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Let's Stay Connected - e-newsletter - 24 April 2020

posted 24 Apr 2020, 09:39 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 25 Apr 2020, 04:57 ]

Hello Friends,
 
In the church, these are the days of Christ's post-resurrection appearances - moments of realization and insight. Let's be a blessing to each other - as we reach out and connect, and as we continue to pray for each other. May we be blessed with many realizations that turn us more and more towards love in the weeks to come.
 
Welcome to this week's e-newsletter: an update about our upcoming worship, pictures and poems, news about those who have died, and ways to keep connected and learning.
 
Gary
 

WORSHIP WITH US THIS SUNDAY
 
Sunday, April 26: The Road to Emmaus with Bishop Jenny Andison 
 
Bishop Jenny's sermon will be included in this Sunday's video. She will join us on Zoom for sermon discussion and reflection. 
     --> Video: The video will uploaded to our YouTube Channel by Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. You will receive email notice when the video is ready for viewing.
     --> Zoom: Please join us for the interactive worship on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 - at the following coordinates: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89967481221?pwd=V1phVUZMc0dnSXd2SnJDd0E5ZzN3dz09

Meeting ID: 899 6748 1221
Password: 048561

You can also dial in by telephone: 
+1 647 374 4685 or +1 647 558 0588
 
Advance Notice for Sunday, May 3: Psalm 23 with Rabbi Elyse Goldstein
Rabbi Goldstein's sermon will be on the video and she will join us on Zoom for sermon discussion and reflection. 

 
UPDATES
 
--> Earth Day: This week, we celebrated with an Earth Day Social, a digital Show & Tell on Zoom. Thanks to all who joined the conversation!

Holding up our Earth Day symbols!

--> Dufferin Grove Organic Market: Great media coverage for the market's new home at St. Anne's, including CBC, BLOGTO, and, coming soon, the Anglican newspaper. 
*I put in my first online order - very easy, and so many delicious choices. That's the best hummus I have ever tasted! The market practices social distance as "physically distant but socially connected" - same as St. Anne's. Support the market and give it a try. Gary




--> Community Dinner: This past Sunday, our Community Dinner served 70 delicious meals of ham or mac & cheese. Despite a smaller group of volunteers, it was a wonderful effort! From Roy Schatz: "I'd like to join in extending thanks to all the dedicated, generous contributors and workers, and especially to Juli. The success of a second take-away Community Dinner was due to a remarkable team effort coordinated by a true leader - Juli. Let's hope for future success for the great St. Anne's team!" Thanks also to Sharon, Bill, Nancy, Victoria, Lynn, Tim, Mary Lou, Cadbury, Rotary, and Dufferin Grove Market!
 
SUBMISSIONS

--> from Sharron Le Blanc: "The Mountain" a poem by Laura Ding-Edwards

If the mountain seems to big today
then climb a hill instead.
If the morning brings you sadness
it’s ok to stay in bed.
If the day ahead weighs heavy
and your plans feel like a curse,
there’s no shame in rearranging,
don’t make yourself feel worse.
If the shower stings like needles
and a bath feels like you’ll drown,
if you haven’t washed your hair for days,
don’t throw away your crown.
A day is not a lifetime
a rest is not defeat,
don’t think of it as failure,
just a quiet, kind retreat.
It’s ok to take a moment
from an anxious, fractured mind,
the world will not stop turning
while you get realigned.
The mountain will still be there
when you want to try again,
you can climb it in your own time,
just love yourself til then.

Listen to "The Mountain" set to music by Chris St. Germain

--> from The Anglican Diocese of Toronto, a reflection on the poetry and meditations of John Donne, Dean of St. Paul's Cathedral in London, 1621 to 1631. In a series of 23 meditations following his recovery from a near-fatal illness, Donne "through the experience of being suddenly taken ill, being examined and treated with doubtful success by physicians, and recovering only to be seized by the fear of relapse." This is from Meditation XVII:

PERCHANCE he for whom this bell tolls may be so ill as that he knows not it tolls for him.  And perchance I may think myself so much better than I am, as that they who are about me, and see my state, may have caused it to toll for me, and I know not that.  The church is catholic, universal, so are all her actions; all that she does, belongs to all.  When she baptizes a child, that action concerns me; for that child is thereby connected to that head which is my head too, and ingraffed into that body, whereof I am a member.  And when she buries a man, that action concerns me; all mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language; and every chapter must be so translated; God employs several translators; some pieces are translated by age, some by sickness, some by war, some by justice; but God's hand is in every translation, and his hand shall bind up all our scattered leaves again, for that library where every book shall lie open to one another; as therefore the bell that rings to a sermon, calls not upon the preacher only, but upon the congregation to come; so this bell calls us all: but how much more me, who am brought so near the door by this sickness... No man is an island,  entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were;  any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee. 

--> from Randy Williams: Read some social analysis: Covid-19 intersects with Race and Poverty
  • "Pandemic-ing While White: Privilege, protest, and identity in lockdown America", by Tim Wise in Medium:  "...Thinking Jesus is all you need to get through danger and difficulty is something only white people can generally swallow. Black folks know from lived experience that faith without works is dead... As a side note, these are the same people now screaming that we must let old people die rather than shoulder the expense of a largely shuttered economy."
    Read the article here.

  • While you're at it, also have a look at this one: "What don't most liberals realize?" by Peter Kruger in Quora: "...There’s little to no difference between marketing and propaganda. I literally used commercials to teach propaganda to my high school students... People do switch sides if they have a good reason, so quit writing off my people as a lost cause..."
    Read the article here.

LEARNING

--> Travel: Check out the Hagia Sophia - the building that inspired St. Anne's! 


Virtual tours also include the Holy Land, St. Peter's Basilica, Westminster Abbey - and Mosques of the Islamic world. 
*Did you know that the English word mosque comes from the Arabic masjid - which means "place of prostration". 

 
REST IN PEACE

-->Leona Sherriff




1 September 1939 - April - 22 April 2020
Leona came to Canada from St. Kitts in 1965. She trained there as a "pupil teacher" through correspondence courses. In Canada, she worked in banking. Leona loved music, dancing and children. She especially gravitated towards "obstinate spunky toddlers" and she went out of her way to take local neighbourhood children to school. She was always a great encourager of learning for her daughters Simone and Nicole. At St. Anne's, she's remembered for her passionate calls to support affordable housing. The graveside service will take place on Monday, April 27 (attendance by invitation due to safety protocol). Rest eternal, grant to her, O God. And let light perpetual shine upon her.


PRAYER

-->This week: 
  • Remember to pray for the victims of the Yonge Street van attack, and their families, on the second anniversary of that tragedy. 
  • Give thanks for our friends at the Islamic Information & Dawah Centre on this first day of Ramadan. Greet them with "Ramadan Mubarak!"
  • Give thanks for the earth as we continue from Earth Day to Earth Month to Earth Year. Pray and act for the planet.



--> Pray Everyday: Pray in whatever way you pray best

See the booklet of prayers attached below. Produced by the Church of England, it features special prayers for this time of quarantine. 
It also has a format for prayer every morning (page 17) and prayer every night (page 24). 

This would be a great time to resume your practice of daily prayer. 

With best wishes,
Gary
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Gary van der Meer,
24 Apr 2020, 09:42