Lent/Easter Newsletter 2020

Lent/Easter 2020

Old St. Paul’s Anglican Church Woodstock, Ontario

Check Old St. Paul’s at www.oldstpauls.com or on Facebook 

 

CHURCH WORSHIP SERVICES AND OTHER ACTIVITIES SUSPENDED UNTIL AT LEAST APRIL 8 AS WE DEAL WITH THE COVID-19 VIRUS. THIS IS FROM OUR BISHOP TODD TOWNSHEND AND ALL BISHOPS ACROSS THE ANGLICAN CHURCH OF CANADA. 

 

Tentative Schedule which may change according to circumstances. 

Thursday, April 9- 6 p.m. Worship at Bethany Lutheran

Friday, April 10- 10:30 a.m. Good Friday Liturgy at Old St. Paul’s 

Saturday, April 11- 7 p.m. Easter Vigil – (Possible)

Sunday, April 12 – 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Easter Sunday Eucharist.

 

 

Dear Friends,

“Suddenly, Jesus met the women and said, ”Greetings! And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshipped him.  Then Jesus said to them, “Do to be afraid: go and tell my brothers to got to Galilee; there they will see me.” (Matthew 28:9,10)

These are challenging times when it seems the world has been shutting down around us.  We have had to suspend a lot of activities and even worship services.  The church is still here among us as we the people are the church.  We are the community whether we can gather together in worship or not.  We will get back hopefully by Easter Sunday.  One the great messages of our faith is how we deal with is Fear.

Fear.  We seem to have a lot of fear these days.  Fear from the Coronavirus, fear about the economy, fear for the environment, fear for the unity of our country, fear about reconciliation with our indigenous brothers and sisters, fear about our loved ones.  It seems we can generate a lot of fear in our world.  The truth is that there has always been fears.  One of the messages of Jesus is “Fear Not”.  Jesus has gone through an arrest, torture, trial and crucifixion.  Yet his first words to the faithful women who come to his tomb and find him alive is “Do not be afraid”.  Jesus is reminding his disciples and all of us that he is with us, through everything and he can overcome our greatest fears including death itself.  This is what the story of Easter is all about. It is about new life and learning to not live in fear.  Sure it is nice to celebrate the coming to life of our gardens, and bunnies and to exchange chocolate at Easter with our families, but hopefully we can grasp onto the message we hear each week in Church.  Jesus can overcome anything  and he is with us to the end.  We all need to live each day not in fear and worry but in the hope and love of God.  Jesus said “So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own.  Today’s trouble is enough for Today.” ( Matthew 6:34).  We are learning this lesson during the Covid-19 Crisis.

We have to take each day as it comes and adjust to it.  We will try to keep communicating through email, our website, phone calls and Facebook.

GOD BLESS,

THE REV. ROB LUXTON , PARISH PRIEST

 

 

A Stewardship Note: We at Old St. Paul’s have been blessed with many faithful people over the years, we are thankful for their faith and their generosity. We still need to be faithful with our time, talent and offerings to the community so that we continue to provide ministry. We need to continue to work towards having our givings to meet our expenses. IN THIS TIME WITHOUT SUNDAY WORSHIP, WE ASK YOU TO CONTINUE TO PROVIDE YOUR OFFERINGS TO OLD ST. PAUL’S THROUGH THE MAIL OR BY DROPPING OFF AT THE CHURCH.  IF THIS IS POSSIBLE.  We  hope to have some concerts again this year.  We have had to postpone a concert scheduled on March 28 with at a group called Pleasant Ridge.  We have had one Soup and Sandwich Luncheon in February with a record breaking crowd.  We hope to have another one this spring when the Covid-19 crisis has subsided.  This brings the community into our historic and beautiful church.  Our ACW provides generous resources from their hard work in the Parish.  We hope you feel that belonging to this community brings something of value to your life.  There are lots of organizations looking for donations.  As people of faith we recognize that everything we have is gift given to us from God.  Our challenge is to find a way to give back a fair portion to God.  The bible calls for a tithe which means 10 % of your income.  Many Christians do not give this amount but Jesus tells us to give generously.  We all have to decide what we can give financially but also stewardship is about sharing our time and talents with the church.  Please consider increasing your givings and the giving of your time and talents.  I personally have increased mine by 10% this year. For me that is an extra dollar a day. That is less than a cup of coffee, tea or newspaper. Please prayerfully consider what you can do. Thank you for all you do !

God Bless, Rev. Rob.and the Church Wardens.  

 

REMEMBER THE FIVE MARKS OF MISSION

To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom – TELL


To teach, baptize and nurture new believers TEACH


To respond to human need by loving service- TEND


To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation – TRANSFORM


To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth- TREASURE

 

Check Old St. Paul’s at www.oldstpauls.com or on Facebook 

 

THE LORD IS RISEN ! 

HE IS RISEN INDEED ALLELUIA !!

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