FUNDrive at Epiphany

You know, one of the best things of being a part of Epiphany is all the fun we have. Even when we’re working we have fun. Wednesday November 17, our assigned delivery date finally arrived, the culmination of a year’s collection of Garage Sale items. As you know Epiphany usually has a couple of Garage sales each year. The Covid pandemic put an end to that. One of our members saw an ad from Value Village called FUNDrive. When she checked into it she discovered that we could save then deliver our usual Garage Sale items to VV and get paid for it. What a great idea!!!. So we started collecting, and collecting, and collecting. The Hall basement filled up and still items were arriving. The Church basement filled up and still more items. Then, just as it seemed Epiphany’s walls were going to burst we got together, safely masked and loaded 2 large UHaul trucks and took everything to Value Village on Wellington Road South. The accumulated bagged and boxed items (clothing, footwear, linens, pots and pans and other small household items – you know, everything but the kitchen sink) weighed in at over 5000 pounds. A big thank you to everyone who contributed. It was a lot of work, but as you can see in the pictures, many hands make work light – and fun. I heard many laughs, giggles and happy noises as we worked delivering these things to VV (Another huge thank you to our volunteer loaders – way to go Epiphanites!!!) By the way, did I tell you, Value Village paid us for these things. A win win as I see it.


Epiphany Service For November 21, 2021 

Image: The Wayfarers by Frederick Walker 

The flowers in the Sanctuary today are to the Glory of God and in loving memory of our dear Vicki given by her family. The Ozard family.

*Thank you Peter for Preaching today, the third Sunday.  Also for covering both services Dec. 5 while Teresa is away.

*Christmas Eve.  4 and 7.  Identical services.  Adam to reserve.

*Outdoor Carol sing.  Dec. 5.  Rain date the next week.  7 p.m.   

*Stamps for Christmas Cards Program.  Give your cards and money to Barb.  Forms will be available.  The church gets all the money.  Your letters will be promptly mailed.  Thank you to all involved!!

*Meat and Veg Pies. Sat. Nov. 27. 10 a.m. $4.00 List started.  Bring your own box if possible.  Looking for boxes. School volunteer hours available.  

*The Manor Park Christmas Post.  Sunday Dec. 12.  3:00 till 4:00 ? p.m.  featuring Katy Clark, Paul Grambo, Kydra Ryan, Stephen Holowitz and Adam Corrigan Holowitz.  An hour of music , poetry, Stories, comedy for the holiday season.  Tickets 25$  Proceeds to the work of the church. Judy and Bob Tickets.  

*Sandra is selling mint smoothies.  $2.50

*Calendars are $10 each. Call 226 – 378 – 1250 or write to judyandbob@rogers.com.

*Bible Study Monday’s 10 a.m.  In the Hall.

*Civitan.  Who meet here first Wed of the month at 7:30 p.m.  Are selling Claxton Fruit Cake as a fundraiser.  Julie and Jack.  22$ for three? Price not certain yet.

*FUNDrive.  Thank you to all especially Ron & Jan.

*Cancelled stamps. Gloria Thompson. Brian Garrett

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

*The Church Website http://www.thechurchofepiphany.com/

*Please Like Our PAGE on Facebook

*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.  Thank you Dan D. for arranging for the flower dedications.  Thank you to you for being part of our church and for all you do everywhere.

 

 

Bible Readings for Nov 21, 2021

 

Audio for November 21 Service

 

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 we respond with: And with thy spirit.

 

WE pray:

Shepherd of Israel, hear our prayer

as your Son heard the plea

of the criminal crucified with him.

Gather into Christ’s holy reign

the broken, the sorrowing, and the sinner,

that all may know

wholeness, joy, and forgiveness. Amen.

 

John 18:33-37

18:33 Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?”

18:34 Jesus answered, “Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?”

18:35 Pilate replied, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?”

18:36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.”

18:37 Pilate asked him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”

 

Sermon    John 18:33-37 

Here is a question

    what you plan on doing 

                       when you turn 95 years old. 

 

Have you given it much thought? 

 

Likely we  think we’ll be glad to get out of bed 

         eat a nice breakfast

                    spend some time with people we love. 

 

We don’t think we’ll need an alarm clock 

              or a daily schedule 

                    to keep up with all my activities. 

 

I’m pretty sure I won’t be as busy as Queen Elizabeth II. 

