Christ is Risen!! He is Risen indeed. Alleliua!!
Readings for Sunday 18th April, Easter 3 First reading: Acts 3.12-19. Psalm 4 Second reading:1 John 3.1-7. Gospel:Luke 24.36b-48
Message from Fr Bill in relation to the current Covid restrictions “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; 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 all 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 Bob Burt. May the soul of Bob find rest and rise in glory; and family and friends find strength and comfort as they grieve. Elva Farmer. May Elva’s soul rest eternal and rise in glory and family and friends find strength and comfort as they mourn. His Royal Highness Philip the Duke of Edinburgh, long time spouse of Queen Elizabeth II. May light perpetual shine on Philip and his soul find rest eternal and rise in glory. We pray that the Queen and all the royal family, and friends, find strength and comfort at this time. Canada and members of the British Commonwealth offer thanks for his long term service and commitment.
Pray for all impacted by climate change, especially where volcanoes are erupting and endangering people, animals and plants.
Pray for all clergy especially Bishop Todd and our priest Bill, as they continue to support the Body of Christ in this challenging crazy lock down time.
Pray for people to continue and be persist in following the public health guidelines although they are weary, and missing human to human contacts. May they be creative in exploring safe and meaningful ways to stay in touch and support each other.
Pray with thanksgiving for increasing vaccine availability. May all who are eligible be inspired to accept this opportunity and the numbers of vaccines increase so all can be protected, locally, nationally, and globally. May the goal of herd immunity be obtained so that compromised individuals are also protected.
Pray for overwhelmed health care systems, where ICU beds are being created without looking deeper at the needs of human resources required. Staff are exhausted, overwhelmed, and burning out. May they find support and inner strength to continue to serve their fellow citizens. Help us accept that people can only do so much.
Pray for all essential and high risk workers, who put their own welfare in peril. May they have protection they need and know the gratitude of others.
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 serve 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 – in house and take away 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 on the Friday afternoon before each breakfast. The next take out breakfast is this 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 Ruth Giles (12th April), Jonathan Townsend (16th ) and Fr. Bill (17th ). Hope you all have/had a happy day, but stay safe!!
Happy Anniversary to Shirley and Bill Lawrence, who celebrated on 11th April – congratulations!!
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!!