This Sunday in the Parish of Blandford

Season of Creation, 16th Sunday After Pentecost

September 12, 2021

The Parish of Blandford Worshiping at  All Saints

Sunday Bulletin – Scroll Down.

Parish of Blandford

Aspotogan Peninsula, Municipality of Chester, Nova Scotia

Striving to be a Christian Community

of Worship, Welcome and Care.

If you know someone who cannot access this document on line, print it for them or pick one up at the rectory. Please Remember – if you are concerned about transmission of the virus on surfaces: Wash or sanitize your hands before handling the document. I will be doing so as I print them.

Contact Information: Telephone: (902)228-2761, Email: ministry@parishofblandford.ca, Website: parishofblandford.ca

Rector: Reverend Louis Quennelle, Rector, Phone: (902)521-5169, E-mail: louisq@eastlink.ca

Our Wardens: All Saints: Malcolm Boutilier (902)228-2961, St. Cuthbert: Ken Miller, (902)204-1000, Saint Barnabas: Claudia Zinck (902)228-2091

Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island

Anglican Church of Canada

Holy Eucharist

Collect: O God, Wisdom of the universe, you bear the pain of your people. Grant us the gift of wisdom, that we may discern your way and live justly and graciously amid the struggles of this world. Amen. Vanderbilt Divinity Library

First Reading: A READING FROM THE BOOK OF PROVERBS. Wisdom cries out in the street; in the squares she raises her voice. At the busiest corner she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks: “How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge? Give heed to my reproof; I will pour out my thoughts to you; I will make my words known to you. Because I have called and you refused, have stretched out my hand and no one heeded, and because you have ignored all my counsel and would have none of my reproof, I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when panic strikes you, when panic strikes you like a storm, and your calamity comes like a whirlwind, when distress and anguish come upon you. Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently, but will not find me. Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord, would have none of my counsel, and despised all my reproof, therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way and be sated with their own devices. For waywardness kills the simple, and the complacency of fools destroys them; but those who listen to me will be secure and will live at ease, without dread of disaster.” The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God. PROVERBS 1:20-33

CANTICLE REFRAIN: Wisdom is an image of God’s goodness; she orders all things well.

Wisdom is a reflection of eternal light, a spotless mirror of the working of God, and an image of his goodness. R

Although she is but one, she can do all things, and while remaining in herself, she renews all things; in every generation she passes into holy souls and makes them friends of God, and prophets; for God loves nothing so much as the person who lives with wisdom. R

She is more beautiful than the sun, and excels every constellation of the stars. Compared with the light she is found to be superior, for it is succeeded by the night, but against wisdom evil does not prevail. She reaches mightily from one end of the earth to the other, and she orders all things well. R WISDOM OF SOLOMON 7:26-8:1

Second Reading: A READING FROM THE LETTER OF JAMES. Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers and sisters, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. For all of us make many mistakes. Anyone who makes no mistakes in speaking is perfect, able to keep the whole body in check with a bridle. If we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we guide their whole bodies. Or look at ships: though they are so large that it takes strong winds to drive them, yet they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great exploits. How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire! And the tongue is a fire. The tongue is placed among our members as a world of iniquity; it stains the whole body, sets on fire the cycle of nature, and is itself set on fire by hell. For every species of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by the human species, but no one can tame the tongue a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse those who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this ought not to be so. Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and brackish water? Can a fig tree, my brothers and sisters, yield olives, or a grapevine figs? No more can salt water yield fresh. The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God. JAMES 3:1-12

Gospel: THE HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO MARK. Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” And they answered him, “John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Messiah.” And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him. Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.” He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” The Gospel of Christ. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ. MARK 8:27-38

Prayers of the People: God of Wisdom, you created all as an image of your own goodness. Grant our petitions that we may restore the order of all things which have been disrupted in your Creation as we pray: Lord hear our prayer.

