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Online Worship Coordinates & News - 27 June 2020

posted 27 Jun 2020, 07:14 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 27 Jun 2020, 07:35 ]

Worship Online with St. Anne's for the 4th Sunday after Pentecost - 2020


Dear Friends,

Please join us for worship this weekend. The worship video stands on its own as a time of personal worship. Or watch it as "Part 1" and join us online for "Part 2" - interactive community worship on Zoom every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. We welcome everyone!

WORSHIP THIS SUNDAY
Sunday, June 28 - 4th Sunday after Pentecost

-->VIDEO
Sunday Worship Video - now available for viewing:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbYjIDwIobU

All past videos continue to be available

-->ZOOM (Sunday 10:30 a.m.)
*Sunday Bulletin download at the bottom of this webpage
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87253067522
Meeting ID: 872 5306 7522
Request Password: pastor@saintanne.ca 

You are also welcome to join by phone:
        +1 647 558 0588 Canada
        +1 778 907 2071 Canada
        +1 438 809 7799 Canada
        +1 587 328 1099 Canada
        +1 647 374 4685 Canada
 
About this Sunday's Worship Video

Scriptures: Jeremiah 28:5-9; Matthew 10:40-42

Sermon: The Rev. Canon Gary van der Meer

Themes: 
A Cup of Cold Water - for everyone in the struggle - Pride, National Indigenous History Month, Canada Day, Black Lives Matter

Guest Interview: Marit Stiles, MPP Davenport

Check Out: Hummingbird Moths, Canada Geese

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Shaping a Just Recovery in Davenport
St. Anne's hosted our first online forum in June, bringing together panelists: Vivian Recollet, leader of the Niwiin Wendaanamak (Four Winds) Indigenous Health and Wellness Program at the Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre; Richard Steinecke, Past Chair, Oasis Dufferin Community Centre; Claire-Helene Heese-Boutin, Co-ordinator of Community Development, West Neighbourhood House. We are grateful to our partners: Green Wave West and the Davenport Mutual Aid Network. 

Watch the video here: 

Save the Date for Part 2: Thursday July 9, 7:00 p.m.

Friendship Gifts for Residents of St. Anne's Place

This week, we made gift bags for our neighbours, the -- residents of the tower next door. Originally built by St. Anne's Church as a seniors building, St. Anne's Place has been a LOFT residence since 2000. St. Anne's has had weekly worship in the building all through the years (pre-COVID) and many residents also consider the congregation to be their church family. What a wonderful day!







SUBMISSIONS


-->from Randy Williams: Tribute Song for George Floyd

Angel Lite Carlos - "I can't breathe"

...and there are more: 
--> From Hannah Johnston - re policing
'Toronto City Councillors Josh Matlow and Kristyn Wong-Tam are bringing a motion at the end of June to defund the City’s Police Force by 10% and invest the savings in community resources such as education, youth programming and mental health care. You can read more about the motion, and sign a petition in support of it here. You can also use this template to email or call your City Council Member to ask them to support the motion. The deadline is June 29th.’

--> From Sharon Walter - "It was God's Grace" 
        By the Nova Scotia Mass Choir


Thanks for reading, and I hope to see you soon!

Gary+

The Rev. Canon Gary van der Meer
Incumbent - St. Anne's Anglican Church
Interfaith Officer - Anglican Diocese of Toronto

270 Gladstone Ave, Toronto  M6J 3L6
church (416) 536-3160  
pastoral care emergencies (416) 455-2609

Invitation to Worship Online - 21 June 2020

posted 20 Jun 2020, 19:41 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 21 Jun 2020, 05:50 ]

Worship Online with St. Anne's for the 3rd Sunday after Pentecost 2020


Hello Friends,
With apologies for the delay, this Sunday's worship video is ready to be viewed.

WORSHIP THIS SUNDAY
Sunday, June 21 - 3rd Sunday after Pentecost


--> Join us on Zoom as we continue our Sunday worship Service at 10:30 a.m.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81420739030 Meeting ID: 814 2073 9030
Email to request password: pastor@saintanne.ca

You are also welcome to join by phone:
        +1 647 558 0588 Canada
        +1 778 907 2071 Canada
        +1 438 809 7799 Canada
        +1 587 328 1099 Canada
        +1 647 374 4685 Canada

With best wishes,
Gary+

--
The Rev. Canon Gary van der Meer
Incumbent - St. Anne's Anglican Church
Interfaith Officer - Anglican Diocese of Toronto

Let's Stay Connected - e-newsletter - 18 June 2020

posted 18 Jun 2020, 07:57 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 18 Jun 2020, 13:36 ]


Dear Friends,

Please join us for worship this Sunday. Note our changed worship times. The Worship Video is available on YouTube as of Saturday 12:00 noon. We meet online on Zoom on Sunday 10:30 a.m.

Here are the coordinates to join us:

WORSHIP THIS SUNDAY
Sunday, June 21 - 3rd Sunday after Pentecost
Scriptures (for your advance reflection): Jeremiah 20:7-13; Matthew 10:24-39. Preacher: The Rev. Canon Gary van der Meer

--> Join us for the video uploaded to our YouTube Channel on Saturday 12:00 noon:    
https://www.youtube.com/user/saintannetoronto
All St. Anne's Worship Videos are available to be watched at any time.

--> Join us on Zoom as we continue our Sunday worship Service at 10:30 a.m.
https://us02whttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/81420739030 Meeting ID: 814 2073 9030
Email pastor@saintanne.ca to request password

You are also welcome to join by phone:
        +1 647 558 0588 Canada
        +1 778 907 2071 Canada
        +1 438 809 7799 Canada
        +1 587 328 1099 Canada
        +1 647 374 4685 Canada

*We look forward to welcoming Archbishop Linda Nicholls on Sunday, June 14 - both on YouTube and on Zoom.

