.”

 

“What do you mean?” the young minister asked.

 

Sam said, 

“You didn’t know me 10 years ago 

when I had my first heart attack. 

 

They called it cardiac arrest. 

 

I can remember the medical team thinking I was dead.

 

I can also remember the tremendous feeling 

of being surrounded by God’s love. 

 

I was revived by the medical team 

but ever since that day 

I have been unafraid to die. 

 

See, I’ve been over there

….it doesn’t frighten me. 

 

I know that one day soon

 I am going to go to sleep 

 

When I awaken, 

I will, once again, be surrounded by God’s love.”

 

This is the message of the first Easter and every Easter since. 

 

The tomb is empty. 

Christ is risen. 

Jesus is alive. 

Because of this, we too, shall live!

 

__________________________________________

 

A writer John Dunne

 writes of the impact of the resurrection upon humankind: 

 

“The Resurrection is an enormous answer

 to the problem of death. 

 

The idea is that we go with Christ 

through death to everlasting life. 

 

Death becomes an event,

 like birth, that is lived through.”

 

What a magnificent statement of faith. 

 

Death is merely another event 

in the ongoing process of life—

something one lives through with Christ. 

 

=

There is an parable, a story about this.

 

The parable is  about twin unborn children 

together in the womb. 

 

One believes that there is a world beyond the womb 

“where people walk upright, 

where there are mountains and oceans,

 a sky filled with stars.” 

 

The other unborn twin can barely 

contain his contempt for such foolish ideas. 

 

Suddenly the “believer” of the twins

Passes through the birth canal 

leaving behind the only way of life he has known. 

 

The remaining unborn twin is grief stricken 

convinced that a great catastrophe

 has befallen his brother. 

 

In the world 

Outside the womb, however,

 the parents are rejoicing. 

 

For what the remaining brother,

 left behind still in the womb, 

has just witnessed is not death but birth

 

This, is a Faith view of the life beyond the grave—

 

Faith says that what we call death

Is a birth into a world 

that we on Earth 

can only try to imagine.

==

So then 

The Easter message is that we 

You and I  have an older brother 

who HAS traveled,

 to the other side of reality.

 

Our older brother who has returned

To share with us wisdom. 

 

To share with us how to live…

 

Hymn: My Song is Love Unknown 

My song is love unknown,
my Savior’s love to me,
love to the loveless shown
that they might lovely be.
O who am I, 
that for my sake
my Lord should take 
frail flesh, and die?

He came from his blest throne
salvation to bestow,
but all made strange, and none
the longed-for Christ would know;
but O my friend, 
my friend indeed,
who at my need 
his life did spend.

Sometimes they strew his way,
and his sweet praises sing,
resounding all the day
hosannas to their King.
Then “Crucify!” 
is all their breath,
and for his death 
they thirst and cry.

Why, what has my Lord done?
What makes this rage and spite?
He made the lame to run,
he gave the blind their sight.
Sweet injuries! 
Yet they at these
themselves displease, 
and ‘gainst him rise.

They rise, and needs will have
my dear Lord made away;
a murderer they save,
the Prince of Life they slay.
Yet cheerful he 
to suffering goes,
that he his foes 
from thence might free.

Here might I stay and sing,
no story so divine;
never was love, dear King,
never was grief like thine!
This is my friend, 
in whose sweet praise
I all my days 
could gladly spend.

 

A prayer:

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..

 

Our Creed: All together.

We believe in one God,

the Father, the Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth,

of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

the only Son of God,

eternally begotten of the Father,

God from God, Light from Light,

true God from true God,

begotten, not made,

of one being with the Father.

Through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation

he came down from heaven:

by the power of the Holy Spirit

he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,

and was made man.

For our sake he was crucified

under Pontius Pilate;

he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again

in accordance with the scriptures;

he ascended into heaven

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory

to judge the living and the dead,

and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit,

the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father.

With the Father and the Son

he is worshipped and glorified.