God of Wisdom, you are the source of eternal light, help all the ministers of your church, especially our bishop Sandra, to become reflections in a spotless mirror of your work, and an image of your goodness. We pray, Lord hear our prayer.

God of Wisdom, grant this gift to our leaders, especially to all candidates in our federal election, that they will do all things according to your will, so that your whole Creation may be renewed in our generation. We pray, Lord hear our prayer.

God of Wisdom, pass your wisdom into our spirits, that we may help the people of your world to become your friends, “for God loves nothing so much as the person who lives with wisdom”. We pray, Lord hear our prayer.

God of Wisdom, you are more beautiful than the sun, and excel every constellation of the stars. Grant this wisdom to the family of the parish of Blandford. May we become the light of the sun and stars to the communities where we live. May we also be enlightened in wisdom, for us and for your creation in the difficult faith & financial decisions we must make. We pray, Lord hear our prayer.

God of Wisdom, we pray for those in difficult time, the homeless, refugees, victims of violence, and all who are ill in body, spirit, and mind. May they know that compared even with light, your wisdom is found to be superior. May they place their trust in you. May we work in God’s wisdom for those in need, so that evil will not prevail. We pray, Lord hear our prayer.

God of Wisdom, we pray for those who mourn. May they live in the faith that your wisdom reaches mightily from one end of the earth to the other, and she orders all things well.” May all who grieve understand that God’s wisdom will not allow goodness to die and that all who love live forever in God’s loving presence. We pray, Lord hear our prayer.

God of Wisdom, from the street corners and at the entrances to the city you proclaim the way of life and of death. Grant us the wisdom to recognize your Messiah, that following in the way of the cross, we may know the way of life and glory. Amen.

Prayer over the Gifts: Holy God, accept all we offer you this day. May we who are reconciled at this table bring wholeness to our broken world. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

Prayer After Communion: God of peace, in this Eucharist we have been reconciled to you and to our neighbours. May we who have been nourished by holy things always have the courage to forgive. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

Our Life Continues in the Parish of Blandford

Next Week: Blandford Community Centre – Morning Prayer.

Pastoral Presence during Uncertain Times: Rev. Louis is available by telephone or email anytime. This week he will be in the parish on Wednesday & Thursday (Sept. 15 & 16).

Special General Meeting of the Parish of Blandford re Heating in Saint Cuthbert: September 19 after Sunday Worship. Location:Blandford Community Centre. Copies of the letter & report to be discussed at this meeting are available in the rectory porch and at Sunday Services. (If time permits, we may also discuss how we will proceed with our worship services during Phase 5 of Nova Scotia’s Covid 19 re-opening.)

Diocesan Prayer Partner: King’s College

Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Retired Clergy of Valley Region: The Reverend Canon Douglas Hergett and Faye, The Reverend Everett Hill, The Reverend Karen Hunt and David, The Reverend Marilyn Forsyth-Lamb, The Reverend Canon Eric MacDonald, The Reverend Peter Malton and Anne, The Reverend Michael McKeage and Diane, The Reverend Canon Donald Neish and Sarah, The Reverend Cathy Pharo and Chris, The Reverend Canon Ken Vaughan and Barbara, The Reverend Gordon Neish The Reverend Dr. Bruce Pellegrin, The Reverend Dr. John Roddam and Holly, The Reverend Val Rhymes and Fred, The Reverend Fred Rhymes and Val, The Reverend Ann Watson; Widows: Mrs. Elizabeth Ferguson, Mrs. Ruth Ann Harris, Mrs. Joanne Hinxman. Mrs. Mary McMillan, Mrs. Elinor Mullen, Mrs. June Sharp, Mrs. Miriam Ruggles, Mrs. Shirley Tanswell, Mrs. Janet Vaughan, Mrs. Joan Small.