ST. ANNE'S VIDEOS
All the St. Anne's videos continue to be available for you to watch at any time. You will find them here:

CALLING ALL VIDEOGRAPHERS    
If you have a phone and you like to take pictures, please help with the St. Anne's Worship Videos! The weekly prayers feature God's Creation aka NATURE. This is great preparation for our arts festival about the environment - we hope it happens this fall but stay tuned as the response to coronavirus evolves. 

In the meantime, let's enjoy the Earth. Make video in movie format - with your phone on it's side to get the same rectangle aspect you see in the cinema. Birds, flowers, pondlife, cows, horses, cats and dogs, even praying (or is it preying) mantises! 

Please be in touch if you have beautiful nature ideas for future videos: pastor@saintanne.ca


CALLING ALL READERS
The worship video features a "Community Reading." That's a mashup of a bunch of us reading. Plus friends from the community. For example, this Sunday's video includes our city councillor (and Deputy Mayor) Ana Bailao and Michael Steinecke, the executive director of the Oasis Dufferin Community Centre (the food bank supported by St. Anne's. Guests are mixed in with our friends at St. Anne's - and you too can read! 

Please be in touch if you would like to try it: pastor@saintanne.ca

FUNERAL BULLETIN FOR MERLINE SKEETE

This week, we gave thanks to God for the life of Merline Skeete. She was well-loved by the people of St. Anne's. In place of attending the funeral (restricted at this time of coronavirus), we are able to remember Merline with the photos and tributes especially added toe the funeral bulletin. The bulletin is attached - as we read, may we also pray for her and her family. Thank God for such a beautiful person. 

MUSIC MONDAY
Each week, we upload a video of music in the church. This week, listen to St. Anne's parishioner Peter Gorman's rendition of Billy Taylor's "I wish I know how it would feel to be Free." Originally recorded in November 1963, it became an unofficial anthem of the Civil Rights Movement. So appropriate for us today, given current events. Listen Here.

TOUR TUESDAY


Each week, we share a virtual tour of the church. How appropriate, in Pride Month, that we celebrate the famous same-sex couple, Frances Loring and Florence Wyle, creators of the Gospel Medallions in the dome of the church. Tour Leader Robin Sewell gives us a fantastic 5-minutes of beauty and history. Watch it here.

MESSY CHURCH PLAYDATE
We learned a prayer to say before meals. Try it - every time you eat. This is one that has stood the test of time, known by parents and grandparents, and worth teaching in your home:


We are learning a new game at Messy Church. It's called Scribbl and you can find it at http://ww25.scribbl.io/ Check it out and join us on Tuesday 5:00 p.m.

Here are the Zoom coordinates:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89687045570
Meeting ID: 896 8704 5570
Request Password pastor@saintanne.ca
FATHER'S DAY
Honouring Fathers - a celebration on Zoom. Bring a photo of your father (or bring your father)! For those whose fathers have departed this life, we will share memories with reverence and light a candle in loving memory. We will chat briefly about the metaphor of Father for God, just as appropriate as talking about Mother for God on Mother's Day. 

But the focus will be our human fathers! We will offer our gratitude and blessing, including raising a glass to honour the fathers who join us!

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84063707290
Meeting ID: 840 6370 7290
Email to Request Password - pastor@saintanne.ca

SUBMISSIONS
From Hannah Johnston - Bystander Training

'Bystander Intervention Training’ uses principles of non-violence to teach people to go from ‘bystanders’ - people who watch an attack or harassment taking place and feel powerless to do anything about it, to ‘upstanders’ - people who have the skills and confidence to intervene to support the targeted person and de-escalate the situation. This training was excellent! It was organised by the Toronto Chapter of the National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC), and there is a brief introduction from them about Ontario’s history of discrimination against Japanese people, and the rise of hate crimes against Asian people during COVID 19. The main presentation begins at the 19 minute mark, and is a one hour training, delivered by the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), a US based advocacy group. The techniques taught in the training could be used when witnessing any hate crime assault in public, be it racist, homophobic, Islamophobic, or sexual harassment. They also talk about how some of the same principles can be applied when witnessing Police brutality. 

Johnny and Hannah attended this training online and recommend it:

Hannah: I have also been made aware of the following upcoming online trainings from a different organisation, focusing specifically on Upstander Intervention to prevent Police Brutality and Anti-Black Racist Harassment. Follow this link to sign up to attend online:


Invitation to Worship Online - 14 June 2020

posted 13 Jun 2020, 09:17 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 13 Jun 2020, 09:18 ]

Worship Online with St. Anne's for Corpus Christi Sunday



Hello Friends,

Please join our St. Anne's Community for worship today!

Sunday June 14 - CORPUS CHRISTI SUNDAY - ARCHBISHOP LINDA NICHOLLS
This is a 37-minute video.

See the video here: https://youtu.be/CPjjvrll03U

The worship service continues Sunday June 14, at 10:30 a.m. PLEASE NOTE THAT CHANGE IN TIME GOING FORWARD - THE SERVICE IS NO LONGER AT 2:00 P.M.

--> Join us on Zoom as we continue our Sunday worship Service at 10:30 a.m.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81689933988 Meeting ID: 816 8993 3988 Email pastor@saintanne.ca to request password.

You are also welcome to join us by telephone - try the following numbers:
 +1 647 558 0588
 +1 778 907 2071
 +1 438 809 7799
 +1 587 328 1099
 +1 647 374 4685 

BULLETIN ATTACHED BELOW
*Please note that on Zoom, we will be sharing food and drink using the Agapé Liturgy created by St. Aidan's Anglican Church.

