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Community Life Newsletter April 17- April 30

COMMUNITY LIFE
April 17- April 30, 2020
EASTER SEASON
Alleluia!
He is risen!
Glorious Easter to everyone. Easter Sunday began the 50-day season of Easter, continuing through Pentecost (May 31). Eastertide, as the season is traditionally known, is the most significant liturgical season in the Church [yes, even more so than Christmas].
During Holy Week and throughout the Easter season we commemorate and celebrate the most wonderful declaration of love and greatest gift for all time: God gave Godself to deliver all people from spiritual bondage and save everyone from judgment for our wrongs. Jesus, the perfect one, took our place. The cross has been described as the juncture of justice and mercy. The resurrection is the clincher, turning the tables of evil, wrong and spiritual death. Justice and goodness prevail!
There are seven (7) Sundays in Easter. Each (and the weekdays between) is a time to celebrate and thank God for Jesus and our redemption. In Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables, Bishop Myriel says to Jean Valjean (who the Bishop has just saved from imprisonment for life), “It is your soul that I buy … and I give it to God.” So has Jesus bought us and given us to God, restoring us to our Creator.
We are invited to join Jesus followers the world over in celebrating this season. We can do so by reflecting on what Jesus has done, giving thanks for this and all God’s gifts, and loving others as Christ loves us. We love by Jesus’ love; the same love that empowered him to accept the cross and raised him from the dead.
For this we say, “Thanks be to God!”
richard+
Church of the Incarnation - To know Christ and to make Him known
CURBSIDE BLESSING AND PRAYER
… with physical distancing
richard+ will be in Incarnation’s parking lot this Sunday (April 19) and tentatively next Sunday (April 26) from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. to offer blessings and prayer (rain, shine, or flurries). Physical distancing and other health protocols will be observed. You don’t even have to get out of your car! Both gates will be open.
PREACHING SERIES
This Sunday we begin a six (6) week preaching series for the season of Easter:
JESUS IS RISEN! SO WHAT?
We will explore the question, Why does Jesus’ resurrection matter? The scripture readings for each week highlight the gifts that Jesus offers everyone by his resurrection power. Jesus’ gifts include peace, joy, fulfilment, hope, guidance, and purpose. These gifts are always timely, yet per-haps more so in this time of a pandemic.
Tune in to our YouTube channel as we see
Jesus’ desire to be with us and help us now and for eternity.
The link is https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1fRXNfvjpzlGFlcRT9Bnzg
CARING FOR YOUR CHURCH COMMUNITY
The wardens and richard are grateful to all who have supported our church community during the pandemic. Support comes in many forms: prayer, compassion cards, phoning parishioners to check-in or offer information, delivering packages. Another important aspect of support is financial giving. Simply put, our church cannot exist and function without our combined financial support.
Many of us have dropped-off or mailed cheques. Others have signed-up for Pre-Authorized Giving (PAG). Please consider switching to PAG if you have not already done so. This helps your church to budget and plan responsibly - and to weather unexpected crises.
The wardens and treasurer have implemented another avenue for giving: electronic funds transfer (via Interac). This is a way to give via online banking. It is safe and secure. A number of us have already turned to this method of giving. For information on Electronic Funds Transfer contact Sharon (our administrative assistant) at office@incarnationtoronto.ca or call the office at 416-221-7516.
Recognizing that everyone is financially impacted by the pandemic, as you are able please continue to give financially to your church. Your support is essential. Giving is one form of spiritual discipline and stewardship that reminds us that everything we have is a gift from God and is to be used to God’s glory. Thank you.
NEVER ALONE: POWER OF PRAYER
Over a month-in to the state of emergency trig-gered by the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are feeling the effects of self-isolating and physical distancing. This is natural, because God created humans for relationship; relation-ship with God and one another.
We may feel alone, yet with Jesus we are never alone. The resurrected Jesus is always present by the Holy Spirit. Jesus says, “I am with you al-ways, to the end of the age.” [Matthew 28:20]. Jesus is present in the power of love. He is here to help us through this life.
