Good Saturday morning ….

 

Today you will find attached the service for tomorrow, August 9, 2020, the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost. Please do join the service at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow. The service will be on our ‘Church of St. Peter Cobourg’ Facebook page. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/Church-of-Saint-Peter-Cobourg-101186724877919/

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A few years back all Heather wanted for her birthday was to go for a walk. As she rarely asks for anything I thought I should oblige. We went for a walk and a few of our family joined us. It took us 1 hour to prepare for our walk which lasted only about 30 minutes. We walked all of just under 500 feet. Impressive, right!

I know, that is not impressive in the least. But the thing of it is that we walked on a metal grate walkway that was 5 feet wide (still not impressed?) which was 116 stories (1,168 feet to be exact) above the ground on the outside of the CN tower. (Now?) It’s appropriately called the Edge Walk.

Going on the Edge Walk or even just going to one of the inside observation places in the CN Tower provides the opportunity to see the city of Toronto in a whole new way. It gives a broader, all-encompassing, bird’s eye view that enables us to see something in a more complete way rather than in the normal circumscribed way we see things most of the time. It reminds me of the person who was studying at great depth the wonderful colours and tones of a single glazed tile and then one day they stepped back to see that the one tile was part of a spectacular mosaic.

I think both perspectives have their value.

Seeing each individual component part is important but we cannot remain engrossed on just one tile. To gain a truly complete picture we need also to go up the CN Tower and take in the panorama. I must admit, that walking out that door onto a five foot wide walkway 116 stories in the air was pretty nerve-racking. Certainly seeing things in their all-encompassing magnitude can be over-powering. But, it can also be extremely exciting and enlightening. The two ways of seeing things must be kept in tension.

That is really the task that is being undertaken by our two Working Groups: studying the individual tiles but seeing also how each one fits into the glorious mosaic that we call St. Peter’s, Cobourg and then, keeping those two perspectives in tension.

I think it is also what Jesus was doing, after a fashion. Faithful and devout observance of all the requirements of the Jewish law was like studying the one glazed tile. In and of itself, that was a good thing. However, Jesus understood that that alone was not all there was and so he called people to reposition themselves in order to see how those small individual tiles actually fit into the glorious and remarkable mosaic of the fullness Kingdom of God.

At the end of the day I think that it isn’t a matter of either / or but rather a matter of both / and!

Just for fun I have attached a photo as an example of the panoramic view you that confronts you as you stand outside the CN Tower just under 1,200 feet above the city of Toronto. On a serious note, I have also attached a document that was put together this week that outlines many of the individual ‘tiles’ that St. Peter’s has seen over the past few years. But this document also gives an initial view of how all those pieces are starting to come together to make up the splendid mosaic that is St. Peter’s, Cobourg.

Gracious God, we pray for this our parish church of St. Peter.  We thank you for the richness of our history and all those who have served you through the years. We thank you also for the future into which you are calling us. Give us faith to go forward with good courage into that future, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful people; and kindle in us the fire of your love.

Blessings, Ric

 

 

 

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful people; and kindle in us the fire of your love.

Psalm 119 is really a hymn, a prayerful hymn of one who delights in and lives according to the will and word of God. It is not only the longest of the Psalms but it is the longest single chapter in the Bible. As a word of encouragement and hope I present verse 17 to you to read, think about and hopefully include in your prayers today. This translation of the verse comes from The Message version.

“You’re blessed when you stay on course, walking steadily on the road revealed by God. You’re blessed when you follow his directions, doing your best to find him. That’s right – you don’t go off on your own; you walk straight along the road he set. You, God, prescribed the right way to live; now you expect us to live it. Oh, that my steps might be steady, keeping to the course you set; then I’d never have any regrets in comparing my life with your counsel. I thank you for speaking straight from your heart; I learn the pattern of your righteous ways. I’m going to do what you tell me to do; don’t ever walk off and leave me.”

And I trust that it goes without saying that God is always with us and will never walk off and leave us. In this time of earthly uncertainty we can all draw strength, courage and hope in the promise that our creator God is always with us.

Once again there are a few attachments today.

First, you will find attached both the service and the homily for tomorrow, July 19, 2020, the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost. Please do join the service at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow. The service will be on our ‘Church of St. Peter Cobourg’ Facebook page. Here is the link:

https://www.facebook.com/Church-of-Saint-Peter-Cobourg-101186724877919/

And do please join our Zoom coffee clutch at 11:15 a.m. You can either copy and paste this link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88286079429?pwd=WjU0dWlSUlhlS2ZBbnJodWgrZ2dxdz09 or you can use Meeting ID: 882 8607 9429 and Password: 612438.

Attached also is the latest letter from Bishop Andrew Asbil, our Diocesan Bishop.

And finally, you will find attached the memorial notice for Betty Hewson who is known to many of you. Betty entered fully and completely into the loving arms of her creator on July 8, 2020. May she rest in peace.

In the love of Jesus, Ric