Church of the Incarnation

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Nov 2020 Pastoral Letter

Dear Incarnation Family,

I have been able to talk to most of you either on the phone, over zoom, or in person. As a newcomer to your parish, I am deeply heartened to hear about how you are caring for one another with regular phone calls, discussions and check ins. This is the work of Christ’s disciples!

We are entering into the eighth month of COVID altered life, not just for Christians, but for the whole world. This pandemic has thrown off our routines, our expectations, our roles, and our ways of doing things. And while we are struggling to adapt - all of us with different challenges and/or opportunities - we are also having to practice, or perhaps even to learn some of the basic spiritual virtues: patience, kindness, gentleness, self-control and humility. The Scriptures are filled with people just like you and I, often in trying circumstances, out of which God forms us as his disciples if we are willing to allow him to transform our hearts and so our thoughts.

While our circumstances are challenging, Scripturally and historically, difficult times are precisely when people are thrown back not on our own ways, but in dependence upon God. The Scriptures and the Church’s reception and living out of them through time suggest that now more than ever we have an opportunity to seek God more deeply and to clear out those things that prevent us from encountering him and allowing ourselves to be transformed by him. COVID has created for me, and possibly for you, a great sense of uncertainty about so many things, not just practical things like, when will I be able to go into a store without a mask or meet with friends or family, or have people over to my home, but things like, do I really have a deep and abiding relationship with God? How can we grapple with the pain, anguish, loss, confusion, and fear so often a part of these uncertain times? By reminding ourselves foremost of this: Nothing can separate us from the love of God who came into the world for us. We are his. He has bound us to him in his Son Jesus Christ and by his Spirit, he constantly pulls us back to him.

As we take time to examine our lives before God, let us also remember that the work and ministry of Christ does require financial investment. Although our future is uncertain at this time, your leadership team is working hard to ensure that you as Christ’s disciples have a place and community within which to worship. We are also seeking new ways of connecting with you, and hopefully, ways that we can connect with new folks in this community who can help to build up and diversify our church. In light of this work both now and into the future, we ask you to prayerfully consider ways you can financially contribute to the ministry of this church even if you are not comfortable or cannot attend in person worship. To that end, we have three ways of contributing: 1. Mailing in a cheque; 2. Getting set up with the church’s preauthorized remittance (PAR) program; 3. Etranfering funds. If you are interested in the latter two, please contact the church office.

Finally, please know that we are praying for you and if you cannot attend service in person, our services are being livestreamed at 10am on Sundays and are recorded and posted to the Incarnation Toronto YouTube channel.

Yours in Christ,
The Reverend Dr. Leigh Silcox

  • Deb Simpson
  • John Kane
  • Earle Armstrong

“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 38-39

“Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, ‘Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.’” - Mark 12:43-44

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