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Community Life Newsletter Feb. 21-March 5

COMMUNITY LIFE Church of the Incarnation
February 21, 2020 - March 5, 2020

To know Christ and to make Him known

Engaging Lent 2020
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And he fasted forty days and forty nights…. Matthew 4:1,2
The celebration of Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) signals the coming of Lent, a key season in the Church calendar. This year Lent begins on Wednesday, February 26. We at Incarnation will join Christians around the world in marking Jesus’ journey to the cross.
We gather for our Ash Wednesday service on Wednesday, February 26 at 7:00 p.m. The service includes communion and the imposition of ashes.
What is Lent?

Lent is a 40 day season from Ash Wednesday through Holy Saturday. The five (5) Sundays of Lent are not included in the 40 days. This is because each Sunday we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. Lent is a time for us to join Jesus on his journey to the cross. It is an opportunity for us to slow down, catch our breath, and reflect on God and the gift of being created by God and loved by God. We also acknowledge and face the ways we have failed to trust God and love our neighbours.

The 40 days of Lent traditionally are tied to Jesus’ 40 days in the wilderness. There he fasted and was tempted by Satan. Jesus resisted temptation by relying on God the Father. Jesus was able to face his trial after the Father declared absolute love for him: “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” [Mark 1:11]. We enter Lent reminded of Jesus’ similar words to us: “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you; abide in my love.” [John 15:9].

What happens in Lent?

In Church tradition certain practices or disciplines are adopted in Lent. Fasting, or giving up something, is one example. Popular choices for Anglicans are foregoing wine, chocolate or other favourite food. We also can add something to our routine, like regular Sunday worship or learning to read the Bible or pray. Other examples are acts of caring for those in need and the marginalized. The point of these practices is to re-orient us to God. Then we can better appreciate the truth of our existence and the gift of Jesus. The closer we grow to Jesus, the more we become our true selves.

How can we engage Lent at Incarnation?

One key way we as Incarnationites can do Lent is through regular worship. We can attend Sunday worship each week during Lent. Please also plan to attend special services like Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil, and Easter.

May this be an especially meaningful Lent for you.
God’s Peace, Richard

Lent Resources

  • Becoming the Story We Tell
    [Anglican Church of Canada] []
  • Signs of Life: Why Church Matters
    [Society of St. John the Evangelist] []
  • Living Compass: Living Well Through Lent 2020 [The Episcopal Church] []
  • #LiveLent: Care for God’s Creation [Church of England] []

Lent and the Church Calendar

The Church calendar begins with Advent, when we anticipate Jesus returning to set all things right. We also reflect on Jesus’ first coming (babe in a manger). Epiphany follows, emphasizing Jesus’ identity as God who became one of us to rescue us from our brokenness and wrongs. Lent focuses on Jesus’ mission, culminating in the cross and resurrection. Pentecost commemorates the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit connects us to Jesus and provides all we need to live as followers of Jesus. The remainder of the year is Ordinary Time. This marks our opportunity to get to know Jesus and to join him in redeeming the world.
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Reminder: Vestry on Sunday February 23

Please plan to join fellow Incarnationites on Sunday, February 23 for our Vestry [Annual General Meeting]. The meeting will follow announcements at the end of the 10:30 a.m. service. Vestry is occasion to focus on who we are as a church, what we are about, and how we plan to go forward. We address lay leadership and finances. We will gather in the sanctuary. Refreshments will be provided.


Vestry [Annual General Meeting] - February 23 at the end of the 10:30 a.m. service
LOOKING AHEAD (continued)

Shrove Pancake Supper - Tuesday, February 25, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. [tickets on sale]
Ash Wednesday service - Wednesday, February 26, 7:00 p.m.
Leap Year Party - Saturday, February 29, 12:00 p.m. [tickets on sale]
World Day of Prayer Service - Friday, March 6, 1:30 p.m.
Bereavement Group Meeting - Monday,
March 9, 10:00 a.m.
Young at Heart Meeting - Tuesday,
March 10, 12:30 p.m.
Men’s Club Meeting - Wednesday,
March 18, 11:45 p.m.

Young At Heart: Our next meeting will be on March 10th at 12:30pm. Speaker: Liz Muir; topic - Canadian women in aviation. Lunch will be served.

Men’s Club Meeting …… will be on Wednesday March 18th at 11.45 am in the Auditorium. Join us for a hot lunch, freshly prepared in our kitchen, followed by friendly conversation.

Bereavement/Transition Group: Save The Date……Our monthly meetings are at 10:00 am on Mondays in the Sanctuary. All information shared is confidential. Upcoming meeting dates are as follows: March 9th, April 13th, May 11th and June 8th.
All information will be confidential.
Please hand your completed form to a
duty warden or Richard.
Date of Birth:________________________
Home Phone:________________________
Cell Phone:__________________________
Name of Spouse or Partner;
Home Phone:________________________
Cell Phone:__________________________
Emergency Contact:___________________
Phone &/or email:____________________
Names of Children:

ESL Cafe: We continue to meet every Monday (except holidays) from 7:00p.m. to 8:30p.m. Please invite friends to join us. If you can post a flyer on the notice board of a condo or apartment building, please speak with Mona Lim or pick one up from the Narthex. Thanks!

Pancake Supper
Back by popular demand!!

…is our Annual Supper to be held on Tuesday February 25, 2020 from 5:00pm to 6:30pm. Tickets are now available and in short supply. Cost is $10.00 per person. Come and Bring a Friend. EVERYONE IS WELCOME!!
Leap Year!!!
To celebrate this occasion, we are going to have a LEAP YEAR PARTY on February 29, 2020. Luncheon will be served beginning at noon, followed by entertainment provided by Sheppard Village Community Actors. Tickets will be available shortly. $20

World Day of Prayer Service
Will be held on Friday March 6th at 1:30pm at the Blessed Trinity Catholic Church on 3220 Bayview Avenue. The service will be followed by a reception.

Interim Priest-in-Charge: The Rev. Richard Webb
Honorary Associate: The Rev. Philip Cooper
Director of Music: Karen Rymal
Admin. Assistant: Sharon Phillip
Rector’s Warden: Joan Boms
People’s Warden: Earle Armstrong

15 Clairtrell Road, Toronto, ON M2N 5J7
Telephone: 416-221-7516; Fax 416-221-0219
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Event Details

Date and Time
Sunday March 1, 2020


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