HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday – the birthday of the Christian Church – when God sent His Holy Spirit to infill us and give us the power to do His work.   Come and join with us as we worship and celebrate.  Services this Sunday: 8 am Holy Communion at Christ the King;   10:30 am Holy Communion at Christ the King;  10:30 am Morning Prayer at St. Thomas.  Remember to wear something RED!

Revived!

The Old has become New again

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OLD does not mean not useful nor not wanted

 

On August 1, 2015, by order of Bishop David, The Parish of Fundy and the Lakes was created – amalgamating the parishes of Lakewood, Simonds and St. Martins-Black River. Consequently, the Church buildings in Upper Loch Lomond (All Saints) and St. Martins (Holy Trinity) were deconsecrated. St Thomas, Black River remained and Saint James (Lakewood) became the Parish Church, and was renamed the Church of Christ the King.

Since that time, many changes and adaptations have evolved, and consecrated items from both All Saints and Holy Trinity have found new life in the Parish Church.

On April 1, 2018, parishioners arrived to find the sanctuary adorned for a joyous and festive Easter celebration – and a truly significant baptism.

Six month old Patrick Leo Howe was baptized – the first baptism using the font which had been relocated from Holy Trinity to the Church of Christ the King. As Reverend Canon Leo led the worship, he reflected that this was the first child he had baptized that bore his name. Four year old Elizabeth helped Canon Leo pour the water into the font (She was the first child to be baptized at Christ the King)

Also in attendance at the service were four congregants who had been baptized in that same font at the church in St Martins, truly joining Parishes and generations.

Shown in the pictures are: (1) The font that was relocated;  (2) Elizabeth helping Canon Leo pouring the water and (3) Mom, Laura holding Patrick,   Leah Gallagher, Earle Black (also the warden), Lynn Bell, and Valerie Densmore, the four who had started their faith journey at All Saints.

Here is our Easter Letter

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March 2018

Dear Parish of Fundy and the Lakes Family,

The act of setting our clocks ahead this past Sunday was certainly a reminder we are moving along in our yearly calendar. The rituals, like the Annual Meeting, at the beginning of every new year are now behind us and we look forward to the imminent arrival of Spring and its usual warmer days.

It is difficult to believe Easter is only a couple of weeks away. As a result, I ask you what does the word Easter mean to you?  Is the first thing that comes to mind chocolate?  Is it the television commercial of a bunny clucking like a chicken and laying eggs? (I can’t honestly remember what they are trying to sell).  Or do your thoughts go the actions of our Lord and Saviour?

Spiritually, this time of year means we are now getting ready to enter the solemnity of Holy Week leading to the Crucifixion and the celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ. We are all very familiar with the basics of the story which show the immense love which God, as our Creator and Heavenly Father, has for each and every one of us.  And when we allow that knowledge to sink into our hearts and minds, it is amazing indeed!

Throughout Lent, we have been trying to deepen the knowledge of our Lord’s story with study, and how it affects us by taking the time to reflect on certain aspects of His life. At Christ the King, we have been blessed with four people sharing parts of their own faith story and how God’s love has affected their lives.  This allowed us to see that God is still very much at work in our world and in our parish.

This year, I invite all of you to bring your faith stories to the foot of the empty Cross. By this, I mean that I invite you to join us in worship as we move towards Easter and focus your thoughts on what God has done for you personally or corporately as a parish.  As a family, we can symbolically offer all of these as a thanksgiving to our Father for His continued presence in our lives.

May God continue to walk with us in the journey of our faith.

I pray God’s blessings on each and every one of you and I hope we can all join together in worship at some point in this wonderful and celebratory season of Easter.

 

The Reverend Canon Leo Martin

Rector

 

Schedule of Services

Palm Sunday:                     10:30 am – Holy Communion – Christ the King

Monday:                               6:30 pm – Everning Prayer – Christ the King

Tuesday:                               6:30 pm – Evening Prayer – Christ the King

Wednesday:                                    6:30 pm – Evening Prayer – Christ the King

Maundy Thursday :           6:30 pm – Holy Communion – Christ the King

Good Friday:                       10:30 am – Christ the King

                                                2:00 pm – St Thomas

Holy Saturday:                   6:30 pm – Stations of the Cross – Christ the King

Easter Sunday:                   8:00 am – Holy Communion – Christ the King

                                                8:45 am – Parish Breakfast Buffet

                                                10:30 am – Holy Communion – Christ the King

                                                10:30 am – Holy communion – St Thomas

My Hope comes from Him

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Friday, December 8th

 

Scripture: Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my HOPE comes from Him.  Psalm 62:5

Thought: We DO have a source of hope! Our God reigns! Yesterday, today and for ever!  We do not need to become discouraged, we can trust Him to encourage us.

Prayer: Lord, I confess that I do not always come to You as my source of strength – and as a result I become discouraged,  Remind me throughout this day to come to You in all things that Your may encourage me and strengthen me.  AMEN

Challenge: Look for the evidences of God in your personal surroundings today.  Allow His presence to fill you with hope.

 

Do not lose hope

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Thursday, December 7th

 

Scripture:  O righteous God, Who searches the minds and hearts, bring to an end the violence of the wicked and make the righteous secure. Psalm 7:9

Thought: As we look around our community and our world, it is very easy to become discouraged and to lose hope. Where will it all end?  The future does not look bright. There does not seem to be much hope.  But one songwriter penned these words: “I’ve read the end of the book – and we win!”

Prayer: Lord, as I look around us today, I see that discouragement abounds. Help me to light a candle for someone and bring a little hope into the life of one person who is discouraged. Let Your light shine through me today. AMEN

Challenge: Look specifically for someone who looks discouraged today – say or do something to make their day better.

December 6.. Use me, Use me, Lord!

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Wednesday, December 6th

Scripture Reading : Joshua chapter 2

Thought:  How can the Almighty God use me?  I know all my faults and failings. I am not worth the dust on my shoes. I am useless.  Have you ever felt this way?  (be honest)  Of course you have! Romans 3:23 tells us that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” We are no different than Rahab – we are, in our own eyes, less than useful.  But Rahab saw a glimmer of light through her conversation with the spies… and she followed that beam and was used by God to play a part in bringing salvation to this world.

Challenge:  What is it in my life that hinders me from being used by God? Seek it out, and take the necessary steps to correct the hindrance? 

Prayer: Lord, hear my prayer today. Cleanse the houghts of my heart, that I may perfectly love You, and serve You, and Magnify Your Holy Name.  AMEN