Anglican/Lutheran Cycle of Prayer –ACC The Most Rev. Lynne McNaughton, Metropolitan, and the clergy and people of the Ecclesiastical Province of British Columbia and Yukon; ELCIC Rev. Kathy Martin, Assistant to the Bishop, and the staff of the British Columbia Synod

 

Rector’s Reflection

Season of Creation, 16th Sunday after Pentecost

September 12, 2021

PROVERBS 1:20-33; WISDOM OF SOLOMON 7:26-8:1; JAMES 3:1-12; MARK 8:27-38

Today we have readings from two books that are not often heard at Sunday worship: Proverbs and the Wisdom of Solomon. The book of Proverbs is an accepted book in the the First Testament, the scriptures of the Jewish people. The book of Wisdom belongs to what are called the apocrypha or deutero-canonical books. You may have seen copies of the Bible which state on the cover that they include these books. Some Christian churches “officially” accept many of these books as part of the Bible, the inspired word of God. The RC Church and, to some degree, the Anglican and Lutheran Churches are among these. Almost all of them are accepted by the Orthodox Churches. Most Protestant Churches do not recognize them as “canonical” or officially Scripture inspired by God. Many see them as “inspirational’ or “devotional” writings.

The main reason for this confusion and disagreement about “Are they or aren’t they actually part of the Bible?” are the facts that most are written in Greek rather than Hebrew, and that they are not officially recognized as Scripture by the Jews themselves. Martin Luther was the first to compile a Bible leaving these books out altogether. Remember that before Luther’s time and the invention of the printing press hardly any “Bibles” existed as one book, bound together. They were most often hand copied and bound individually because the size of a whole hand-written Bible made it very cumbersome. It was the printing press that changed all that. It made it easier to print a complete book instead of separate individual books of Scripture.

With the invention of the printing press, the Bible began to become more accessible to many people. As printing improved, more and more people began to learn how to read. So, there was more questioning about what belongs in the Bible and what does not; what is truly inspired by God and what is not. Most people began to think that what was between the covers of their own Bible was what truly belonged there – because it was what they knew. There is a woman I have heard interviewed – the only person I know of who is an ordained Pentecostal Minister (unusual in itself), a Lesbian, and a Theologian. She stated in words similar to these: “one of the worst things Christians ever did was to put a back cover on the Bible”. She then explained what she meant by that. “Too often,” she said, “we put so much emphasis on the inspired Word inside the book that we forget that God continues to be among us inspiring and guiding us through the Holy Spirit in our very lives.” Yes, we believe that Scripture contains all that is necessary for Salvation. It is that. Think of the Scriptures in this way though. The Scriptures are the Meat, potatoes, vegetables and dessert of the meal God provides; certainly all we need for food and more. That doesn’t mean gravy on the mashed potatoes, pickles with the meat, butter on the vegetables and icing on the cake don’t make the dinner better, taste better or provide different flavours and nutritional value! This may be a way of looking at these books that are both in and out of the Bible, instead of arguing about them. Whether or not they are officially recognized as inspired by God, they can give us different insights and and a broader perspective to the living out of our faith.

Today we hear readings from the book of Proverbs and from the Wisdom of Solomon which we use as the canticle in place of a psalm. In both, the Wisdom of God is a woman. Wisdom is shown to us as a feminine attribute of the divine. Most of us are used to seeing God represented as a man, the Father, protector. Here God, Wisdom, is a woman, mother, keeper, and giver of the divine knowledge. Her beauty is not physical beauty, but the beauty of fullness of wisdom and knowledge which we find only in God.

In Proverbs today Wisdom is also God as a prophet: Wisdom cries out in the street; in the squares she raises her voice. At the busiest corner she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks:. In the Wisdom of Solomon the writer sings to her a song of praise. Like in the Psalms, the language is the poetic language of song lyrics: She is more beautiful than the sun, and excels every constellation of the stars. She reaches mightily from one end of the earth to the other, and she orders all things well.

