Monthly Archives: June 2021


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 Sep 26, 2021

 

The flowers in the Sanctuary today are to the Glory of God and in loving memory of dear parents Leon and Stella; brothers Tom and Art Ouellette and sister Laura, given by Terry Ouellette.

*Fundraiser Calendars for sale $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  
To see what they look like check out our Calendar Page.

*Concert featuring  Denise Pelley, Stephen Holowitz and Adam Corrigan-Holowitz called To You With Love From Down the Street. Inspirational music from Denise and stories about Manor Park from Adam. Saturday October 2 at 7:30 pm and Sunday October 3 at 2:00 pm.  Tickets in advance.  Seats of groups.  Tickets are $25. Proceeds to the work of the church. 

*Tea and Talk postponed till the new year.

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

*FUNDrive  Load out Wed. November 17.  We are collecting clothing, shoes, purses back-packs, etc (software), also houseware, dishes, utensils, small kitchen appliances and tools (no furniture or large items). Thanks Jan for leading in this! Ron (519 472 9142) Truck.

*Cancelled stamps. Gloria Thompson.

*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.  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 Sep 26

 

Audio for Sep 26 Service

 

Back of the Bulletin:

A teenage boy had just passed his driving test and inquired of his father as to when they could discuss his use of the car.

The father offered his son the following deal.

“You bring your grades up from a C to a B average, study your Bible a little and get your hair cut.  Then we’ll talk about the car.”

The boy thought about that for a moment, decided he’d settle for the offer and they agreed on it.

After about six weeks his father said, “Son, you’ve brought your grades up and I’ve observed that you have been studying your Bi-ble, but I ’m disappointed you haven’t had your hair cut.”

The boy said, “You know, Dad, I’ve been thinking about that, and I ’ve noticed in my studies of the Bible that Samson had long hair, John the Baptist had long hair, Moses had long hair, and there’s even strong evidence that Jesus had long hair.”

Got to love the Dad’s reply – “Did you also notice they all walked everywhere they went?”

 

 

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:

Holy Wisdom,

you granted Solomon’s request

for an understanding mind

and the knowledge to discern good from evil.

Fill us with such understanding and knowledge

that we may act as instruments

of your loving desire for creation,

working with you to transform

our conceit into concern for others,

our fear into love,

our violence into peace,

and our brokenness into wholeness. Amen.

 

Mark 9:38-50

9:38 John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.”

9:39 But Jesus said, “Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me.

9:40 Whoever is not against us is for us.

9:41 For truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will by no means lose the reward.

9:42 “If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea.

9:43 If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than to have two hands and to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire.

9:45 And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame than to have two feet and to be thrown into hell.

9:47 And if your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and to be thrown into hell,

9:48 where their worm never dies, and the fire is never quenched.

9:49 “For everyone will be salted with fire.

9:50 Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”

 

Sermon Mark 9:38-50

A few years ago, there was a Mensa convention in San Francisco. 

Mensa, of course, is an organization whose members have an IQ of 140 or higher.

 Several of the Mensa members were lunching at a local cafe. 

While dining,

they discovered that their saltshaker contained pepper and their pepper shaker was full of salt. 

The Mensa members, being naturally inquisitive, began to question how they could they swap the contents of the two bottles without spilling any of the contents,

using only the implements at hand. 

After all, this was clearly a job for the best minds available.

 

The group debated and presented ideas, 

finally came up with a brilliant solution involving a napkin, 

a straw, and an empty saucer.

 

 They called the waitress to their table—

convinced that they would dazzle her with their solution.

 

“Ma’am,” they said, 

“the pepper shaker contains salt and the saltshaker contains pepper.

 

“Oh,” said the waitress when they finally got her attention.

 “Sorry about that.

” Without further comment, she unscrewed the caps of both bottles, 

switched the caps, and then said,

“Will that be one check or separate checks?”  

 

I guess the Mensa members learned something

 about the worth of common sense that day . . .

===

BUT…

Let’s talk about saltshakers for a few moments today.

==

Jesus described his followers as the salt of the earth 

in Matthew 5:13: “You are the salt of the earth,” he said.

 “But if the salt loses its saltiness,

 how can it be made salty again? 

It is no longer good for anything, 

except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

===

In those days, 

salt was a really valuable commodity. 

Salt was valuable for two reasons: 

as a preservative for food 

and to enhance the flavor of food. 

 

We all know how essential salt is for enhancing the taste of food. 

On some of our most popular foods, 

salt really brings out the flavor.

==

In 1853 George Crum,

 a chef in New York,

 accidentally invented a popular new dish. 

 

An annoying patron kept sending his French fried potatoes

 back to the kitchen because they were soggy. 

 

In an attempt to teach the customer a lesson,

 Crum sliced the fries extra thin, 

fried them to a crisp and drowned them in salt. 

 

To his surprise, 

the complaining customer actually liked the converted fries.

 

Thus, potato chips were born.

 

What would potato chips taste like without salt? 

Or how about French fries, for that matter? 

Or popcorn? 