Her Royal Highness attends over 400 events each year, 

                including meetings, ceremonies, presentations, 

                         receptions and charity events. 

 

That’s more than one official event each day, 

                        365 days each year. 

 

I get tired just thinking about it. 

             And Queen Elizabeth is 95 years old. 

 

So it makes perfect sense that her majesty

                          has an official stand-in to help her out.

 

Ella Slack is a British woman

               who was chosen in the 1980s 

                       to serve as Queen Elizabeth’s stand-in 

                                       for royal dress rehearsals. 

 

Official receptions and ceremonies 

                 require a lot of planning and practice 

                        to ensure that every detail of the event is perfect. 

 

Queen Elizabeth is too busy 

               to spend all day at dress rehearsals, 

                    so Ms. Slack serves as her stand-in 

                            for these practice runs.

==

How did she get such an exclusive job?

 

 Ella Slack was working for the British Broadcasting Corporation

               when they were preparing to film 

                                   a national memorial service.

 

 Queen Elizabeth was undergoing the dress rehearsal 

                for that day’s ceremony 

                        the sun kept getting in her eyes. 

 

The members of the stage crew 

                                 offered to help,

                                       but they were all men around 6 feet tall.

 

 A BBC producer spotted Ms. Slack, 

                             who is only 5 feet tall, 

                                 two inches shorter than the Queen. 

 

Ms. Slack was more than happy

              to serve as the Queen’s stand-in 

                                for the rehearsal.

 

Mrs. Slack has served in that role ever since.

 

She doesn’t receive any pay for her service, 

                                           but she doesn’t mind. 

 

It’s an honor to serve the Queen. 

 

And one of the fringe benefits of her job 

                  is the opportunity to meet members of the royal family 

                               and ride in the Queen’s carriage. 

 

However, she is not allowed to sit on the throne. 

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Can you imagine serving as a stand-in for royalty?

 

 Ella Slack doesn’t get to participate

              in the exciting parts of the events. 

 

She only gets to stand in place, 

                   walk from spot to spot, 

                           smile and occasionally wave to crowds.

 

 It’s her job to ensure that when 

                 the Queen arrives for the official event, 

                           everything is well-organized and running smoothly.

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As Christians we could claim 

                to be official “stand-ins” for royalty too, couldn’t we?

 

 We are representatives of the King of kings, 

                                                 Jesus Christ, in this world. 

However, 

           we need to do a lot more than 

                          stand in one place, smile and wave 

                                             in order to represent him. 

 

What does it mean to represent 

              the King of kings and Lord of lords 

                        in our world today? 

 

     That’s what we want to explore today.

 

Today we celebrate Christ the King Sunday, 

                    the last Sunday of the Christian year, 

                             sometimes called the Reign of Christ. 

 

The Christian year begins with a baby born 

                             in the little town of Bethlehem.

 

The Christian year ends 

                with the King of kings and Lord of lords 

                                   sitting on the throne of the universe. 

 

Whoever would have thought that a baby born in a stable

                     in a little out-of-the-way town 

                             would one day become heralded as the King of kings?

========

That’s what we hope for each other today, 

                     that we meet the King, Jesus Christ. 

 

As Martin the Cobbler the story shows us…

Throughout history there were people 

              who met Jesus face-to-face, 

                yet they still dismissed him. 

 

They saw his love. 

         They heard his message of truth. 

 

                But they failed to believe in him 

                       because he was not what they were expecting. 

 

How sad is that? 

 

To stand in the presence of the Way, the Truth and the Life, 

                 but to miss the one.

Like a true story:

 

In 1928, a small schooner called the Helen B. Sterling 

                was caught in a tremendous storm

                       a few hundred miles off the coast of Oregon. 

 

The captain broadcast a desperate call for help. 

 

The storm continued to batter their ship, 

                        so he sent out a second call. 

 

Suddenly he heard another voice on the line. 

 

The captain of the Melbourne, an Australian battleship,

                     radioed back that he was changing course 

 

             They were coming to rescue the sailors of the Helen B. Sterling.

==

The storm raged on 

            as the captain and crew of the Helen B. Sterling 

                          scanned the horizon. 

 

All they could see were waves 

               swelling and churning in the darkness. 

 

Hours passed, 

           the captain sent one more message:

 “Can’t last another hour . . . 

             Sea sweeping right over us. 

 

Impossible to live in this sea. Farewell!”