God's peace be with you,

Gary+

Let's Stay Connected - e-newsletter - 11 June 2020

posted 13 Jun 2020, 07:57 by Gary van der Meer


Dear Friends, 
 
We are making some changes! 
 
Thanks to warm weather and gradual reopening of the province, people are encouraged to go outside! 
We are changing our worship times starting this weekend.
  • 10:30 a.m. - Worship on Zoom.
  • 12:00 noon Saturday - Worship video available on YouTube.
See more updates below:
Shaping a Just Recovery in Davenport: TONIGHT
- Anti-Racism Teach-In: TONIGHT
- Rest in Peace: Merline Skeete - See funeral information


WORSHIP THIS SUNDAY
Sunday, June 14 - Corpus Christi
Archbishop Linda Nicholls, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada - on both YouTube and Zoom.

--> Join us for the video uploaded to our YouTube Channel on Saturday 12:00 noon:    
https://www.youtube.com/user/saintannetoronto
All St. Anne's Worship Videos are available to be watched at any time.

--> Join us on Zoom as we continue our Sunday worship Service at 10:30 a.m.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81689933988
Meeting ID: 816 8993 3988
Password: 460915

About Corpus Christi
The Feast of the Eucharist - the Body and Blood of Christ is normally observed at St. Anne's with an outdoor procession. We follow the cross and the consecrated bread and wine out of the church to receive communion on the front steps. We re-enter the church for the conclusion of the service. 

Our Bishops have declared a pause in celebrating the Eucharist due to COVID-19 and have further declared that "Virtual Eucharist" cannot be consecrated remotely over the internet. We have to be together for it to be the Eucharist. Logically, it turns out we need to gather in a place to be together. There is a serious theological rationale for the church to gather in a dedicated building. Read about it here.

This Sunday, we are borrowing another ancient tradition known as the Agapé Liturgy or Love Feast. We eat together as support, friendship, and commitment to love our neighbours. Plan to have some food and drink ready to eat together on Zoom on Sunday morning. It could be toast and water, bagel and coffee, yogourt and OJ.... It is not the Eucharist. But it is eating together as a blessing and a peace meal.

We are borrowing the liturgy from another parish, St. Aidan's Anglican Church in the Beach neighbourhood of Toronto. This is an experiment and you will be invited to share your written feedback about this experience. 
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS

Shaping a Just Recovery in Davenport - THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 7:00 PM
St. Anne's has brought together several organizations to prepare for a more just future - how to make our community more resilient:  just, green, equitable - after COVID-19. 

Our Partners: Green Wave West and the Davenport Mutual Aid Network

Our Panelists
1. Vivian Recollet, leader of the Niwiin Wendaanamak (Four Winds) Indigenous Health and Wellness Program at the Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre
2. Richard Steinecke, Past Chair, Oasis Dufferin Community Centre
3. Claire-Helene Heese-Boutin, Co-ordinator of Community Development, West Neighbourhood House

Our Host:
Peter Gorman, Churchwarden and Chair of St. Anne's Social Justice & Advocacy Committee

This is a FREE EVENT but you do need a ticket to participate. * GET YOUR TICKETS HERE *

Our Church continues to Address Systemic Racism
  1. Learn how to be an Upstander: Bystander Intervention Training. An Upstander is commonly defined as someone who speaks out or acts in support of a cause or intervenes on behalf of an individual who is being attacked or bullied. Toronto-based training is sponsored by the National Association of Japanese Canadians and the Council on American Islamic Relations. http://www.torontonajc.ca/
    More information to follow from Hannah Johnston

  2. Anti-Racism Teach In: Leadnow and our friends at 350 Canada and Climate Action Network are hosting a teach-in this Thursday, June 11th at 4pm PT / 7pm ET — to come together to learn about the moment we’re in and why anti-racism is crucial to tackle the climate emergency and for a Just Recovery from COVID-19. 
    https://act.leadnow.ca/anti-racism-teach-in/
    Submitted by Randy Williams

  3. Rename Dundas Street: An online petition calling for a Toronto-area street to be renamed has garnered more than 3,000 signatures. Dundas Street, which runs through Toronto and several other southern Ontario cities, was named after Henry Dundas, an 18th-century politician who delayed Britain's abolition of slavery by 15 years. The petition to rename Dundas Street argues that street names and monuments should "reflect our values and priorities." Here are a few comments from Twitter:

    Andrea Horwath: Henry Dundas blocked the abolition of slavery in the UK by years, a delay that cost tens of thousands of lives. Removing his name to reflect our values isn't about rewriting shameful history — we can't do that. It's about rewriting our present day. Rename Dundas Street.

    Elamin Abdelmahmoud: On street names and monuments: Toronto's Dundas Street is named after Henry Dundas, the 1st Viscount Melville. Dundas added an amendment to a slavery-abolishing bill, suggesting it be "gradually" abolished. His amendment led to 630,000 slaves waiting 15 more years for freedom.

    Sofi Papamarko: Suggestion: let's rename Dundas St. to Desmond St. in honour of Viola Desmond. Same first letter, same number of syllables. Yonge & Desmond rolls off the tongue. It's not hard. It's a name. It has meaning. Let's just do it.

    Read or Sign the Petition here

Messy Church Playdate
We continue to hold weekly online gatherings for our children. Every Tuesday 5:00 to 6:00 PM. Every other week in July and August. If you know children who would like to join, please send a reply email to request the coordinates. 