He has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic

and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one baptism

for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come. Amen

 

Prayers:

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

to God who raised Jesus to new life.

 

Prayers Adam P. (Joan and Mike); Sari (Betty G); Connie C.;  Jim P. Jack B.; Jack and Julie.  Jim M; Mary B.;  Keanna,  Ella D.; Evelyn Mc; Marion R.; (Church)  Jade (Carol R.); Dori;  Belinda,;  Kim; Edie K., Ross B., Francis & Bill W.; Jeff G. (Dori & Jack); Michelle P.;(Jim P.)  Pat P; Grant K; Kathy W. (Jack & Julie); Hope (Marilyn B.) ; Larry R.; Brian; Marcel De C and family; Tara; Jeff B.; Doug T.; Alex,  Gord, (Sandra);  Valerie (Carol F.); Helen, Debrah G.,and Regina G (Pat M.); Lori (Maya) Pat and Tony  (Marilyn B.); Henry (Katherine and Harold K); Melanie; Marlene H. Pam B. (Barb & George); Zaden; Kendra; (Gloria);  Bill, Sheila, Jessica, Sonya, Jamie (Peter);  Peter T.;  Mark Mc; Dan B.; Alanna R. (Garfield & Diane);  Lynda D . (Mary Beth & Paul); Linda; Allan; Aunt Frankie; (Brian G.); Diane (Garfield);  Jean (Bruce J.); Ola and Roman; Mildred Mc. (Jan & Ron); Brian (Jeanne); Lisa G.;Diana, Ian, Edna, Matthew & Annika;   David & Lyla & Joanna Mac;   Janice L & Darrin R;  Roland & Pansy V;  Rob P;  Pat B & her family;)Clark & Helene (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.

 

As our Savior taught us, let us pray,

 

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.

 

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.

Just before we go we received this from our friend Marion Rake. Please take the time to listen to this beautiful version of Hallelujah.

Hello Everyone,

Just thought we would pass along a beautiful rendition of Hallelujah by two sisters, Cassandra and Callahan Star. These lyrics had their “genesis” in Leonard Cohen being generous, magnanimous, truly giving in 2008, allowing a clever PEI Catholic secondary school teacher’s reworking of the lyrics into a sacred moment. He allowed his work product to be changed, and from that flowed an entirely new opportunity for these so very meaningful lyrics to be a blessing to us all.

 

Have a blessed Easter.

Marion

Barb turns 80

Junne Boucher

BOUCHER, Junne

At University Hospital, London on Monday, March 15, 2021, Junne (Winslow) Boucher in her 98th year. Beloved wife of the late Bill Boucher (1981). Dear mother-in-law of Wayne Parker (Connie). Cherished grandmother of Janice Wiersma (Jim), Bob Parker (Sue), and great-grandmother of Laryssa Parker and Michelle Wiersma. Dearly missed by Allan Cross (Barbara). Predeceased by her stepdaughter Dorothy Parker, her parents William and Clara Winslow, her sisters Clara, Audrey and Phyllis. A private graveside service was held at Woodland Cemetery, London. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Humane Society of London & Middlesex, 624 Clarke Road, London, ON N5V 3K5. A. Millard George Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements 519-433-5184. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com

Esther Holowitz

Mrs. Esther Holowitz

(nee Sylvester) passed away on Saturday, December 12, 2020. Born in Fort William, ON on July 3, 1924, she was a lifelong resident attending local schools and retiring from the National Film Board in 1989. Predeceased by her father and mother Beniamino and Giovanna Silvestri, sisters and brothers-in-law Mella and Tony Zanni (Thunder Bay), Ada and Joseph Dlhoucky (Thunder Bay), Joseph and Elsa Sylvester (Sudbury), Bruno and Lena Sylvester (Thunder Bay), sister Mary Sylvester (Toronto and Thunder Bay), brother John Sylvester (Ottawa), sister-in-law Gina Sylvester (Toronto). She is survived by Fred, her husband of 67 years, son Stephen (Teresa), London, ON, daughter Cathy (Doug) Thornbury, ON, grandchildren Adam (London, ON), Elena (New Westminster, BC), brother Leonard Sylvester (Toronto), sister-in-law Evelyn Sylvester, (Ottawa), special walking partner and niece Jean Makiw, and numerous nieces and nephews in Ottawa, Toronto and Thunder Bay. A member of the St. Agnes’ CWL and a charter member of TOPS ON 502. A private graveside service will be held at a later date at St. Patrick’s Cemetery. If friends desire donations in memoriam may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Toys for Tots, Thunder Bay.