 

And in the next moment, 

         he heard the captain of the Melbourne reply,

                  “We are certain to reach you. Keep good heart!”

 

The Melbourne did reach the Helen B. Sterling just in time.

 

 As the small ship was beginning to sink,

                      the battleship pulled alongside them. 

 

The captain, his family, including his young son,

           and all his crew were saved,

            By being pulled through the water on a line,

                   With a life ring around them. 

==

Like this rescue,

 We are called to respond to calls for help.

It may seem impossible,

      But Christ needs us to try our best to respond.

 

If we try, 

      If we give what we have,

              Christ makes it enough.

 

We will miraculously find we have what we need,

      We are in the right place at the right time…

 

Like the rescuing ship.

==

Because we are stand in’s for Christ…

              Christ’s servants at the ready.

===

 

Christ needs people who are willing and able.

  –People who say Here I am Lord, send me.

 

 And the ironic thing is that 

            when we give ourselves in his service, 

                      it is then that we are lifted up.

 

 In losing ourselves we find ourselves. 

 

This is an unfinished world.

 

 But into this unfinished world came the King of kings. 

 

It is our job to see that this unfinished world 

               becomes the kingdom of Love

 

 Hymn: Christ whose Glory Fills the Skies

Christ, whose glory fills the skies,
Christ, the true, the only light,
Sun of Righteousness, arise!
Triumph o’er the shades of night:
Dayspring from on high, be near;
Daystar, in my heart appear.

Dark and cheerless is the morn
unaccompanied by thee;
joyless is the day’s return
till thy mercy’s beams I see,
till they inward light impart,
glad my eyes and warm my heart.

Visit then this soul of mine,
pierce the gloom of sin and grief;
fill me, Radiancy divine,
scatter all my unbelief;
more and more thyself display,
shining to the perfect day.

 

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:

As the shepherd who cares for the flock, O God,

you guide all things through Jesus

whom you have exalted over all creation as king.

Hear the prayers we offer in his name

for the creation he cherished

and that you entrust to us.

 

Prayers  Donna (Jan and Ken); Debbie H (Lorenz); Donna Mc (Ron and Jan); Karen T.;Bill, Sheila, Jessica, Sonya, Jamie (Peter);  Bob R.; Zac; Peter T.;  Mark Mc; Dan B.;. (Garfield & Diane); Linda; Dean; Allan; Aunt Frankie; (Brian G.); Brian; Marcel D.; Tara; Jeff B.; Nicole; Shelley (Sandra); Connie C.;  Jim P. Jack B.; Jack and Julie.  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); Melanie; Marlene H. Pam B. (Barb & George);   Lynda D . (Mary Beth & Paul); Jean (Bruce J.); Brian (Jeanne); Jacquie and Cam D.; Diana, Ian, Edna, Mat-thew & Annika;   David & Lyla ;   Janice L & Darrin R;  Roland & Pansy V;  Clark & Helene (Suzie D)

 

 

Look upon your people who rejoice in your justice and mercy,

and grant that the prayers we make

may reveal Christ’s reign in our time. 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.

 

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.

Cans for Keanna

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

 

Reopening our Churches

In Person Services

In person services resumed at Epiphany following the guidelines laid down by  Bishop Todd.

There will be two services each Sunday

9:15 am

11:00 am

Seating is limited so please contact Adam to confirm a place.

mailto: Adam   

phone – 1 519 615-2210

 

                Bishop Todd

Dear friends,

We have made some changes to our diocesan COVID-19 protocols, at least one of which many of us have been waiting for with some longing.  Reopening our Churches, the Next Step can be found at the link below.  The changes come into effect on Sunday, November 14, 2021.  Some of the the changes include:

  1. Singing is permitted in worship services while masked and physically distanced.  Choirs may rehearse while masked and physically distanced.  Services and choir rehearsals are to be no longer than 45 minutes.

  2. Brief fellowship times of 20 minutes or less are permitted following worship services.  Food and beverages are not permitted.  It is preferable if this can be held in a location other than the sanctuary.

  3. The Provincial Government’s vaccine mandate applies to all activities held in a church building with the exception of worship, food sustainability ministries, and 12-step groups.  Renters are required to ensure that they follow the government’s directions regarding their members and activities.