Donate through Canada Helps and St. Anne's could win $20,000
This is a special initiative for the month of June with the $20,000 draw on July 1. Use the St. Anne's donation form on Canada Helps: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/26603

Tours of St. Anne's
In regular time, St. Anne's offers a tour on the first Sunday of each month - at the conclusion of the liturgy. Over the past few weeks, we have been creating brief virtual tour vignettes (about 2 minutes each). As you know, it's a beautiful building full of fascinating stories. The first three tour vignettes have been uploaded to YouTube. You can watch them here:
REST IN PEACE

Merline Skeete (24 December 1927 - 7 June 2020)



Merline has been part of our St. Anne's family since 1970. Merlin was born in Barbados, and moved to Canada in 1968, with a stop in Vancouver before settling in Toronto.She worked at Mount Sinai Hospital in the Sterile Instruments department, as part of the Operating Room, until her retirement in the 1990s. Merline has been part of our St. Anne's family since she arrived in Toronto. She moved into long term care at Castleview Wychwood Towers in 2015. She was always grateful for visits from her friends at St. Anne's. The funeral will be Thursday, June 18. Since funerals continue to have a maximum attendance of 10 persons, please send in memories - both words and photographs - to be included in the funeral bulletin. The bulletin will be shared especially with those not able to attend.

MOVING AWAY
  • Gary Burren and Pat Ladouceur are moving to Guelph.
  • Joseph Brideau and Lilian Huang and their daughter Lianne have moved to Temiscaming Shores (near North Bay)
You're still part of St. Anne's and we look forward to seeing you when you're able to be in Toronto!

How often have you heard that this is a difficult year?


And so we continue to pray for each other. 
We continue to notice how God is blessing us today.

Gary+

--
The Rev. Canon Gary van der Meer
Incumbent - St. Anne's Anglican Church
Interfaith Officer - Anglican Diocese of Toronto

Invitation to Worship Online - 7 June 2020

posted 7 Jun 2020, 07:23 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 7 Jun 2020, 07:37 ]

Worship Online with St. Anne's for Trinity Sunday



Hello Friends,

Please join our St. Anne's Community for worship today!

Sunday June 7 - TRINITY SUNDAY - BISHOP ANDREW ASBIL

See the video here: https://youtu.be/snlsKBdN90M

This is a 42-minute video.

The worship service continues this afternoon, Sunday June 7, at 2:00 p.m. *THE BULLETIN FOR THE SERVICE IS ATTACHED BELOW.

--> Join us on Zoom as we continue our Sunday worship Service at 2:00 p.m.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82462957356
Meeting ID: 824 6295 7356
Email to Request Password - pastor@saintanne.ca

You are also welcome to join us by telephone - try the following numbers:
 +1 647 558 0588
 +1 778 907 2071
 +1 438 809 7799
 +1 587 328 1099
 +1 647 374 4685 

God's peace be with you,

Gary+

Let's Stay Connected - e-newsletter - 03 June 2020

posted 4 Jun 2020, 13:43 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 4 Jun 2020, 13:45 ]


Dear Friends, 
 
So much has changed in the 2 short weeks since the last e-newsletter.  

A lot of updates here!! 
Read below about: 
  • Supporting each other in this time of demonstrations across the US and the world by addressing racism
  • When will we be back in church?
  • The Diocese of Toronto has changed its policy on same-sex marriages
  • Shaping a Just Recovery in Davenport
  • Canada Helps Giving Challenge
  • Reflection: Church as Family and Church as the Jesus Movement
  • Visits to St. Anne's by the Bishop of Toronto, Andrew Asbil; and the Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, Linda Nicholls
  • Plus poetry, music, prayers and the coordinates for worship this Sunday

WORSHIP THIS SUNDAY

Sunday, June 7 - Trinity Sunday
Visit by Bishop Andrew Asbil, Bishop of Toronto 
Bishop Asbil will be with us on YouTube at 10:30 a.m. and on Zoom at 2:00 p.m.

Scriptures: Genesis 1:1-2:4a; Matthew 28:16-20
Sermon: Bishop Andrew Asbil

--> Join us for the video uploaded to our YouTube Channel on Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m.  

--> Join us on Zoom as we continue our Sunday worship Service at 2:00 p.m.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82462957356
Meeting ID: 824 6295 7356
Password: Request by Email pastor@saintanne.ca

You are also welcome to join by phone:
        +1 647 558 0588 Canada
        +1 778 907 2071 Canada
        +1 438 809 7799 Canada
        +1 587 328 1099 Canada
        +1 647 374 4685 Canada

*We look forward to welcoming Archbishop Linda Nicholls on Sunday, June 14 - both on YouTube and on Zoom.

ST. ANNE'S VIDEOS
All the St. Anne's videos continue to be available for you to watch at any time. You will find them here:

REFLECTION

Two short weeks ago, we were talking about when the church might open for small groups. We talked about how to normalize, including a newsletter every 2 weeks instead of weekly. Everything seems different now.

We have seen protests around the world following the murder of George Floyd by police officers with the video showing again and again on television. We saw a Black man threatened by a white Canadian woman that she would lie to police that he was attacking her when he told her to put her dog on the leash outside the off-leash area in Central Park NYC - with the video showing again and again on television. We saw the US president use a bible as a prop for a photo-op in front of an Episcopal Church in DC after the parishioners had been tear-gassed to get out of the way. We saw the Canadian Prime Minister's awkward silence when asked to comment on developments in the United States. If you remember the impact of the constant repeat of 9/11 images of planes hitting buildings, you will recognize the pattern and the traumatization. 

All of this made for a significant Zoom Worship discussion this past Sunday. The Black members of our St. Anne's family shared fear and pain, reminding us that since we are family, all of us are affected and none of us can be bystanders. Now that we know, we are involved.

February 2 - Harriet Tubman - presented by KasheDance with Jessica Franklin & Randy Williams

Short months ago, in January and February, we did Black History Month with all our hearts. We said at the time that what we experienced and learned is not to be put on the shelf until next year. If we really are a Church Family, it must be part of our ongoing conscious awareness. At the time it was music, performance including dance, meals, guest speakers, and rich learning and reflection. 

