The beginning of a new season

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No, Spring is not here yet (wishful thinking) but it IS just around the corner.

This is the beginning of a more important season – Lent.

What is Lent?  It is the period of time where Christians make an extra-special effort to focus on things of a Spiritual nature.  It is the forty days (not counting Sundays) leading up to Good Friday, when Jesus took our sins to the cross.

Many of us grew up with (or are in the habit of) ‘giving up’ something for Lent – coffee, chocolate, desserts etc, etc. etc…  While there is certainly nothing wrong with this practice, we might want to pair it with a ‘taking up’ activity.  TAKE UP greeting a stranger – in the mall, on the street, wherever we may be. Meet their eye and say a warm “hello”.  Say ‘Thank-you’ when appropriate (don’t forget to say this to the cashier who serves you); greet people you meet with “What a wonderful day” (or some positive comment); “pay it forward” – pay for the coffee for the person in the lineup behind you, {are you getting some ideas?}  Step outside your comfort zone and be a bright spot in someone’s life each day.

THEN – at the end of the day, take a few minutes to think back – See how many times God used you to bless someone else, and how you have been blessed.  And then, spend some time with God, thanking Him for allowing you to use the things He has LENT you, to bless others.

Your  Lenten season will prepare you for the joy that will come as we celebrate the Risen Lord.

Merry Christmas and Happy 2019

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On the forth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me – Four calling birds – the four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John – all calling to us to learn of the Saviour.  Their perspective is unique – just as their audiences were different – but the message was the same: This Jesus, Who came to dwell among us, is the promised One of God – He came to bring us forgiveness and restoration.  We CAN live as God intends – but only with His help.

As you consider your New Year’s resolutions for 2019 – resolve to learn more about the One you want to spend eternity with.

Read about Him, talk to Him, listen to Him, ask for His guidance, spend time with other members of His family, and mostly, learn to love Him more each day – you will experience the ultimate LOVE STORY.

Christmas Letter 2018

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The Parish of Fundy and the Lakes

Dear Parishioner

As I sit here in the coffee shop waiting for my car to be looked at, I glance around and I see a number of Christmas decorations hanging inside and outside the store. This brings to mind how every year, people fall back on their personal traditions which surround this most important celebration.  For many of us, these traditions date back for many generations and they are very important to us.

As we go through all the steps of following and re-creating these traditions, have we ever taken the time to ask ourselves – why do we follow these traditions? Is it simply because our great grandparents or ancestors did them and we just follow suit?

There is a story of a mother who would always cut both ends of the pot roast before she put it in the oven. One day her young daughter asked her why she did that.  The mother replied it was because her own mother had always done so.  So the young girl went and asked her grandmother why did that.  She gave the same answer – because her mother always did.  The young girl then went to her great grandmother and still received the same answer.  Luckily for the young girl, her great great grandmother was still alive, so she was able to go visit her and asked the same question.  The older lady smiled, looked at her young progeny and explained that the cooking pan she had for roast beef was too small, so she had to cut the ends in order for the meat to fit in.  And so began a new tradition.

This year, my Advent challenge to all of you is that, as you prepare for the Christmas Season, you take the time to ask yourself – why do I do this? Why do I do it in this way?  When and why did it start?  Maybe even, why is this decoration, or is this pattern of decorating important to me?  We may awaken something deep within ourselves that brings special meaning or reminds us of a special moment in our lives.

In a few weeks, we will be celebrating the birth of the Christ Child. Perhaps we could begin a new tradition of taking a few minutes each day in the season of Advent to focus our thoughts on the reason we decorate our homes.  Let us take the time to offer a warm and festive welcome to the Christ Child who, each year, reminds us of His message of Hope, Peace, Love and Joy for our beloved world.

I invite all of you to join us throughout the Advent and Christmas Seasons as the parish family prepares and celebrates this most important time in the Christian calendar. The times and places of these services are enclosed.

May you all have a Blessed Advent and Christmas Seasons,

The Rev’d Canon Leo Martin

Rector

 

Worship Services

December 16, 2018 – Advent 3

8:00 am        –           Holy Communion – Christ the King

10:30 am       –           Holy Communion – Christ the King

10:30 am       –           Morning Prayer – Saint Thomas

 

December 23, 2018 – Advent 4

10:30 am       –           Festival of Lessons and Carols

Christ the King

 

December 24, 2018 – Christmas Eve

4:30 pm       –           Holy Communion – Saint Thomas

7:00 pm       –           Holy Communion – Christ the King

 

December 25, 2018 – Christmas Day

10:00 am       –           Holy Communion – Christ the King

 

December 30, 2018 – Christmas 1

10:30 am       –           Holy Communion – Christ the King