Church of the Incarnation

Services

Sunday Service - Feb.28 , 2021 Rev Leigh Silcox presiding

Vestry- Feb.28, 11:30 am

Due to COVID restrictions on meeting, we cannot have our vestry meeting in person. Therefore we will have our meeting using the audio/video platform called Zoom, to which people can connect EITHER through computer or telephone.

As announced during the last several weeks, we will have our meeting on Sunday February 28th at 11:30am. This will allow folks to grab a snack/lunch, coffee, and restroom break if needed, after the Sunday morning service.

The actual business meeting will not begin until 11:45am because we must record the names of participants for attendance purposes. There are some differences between a face-to-face and virtual meetings of course. However, all appropriate canonical rules will be followed.

Requirements

• A computer or smart phone that runs the ZOOM app. • Our tribunal members (Catherine Tordoff, Sharon Philip, Roberta Aqui, and Angelina Lim) will verify members who are eligible to vote. • Members will be required to change their ZOOM screen name (the name that usually identifies them on ZOOM) to their full name for record keeping, and to turn their camera on briefly so that a vestry attendance list can be confirmed before meeting begins. This will assist the scrutineers in identifying them as registered Incarnation members. · You can change your screen name by right clicking on it, and “rename” by typing in your name (ie. “Leigh’s computer,” becomes Leigh Silcox)

Using Zoom

To join by computer (or tablet or smartphone):

Step 1: Download Zoom - it’s free. Go to zoom.us/download. Follow prompts.

Step 2: Go to zoom.us/test if you want to practice joining a meeting [if not, skip this step]

Step 3: a)If you are joining by computer (or tablet or smartphone), simply click this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87695793504?pwd=VjlEZHVxeUx2bkdRYVB3UzZtb1BtQT09 If you are asked for a meeting ID, please enter: 876 9579 3504, and if you are asked to enter a passcode, please enter: 792271

Typically, when you click on the link you will be taken into a “waiting room” where you are simply waiting for the meeting administrator to let you into the meeting. Please be patient as there will be many people seeking to enter the meeting within a short period of time.

b) If you are joining by telephone, dial the Toronto phone number 647-558-0588 and follow the prompts to enter the meeting ID (876 9579 3504) followed by #, and then the password (792271) followed by #.

NOTE: If for some reason (the internet connection being lost, for example), your zoom window disappears, or the call is lost, please simply wait for a minute or so and then click on the link again or phone in. If the internet connection is lost it might take a few minutes for it to come back online, so please be patient while it does in clicking the link/dialing in and reconnecting.

For assistance with using Zoom, please call parishioner Angelina Lim at 416.226.2782. Angelina has kindly helped some of us and is happy to help you as well. If you would like to test out getting onto to zoom and using it this week before the Sunday meeting (which I would suggest if you’re not familiar with or comfortable with zoom), please, call Angelina early this week to arrange a time to do so.

How we will vote

In an in-person vestry meeting we would typically ask to have a motion moved on a point of business, “moved by,” and then have someone “second” it, “seconded by.” The difficulty with this for a zoom meeting is that while people on computers can vote through electronic means, those who telephone in cannot and so it is much more difficult to tabulate votes. As such, and consistent with the canons, we will ask if anyone wishes to vote “no” and if there are any “abstentions.” These will be recorded in the minutes. It will be assumed, however, that if one does not vote against the motion or vote to abstain, that they are in support of the motion. And if there are sufficient numbers in support, we will presume the motion carried.

Rev. Leigh Silcox

Dear Incarnation family,

In 2021 we celebrate the 25th anniversary of FaithWorks!

Let us offer our gratitude to those who have worked in this vineyard of the Lord these past 25 years. Let us celebrate by making this year a special year of worship and offering. Be it out of empathy or gratitude, let our worship and offering be in response to our encounter with the living God who surrounds us, fills us, embraces us, and is on the street, in the hospital, in places of isolation, wherever there is pain and suffering.