February 9: Hearing the Black Experience of life in Canada: Andrew, Sharon, Jonathan

Current events are relentless now. We can't hide or distract ourselves.

I have often found that the best preparation for the next is doing the now with all our hearts. On Sunday, we talked about what we need now. Pray for the safety of the Black children of our St. Anne's Family, for the safety of all people of colour in our city, and pray for justice everywhere. Pray that all our eyes will be open to greater understanding. Pray that all our hearts will burn bright with love for each other expressed in word and action. Prayer in action in our church family means look out for each other; call and express your support for each other, and learn. 

The "Family" word is one of many metaphors used to describe what a church congregation is. With these changed circumstances with coronavirus, it has been the right language for our time. But we can't stop there. Bishop Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of the US branch of our wider Anglican family, the Episcopal Church, uses another phrase that we should get to know. He talks about the Jesus Movement. The Jesus Movement is Family in action doing what Jesus did.

Jesus loved. Jesus brought people together. Jesus told stories that reveal what the world is like and reveal what God is like. He challenged people. He comforted people and healed them. He overturned tables of unjust commerce. He sought out the ones who were marginalized and rejected. His suffering and death was a witness against injustice. The Jesus Movement was the people who caught the spark of his approach and continued to do it together. They loved and they challenged. They sought out the rejected. They brought people together. 

This has come down through history and the Jesus Movement is now us. We love. We seek out the ones who are hurting, marginalized, hungry, in need of healing. We tell stories that show what God is like. We tell stories Jesus told to reveal what the world is like. We bring people together. We bring together our St. Anne's family, plus our extended circle of friends, plus the neighbours, plus people of other religions or no religion - whoever will make common cause with us. 

Our St. Anne's Family is part of something much bigger - moving together for the transformation of this world as we know it towards what Jesus called the Kingdom of God. We are Family supporting each other and working together for transformation. We are the Jesus Movement.

Gary+
  
ANNOUNCEMENTS

Back in our Church Building? Not anytime soon. Our Bishops say not before the end of the summer. In the meantime, what are we to do? 

  • On whether to celebrate the Eucharist: Rev. Dr. Chris Brittain, Dean of Divinity and occasional preacher at St. Anne's, says we should not. He gives his reasons here (Part 1) and here (Part 2). Can it be the Eucharist when you're watching online and you have your own bread and wine in front of you? Chris Brittain shows this to be unworkable. "It would be one thing for Jesus to chat with the Samaritan woman over Skype; it is quite another thing for him to violate social boundaries by meeting directly with her at the well (John 4:4-26). Similarly, while the disciples of Jesus might find it curious that Jesus has Zacchaeus as a Facebook friend, they cannot misunderstand the message that is communicated when Jesus agrees to eat with this tax collector at his home (Luke 19:1-10). Virtual communion makes it easier to diminish such key dimensions of celebrations of the Eucharist than do in-person gatherings." Instead, focus on what Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount: “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink…. Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them” (Matthew 6:25-26).
When we eat together online, it's not the Eucharist. It is a different (also ancient) tradition called an AGAPE MEAL, or more commonly, a "Love Feast". 

    • The Challenge of Singing: Peter Elliott, retired Dean of Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver, reflects on the widely published report about COVID infections from a single choir practice at a church. The assessment is that even when we can be in our churches, singing is highly risky with aerosolized particles from the singer's mouth traveling up to 16 feet and lingering in buildings for a long period of time afterwards. "Increasingly there is a convergence of scientific evidence recommending the suspension of singing until there is a vaccine for COVID-19. Dr. Howard Leibrand, public health officer for Skagit County, Washington—where the March outbreak occurred—said, “I would recommend that until we get a vaccine, we don’t do congregational singing,” adding that it is “the safest recommendation.” 
    This is particularly heartbreaking in a church where people love to sing, and where we love to hear singing. As we have also learned, singing on Zoom isn't satisfying. Church is one of the last places in our culture where participatory singing is actually cultivated; so this will be hard for us. I'm all the more grateful to the singers in our worship videos. I want to be more comfortable my own voice when I'm singing alone. 
      • How to Worship when we cannot be in church: Here are some possible prayers - from Nadia Bolz-Weber 
        (with thanks to Hannah Johnston):
      And that when I water my plants and wash my dishes and take a shower may it be counted as remembering my baptism.

      And that when the tears come and my shoulders shake and my breathing falters, may it be counted as prayer.

      And that as I sit at that table in my apartment, and eat one more homemade meal, slowly, joyfully, with nothing else demanding my time or attention, may it be counted as communion.

      • June is Pride Month. No parade, but there are other developments: 
      Parade: The absence of the parade has turned people's attention to the reason for a parade at all. George Takei - Sulu from Star Trek and a public LGBTQ commentator, pointed out that the month is now about business, tourism and partying. Remember what it's really about. He put it this way: "LGBTs: You cannot remain silent today and celebrate Pride month tomorrow. Stonewall was a protest that became a riot because of persistent police brutality against our community. We must stand today with our black brothers and sisters. #BlackLivesMatter"
      • Same-Sex Marriage: The Anglican Diocese of Toronto released its new policy on Same-Sex Marriage on Sunday, May 31. In summary, the "Local Option" by which parishes such as St. Anne's are designated to provide same-sex marriage no longer applies. Any priest may marry any couple that is legally permitted to be married regardless of the parish. The same restrictions as for a opposite sex couples (one member must be baptized, couple has done marriage preparation, couple has a pastoral relationship with the priest - implying active involvement in worship). 

      Further: Any priest licensed by the Bishop of Toronto is permitted:
      a. to teach and uphold a theology of marriage that requires the couple to be of opposite genders, or
      b. to teach and uphold a theology of marriage that does not require the couple to be of opposite genders.