  4. As the weather cools down, it is important to remember that HVAC systems can efficiently spread COVID-19 aerosols.  If your church is heated by forced air, please turn the furnace fans off approximately 15 minutes before the beginning of worship. Fans (ceiling and other) should not be used.  In all buildings, please keep some windows open at least partially as this greatly improves ventilation and reduces the risk of the virus being spread.

  5. The same lectern and/or microphone may be used for more than one reader or speaker if all readers/speakers are wearing masks. COVID-19 is spread primarily by aerosols and small aerosolized particles can hang in the air for a period of time, therefore, masks must be worn for the protection of all readers and speakers.  If a lectern or microphone is only used by one person during a service and it is more than 12 feet (4m) from any other person, masks may be removed at the lectern. 

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions with regard to these protocols.

blessings, 
Tanya+
The Venerable Tanya Phibbs
Archdeacon of Huron

 
Yours in Christ,
+Todd
The Right Reverend Todd Townshend
Bishop of Huron

Reopening our Churches

 

 

 

Green Gators Remember

Several years ago after our annual Service of Remembrance we noticed children’s artwork attached to the fence around the cenotaph courtyard. After a little sleuthing we discovered that the Western Daycare “Orange Owls” had visited and left a Remembrance Day inspired piece of art. We contacted Western Day Care and found that one of the teachers, Julia had been bringing her class over each Remembrance Day. We got in touch with Julia and from that day the Orange Owls, and this year, the Green Gators have been sharing Remembrance Day with us.
Unfortunately, during the last two Remembrance Days the children have not been able to walk over to the cenotaph,
so we have been visiting them at the school instead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

NESBITT, Valerie Jean Lenore

NESBITT, Valerie Jean Lenore

Val passed over into paradise on Sunday October 24, 2021 surrounded by her family at University Hospital, at the age of 65.

She is survived by her (Bubby) Alyssa, and daughter-in-law Cadet. Her partner of 35 years, Brian. Her incredible granddaughter, Kennedy. Her mother, Carole, brothers and sisters, Cheryl, Kimmerly, Christina and Kelly. Val will be loved and missed by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She would say her greatest accomplishment was the arrival of her daughter at 38 years old! And anyone who knew her knew of her love of Phil Collins!

Val was predeceased by her father; Albert, and 3 of her siblings; Phillip, Theresa and Allister. A private service will be held at Needham Funeral Home on Friday, October 29, 2021. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Valerie’s name to the Canadian Lung Association.

Fred Holowitz

Holowitz, Fred

Mr. Fred Holowitz passed away on Tuesday, September 21, 2021.

Born in Fort William, ON on February 27, 1925 he was a lifelong resident, attending local schools. He served in the Canadian Navy during WWII as a sailor on the HMCS St. Catherines and was a long time employee of the intercity location of Sears, retiring in 1982.

Predeceased by his wife Esther Holowitz (Silvestri), father and mother Stephen and Ahafia Holowaty, sister and brother-in-law Mary and Dan Mozel (Fort William), brother Joseph Holowitz (Fort William) and nephew-in-law Bill Makiw (Thunder Bay).

He is survived by his son Stephen (Teresa), London ON, daughter Cathy (Doug), Thornbury ON, grandchildren Adam (London ON), Elena (New Westminster BC) and niece Jean Makiw.

Special thanks to Thunder Bay cousins Joanne Walters and Robert Sylvester.

A member of St. Agnes RC Church, the Royal Canadian Legion (Slovak Branch), the Knights of Columbus, and longtime member of the Fort William Country Club and Go-Slow Curling at Fort William Curling Club and the Men’s Bowling League at the Galaxy and Big M Bowl.

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 Parkinson’s Foundation of Canada.

The family would like to thank the staff of Birch Wing – Hogarth Riverview Manor for their compassionate and thoughtful care of Fred, particularly since the passing of Esther last December. The kindness and support of this wonderful team of caregivers will always be remembered by the immediate family.

Condolences may be made through www.nwfainc.com

Mildred A McColl

 

Mildred McColl (nee Bell)

Peacefully at Parkwood Institute on Monday, August 23, 2021, Mildred A. McColl in her 97th year. Beloved wife to the late Donald K. McColl (2008). Loving mother of Janet Stewart (Ron), Wendy MacSween (Rod) of Kincardine, and Donna McColl. Dear Grandma of Sara and Cait Stewart, Suzanne Hallay (Peter) and Scott MacSween (Carmen), and special “Gram” to Lindsay Hall (Nathan). Loving Great Grandma to Mason, Max, Ivy, Carter and Bazil. Cremation has taken place. Guests will be received for visitation at Forest Lawn Funeral Home, 1997 Dundas Street East, London on Monday, August 30 from 7:00-9:00 pm. Following physical distance restrictions, 40 people are allowed for visiting at any given time. We apologize in advance for any delays in entering the funeral home based on the numbers attending. A private Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, August 31, 2021. Please contact the family, if you wish to attend. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Thames Valley Education Foundation or to the Church of the Epiphany.

