December 13, 2019

DECEMBER 13TH, 2019 - “The crisp path through the field in this December snow, in the deep dark, where we trod the buried grass like ghosts on dry toast.” Dylan Thomas

December Lore: Forest animals can speak and understand humans on Christmas Eve. AND If snow falls on Christmas Day, Easter will be green, warm and sunny!

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14th, 2019 - Holiday Market at St. Aidan’s Church, Queen & Silverbirch. 10:00 – 3:00 – baking, gifts, crafts and more ….

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15th, 1029 - THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT – Join us for morning worship at 10:00 – Julian Anderson Bowes and his group will be leading this Jazz Service. Come early for carols and coffee ….

MISSION CAPSULES: The Rev. Robinson Christian is a Doctoral student and a pastor in the Church of North India, a PCC partner. While researching material on the impact of the colonial legacy on preaching in India today, Robinson came across the Rev. Dr. Sarah Travis of Knox College in Toronto, author of “Preaching.” Robinson and Sarah began to correspond, and International Ministries invited Robinson to study in Toronto for two months. This is what mission is all about. Together we learn from the past, and God illumines a new understanding today. As partners in the Global Church, how can we not engage in these challenging conversations, learning from one another how God works through us?

MONDAY, DECEMBER 16th, 2019 - Theology on Tap continues at The Beacher Café at 7:00 – great discussions ….

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21st, 2019 - Longest Night Service - a quiet time of reflection – looking back, looking forward ….

COMMENT: ARISE – Hope Lives Here …. On Thursday nights I walk the streets of Toronto from 11:30 – 3:00 am with ARISE’s incredible staff and volunteers. No matter the weather, we walk, because no matter the weather, the women walk. We keep walking from corner to corner distributing little comforts, like gloves or water, and talking to those who are willing. Our presence every Thursday night is the first step to building trust with women who have been exploited by the sex trade. We first met Tina on a cold outreach night. After a sunny day the drop in temperature that evening had caught her off guard and she was grateful for gloves, hand-warmers, and our “pretty” outreach bags. We helped her access warm clothes and a food bank. Our relationship grew and Tina began meeting with us weekly for case management. Tina put her trust in ARISE, we explored possibilities, set goals, and found hope. Together, we journeyed on an uncertain path, trusting in God’s unfailing love. Because of support we are able to be present for women like Tina, and walk with them in a strong case management program. You give hope to the individuals we journey with and you remind the women we meet on Thursday nights that they have not been forgotten. Rev. Deb Stanbury

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24th, 2019 - Family service of readings and carols – 6:30 - Christmas Eve Communion – 10:00

AND FROM PEANUTS:

There are moments in life when you miss someone so much that you just want to pick them from your dreams and hug them for real.

The smile on my face doesn’t mean my life is perfect. It means I appreciate what I have and what I have been blessed with.

As we grow up, we realize it is less important to have lots of friends and more important to have real ones.

A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything. Irish Proverb

You may feel lost and alone, but God knows exactly where you are, and He has a good plan for your life.

Have a good week - MB