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Pastoral Letter for Easter 2021

The Lord is risen! He is risen indeed, Alleluia!

 

Grace and peace to you all this Easter season,

This year marks the 2nd year that due to the Covid-19 pandemic that we were forced to celebrate Holy Week and Easter apart. I am sure that now as we head into another stay-at-home order, many of us are feeling the strain of this new reality we all find ourselves in. Yet, it’s also true that while we might be apart physically, we are never apart spiritually from Christ or each other.

 

Throughout this pandemic the people of St. Nicholas Birch Cliff have rallied around and held one another up while we’ve walked this road together. During Holy Week, many members of the parish came together to create a video for Stations of the Cross. What a pleasure it was for us to see each other and hear each other’s voices as we remind ourselves of the great love of the God we serve! Thank you to all who participated in that video and to Michael Braley for his touching rendition of “were you there when they crucified my Lord?”.

 

Thank you to Janet Baron, for organizing and hosting our bi-weekly Zoom coffee hours. It has been such a joy for participants to see one another “face to face” and talk about what is going on in our lives and community. There have been many smiles and many moments of laughter. If you have not joined in on one of these, I would encourage you to do so in the future!

 

As we move forward from Holy Week and focus on the empty tomb and the resurrection of the Easter Season, we too look forward to the light of the future for this community. We look forward to the hope of the resurrection, and the hope of health, as more and more Ontarians are receiving vaccinations against Covid-19. I know you join me in my prayer that with medical interventions and the dedication of our health care professionals, that we might soon see a time when we can once again gather in person. A time when families, friends and individuals can once again gather and enjoy the blessing of fellowship with others.

 

As we have come into the spring and warmer weather, we also look forward to a season change within our community, as we prepare for the arrival of Fr. Andrew MacDonald in May. With his arrival I pray that St. Nick’s will with joy and great anticipation enter into a new and wonderful chapter in the history of this amazing community! Please keep Fr. Andrew, Martha and Beatrice in your prayers as they prepare to begin this new chapter in their lives and the lives of the people of St. Nick’s.

 

Lastly, for the week of April 12th to April 19th, I will be off on my winter holiday. Thank you to the wardens for allowing me to take this after Easter and allowing me to spend time with Joshua and Lisa over Spring Break which was moved to this week due to the pandemic. For pastoral emergencies, Rev. Molly Findlay has agreed to be available. Should you have need, please contact the St. Nicholas Birch Cliff church office and you will be connected to her for pastoral care.

 

Faithfully yours in Christ’s service,

Fr. Ken

Due to COVID-19, we are unable to offer in person worship services at this time.  

 

It is with great joy that we share the news that Bishop Kevin has appointed the Rev'd. Andrew MacDonald as our Priest in Charge beginning May 1. We ask for your prayers for Fr. Andrew, his family & all at St. Nick’s as we move forward in ministry together.


 
Yours in Faith,
 
Doug Goss  Rector’s Warden               

Ken Campbell  People’s Warden                 

Suzanne Lehtinen  Deputy Warden

 

 

Here is a presentation by some of our Parish families telling the Christmas Story.  Thank you to those who participated. 

 

 

Readings for Sunday April 18th, The Third Sunday of Easter  

Acts 3:  12-19

Psalm 4

1 John 3:  1-7

Luke 24:  36b-48

 

 

 

 

 

 

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