As we prepare to celebrate Canada Day, I pass on this reflection from the book, “For All the Saints”, a compilation of readings, reflections and prayers for holy days and special celebrations throughout the year.
“Canada Day is a national holiday, not a feast of the Church; and yet it is right that we Christians offer prayer and thanksgiving today, because all the good things which we enjoy as Canadians have their origin as gifts of God. The resources of our land and the oceans which border it, our diversity as Canadian people, the heritage of Confederation and our nation’s continuing efforts to ensure peace and justice for all its citizens – all these things call the Church to remember and celebrate the God who gave them.
“At the same time, we as the people of the Church must accept an immense responsibility as citizens of Canada. We believe that divine grace seeks to fulfill what divine power has created. We are the servants of this saving purpose of God: we do not leave the concerns of Canadian society behind us when we enter our churches; we enter our churches in order to gain fresh strength for the work of making God’s justice, compassion, and wisdom ever more present in the life of our nation. On Canada Day, our task is to dedicate ourselves to the mission of bringing all our country’s resources – natural and human – within the circle of God’s redemptive love in Jesus Christ.”
Up and Coming…
Sunday service will be at 9:30 a.m.
from now up to & including
Saturday, July 7th:
End of year trip to Calypso &
barbeque for youth group.
Sunday, July 8th
Last day to support fundraising for
our youth who are attending the
CLAY conference in August.
Please bring in your empty wine &
beer bottles and leave them in the
blue recycle boxes in Tomkin Hall
Please ensure all bottles and cans
Wednesday, July 18th
Men’s BBQ at Sandrock’s home.
Wednesday, August 15th
Men’s BBQ at Tomkins’ home.
Sunday, September 16th:
Church school classes resume.
Opportunities to Give…
Jan. 26, 1973
July 19, 2011
Support Our Team
a former parishioner of St. James,
will be fondly remembered on Sunday Sept. 30th
at the South Ottawa Race Day at Rideau Carleton Raceway.
Heather, who lost her battle with brain cancer in July 2011, is the inspiration
for this race day and all funds raised
will be donated to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation.
The F.A.I.T.H. youth of St. James will
be representing our church with their team called Heather’s FAITH. Heather’s daughter Breanna Geddie is one of our youth members and their team is running/walking to support their friend Breanna and pay tribute to Heather.
All members of our Faith Community
are welcome to join our team, or you may wish to make a difference by donating to any of our team members. Together, with your support, we can reach our fundraising goal of $1,000.
We invite you to look at the website
for the South Ottawa Race Day by clicking the link below:
We wish Fr. Ross a well-deserved, relaxing vacation from July 2 to 31.
In his place, we are very fortunate to have Rev. Nigel Shaw, our honorary assistant, covering 2 Sundays in July and Rev. Karl McLean will cover one Sunday.
Fr. Ross will also be part of the St. James team attending the Canadian Lutheran Anglican Youth conference (CLAY) August 15-19th.
We wish each and every one of you an enjoyable summer and for those travelling, a safe trip there and back.