Let's Stay Connected - e-newsletter - 9 May 2020

Post date: May 10, 2020 8:35:17 AM

Dear Friends,

What is normal? People keep talking about the new normal or the next normal? Have you settled into a routine that is much different from your life as it was before? Or are you still unsettled?

How long, O Lord?

I think we started all of this on edge - as a state of emergency. But as it goes on longer, I hope you are finding your way.

Let's keep in touch and help each other.



Sunday May 10: Is Eternal Salvation for all People or just for Christians?

Please join us for special guests, including the Right Rev. Andrew Asbil, Bishop of Toronto, the Most Rev. Linda Nichols, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, Buddhist Monk Bhante Saranapala, and others, as we reflect on John 14:1-14. When Jesus says, "In my Father's house there are many dwelling places," (14:2) does he mean God has room(s) for all religions? Or when Jesus says, "No one comes to the Father except through me," (14:6) does he mean only for Christians?

We are going to show that God's love is for everyone!

[Check out John 14:1-14 to decide for yourself...]

--> 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.


Meeting ID: 851 2145 0105

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


Last week, we welcomed Rabbi Elyse Goldstein for her sermon on Psalm 23. I preached on Saturday May 2 at City Shul. The text is Amos 9:7-15


--> Mother's Day Appreciation Social - Today on Zoom

Bring your mother online! Bring a photograph of your mother and tell us about her. Light a Candle for our departed mothers. Raise a glass for our mothers (you decide what's in the glass..) Saturday, May 9, 3:00 p.m.

Join the Mother's Appreciation Social here:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87649652372 Meeting ID: 876 4965 2372 Password: Request Password - pastor@saintanne.caYou can also call in at the following numbers:

+1 647 558 0588 Canada+1 647 374 4685 Canada

-->Messy Church Playdate - Tuesday at 5:00 on Zoom. Send us an email for the link, meeting ID and password!


-->from Randy Williams: The Lord's Prayer in Nature. Beautiful scenes of the earth accompanied by music and the Lord's Prayer.


-->from Hannah Johnston: Further Reflection on Psalm 23 - A beautiful video bible reflection that takes us deeper into the words of the Psalm:


-->from John-Luke Addison: John-Luke's choir and orchestra present the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah. Because, these days, everyone could use a bit more music!


-->from Andrew Munger: Being Outdoors and Social Distancing.

Dear Neighbours;

I bring to your attention today's Globe opinion piece from the Globe and Mail editorial board. Not exactly the radical, anti-car, “streets are for people” crowd.


For the record, I fully support the social distancing and isolation measures that are in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19. I’m appalled by people who callously ignore these measures and endanger their fellow citizens. I applaud our front line workers - health care, first responders, AND retail, public transport and all other workers who are vulnerable. The city supposedly has closed lanes for pedestrians and more room. Has anyone seen evidence of this?

No, Toronto’s problem isn’t ‘too many’ people going outside. It’s too little public space - Globe & Mail, May 5

In Vancouver, in response to the need for physical distancing, an idea is growing to allow restaurants to expand their patios onto sidewalks and streets. In Oakland, Calif., more than a hundred kilometres of roads have been turned over to pedestrians... And in Toronto? Barricades surround High Park...

It looks like a great idea to improve life in the denser and less car-based parts of a city, even in the absence of a pandemic. It could also enable many restaurants to avoid going bankrupt, by giving them the extra outdoor space to safely seat customers.

It’s the kind of creative thinking that will allow Canada to return to normal – or better than normal. Picture the much-loved sidewalk and plaza patio tables across Europe, a wonderful draw for locals and visitors alike...

Excerpts from a letter shared with our local neighbourhood on


Gary (1): Andrew Munger is a wonderful advocate for community life - locally and in all of Toronto - I encourage you to consider his remarks.

Gary (2): This would be a good time to join the Dufferin Grove Friends list - a wonderful resource for life in our local community - organized by Erella Ganon, a wonderful friend of St. Anne's. Send her an email to join the group: dufferingrovefriends@googlegroups.com


Each week you will see some of our favourite pictures!

Send in yours. This one is from Tim Taylor.


This week, we learned of the death of Aubrey Brathwaite, a former St. Anne's parishioner. Aubrey passed away on July 26, 2019.


If you are having difficulty praying every day, help is here from the Rev. Amrela Massiah of St Martin's Church, Barbados.

Amrela, who has preached at St. Anne's, offers daily prayers in the morning and in the evening. Each 5-minute video is a moment to pause and pray.

Watch today's video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wv6noVdRLc

Subscribe to Amrela's daily prayers here:


With best wishes,