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Incarnation Community Life-May 1-14

May 1- May 14, 2020
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
[1 Thessalonians 5:16-18]
These words were inspired by the Holy Spirit and penned by a 1st century C.E. follower of Jesus named Paul. This is God’s exhortation and encouragement to us and everyone. It is especially relevant in this season of pandemic, as we still find our lives topsy-turvy. We will consider the exhortation Rejoice! in this issue of Community Life.
In our Gospel reading and message for April 26, we see that God, a God of joy, wants everyone to experience joy. We see this in the beauty of creation. The return of songbirds (and squawking Canada Geese) and the buds and blooms of spring prompt joy. In the Bible, God’s kingdom (when Jesus returns to set things right) is depicted as a great party or lavish banquet, with everyone dressed for the occasion.
We want more joy, yet often it is drowned-out by sorrow or worry. Joy, after all, is an emotion; maybe one less familiar to us than grief or anxiety. We cannot tame our emotions (summoning them at will), but we can acknowledge them and seek God’s guidance.
We also can makes choices that encourage emotions like joy. For example, we can choose to look for things for which to give God thanks. Gratitude fuels joy. Likewise, we can be kind and compassionate to those around us, with generous hearts. We can choose to be a friend and to spend time with our friends. In all this we invite joy and provide a comfortable place for it to abide with us.
Regardless of our circumstances, we always can rejoice because we are loved by the Creator of all things, who has redeemed us from our wrongs and included us in his kingdom come. We rejoice in the magnitude of God’s love expressed by Jesus on the cross, and in the power of the resurrection.
The joy of the Lord is our strength
[Nehemiah 8:10].
Church of the Incarnation - To know Christ and to make Him known
Thanks to Clair Webb, who has aranged our flowers each week dur-ing the pandemic (sometimes twice in one weekend, a la Easter!). Ar-ranged flowers can still be dedicated as in the past. Please let Sharon know if you are interested. Dona-tions for flowers are welcome, regardless of whether there’s a particular dedication.
… with physical distancing
Our Curbside Blessing and Prayer con-tinues to be a hit. richard+ will be in In-carnation’s parking lot each Sunday from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. to offer blessings and prayer (rain or shine - a little sunshine would be nice!). Physical distancing and other health protocols will be ob-served. You don’t even have to get out of your car! Both gates will be open.
We are in a 6-week preaching series, exploring the question, Why does
Jesus’ resurrection matter? The scrip-ture readings for each week highlight the gifts that Jesus offers everyone by his resurrection power.
April 19 Peace April 26 Joy
May 3 Fully Alive May 10 Hope
May 17 Guidance May 24 Purpose
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
Well-in to the state of emer-gency triggered 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; re-lationship 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 is no longer walking this planet in bodily form, yet is with us by the Spirit. Jesus says, “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever” [John 14:16]. Je-sus is present in the resurrection power of love. He is here to help us through this life.
Please pray for an end to the pandemic and resump-tion of corporate worship 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
If you have a pastoral emergency, please call richard on his cell phone [647.719.4230].
The wardens and richard are grateful to all who have sup-ported our church community during the pandemic. Support comes in many forms: prayer, compassion cards, phoning pa-rishioners to check-in or offer information, delivering packages. Another important aspect of sup-port 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 Remittance (PAR). Please consider switching to PAR if you have not already done so. This helps your church to budget and plan responsi-bly - and to weather unexpected crises.
The wardens and treasurer have implemented another ave-nue 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 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.
COVID 19/2020
Gentle early
spring rains mercifully
renew this ravaged
bounteous planet
for man’s pursuit
of pleasure and power.
Tears of sadness or
eternal blessed forgiveness
coaxing tender life
from a weary earth.
And neighbourhood strangers
pressed to smile and laugh
even sing and dance
from measured distance!—-
breathe new life out of
old estrangements.
“We know that all things work for good
for those who love God.” - Romans 8:28
Olivia Lee
God wired us to be connected 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 en-joy in Canada. While we are not able to gather, here are a few ways to facilitate individual 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 or]
+ Use the Daily Office- morning, mid-day or evening prayers in our prayer book [ click The Book of Alternative Services (pages 45-71)]. If you do not have online access or are more tactile, please come to Incarnation to borrow a prayer book (green book).
+ Use Home Prayers in our prayer book [ click The Book of Alternative Services (pages 687-693)]
We continue to receive offers to make calls, deliver church mailings, or pick-up groceries. We are ex-ploring other ways to care for one another and stay connected.
Please call Sharon in the office [416.221.7516] or email Sharon at if you are willing to serve in any of these capacities.
We grieve with the families of:
May they rest in peace and rise in glory!
Please pray for the following individuals:
In our parish cycle of prayer [we rotate through our parish list, praying for each mem-ber]: Brian, Maureen, Al, Christine, Osita, Virginia and Janice and their families.
For those who are sick or with other expressed needs: Audrey, Nancy, Trivi, Catherine, Anne, Margot, Barb, Gwen, Barbara, Yousif, Yu, Doug, Jo-Ann, Mary, Mike, Mary-Pat and Ian.
For those who have died, and their families: Sina, Ken, Jean and Shirley.
God of compassion, be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation. In their loneliness, be their consolation; in their anxiety, be their hope; in their darkness, be their light; through him who suffered alone on the cross, but reigns with you in glory, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Lord Jesus Christ, you taught us to love our neighbour, and to care for those in need as if we were caring for you. In this time of anxiety, give us strength to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick, and to assure the isolated of our love, and your love, for your name’s sake.
Looking Ahead………………
 We look forward to an end to the pandemic.
 All on-site groups and activities are temporarily discontinued.
 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 and Conversation
Time: May 3, 2020 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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