For more information you can look at www.faithworks.ca.

Please keep this on your radar screen. You can be in touch with our coordinator for Faithworks at the parish level, The Reverend Claire Goodrich Dyer, or with Sharon in the office, or with me.

in Christ, Leigh+

On Friday November 21st, the Premier of Ontario announced further restrictions to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. As the Bishops of the Diocese of Toronto have stated from the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will always willingly abide by the restrictions placed upon us by government and health authorities, in our common concern for public health and the safety of every person.

Therefore, effective Monday, Nov. 23, all Anglican churches in Toronto and Peel Region will be allowed a maximum of 10 people indoors or 10 people outdoors, masked and physically distanced, and primarily for the purposes of providing live stream or other online worship services. Other than that, in-person worship services of over 10 in churches in those communities are not permitted under the Red Stage Guidelines.

Following Provincial legislation and the Diocese of Toronto guidelines, in-person worship services will be suspended until further notice. Please tune in to our YouTube channel(YouTube Church of the Incarnation Toronto

Resources for Advent At the following link you will find a free, ready-made Advent Bible Study Course that is available online with downloadable PDF resources for 2020. It is produced by the Diocese of Sheffield (CofE)and is reflective of our pandemic experience. https://www.lightsforchrist.uk/lightinthedarkness

Missing the chance to sing this Advent? Never fear! We are incredibly lucky to have a large household of Christitan sisters - the sisters at St. John’s Convent - who are going to sing together this Sunday, December 20th, at 4:30pm. Please join them as you’re able for their Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols. You can find the service at the following link at 4:30pm on Sunday.
https://youtu.be/nbrRCMa477o**

A letter to parishioners from Rev. Leigh Silcox” Dear Parishioners of Incarnation, I begin my letter to you with two verses from Scripture that have always provided me with the greatest assurance to persevere in and with hope through the most challenging times of my life: “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” - Romans 8:38-39.

These last six months where we haven’t been able to gather together for worship, prayer, and fellowship, and where of course we have lived through economic, social and political upheavals, have certainly been challenging for me as a priest, as I would imagine they have been for all of you. At times I’ve felt sad, and even empty. I have wondered, what’s next? When will things go back to normal? What will happen to our churches and to The Church?

But as I have read Scripture each day, as I have read Morning and Evening Prayer, I am reminded that so many of God’s own people have experienced similar circumstances: various plagues (throughout history and of course as we find in the Book of Exodus), even experiences of severe economic devastation (Exodus 7:14-12:26), food shortages (Exodus), political and social turmoil (Judges, Kings, the Prophets), and individual loss (Job, Paul, Jesus Christ himself); the Scriptures and the Church’s own history, are filled with these circumstances and the ways God’s people and that God himself responds. To find God not standing far off from his people, but right in the midst of them, as I read Scripture and Christian writing through the last 2000 years, well this has given me assurance that I am not alone; that in Christ Jesus I, along with you, his people, are bound to him through his Holy Spirit (John 14:11-14).

What now(?) was a central question for me, as I would imagine it is for you too. The starting place for us as Christians cannot be mere recourse to ‘the practical,’ even if this is too is important. That would be to let go of the greatest gift we have: God revealing himself to us and with us, given to us in the Scriptures. What is God doing with us in the middle of this plague is a question we should be asking as challenging as it might be to think of God’s involvement here. But it is to these books of Scripture; to this living Word of life, that we are called to seek our way forward. As your new priest-in-charge, I look forward first, to meeting and getting to know you, and second to using some of the ways of the past, but also exploring with you, new ways of ‘soaking’ (Psalm 62:1-2) ourselves in the ‘honey’ of Scripture (Exodus 3:8; Leviticus 20:24) of receiving the “living water” that is Jesus Christ himself written in them (1 Corinthians 10:4).

Blessings to you in our Lord Jesus Christ,

The Reverend Leigh Silcox

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