The Liturgy - BCP
The Liturgy - BAS
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is everyone who fears the LORD, who walks in his ways. You
shall eat the fruit of the labour of your hands; you shall be happy,
and it shall go well with you. [Psalm 128:1-2]
Autumn, Everyone and Welcome to a Season for Giving Thanks!
seems the summer has passed quickly and fall is approaching rapidly.
With it comes the beauty of coloured leaves. the fresh scent of
earth preparing for another season and the return of routine to
lives filled with friendship and activities. We are blessed with so
much and it is with full and gracious hearts that we take time in
this season to give thanks.
we have not joined our United Church brothers and sisters in naming
the Season of Creation in our liturgical calendar. we here at Saint
James have our own informal Season of Thanksgiving. While we
have, for the past four· years adopted an Ontario tradition of
celebrating Thanksgiving and Harvest Thanksgiving (allowing everyone
the opportunity to celebrate in the Church even if away for the long
weekend). this year we are extending our celebrations by one more
Sunday as we will gather with our brothers and sisters at Church of
the Apostles in a Celebration of Memories on the Sunday following
Thanksgiving Day. This will be our First Annual Joint Service
with next year's being hosted at Saint James.
128 tells us that we shall eat the fruit of the labour of our hands.
We shall be happy and it shall go well with us. The labour of our
hands is, of course, represented by the tokens of our work hobbies
and interests that we bring to decorate the Church on Thanksgiving
Sunday (09 October) but it truly is also the love that we share with
others. the prayers that we offer to God on their behalf and the
work we provide as a Church Community through Outreach. the Food
Bank and the many ways we exhibit our thankfulness to God throughout
are called to give thanks and to serve the Lord always. While
it is not difficult to do that as an individual or even as a family
unit, there is something very powerful and life-changing when we
gather with our Christian brothers and sisters, week by week,
sharing in the ebb and and flow of life, supporting one another and
encouraging each other. Through our Baptismal Promises we have
ail pledged ourselves to a commitment to Christian Community.
It is through that Community working and worshipping together
that we become stronger and we can truly recognize the truth of the
Psalmist's words when he sings happy is everyone who fears the
LORD, who walks in his ways. You shall eat the fruit of the labour
of your hands; you shall be happy, and it shall go well with you.
James is a community that knows how to work hard, how to love well
and how to support one another. During this extended Season of
Thanksgiving, I encourage each of you to join us in worship, walk
with us in life and to enjoy the fruits of the labours that God has
called this Community to share. You are an integral part of
who Saint James is and we need you to join us in our Christian
journey just as much as you need us to walk with you as well.
come and be happy with us. Share in the fruits of our labours
and give thanks to God with us joyfully!
bless you all. And I'll see you soon!
- St. James Anglican Church (Armdale)