The family would like to thank the staff of Birch Wing-Hogarth Riverview Manor for their compassionate care of Esther, particularly in her final days.

Online condolences may
be made through
www.nwfainc.com

 

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.

Published in The Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal on Dec. 16, 2020.

Sonia O’Donnell

With loving family and supportive friends holding hands together, and in the comfort of her own home, Sonia Florence O’Donnell ( nee Abuchan ) slipped away from this beautiful earth and quietly entered into God’s care on Monday November 16th, 2020.

As per Sonia’s wishes cremation will be taking place.

Sonia was predeceased by her first husband, Sigmund Pfaffinger of Kitchener, ON. And, also by her second husband, Hugh Joseph O’Donnell of London, ON. Her beloved younger sister, Sandy Thompson, passed away in 2013 and was profoundly missed. Sandy was survived by her wonderful husband H. Alan Thompson of Vancouver, B. C. Al remains an excellent uncle and mentor to both of Sonia’s sons.

Sonia was an understanding, loving and caring mother to both Nic Pfaffinger of Kitchener and to Eric Pfaffinger and his partner Donna White of Waterloo.

She was the proud and devoted Nanny to her grandson Joe Pfaffinger and his partner Samantha Newman of Kitchener. And, to grandson Tyler Pfaffinger, currently studying at Fanshawe College in London, and to grandson Benjamin Pfaffinger, currently studying at York University in Toronto.

Sonia was a Christian, a Registered Nurse, a friendly, reliable and engaged neighbour, a committed volunteer, a Master Gardener, an opera lover, an animal lover, a prolific reader and was well known as a generous friend to many. She was reluctant to liken her
obituary to her resume, and so her various milestones and many accomplishments will not be mentioned here. Perhaps those stories and memories can be best shared at a small memorial service to be held at ” The Church of the Epiphany “, 11 Briscoe Street in London on Thursday Dec 10th, 2020 at 12 noon.
The Reverend Teresa Corrigan will conduct the service and if you wish to attend or to say a few words at that time, please contact her at 519-671-0577 or teresacorrigan1@gmail.com.

As Sonia has planned, there will be a reception after church at “The Idlewyld Inn” at 36 Grand Ave., in London. Maps and directions are available for those who require them. And all Health Unit Covid-19 guidelines will be in effect.

When you speak of Sonia, speak not with tears, for thoughts of her should not be sad. Let memories of the times you shared give you comfort, for Sonia’s life was richer because of YOU whom she loved so deeply and so dearly.

Remembrance Day 2020

The 103rd version of the service of Remembrance at the cenotaph was a little different this year. We were restricted to a maximum of 25 people all properly distanced. We wound up with precisely 25. To start the ceremony we were treated by a flyby by a C130 Hercules (the aircraft Ron flew in the RCAF). Rev. Teresa read In Flanders Fields. Ron did the Act of Remembrance. Dan lowered the flag during the Last Post. Altogether the service lasted about 15 minutes. Here are some pictures of the event.

 

Before the Service, Ron and Jan visited the Orange Owls for a brief ceremony. The London Free Press was present and took the following picture. The Orange Owls have been visiting our Cenotaph for approximately 15 years on each November 11. In the past several years Ron and Jan have hosted the little ones and their teachers for a brief child friendly ceremony at the Cenotaph. This year due to the pandemic the Orange Owls were not able to leave their school.