 

Obviously, we can overindulge in salt,

 but few of us voluntarily 

go on a completely salt-free diet.

==

When Christ said that we are the salt of the earth, 

perhaps he was saying that we should bring flavor to life 

as he brought flavor to life.

 

==

Wait a minute:

How do we bring flavor to people’s lives? 

 

We do it by showing them genuine concern.

 We add to life when

 let someone know that somebody cares for them.

==

One Saturday in a small town in Michigan there was a 5K footrace. 

This footrace featured different age classes of runners. 

A nine-year-old boy in the race named Boden 

was showing signs of fatigue.  

Behind him a 19-year-old boot camp recruit, 

Myles Kerr,

 

Myles noticed that Boden was struggling.  

 

Myles offered him some encouragement.  

Boden looked up at Myles and asked, 

“Will you please run with me?” 

 

As you may  know, 

soldiers don’t leave their fallen buddies behind, 

even if they’re only 9-years-old.

 

It took almost 36 minutes for Boden and Kyle 

to run that 5K race together. 

 

Their story was carried on the Facebook page, 

which added these words: 

 

 “By his unwavering commitment to help those in need 

through his ability to inspire others

 by his unequivocal level of motivation, 

Myles Kerr  was keeping in the highest traditions of the Military.” 

=Pause

 

That’s the first thing that salt does. 

Salt brings flavor to food. 

 

Traditionally, however, 

salt has played an even more important role

 in the lives of human beings. 

 

For many generations

 it was the only real preservative humanity 

had for food. 

 

Indeed, before the modern miracle of refrigeration, 

people were quite limited in the foods 

they could enjoy 

because they were limited in preserving food—

 

In his book Salt for Society, 

author W. Phillip Keller recounts many of his experiences

 as a youngster growing up in East Africa. 

 

His family lived at the equator

 under severe tropical conditions. 

 

There was no refrigeration available to them

 for the first eighteen years of his life.  

 

As a result, 

his family had no way of preserving food. 

 

So like so many generations before them, 

they used salt to preserve their food.  

 

Keller recalls how tons and tons of 

beef, lamb and wild game were cut up into slender strips 

of flesh that were soaked in salt solution. 

 

Then those strips would be hung to dry 

in the fierce sunlight, 

becoming what we would call “Jerky.”  

 

Keller never took anything but “Jerky”

 with him when he went anywhere.  

 

It made for a light but nourishing meal.  

Salt both preserved the food in the intense heat 

Those jerky foods also offered great strength when eaten. 

==

That’s always been so. 

 

Salt was so valuable that soldiers of the Roman Empire 

received an allowance of salt 

as part of their pay 

(the origin of the English word salary).

 

Salt has been considered very valuable

 even in our land all the way up current times.

 

Think of the lucrative salt mines at Goderich.

 

We simply cannot over emphasize 

how important salt was to earlier societies,

including our own. 

 

The question is: 

how do we as followers of Christ 

serve as salt in our time? 

 

Here is one answer: 

Are we not those who have been entrusted with the task 

of preserving for future generations

 the ideas of  love  of Jesus Christ?

 

 Isn’t that the essential task of the people of Christ—

to be a witness toChrist’s presence in the world?

 

==

 

A few years ago, a book came out

 titled Out of the Saltshaker 

and Into the World.

 

The author’s  thesis is,

 “Salt is good, 

but if salt stays in the saltshaker, 

what good is it?”

 

 How can it flavor life

 if it stays in the saltshaker? 

 

How can it preserve food 

if it stays in the shaker? 

 

How can it take away slippery slopes

If it stays in the salt shaker….ummmm…. container.

 

How do we get the salt that will change our world 

out of the saltshaker? 

 

Simple– for followers of Jesus 

To love the world.

 

We are salt

by each of us drawing closer to Christ

so that his love will radiate out through us. 

 

We like salt are not noticed

 till we are missing…

 

Like Salt.

We change the world quietly, without much fanfare. 

 

 

 

Hymn

 

 

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:

Lord God, friend of those in need,

your Son Jesus has untied our burdens

and healed our spirits.

We lift up the prayers of our hearts for those still burdened,

those seeking healing,

those in need within the church and the world.

 

Prayers   Velma H.; Zaden; Kendra; (Gloria); Shirley P.; Helen, Debrah G.,and Regina G (Pat M.);  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.  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.) ;  Valerie (Carol F.); Pat and Tony  (Marilyn B.); Melanie; Marlene H. Pam B. (Barb & George); Bill, Sheila, Jessica, Sonya, Jamie(Peter);    Lynda D . (Mary Beth & Paul); Jean (Bruce J.); Brian (Jeanne); 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)

 

We remember and pray for Mildred McColl and all who mourn her passing, especially Jan and Ron and their entire family. 

 

We remember and pray for Margaret Edmondson and all who mourn her passing, especially Suzanne, Ian and the entire family.

 

We remember and pray for Fred Holowitz and all who mourn his passing, especially Stephen, Teresa, and Adam.

 

Hear our prayers

that we may love you with our whole being

and willingly share the concerns of our neighbors. 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.