      And further: No cleric is obligated to marry a couple that compromises their theological perspective on marriage. But clergy and laity are to respect the reality of a diversity of views on marriage in the Diocese of Toronto.

      The actual marriage ceremony permitted for same-sex couples is included in the appendix of the new Marriage Policy.


      • Shaping a Just Recovery in Davenport - Thursday, June 11, 7:00-8:15 p.m. 
      St. Anne's Anglican Church is delighted to partner with Green Wave West and the Davenport Mutual Aid Network to host a community conversation about what a #JustRecovery from COVID-19 might look like. Our online exploration, hosted on the Zoom platform, will include three panelists who will share their experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic to date and also their thoughts about opportunities to make our community more resilient (i.e. green, just, equitable) in the long-term.
       
      The panelists are:
      1. Vivian Recollet, leader of the Niwiin Wendaanamak (Four Winds) Indigenous Health and Wellness Program at the Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre
      2. Richard Steinecke, Past Chair, Oasis Dufferin Community Centre
      3. Claire-Helene Heese-Boutin, Co-ordinator of Community Development, West Neighbourhood House
       
      The conversation will be moderated by Peter Gorman, Chair of Social Justice & Advocacy at St. Anne's Anglican Church. There will be an opportunity for participant input via poll questions and the chat function of Zoom.
      * GET YOUR TICKETS HERE *

      The Zoom meeting link will be sent to all registered participants 48 hours before the event. There is no charge to participate in this community event. Please register to attend through the Eventbrite ticket link below and help us spread the word by inviting others to join in the conversation!  More Information Here.
      Thursday, June 11, 7:00 to 8:15 p.m.


      • Order your Masks for the Safety of Others
      You are welcome to join in on a bulk order for cloth masks, organized by Angela Forbes for the St. Anne's Music and Drama Society and for any of us who need masks. Masks are $7-8 each including shipping (approximate until masks arrive). You can see what they look like here. Order them using the Google Form or by getting in touch with Angela Forbes at angelaf.stannes@gmail.com.


      • Supporting St. Anne's through Canada Helps
      Every $1 donated to St. Anne's in June using our Canada Helps online giving form earns us a chance to win a $20,000 donation (minimum $3 donation required). The challenge begins June 1, 2020 at midnight Newfoundland Daylight Time (NDT) and ends on June 30, 2020 at 11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).  The Grand Prize Draw is on Canada Day, July 1, 2020! Thank you to everyone currently supporting our shared ministry of Bringing the Community together for Good (via Canada Helps and in other ways) and thanks in advance to everyone who makes a donation via Canada Helps in June as part of the Great Canadian Giving Challenge
      SUBMISSIONS

      --> From Merlin Homer - A song by Gregory Porter: 1960 What?  
      This is a 2011 song with many views of Detroit and a timely message about what is happening in Minnesota and now around the world.

      1960 what? 1960 who?
      1960 what? 1960 who?
      19, hey! The motor city is burning, that ain't right
      1960 what? 1960 who?
      1960 what? 1960 who?
      19, hey! The motor city is burning, y'all, that ain't right
      There was a man, voice of the people
      Standing on the balcony, of the Loraine Motel
      Shots rang out, yes it was a gun
      He was the only one, to fall down y'all
      That ain't right, then his people screamed
      Ain't no need for sunlight! (Ain't no need for sunlight)
      Ain't no need for moon light! (Ain't no need for moon light)
      Ain't no need for street light (ain't no need for street light)
      'Cause it's burning really bright (burning real bright)
      Some folks say we gonna fight (gonna fight)
      'Cause this here thing just ain't right (ain't right)
      Watch here on YouTube

      --> From Sharon Walter - The Arrest
      A Documentary on the Psychological Impact of being Arrested. "This gripping documentary by journalist and filmmaker Martin Himel (Undercover in ISIS), follows several Ontarians whose lives have been shattered by their wrongful arrests. Facing job loss and rejection of employment applications, social stigma, housing denial, and in some of the worst cases, an inability to adopt, foster or work with children, their lives will never be the same." Learn to walk in others' shoes:
      TVO Documentary: The Arrest

      --> From Hannah Johnston - How to Respond to What is Happening
      --> From Gary van der Meer - On becoming more informed; What to say... Learning how to talk, advocate, and be active allies
      • Sermon by Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church USA at Washington National Cathedral
      Printed Text
      Video on YouTube
      • Trevor Noah On George Floyd, Amy Cooper & Racism In Society
      Video on YouTube
      • Shola Richards, You Asked, I Answered: 7 Difficult Questions About Racism
      Article in Scary Mommy

      How do we get better at listening - and better at talking, answering, advocating? All seven of these questions are essential. I am going to start with this one since I have tried to answer it more than once already: What do you say to someone who insists "All Lives Matter" when I say "Black Lives Matter"?

      And the answer is:
      "Let me put it this way: if I broke my ankle playing basketball, and I went to the doctor for medical attention, and his response to my pain was, “ALL bones matter” and then sent me home, that would be pretty dismissive (if not, outright malpractice) right?

      Yes, my ribs, my wrist and my skull all matter—that’s obvious. But right now? It’s my effing ankle that’s broken and in need of immediate attention. This is not the time to bring up any other bones, because at this moment, only one bone is in crisis.

      I know that some people learn concepts easier through metaphors, and this is the best I can do at the moment.

      But putting the metaphor aside, here’s the bottom line: all lives can’t matter until black lives matter."


      I'm practicing saying it in my own words. It's going to come up again - I know it...



