Beloved in Christ,
We are gearing up for an action-packed 10 days in the life of our Church—starting with the Ascension of Jesus this Sunday, as he leaves the disciples looking up at the clouds scratching their heads, and then followed by the great explosion of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost which sparked the creation of the early Church.
We are going to observe this holy time in a couple of ways. First, starting today you can join me in praying with focus over the next 10 days as part of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Thy Kingdom Come prayer movement. You can sign up here to add your name to this growing global wave of prayer.
From today until Pentecost, we are invited to pray daily for the following:
1. The empowerment of the Holy Spirit in our lives and in our parish
2. 5 of your friends to experience the love of Christ
3. The deepening of our relationship with Jesus
Visit their website for more information on this 10 day invitation.
Second, we want to have some Holy Spirit fun at Pentecost. I invite you to stroll in, drive by on Saturday May 22 between 12noon and 1pm to pick up a crafty symbol of Pentecost that we will make together. Then join us at 4pm by ZOOM as we put these together in preparation for the next day! If you’re planning on being away for the long weekend, call Edward to pick up this craft early.
It was a great delight that we were able to welcome Lo Cook to our community last Sunday. Lo will be with us from May until the end of July as our Summer Placement Student from Wycliffe College, and I invite you to learn more about her on our website. Lo will be taking part in our services, helping to lead The Spirit of Invitation with me, and preaching each month. We are blessed to have you with us Lo!
Finally, friends, we are getting ready to launch our Livestream 10:30am Service at Pentecost on May 23. It’s not lost on me that the power of the Holy Spirit is on the move already, creating a new way to invite people into our worship with this technology.
ZOOM Worship at 9am will continue! We love being together as community, and this will continue as our parish and our neighbours are vaccinated.
Please note that ZOOM Coffee Hour/Anglican Speed Dating will shift to 11:30am starting on May 23rd. We look forward to seeing you at that new time! The link will be the same as the 9am ZOOM Worship.
The livestream worship will be available on demand via our website as a YouTube video after the service is over, and this will take the place of our pre-recorded service. When we get the provincial and Diocesan green light to open our building to at least 30% capacity, then we will invite parishioners to come in person at 10:30am and there will be protocols in place for that.
When our entire community has been given the opportunity to be fully vaccinated, we can move from ZOOM to two in-person worship services, including a Quiet Communion at 8:30am. Worship at 10:30 will be hybrid—both in person and online via our livestream. We pray this new way of being church will be a great witness and invitation to our neighbours and a way for all of us to stay connected, regardless of where we happen to be physically.
I look forward to seeing you all on Sunday at 9am as we join those disciples trying to navigate their own “in-between time” and who were likely asking themselves “What is going on here and what can possibly happen next?!”