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Lent Pastoral Letter

Dear Incarnation Family,

I have been able to talk to most of you either on the phone or through zoom these last few months and as I said in my November newsletter, I know that many of you are caring for one another. As we continue through this season of Lent, our liturgies in our Eucharistic and Morning Prayer services are filled with Scriptures that ask us to examine our lives as we hold them up to God’s own self revelation. Who are we? What do our thoughts, our behaviours, our words, our actions, our possessions, our ways of engaging others, say about who we are and about our faithfulness to God?

This ‘COVID-time’ is not unprecedented for God’s people, although it is likely unique for most of us. But it has been precisely in such times throughout history that people have ended up taking stock of their lives and turned back to God finding they are utterly reliant on his mercy. In such times as we are in, people have had to grapple with the way we have been living, and the things by which and to which we have been tempted. The same temptations that Jesus met in the wilderness are also our temptations, but the power of God’s love can help us resist these temptations and defeat the figurative beasts that dwell in and among us. At our baptism, we were made Christ’s own forever.

Lent is a time for us to ask: how might God be at work both in us and for us during our figurative wilderness times and what must I do to discover what he’s up to and reorient my life accordingly? These kinds of questions are meant to remind us of God’s presence during those wilderness times that leave us feeling stretched beyond our abilities: in the midst of the various trials we face in life. Because, you know what? the same Spirit of God that descended upon Jesus at his Baptism & drove Jesus out into the wilderness also accompanied him during that time and brought him back again.

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 for now and the future. Your leadership team, along with many who serve in various parish ministries, are working hard to ensure that you as Christ’s disciples have a place and community within which to worship. Although delayed because of the ‘stay at home order’ by the Province, we are hoping to deliver Incarnation envelopes to you within the month of February. We’d ask that in the meantime, you consider including your donation for the months of January and February in regular envelopes which can be mailed to or dropped off in person to the church. Please do not place cash into the envelopes, cheques only. These will be retrieved from the church mailbox on a daily basis and either deposited immediately or placed into a locked safe until they can be deposited.

Finally, please know that we are praying for you, particularly during our Sunday Morning Prayer services found on YouTube, and during our Morning Prayer Services held each Monday-Thursday at 9:30am on zoom (if you are not already and can do so, don’t hesitate to join us for Morning Prayer through computer or your phone!).

Yours in Christ,

The Reverend Dr. Leigh Silcox Earle Armstrong, Deb Simpson, John Kane, and Susanne Matchett, and Bill Otton

P.S. Please remember to keep the parish and your fellow parishioners in your prayers contacting us if necessary. And please consider mailing in or dropping off your January/February offerings to the church mailbox in a regular non-church envelope (or a church envelope when these come to you), continuing with your PAR donation, or making an e-transfer donation to the church.

“‘Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,’” says the LORD Almighty, “‘and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.’” - Malachi 3:10

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need.” - Acts 2:42-45

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