In Jesus we also find the Wisdom of God. Although he is a man, within his humanity he holds the fullness of God. This Wisdom which is prophetic and beautiful and feminine is also shown to us in him.

In Mark’s Gospel, especially, Jesus is constantly telling his disciples to shut up about him. They are not to say anything to others. This seems the opposite of what he should be saying, right? Instead, shouldn’t he be telling them to shout it out? My theory of God’s Wisdom in Jesus here goes like this: almost always, when he says to his followers to not tell anyone about what he has just done or said, it has to do with understanding and teaching. He needs to teach them the full meaning of his message and his deeds before they go out and blab the wrong things. When they eventually do go out to tell the world about him – and they will, he wants them to have a full understanding of what they will proclaim. He is ensuring that they do not go out until they have received wisdom, the fullness of the knowledge they need to truly proclaim him. He doesn’t want them to be like the people that wisdom is shouting to in the street, to whom she says something like “listen, learn, or you will rue the day”.

What Jesus teaches is often not easy. Today’s teachings are not a walk in the park. They are a difficult hike we have to be willing to walk with him. The witness we have to be willing to proclaim is often not what people want to hear. Essentially he says “When you learn from me you will be pitting yourselves against conventional wisdom and learning my wisdom instead, the wisdom of God. It will often mean that others will not want to hear what you say and will sometimes despise you, and even make you suffer. Some of you will die for my wisdom as I will probably have to.”

It is easy for Peter to say that Jesus is the Messiah. It is easy for us to say “Jesus has saved me.” Unless, however, we understand the wisdom and are willing to live by the consequences of saying this, we may not not have the salvation we think we do. Poor Peter, he probably takes the flack for everybody. Many of the other disciples are likely thinking the same thing as him, but he is the one who opens his mouth. Peter, though, like the others, eventually learns the wisdom of Jesus, the wisdom of God. They and many generations since have passed it down to us.

So what about us? When God’s wisdom stands on the street corner speaking out to us, do we learn? Do we learn to trust the wisdom of the science that God provides or do we refuse medicines that God’s creation helps us to make? Do we learn to trust the wisdom of science that God provides or do we ignore the signs that our human activity is hurting God’s creation – including ourselves? Do we understand that we are called to be God’s wisdom speaking at the intersections of the roads in our small communities and at the highways entering our cities? Do we understand that we are to be the mirrors showing God’s Wisdom to the world? Do we have the strength to be God’s prophetic Wisdom, shaking the complacency of all as Jesus often did?

Whichever of the readings: Proverbs, the letter of James or the Gospel of Mark, touches us most deeply this morning – in all three there are challenges put to us. The challenges of learning God’s Wisdom and living it. How well we do when we accept these challenges will be the test of whether we really understand when we proclaim Jesus to the world and say: He is the Messiah.

 

Worship in our Buildings – relaxing of COVID 19 Restrictions – The Plan

Parish of Blandford

Revision July 25 in Light of new Public Health Directives Effective July 31

All those participating in the service will be required to wear masks at all times. See Link: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/docs/Faith-based-gatherings-guidelines.pdf

Worship in our Buildings – relaxing of COVID 19 Restrictions

June 23. 2020

Prior to gathering for worship:

  1. Planning group: Bev & Curtis McDonald, Jackie Cleveland, Alfred Gates, Ken Miller, Louis Quennelle

  2. Where do we gather: In order to accommodate as many as possible with physical distancing, until this is no longer necessary, we propose that all services be in Saint Barnabas.

  3. Proposed time line:

    1. Cleaning and sanitizing in the church prior to resuming services to be completed by early in the week following July 05 (Alfred will put together a team to do this.)

    2. Measuring and marking out space in building for safe physical distancing and welcoming as many people as possible (Week of July 6-11).

