June 10, 2019
Special Advisory Board: June 19 at 5:45 p.m.
As many of you learned last Sunday, we will have a special advisory board meeting on Wednesday, June 19, at 5:45 p.m. at the Exchange in Bolton. I invite all parish leaders (wardens, ministry chairpersons, etc) and all of you who are committed to our ministry to join us for dinner and planning for the 2019-2020 year. To help us plan, we have a handout with questions for consideration available from the parish office. For more information, please visit with me or Ruth.
Bell Tower Update
This past week the engineer and a crew of specialist visited our bell tower to do one final inspection. In the coming days they will have an exact plan of what needs to be done for us to restore the bell tower. As soon as we learn of the details, the wardens and I will share them with you. I appreciate your support of this project.
Summer Holidays and Tuesday Evening Eucharist
Summer is a fantastic time for some much-needed rest for all of us — particularly given how short our summers are! While I know many of you will be away at various times throughout the summer, I encourage you to make a commitment to nourishing and sustaining your faith life. Last summer, you might recall, we began — after consulting you — a midweek Eucharist on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. The midweek Eucharist is a simple, yet wonderful way to continue sharing in the breaking of bread and the reading of the Scriptures even when you may have missed a Sunday. Please join us and take some time out of your busy week for peaceful, quiet reflection around the Table of the Lord.
Living the Way of Love: Good Practices for Your Faith Life
As I shared last week, Bishop Michael Curry of the US Episcopal Church offered some wonderful ideas for living Jesus’ Way of Love in our world today. Over the coming weeks I will offer some ideas for how you can practically Live the Way of Love each day. For more information about Living the Way of Love, I invite you to check out their website: https://www.episcopalchurch.org/files/documents/way_of_love_introduction.pdf.
The Way of Love is about rediscovering ancient Christian practices that help us deepen our relationship with Christ and the Church as well as transform our relationships with others. Transformation of our relationships with God, each other, and creation can only take place if we “turn” from our old ways. In fact, the Christian word conversion simply means a turning away from the behaviours and practices that wound and hurt our relationships with others.
So the first step to Living the Way of Love is to turn — to name and acknowledge those things that hurt ourselves and others and to embrace the way of life. One way to do this is to take some time each day to reflect upon your day using the following:
- Give thanks to God for the good things you received or experienced during the day.
- Consider the following questions:
- How have my words and actions helped others this day?
- Were there moments or occasions this day when I spoke or acted in way that did not build others up or hurt them?
- What can I do to either to seek forgiveness or heal the wounds of my actions?
- Conclude by praying for those you know who are in need of God’s healing and peace at this time and ask God to guide you as you prepare for another day.
These are just some things you can do to help build up your relationship with God and others and live the Way of Love each day.
As always, know of my prayers and support for you and your loved ones. If there is anything I can do for you, please let me know. I am here for you.