      --> From Bishop Jenny Andison - Pastoral Letter on Racism
      ... As the Bishop of the most racially diverse part of the Diocese of Toronto, I
      join you in lament over the denial of the full humanity of all God's people, and will continue to work
      with you to ensure that all people can find hope and mercy in our churches and our neighbourhoods...Read the Letter here

      REST IN PEACE
      We have just learned of the death of Rick Arnold, a member of our church family residing at St. Anne's Place. Details to follow.
      May his soul and the souls of all the departed rest in peace.

      PRAYER
      Please note that we will be sharing new prayers on Zoom this Sunday in light of current events. 

      I want to thank Jessica Franklin for the idea of additional prayers. Some of you have submitted prayers; please send me more, even if it is not your habit to join us on Zoom.

      This particular prayer comes from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry of the Episcopal Church USA.

      A Prayer for the Power of the Spirit among the People of God
      God of all power and love,
      we give thanks for your unfailing presence
      and the hope you provide in times of uncertainty and loss.
      Send your Holy Spirit to enkindle in us your holy fire.
      Revive us to live as Christ’s body in the world:
      a people who pray, worship, learn,
      break bread, share life, heal neighbors,
      bear good news, seek justice, rest and grow in the Spirit.
      Wherever and however we gather,
      unite us in common prayer and send us in common mission,
      that we and the whole creation might be restored and renewed,
      through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

      Gary+



      PS Back to every week after this, so much to cover for a 2-week period...

      Invitation to Worship Online - 31 May 2020

      posted 31 May 2020, 06:47 by Gary van der Meer

      Worship Online with St. Anne's for Pentecost



      Hello Friends,

      Please join our St. Anne's Community for worship today!

      Sunday May 31 - Pentecost - HOLY SPIRIT, HOLY BREATH

      See the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jb4vKxhcaA0
      This is a 33-minute video.

      The worship service continues this afternoon, Sunday May 24, at 2:00 p.m. *THE BULLETIN FOR THE SERVICE IS ATTACHED BELOW.

      --> Join us on Zoom as we continue our Sunday worship Service at 2:00 p.m.

      https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87873130325
      Meeting ID: 878 7313 0325
      Password: Email to Request Password - pastor@saintanne.ca

      You are also welcome to join us by telephone - try the following numbers:
       +1 647 558 0588
       +1 778 907 2071
       +1 438 809 7799
       +1 587 328 1099
       +1 647 374 4685 

      God's peace be with you,

      Gary+

      Wear RED!!

      Invitation to Worship Online - 24 May 2020

      posted 24 May 2020, 05:34 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 24 May 2020, 05:35 ]

      Worship online with St. Anne's for Ascension Sunday



      Hello Friends,

      Please join our St. Anne's Community for worship today!

      Sunday May 24 - Ascension Sunday - Jesus is the Bridge
      This is a 30-minute video.

      See the video here: https://youtu.be/Ud91lN0Q0hM

      The worship service continues this afternoon, Sunday May 24, at 2:00 p.m. *THE BULLETIN FOR THE SERVICE IS ATTACHED BELOW.

      --> Join us on Zoom as we continue our Sunday worship Service at 2:00 p.m.
      https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82485557432
      Meeting ID: 824 8555 7432
      Password: Email to Request Password - pastor@saintanne.ca

      You are also welcome to join us by telephone - try the following numbers:
       +1 647 558 0588
       +1 778 907 2071
       +1 438 809 7799
       +1 587 328 1099
       +1 647 374 4685 

      God's peace be with you,

      Gary+

      Let's Stay Connected - e-newsletter - 22 May 2020

      posted 24 May 2020, 05:04 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 24 May 2020, 05:17 ]


      Dear Friends,

      With the warmth returned to the early morning sun, I have returned to a comfortable familiar habit. I wake up before my alarm, make a small thermos of coffee, and walk across Queens Quay to sit on the dock. I enjoy watching the planes as they take off and land, but the airport is silent. 

      I bring my notebook and a book - I am nearing the home stretch in the seventh and final book of Stephen King's The Dark Tower. Sometimes I grumble that he must get paid by the word or by the pound of words. Recently, he annoyed me by killing off a character that was so blatantly obvious, I wanted to accuse him of manipulating his readers. I punished him by setting my book aside for a month - but it is the final volume and I actually want to know. What will happen?

      Today, I forgave him because he gave me a poem:

      See the TURTLE of enormous girth!
      On his shell he holds the earth.
      His thought is slow but always kind;
      He holds us all within his mind.
      On his back all vows are made; 
      He sees the truth but mayn't aid.
      He loves the land and loves the sea.
      And even loves a child like me.

      I sip my coffee as I read. I turn eventually (always) to the news on my phone. I became a subscriber to get past the paywall for The New York Times; and I subscribe to The Guardian - which doesn't have a paywall, because they are so nice about it. 

      Today's reading gave me riches: "No One Knows What's Going to Happen." I realize that I am tired of this and I want to know what will happen. The author, Mark Lilla, professor of humanities at Columbia University, quotes from the bible to make his case that "the history of humanity is the history of impatience." We want to know what will happen. In the Book of Job, God speaks out of the whirlwind to condemn Job's desire for immediate attention. "God makes it clear that he is not a vending machine. He shows His face and reveals His plans when the time is ripe, not when the mood strikes us."

      There are so many ways that we try to get around this, with a history of oracles and prophets, magical thinking, big data and statistical modeling. With people staying home, there's actually less news. The relentless media needs material to fill columns and newscasts, so we are getting endless articles predicting the future. But nobody can really tell us about the post-Covid future. 

      Other articles give us glimmerings. California's big tech is going to make employees work from home permanently, albeit with a paycut since they won't have to drive. Banks are starting to foreclose on mortgages. 

      The author arrives at humility, both about the future and and to "help reconcile us to the radical uncertainty in which we are always living." I have to admit to myself that I still want to know. How long will we be doing this? 

