Christ is Risen!! He is Risen indeed. Alleluia!!
Readings for Sunday 11th April, Easter 1 First reading: Acts 4.32-35. Psalm 133 Second reading: 1 John 1.1-22. Gospel:John 20.9-31
Due to the provincial stay at home order, it is necessary to stop all in-person services. Here is a message from Fr. Bill – “We are an Easter people and we proclaim a message of resurrection and new life. No matter the circumstances God will find a way for us to sing our Alleluias.”
Prayer and Pastoral Care
Please pray this week for: Anne; Joyce; Paul and Judy, Jan and Bob; Phyllis; Thampi and Babu; Dave and Marylynn; Pat; Victoria; Karen; Victoria; Margaret and Anita; Fran and Bill; Nelson; Ray; Karen; Lauren and Nancy; Darlene and Jane; Ruth; Nancy June; Susan; Stephanie and Ron; Scott and Logan; Beth; Mary Anne; Izzy; Jen; Alison, Jamie and Cathie; Fred and Marlene; Davina and Sangeeta; Brian, Bob; Sandra; Fay and Willy plus Kim and Rick; Mark; Mary; Liz and Charlotte; Jack, Julie, Janie and John. AND for those who are in need of prayer but have no one today to remember them by name; and those known to each of you alone.
Rest in Peace the Reverend Canon Susan (Sue) Paulton. May light perpetual shine on our sister and her soul fine rest eternal and rise in glory, and family and friends find comfort as they mourn.
Pray for the people of Myanmar as the military coup continues to cause civil war with destruction of persons, and a way of life. May democracy and peace be reinstated and healing help the people move forward.
Pray for Bishop Todd and our priest Bill as they face the post Easter world of uncertainty, and still offer spiritual guidance and support to the people of God. May they learn how to find rest and renewal in their lives.
Pray for the people of Ontario and throughout Canada as more restrictions are imposed to quell the spread of the destructive and deadly Covid virus and all the various mutations and variants. May people come together in a resolve to care for one another by following public health and government directed directions.
Pray for the increased arrival and distribution of vaccines for Covid to move forward and there be enough availability for every citizen to obtain appropriate and approved vaccine support in the fight against this unseen enemy.
Pray for front line medical support persons who are exhausted, worried, and dealing with overcapacity, facing burn out and putting their own well being aside for the greater good. May they know they are appreciated and may everyone do their part to lessen the burdens of these heroes.
Pray with thanksgiving for the many on line resources that helped support the Christian communities over the time of Lent, Holy Week and Easter. We thank all who made it happen – we are blessed to have the ministry of these wonderful, caring, and talented people.
Cycle of Prayer for April Tend – Service “To respond to human need by loving service” is a central aspect of Christ’s call. Loving service means finding real needs, and offer service that is truly loving, so all are changed by the encounter. Prayer: Lord you came to service and not to be served, fill us with the compassion and insight to respond to human need by loving service. Let your glory fill this place. Let your glory fill this world. We honour ministries in support of SERVICE: the Third Mark of Mission- ACW: Crafters, Catering, Pies, Caps for Caregivers; Outreach: Daily Bread, Nearly New Shop, Kick Soccer, Bales to the North, Undies Sunday, Bless their Sox, Hospice comfort, Men’s Mission, Unity Project, My Sister’s Place, anova, CMHA Distress Center, ministry of the month, St John’s Hospitality Dinners, Circles Dinners/ Bridges out of Poverty, Community Breakfast; Christmas Share, Christmas family support.
Community Breakfast Program Your prayers and support for this ministry are much appreciated as are your contributions of clothing and other items. We are adding a roll of toilet paper to the bags if requested by the guests. While the church is closed, items can be dropped off during office hours or on the Friday afternoon before each breakfast. The next take out breakfast is Saturday, 17th April.
Ministry of the Month Socks and Undies for those in need. Due to the pandemic, please feel free to support the hard working charities that we would normally deliver the socks to financially as we do not wish to have anyone out shopping. These include: My Sister’s Place – 566 Dundas St, London, ON N6B 1W8; Youth Opportunities Unlimited – 333 Richmond Street Main Floor, London, ON N6A 3C2; Unity Project – 717 Dundas St, London, ON N5W 2Z4; Men’s Mission – 459 York St, London, ON N6B 1R3.
The committee would sincerely like to thank everyone at St. Jude’s for their support of our Outreach work. Should there be a specific charity or organization you wish to suggest we support, please let us know at [email protected]
“Thank you” cards In recognition of the contribution of essential workers over the pandemic, the Outreach Committee has developed small thank you cards that can be handed to essential workers as you encounter them. Cards can be delivered to your home by contacting the church office at 519-660-6198, or [email protected] .
Happy Birthday this week to Ashton Armstrong (5th April). Hope you all had a happy day, but stay safe!!
Things are stubbornly still threatening, so, even if you have been lucky enough to receive your first vaccine dose, still be cautious, and as directed, stay home!! And, get the vaccine, as soon as you are eligible!!
Thanks to Community Breakfast volunteer Kerry for your service, the subject of the picture this week.