Many thanks go out to Anne Ross and Kent and Bonnie Jones for taking the time and sharing their gifts of creativity with us in doing some seasonal decorating. Thanksgiving weekend often marks the change in season as we go from summer into a canvas of beautiful pastel colours that prepare us for the winter. Our minds are full of the memories of summer and special times with family and friends through our vacation time. School has begun and the preparation for winter is well underway. Lawnmowers are being put away and Snowblowers are being dragged out to be in position near the driveway. Flower beds are being put in condition for the winter, boats are out of the water and winterized. Tools are being shifted around in the garden shed. What do you do to get ready for the winter?
This is a great time to reflect on all that God has provided in the season of growing and recreation and for how he is preparing us for the long winter. Take a moment to utter a prayer. Maybe it is just in silence by yourself. Maybe it is around a family table. But do it. Give thanks for the provision. Give thanks for Family and Friends. Give thanks for our freedom to worship. Give thanks for our Nation. Give thanks for all our hard won freedoms and liberties.
If there are not special envelopes available for your special Thanksgiving offering (due to the book store being closed this week) please simply mark the outside of your regular envelope with the portion of your total offering that is over and above your regular giving as “Thanksgiving”
Rector of Renforth
Here are the details. After a short (45 min) service.
Please organize your selves into groups as quickly as possible.
*Every person matters Young or old.
*Prayer is the “work” of the Church.
*We are praying “on site with insight”
*Ask God to prepare your heart to “listen” as well as to help you pray
*Prayer is a two way communication.
At approximately 11:15 we will depart in groups to the following places.
Places to pray.
1 Dorothy Buckley’s home overlooking the entire parish. (Max 6)
2 Walking through K-Park
3 Walking along Rothesay Road and along the Shore Road.
4 At the top of the Fox Farm Road. Entrance to the community.
5. Walking or Driving through some of the side streets as the spirit leads
What to Pray
Lord Reveal your heart for this place
Lord what have you already begun?
Lord show us where to join you
When to eat and share
Please return to the Rectory by 12:15 at the latest.
We have asked people to bring a salad or a dessert to share.
Eric will have corn and hot dogs ready to serve. We will eat and then share and note our impressions.
We should be done at about 1:30
Thankyou so much for coming out last night to our discussion. Your input was valuable to me and also to Bishop David. It was valuable to me because it showed me the range of thinking and feeling for the parish, which is likely not much different for the Diocese. Some want and need more information. Some continue to struggle with what they will do either in the near future or in three years time. Some have worked out a way to deal with the issue. Some have remained silent.
David’s message to us was clear. He is the bishop of the whole diocese, the mission of Christ is the most important thing and we need to continue to listen to each other and process this. It has wide ranging effects that have not been fully considered.
There will be more to come. In two weeks time the Delegates to Synod will meet meet in fredericton to do much the same thing that we did. Out of that will emerg some kind of way to process all of this. I urge your full participation as we go forward. Surely our parish is worth this effort.
David has Called us to remain in unity for the sake of the Gospel and I call you to that as well.
I would also commend to your reading the work that Chris Smith did in commenting on the report “This Holy Estate”. If you would like to read it then email me or Chris and we will send it to you. There will also be a copy in the church narthex.
Both documents are available below
The last days of our summer are upon us and it is time to make plans for the fall season. Here are some tentative dates and activities. If these fall in conflict with other events that you know about please let me know so we can change them if prudent.
Meeting with the Bishop on September 8th. This is to discuss the decision of General Synod to change the Canon on Marriage. I believe as does our Bishop that the Synod has made a serious mistake here. The question is, what do we do about it? Come and let’s sit down and have a conversation. 7:00 in the Church for All
Annual Parish Prayer walk Sept 25th (Bridgetown service at 9:30) and Corn boil on the Rectory Lawn. We have done this several times now and always with real results (Renforth Wharf Days, Health Wellness and Safety ministry to Seniors) We will combine this with Bridgetown at 9:30 and follow it up with a Corn-boil on the lawn to discuss our impressions from God after our time of prayer. We will have a short service at 10:30 and then be sent out to pray.
Feast of Francis of Assisi October 4th CBZ. As you know by now things have changed at the Zoo. Largly because of the ministry of Prayer. Last year a small group of us went on this day and sang to the staff and animals as we toured the zoo. The tiger was particularly impacted by the worship songs. Come and join us this year as we bless God’s creation. Time TBA
Alpha Film Series will begin Sunday Evening October 9th. The new Alpha Film series is completed and we will be running it from the Rectory once again. If we have more than 10 sign up we will either split the venue/night or hold it at the Church. Sign up and or invite someone. Watch for my social media boots regarding this.