 

Our Prayers go out to our Muslim Brothers and Sisters

 

 

The Church of the Epiphany the Little Church that Cares has lowered the flag in our Cenotaph in honour of our Muslim brothers and sisters who were so senselessly attacked recently in our great city.

Our Prayers go out for you

 

 

Our prayers

Our prayers are for the young and the innocent.

Our prayers are for the souls leaving us too soon

                                                way to early.

Our prayers are for the lonely

                                    for the souls left behind.

Our prayers are for the grief, for the tears

                                    for the sadness.

Our prayers are for time

                                    time to heal

                                    time to love

                                    time to remember all that is good.

Our prayers are for you

                                    for the laughter

                                    for the happiness

                                    for the joy yet to come.

Our prayers are for you.

 

Epiphany Service For October 31, 2021

 

Image: Crown Fountain by Jaume Plesna in Millennium Park Chicago 

 

The flowers in the church are to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Cliff , given by Heather, Gord, Amanda and Ashley.

**Cenotaph Service.  November 11 at 10:30 a.m.  Outside.  

*Stamps for Christmas Cards Program.  Give your cards and money to Barb.  Forms will be available.  The church gets all the money.  Your letters will be promptly mailed.  Thank you to all involved!!

*Meat and Veg Pies. Sat. Nov. 27. 

*The Manor Park Christmas Post.  Sunday Dec. 12.  3:00 till 4:00 p.m.  featuring Katy Clark, Paul Grambo, Kydra Ryan, Stephen Holowitz and Adam Corrigan Holowitz.  An hour of music , poetry, Stories, comedy for the holiday season.  Tickets 25$  Proceeds to the work of the church.  Seating capacity currently 35. Judy and Bob Tickets.  

*Sandra is selling mint smoothies though.  $2.50

*November 7.  All Saints Day.  Who are you thinking of this year?  Barb will compose our list of names.  Bring a note?

*Calendars are $10 each. There are 4 themes … Best Friends (Dogs), Cats and Kittens, Streams and Lakes, Majestic Sunsets. To order, sign the list at back of church or call 226 – 378 – 1250 or write to judyandbob@rogers.com.

*Bible Study Monday’s 10 a.m.  In the Hall.

*FUNDrive  collection day now moved to November 17.  We are collecting items we normally would have collected for our Spring/Fall 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 green garbage bags and 10 cents a pound for “housewares” in boxes.   (Housewares are things home-related, but NOT furniture).   Thanks Jan for leading in this! Ron (519 472 9142)  Truck? Vehicles?

*Cancelled stamps. Gloria Thompson, Brian Garrett

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

*The Church Website http://www.thechurchofepiphany.com/

*Please Like Our PAGE on Facebook.

*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.  Thank you Dan D. for arranging for the flower dedications.  Thank you to you for being part of our church and for all you do everywhere.

 

Bible Readings for October 31, 2021

Bible Readings for All Saints Day November 01, 2021

 

Audio for October 31 Service

 

 

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 we respond with: And with thy spirit.

 

WE pray:

Source of all being, beginning and end,

we praise you for those who have served you faithfully.

For the sake of Jesus Christ,

replenish our hope in your eternal kingdom,

that we may have life in all its fullness,

unfettered by the fear of death. Amen.

 

Scripture
The Sermon on the Mount

5 Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him.

 

The Beatitudes

2 And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:

 

3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 

4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

 

5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

 

6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

 

7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

 

8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

 

9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons[a] of God.

 

10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 

11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

 

Sermon

A few years ago a group of folks visited war-torn Nicaragua. 

While there, a young man was killed by the Contras. 

 

On the next Sunday a memorial service was held. 

 

During the Communion service there was a pause. 

The congregation was silent. 

 

Then someone called out a the  young man’s name.

 

In one voice everyone responded, 

“Presente!”

 

Another name was called out.

