light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me
will no longer remain in the dark
John 12v.46 NLT
From Father Ross…
Spring is a time to look forward – to warmer weather, to new growth, to revitalized energy. In the Northern hemisphere Spring also coincides with the Christian celebration of the Resurrection – of death giving way to life; of despair becoming hope; of sorrow becoming joy.
From either perspective, we celebrate new and
renewed life at this time of year.
Rogation Sunday, which is still observed in some parts of the Anglican Communion, takes place during the Easter Season, often in late April or early May – just when new crops are being planted and farm animals are birthing a new generation.
While most of us are not famers, it is good for us to pause, and ask God’s blessing on all forms of new life – which in the end blesses us with varieties of food and enjoyment. And while we are about it, to ask God’s grace to enable us to live in harmony with all of God’s creation and with each other.
So, as we wait for our Canadian Spring to finally warm up, here is a prayer and a blessing for life:
Creator Spirit, who broods everlastingly
over the lands and the waters,
who endows them with forms and colours
which no human skill can copy:
give us today, we ask you,
the mind and heart to
rejoice in your creation. AMEN
May God’s blessing shower upon all creatures
may peace pervade the whole creation;
may there be an abundance of plants we use;
may humankind prosper and animals flourish.
Bless all living things, O Lord.
Up and Coming…
Sat. April 20 – Men’s Breakfast at 8 a.m.
All men are welcome to attend the monthly gathering in Tomkins Hall
April 24th – Cake Decorating cancelled due to lack of interest.
LivingWorks Education safeTALK is a three hour workshop/training that prepares anyone over the age of 15 to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. If you require additional information please click here.
Thurs. May 2nd – Drop off items for garage sale 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Fri. May 3rd – Drop off items for garage sale 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sat. May 4th – Annual Garage Sale 8:30 a.m. – 12 noon
This is one of St James largest fundraisers, so please donate, come out & help set up and or work one of the areas Saturday morning. There is a sign-up sheet at the back of the church. It is a great opportunity for you to make some new friends and we always have fun. So, tell your friends, tell your neighbours and come and see what treasures you can find. Garden plants potted and tagged will be accepted. Please no clothing, large furniture or baby seats.
Tues. May 14th – A.C.W. meeting – 7 p.m.
All women are welcome to attend the meeting to be held in Tomkins Hall.
Sat. May 25th – Time and Talent Auction
If you have a talent or some time to offer to your fellow parishioners, why not consider submitting a short description as to what you have to offer, your name, email address or telephone number and the estimated auction price to Tim Venusor Darwin Turner. Please submit your offer no later than Sunday, May 19th. Be sure to bring your friends to this very entertaining evening! Catalogues will be for sale at the door to Tomkins Hall at 7 p.m.
Fri. May 31st – Dickinson Day Parade – 6 p.m. start time
Mark your calendars now! We will be leaving from the Arena in Manotick and parishioners of all ages are welcome to join the St. James float. If you don’t wish to journey with the float, please come out to cheer us on!
Opportunities to Give…
Developing New Child and Family Ministries Program
Over the next few months we will be developing specific ministry initiatives under the umbrella heading, Child and Family Ministries.
Parish families and leaders of current programs relating to children and families will be involved in conversations about how best to identify and meet the needs of this growing population in our communities of Manotick, South Barrhaven and Riverside South.
As we develop an integrated ministry approach, we say goodbye to Chrisann Harding who has faithfully served as St James’ Church School and Youth Coordinator since the fall of 2008. Chrisann will be working with us in her current capacity until the middle of June to ensure the successful completion of our current year of Church School and Youth Programs. At that time we will have an opportunity to formally thank her for her work with us over the last 5 years.
By mid-summer we expect to have concrete plans for our fall ministry programs serving children, youth and their families. If you wish to be part of the ministry development team, please contact Father Ross.
Doors Open Ottawa
St. James’ is looking for an individual or individuals interested in coordinating volunteers for our event here at St. James on June 1st (9am-4pm) & 2nd (12 – 4pm). The application has been sent to the City and templates for handouts and sign-up sheets for volunteers are in place if you wish to use them or you are free to design your own. If you have any questions, or are interested in being our coordinator for this event, please contact Sam in the church office as soon as possible
Our Gifts to the Community…
Karen Refugee Ministry
Have you heard? There’s a new and very special ministry at St. James. Our Parish has agreed to sponsor a refugee family driven out of Burma and presently living in an overcrowded Thailand refugee camp. For more information check ourwebsiteor contactJoan BowlerorJoy Clarke for information about helping with fundraising or making a donation. Tax receipts for 2013 donations will be issued in early 2014.
A Rabbi said to a precocious six-year-old boy, “So your mother says your prayers for you each night? That’s very commendable.
What does she say?”
The little boy replied,
“Thank God he’s in bed!”
Grocery Cards can be purchased during the week from Sam Hills in the office or on Sundays after the 10 a.m. service.