One of the main ways we connect with Jesus is through conversation. God listens as we speak. God knows our thoughts, so we can be real with God. The Bible is full of people openly express-ing their thoughts and feelings to God. God also speaks to us by the Holy Spirit. This may be au-dible, yet most often is in dreams or in gut-feelings; knowing something, though we cannot explain how we know.
Dialogue with God is called prayer. It is a two-way street: we speak and we listen. As with all communication, we learn and improve over time through experience. One way to start is to set aside five (5) minutes each day: acknowl-edge God and God’s greatness; admit our need for God; pour-out our heart to God; be still and listen for God’s response.
COMMUNITY CARES
Our church building remains closed pursuant to health re-quirements. Please pray for an end to the pandemic and re-sumption of corporate wor-ship at Incarnation.
Please let richard+ know if you have a prayer request or other pastoral need. You may call the office [416.221.7516] or email richard [priest-incarnation@toronto.anglican.ca]. If you have a pastoral emergency, please call richard on his cell phone [647.719.4230].
CONNECTING TO THE RISEN CHRIST
God wired us to be con-nected to God. We’re also wired to be connected with one another, including in our thanks and praise to God. Corporate worship is a tremendous privilege we enjoy in Canada. While we are not able to gather, here are a few ways to facilitate in-dividual prayers and devotions during the Easter season:
+ Read the resurrection accounts in each Gospel (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) and speak with God [access the Bible online at www.blueletterbible.org or www.biblegateway.com]
+ Use the Daily Office- morning, mid-day or evening prayers in our prayer book [https://www.anglican.ca/about/liturgicaltexts/ click The Book of Alternative Ser-vices (pages 45-71)]. If you do not have online access or are more tactile, please come to Incarnation to bor-row a prayer book (green book).
+ Use Home Prayers in our prayer book [https://www.anglican.ca/about/liturgicaltexts/ click The Book of Alternative Services (pages 687-693)]
SERVING OPPORTUNITIES
Some of you have offered to pick-up groceries or prescriptions for those who cannot get out. Others have offered to be part of the phone tree - calling parishioners who don’t have email, so that everyone stays connected and informed.
We are also looking for those willing on occa-sion to deliver pastoral letters and Sunday pro-grams to parishioners in your geographic area.
Please call Sharon in the office [416.221.7516] or email Sharon at office@incarnationtoronto.ca if you are willing to serve in any of these ca-pacities.
THANKS TO ALL VOLUNTEERS!
THOSE WHO HAVE DIED
We grieve with the families of:
SINA HARRISON
JEAN ROBINSON
May they rest in peace and rise in glory!
PRAYER LISTS
Please pray for the following individuals:
In our parish cycle of prayer [we rotate through our parish list, praying for each mem-ber]: Alice, Dana, Suzanne, Charles and Emma and their families.
For those who are sick or with other expressed needs: Audrey, Nancy, Trivi, Catherine, Anne, Shirley, Margot, Barb, Gwen, Barbara, Yousif, Yu, Doug, Jo-Ann, Mary, Mike and MaryPat, Ken, Nicole and Denise.
For those who have died, and their families: Sina and Jean
Be with us, Lord, in all our prayers, and direct our way toward the attainment of salvation, that among the changes and chances of this mortal life, we may always be defended by your gracious help, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
O gracious and holy Father, give us wisdom to perceive you, diligence to seek you, patience to wait for you, eyes to behold you, a heart to meditate upon you, and a life to proclaim you, through the power of the spirit of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Looking Ahead………………
 We look forward to an end to the pandemic.
 All on-site groups and activities are temporarily discontinued.
HAPPENINGS
 Coffee and Conversation [facilitated scripture discussion] - we resumed C&C via ZOOM, an electronic communications platform.
Richard Webb is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Coffee & Conversation
Time: Apr 19, 2020 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 962 1685 1927
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