 Once again the response was, 

“Presente!”

 

During the service at least twenty names were called out 

each time the same response: 

“Presente!”

 

The visitors

 did not understand what was happening

 

Then they realized that all the names 

were those of persons who had died. 

 

“Presente” is used by school children 

to answer roll call. 

 

At the Lord’s table the word “presente” 

means “in our midst” 

or “present with us.”

 

 Shouting “Presente!” 

in this worship service

 was a way of proclaiming 

the reality of the communion of saints.

 

 Although those persons named 

had all died, 

their presence and influence was still felt.

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Today we celebrate All Saints Sunday.

 

We remember

and give thanks 

for those persons 

who have influenced our lives, 

whose presence is still felt in our lives 

Even though now they rest from their labours….

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From the beatitudes

We learn about saints,

Who are not perfect…

But…

 

SAINTS ARE PERSONS, FIRST OF ALL, 

WHO LIVE THEIR LIVES TRUSTING NOTHING 

OTHER THAN GOD.

 

“Jesus is praising the virtues of faith in God. 

 

God is our ultimate source of security. 

 

We think if we have enough money, 

enough land,

enough possessions, 

we will be in control of our lives. 

We will be protected. 

We will have security. 

 

We fool ourselves…

 

There are times

 when only faith in God will pull us through.

 

A young pastor tells about the most devastating event of his life ” 

the death of his mother. 

 

His mother was a beautiful person, 

this pastor writes, 

because of her deep faith in God 

and her commitment to her family.

 

 She never complained about her life

 being cut short at the age of forty-nine. 

 

Throughout her illness,

 his mother would say,

 “I thank God for my family and my life.” 

Even though she was passing.

his mother radiated the joy 

that comes from placing her total trust in God.

 

 Each morning her husband would say to her, 

“This is the day which the Lord has made!” 

And courageously, 

she would respond, 

“Let us rejoice and be glad in it!” 

 

That is saint-like faith ”

 living life trusting

 nothing other than God.

 

SAINTS ARE ALSO PERSONS WHO SUBMIT THEIR WILL 

TO THE WILL OF GOD.

 

“Blessed are the meek,” said Jesus, 

“for they will inherit the earth.”

 

 In the original Greek “meek” meant literally the “tamed” 

or the “broken” 

(as a horse is green broke). 

 

a “meek” or “gentled” horse 

trusts their person.

 

So for us,

meekness is a matter of submission to God’s will. 

 

We can rest assured that God will take care of us.

 

William Hinson recalls the time 

When the family got a  tiny  puppy. 

 

When they got home Dr. Hinson decided 

 to build a dog house

 for the new puppy to live in. 

 

But as it turned out,

 In fact the house was too large for the small dog.

 

The size of the dog house scared the little puppy.

 

No matter what they did

 the little dog would not go near the dog house. 

They would put his food in there, 

the dog would go hungry;

 

 they would put water in there, 

the dog would not drink.

 

 “In exasperation,” Dr. Hinson admits, 

“I would shove him in and hold my hands over the door; 

but the minute I would move, 

he would run out, 

all frightened.”

 

 Nothing worked. 

 

The little dog would not go into his dog house

 no matter what they did to entice him.

 

In disgust, Dr. Hinson 

sat down in the den 

while his daughter, Cathy,

 stood in the family room crying over her dad’s impatience.

 

Crying overthe refusal of her puppy to cooperate. 

 

After a while, 

Cathy got down on her hands and knees 

and crawled into the dog house herself. 

 

When she crawled into it 

something wonderful happened. 

 

That little puppy trotted right in beside her

stretched out on the dog house floor. 

 

Before too long the dog was taking a nap. 

 

All the fear was taken out of the darkness,

 because the one whom he loved 

one whom he trusted 

had preceded him into that dark and frightening place.

 It no longer caused him fear. 

 

There’s a lesson here for us. 

We can trust God knowing that God loves us. 

Wherever He leads us, He will be with us. 

We don’t have to enter dark dog houses alone. 

Saints trust in God and God alone.

 Saints submit their will to God’s will.

 

FINALLY, SAINTS ARE PEOPLE WHO, 

NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS, 

STAND FIRM IN FAITH.

 

 Jesus knew that living the kind of life 

that he outlined would be difficult. 

In his final beatitude Jesus tried

 to warn the disciples the loving life

 is sometimes very challenging,

yet important.