      How do we "wait on the Lord"? We learn to wait. By doing our best today. By intentionally noticing the blessings and being grateful. On a day when it's hard to be grateful, it helps to hear other people say what their blessings are. Today, I was grateful for the warmth of the sun - and the poem by Stephen King (of all people!). And I am grateful for St. Anne's. We are a group of people who reflect on stories about Jesus and look out for each other. We pray for each other and we show each other how to "Wait on the Lord".

      Thank you for watching the videos. Thank you for coming online for our Sunday afternoon gatherings. Thank you for supporting the church with your offering. Thank you for including me when you pray for the people in your life. 

      We don't know the future. But we do know today. "He loves the land and loves the sea. And even loves a child like me."

      With kindness,
      Gary+
      SUBMISSIONS

      -->from Carole Giangrande: Birdwatching Photographs taken by Carole

      Carole and Bryan are avid birdwatchers. I hope we can have an evening with their pictures when we are again allowed to come together.





      -->from Merlin Homer: "I cannot say I did not" - a poem by Sharon Olds

      I cannot say I did not ask
      to be born. I asked with my mother’s beauty,
      and her money. I asked with my father’s desire
      for his orgasms and for my mother’s money.
      I asked with the cradle my sister had grown out of.
      I asked with my mother’s longing for a son,
      I asked with patriarchy. I asked
      with the milk which would well in her breasts, needing to be
      drained by a little, living pump.
      I asked with my sister’s hand-me-downs, lying
      folded. I asked with geometry, with
      origami, with swimming, with sewing, with
      what my mind would thirst to learn.
      Before I existed, I asked, with the love of my
      children, to exist, and with the love of their children.
      Did I ask with my tiny flat lungs
      for a long portion of breaths? Did I ask
      with the space in the ground, like a portion of breath,
      where my body will rest, when it is motionless,
      when its elements move back into the earth?
      I asked, with everything I did not
      have, to be born. And nowhere in any
      of it was there meaning, there was only the asking
      for being, and then the being, the turn
      taken. I want to say that love
      is the meaning, but I think that love may be
      the means, what we ask with.

      From Arias by Sharon Olds
      Copyright © 2019 by Sharon Olds

      "I cannot say I did not" begins at the 7-minute mark; but it's all good - listen to the whole thing!


      -->from Gary van der Meer - Recipe for Beer Bread

      Gary: I have joined the crowd of people who are experimenting with bread baking. One of the best so far is this recipe for Beer Bread.

      This is a no-yeast bread. I have played around with it, substituting different kinds of flour, different sweeteners, different kinds of beer. It's wonderful and fun.

      1.5 cups unbleached flour
      1.5 cups whole wheat flour
      4 tsp baking powder
      3 tbsp brown sugar
      1 tsp salt
      1 regular sized bottle of beer (room temperature) *If your beer is larger than 355 ml, do something obvious or something creative with the rest of it.

      Combine dry ingredients; stir in the beer, make into a round ball (no kneading) and put on a greased & floured pie plate. 
      Bake immediately (no rising time) for 40-50 minutes at 350*F

      -->from Margaret Yanicki - Hopeful Signs on a Drive through Kleinburg



      WORSHIP THIS SUNDAY

      Sunday, May 24 - The Ascension of the Lord

      Scriptures: Acts 1:1-11; Luke 24:44-53
      Sermon: "Jesus is the Bridge" - Gary van der Meer

      --> Join us for the video uploaded to our YouTube Channel on Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m.  

      --> Join us on Zoom as we continue our Sunday worship Service at 2:00 p.m.
      https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82485557432
      Meeting ID: 824 8555 7432
      Password: Request Password - pastor@saintanne.ca

      You are also welcome to join by phone:
              +1 647 558 0588 Canada
              +1 778 907 2071 Canada
              +1 438 809 7799 Canada
              +1 587 328 1099 Canada
              +1 647 374 4685 Canada

      ST. ANNE'S VIDEOS
      All the St. Anne's videos continue to be available for you to watch at any time. You will find them here:

      REST IN PEACE



      As the family of Myrtle Bancroft prepares for her funeral on Saturday, May 23, we continue to pray for them.

      SERVING OTHERS

      -->Community Dinner: This past weekend was St. Anne's monthly Community Dinner. We served 72 dinners of roast beef, mac&cheese, sweet potato and carrot mash, rice, vegan chili.  We are grateful for donations of chocolate (Mondelez), juice (Rotary), apples (Dufferin Grove Organic Farmers' Market), cookies (homemade by Nancy). In addition, we are grateful for an online donation of $500 as a designated gift towards future dinners. The actual cost of this dinner was $400. Thank you so much to all our volunteers: Victoria, Gordon, Michael & Susan, Sarah, Bill, and our coordinator Juli!

      -->Masks: Thanks to our volunteers for making masks. We have donated 3 batches to Oasis Dufferin Community Centre Food Bank. It makes a huge difference for their volunteers. Mask patterns are easily found online if you would like to be craft-minded! 

      Below: 
      Richard Steinecke of Oasis Dufferin with our latest mask donations. 



      MUSIC

      What will we do if public singing is not permitted? People offer their thoughts about this.
      How important is singing to you? Please reply!

      PRAYER

      Lord, thank you for your abundant, abounding grace. 
      Thank you that we don't have to earn a drop of the mighty river of grace that flows freely for us today. 
      Thank you for the unexpected, unmerited favor 
      you've showered on my life. 
      Help me put myself in the path of your love and grace. 
      Help me not neglect the disciplines I need to meet with you regularly and to drink from the water of life. 
      Thank you for your rich love. 
      Amen.

      The Rev. Canon Gary van der Meer
      Incumbent - St. Anne's Anglican Church
      Interfaith Officer - Anglican Diocese of Toronto

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