Rev. Beth's Weekly Letter - May 10th

Dear Friends:

Oh my goodness! I couldn’t wait and planted some pansies!  And then the snow!  They were in shock and disgruntled with me to say the least! Pansies are so different and varied. When planted together they are a riotous and joyful bouquet of color. They remind me of the body of the church.  Each one is different and each one brings its unique gift to the community.  Paul in his letter to the Ephesians describes the community as  growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.”    (Ephesians 4: 15-16)

Worship  The link for worship can be found here.

New this Week! Evening Prayer Service- live. Thursday May 14th at 7:00 pm St. John’s will host an Evening Prayer service via Zoom.  The Zoom invitation will be sent out on Tuesday, May 12th. Do join us!  

The Great Realization is a poetic story of COVID 19.   The story mesmerizes and captivates its listener. And the listener begins to understand what might have been taken for granted before the pandemic.  How will our lives be different after COVID-19?  Many thanks to Lloyd Leonard for this contribution.

Updates

Alpha by Zoom. Join this wonderful diverse group for the interactive program.  Rev. Peter Armstrong at 705-474-4005 or email him at:  peter.armstrong@ns.sympatico.ca for the details.  

This past week I attended a one hour workshop title Tolerance for Uncertainty  The workshop confirmed that all of us are grieving due to the impact by the trauma of Covid-19. To manage the stress and anxiety, maintaining our routines gives us a sense of familiarity and control especially when something new happens.  Read the definition of radical acceptance in the booklet.  It is a good anchor, now that our lives have turned upside down.

Food Shelf: Barb Johnson and Lynda Hughes are in awe of the many generous contributions from St. John’s and Christ Church. Typically the numbers are lower the first week of the month. But this past Wednesday there were 30 recipients.  As we have heard in the North Bay news, some businesses are opening up again and others have had to temporarily lay off workers.  We are thankful to be able to continue this ministry.

The grocery list is short:  dry pasta and pasta sauce.  

Bless Mothers of all kinds  in  so many different situations with this prayer…..

Mother’s Day Prayer

Gracious and Loving God on this Mother’s Day, we lift up all Mothers to your care and love.

We are thankful for our Mothers through whom your gift of life begins and through whom we are nurtured into great human beings.

We pray for a blessing on all mothers today and every day and that you extend your hands of grace, peace and joy over them. Amen

Have a blessed week full of promise, peace and hope.  Remember to whom you belong and that you are part of a strong, vibrant and thriving community of believers.

Beth+