 

Faithfulness to God’s loving ways

Is so important.

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All through the ages 

there have been saints who 

have suffered because of their loving caring ways. 

 

They did not waver in the face of adversity. 

 

Such persons are examples for us. 

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When Margaret Helminski was seven, 

she received a gift from her grandmother.

 

 It was a tiny cross on a wisp of gold chain

 so fine, its weight was barely perceptible.

 

 “Never forget what this cross means,”

 her grandmother said as she fastened it 

carefully around Margaret’s neck.

 

Over the years, Margaret says, 

that cross became a part of her. 

 

She could look at herself in the mirror 

and not even see it.

 

As a graduate psychology student,

 she took a job tutoring at a school for children

working on behavior problems. 

 

On her first day there, 

the head counselor said that three of the children

 had asked her to go with them to lunch.

 

She swallowed hard. 

She desperately needed this job 

so she fought back the fear.

 

She walked with her charges to the dining hall.

 

They got their food.

Then they made their way to a table.

The children took their seats. 

 

Margaret picked up her fork 

was about to take the first bite

 when she noticed that all three children

 were looking at her.

 

“What’s the matter?” she asked.

 

“Aren’t you going to ask a blessing?” asked eight-year-old Peter.

 

“I didn’t think I was supposed to,” she responded. 

“This is a public school”

 

“Yes,” said David, his blue eyes brimming, “but you wear a cross.”

 

Her grandmother’s words surged to the surface of her memory.

 “Never forget what this cross means,” her grandmother said.

 

The children needed her to be a saint,

To be faithful to God.

Someone the light shines through.

We have  known a few saints in my time, haven’t we? 

Some of them are now with God. 

Saints are not perfect people, 

but they are faithful. 

 

They blessed our life. 

 

On this All Saints Day 

We say one thing in their behalf. 

“Presente!”

Hymn  For All the Saints 

For all the saints, who from their labors rest,

who thee by faith before the world confessed,

thy name, O Jesus, be forever bless’d.

Alleluia, alleluia!

Thou wast their rock, their refuge, and their might,

thou, Christ, the hope that put their fears to flight;

’mid gloom and doubt, their true and shining light.

Alleluia, alleluia!

Oh, bless’d communion, fellowship divine!

We feebly struggle, they in glory shine,

yet all are one in thee, for all are thine.

Alleluia, alleluia!

The golden evening brightens in the west.

Soon, soon to faithful servants cometh rest.

Sweet is the calm of paradise the bless’d.

Alleluia, alleluia!

But lo! There breaks a yet more glorious day;

the saints triumphant rise in bright array,

as God to glory calls them all away.

Alleluia, alleluia!

From earth’s wide bounds, from ocean’s farthest coast,

through gates of pearl streams in the countless host,

*all praising Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Alleluia, alleluia!

 Let us take a few moments to call 

to mind those saints we think of this day.

 

Presente.

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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:

All blessing, honor, and glory,

all wisdom, praise, and thanks be yours,

O God of our salvation!

We pray in communion with all the saints on earth and heaven,

with the martyrs and the faithful in all ages,

and in the name of the Lamb who was slain,

who alone is worthy of worship.

 

Prayers  Donna Mc (Ron and Jan); Debbie H (Lorenz)Karen T.;Bill, Sheila, Jessica, Sonya, Jamie (Peter); Grace L.; Hope (Marilyn B.) ;   Bob R.; Zac; Peter T.;  Mark Mc; Dan B.;. (Garfield & Diane); Velma H.; Zaden; Kendra; (Gloria); Shirley P.; Helen, Debrah G.,and Regina G (Pat M.);  Linda; Dean; Allan; Aunt Frankie; (Brian G.); Brian; Marcel D.; Tara; Jeff B.; Nicole; Shelley (Sandra); 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); Valerie (Carol F.); Pat and Tony  (Marilyn B.); Melanie; Marlene H. Pam B. (Barb & George);  
Lynda D. (Mary Beth & Paul); Jean (Bruce J.); Brian (Jeanne); Jacquie and Cam D.; Diana, Ian, Edna, Mat-thew & Annika;   David & Lyla ;   Janice L & Darrin R;  Roland & Pansy V;  Clark & Helene (Suzie D)

 

Bless us with your healing presence;

make us hungry for justice;

strengthen our faith;

and increase our love for others,

especially those we find it most difficult to love. 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.

 

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.

 

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