    3. Sunday July 12 – information and run through for those who will be ministering as greeters/ushers inside and outside.

    4. Sunday July 19 – Service of Morning Prayer

  4. Identifying and obtaining supplies required:1 box of 50 disposable face masks and 4 bottles X 750ml of alcohol based sanitizer have been purchased. Still needed – pumps (like liquid soap pumps) for dispensing sanitizer. Possibly towels for use in wiping down high contact areas.

Plan for Gathering Safely for Worship:

  1. Preparation in advance:

    1. Cleaning – as above

    2. Making physical adjustments to space as necessary – chairs for ushers one near door one near Baptistry.

  2. Gathering for Worship:

    1. Identifying and preparing individuals as greeters/ushers: 3 each Sunday. We will need an absolute minimum of 6 (ideally 10-12 trained) of these people to prepared to perform these ministries so that no one person has to be on duty every week. Those who volunteer can choose to volunteer for any one of or all these ministries:

      1. Outdoor greeter: Will welcome people, explain the process of entering the building, assist them in maintaining physical distancing while they wait to enter and distribute masks if they are needed. After the service begins will sit near the door to greet and assist any late arrivals.

        After service will encourage worshippers to move away from the door to allow others to leave safely.

      2. Indoor Greeter: Will welcome, point out offertory plate, Food Bank Donation box, distribute bulletin, answer any questions and and ensure people wait for usher to show them to their pew. Check the names of parish members on list provided as they enter. Ask for name and contact information from visitors for contact tracing purposes in case of Covid outbreak.

        After service will assist people in leaving the building, allowing the doorway to clear for safe distancing.

      3. Usher : will welcome & assist people in getting to their pew – to the extent possible accommodating their preferences in where they will sit, explain as needed the physical distancing requirements, pointing out taped markers which will help them to maintain the physical distancing.

        After service will assist people in leaving in an orderly way, ensuring that there is not a build up of people near the exit.

        These persons will wear gloves and masks as they may not be able to maintain physical distance of six feet from members of the congregation at all times.

    2. Readers: Those proclaiming Scripture & leading in prayers will do so standing at their place.

    3. Informing the congregation in advance: Document welcoming people back to our worship space and explaining how we will gather will be prepared by July 10 weekend and available by email, website and print with the weekly bulletin. It will also be used to help to prepare the greeters/ushers for the first services.

    4. Members of the assembly will be encouraged to sit with members of their immediate family or bubble group to maximize the number of people we can welcome to worship. All will stay at their place for the entire service. If someone needs to leave for any reason, when possible, they will indicate their intention to the greeters/ushers. In case of emergency – falls, fainting, etc. The Usher should attend first, if possible, as they will be gloved and masked. In any emergency First Aid principles apply – the idea is to prevent further injury and to get help. Although avoiding possible transmission of COVID is still important, it is secondary to the emergency.

    5. Music during the service: Will be instrumental (organ, guitar, etc.) or singing by soloists. Anyone singing will be seated in the front right pew (facing the chancel) for the service and sing from that corner to the right of the pulpit facing the congregation.

    6. (When Service includes Communion

      1. preparation of the altar before service

      2. procedures for Eucharistic prayer at the Altar

      3. procedures for distributing/receiving communion.

        Our first 2 services, at least, will be Morning prayer. The Rector with the planning group will work out detailed procedures as per directives from Archbishop Ron Cutler, Public Health and the limitations of our space.)

Record Keeping:

  1. Contact Tracing Names and contact information of those worshipping will be kept in case of COVID spread. These will be kept in the parish office and only shared with Public Health if necessary to assist in contact tracing.

Reviewing Procedures:

  1. Feedback from congregation is welcome in helping us to streamline procedures to make our services prayerful, joyful, and safe.

Resuming Services together in an Indoor Worship Space

Parish of Blandford

July 2020 – Revised July 25

Resuming Services together in an Indoor Worship Space.

Due to the space restrictions of 6 feet (2 meters) physical distancing, for the time being, services will be held in Saint Barnabas only to allow for as many people as possible to worship together.

How we can worship together while following Public Health Measures to prevent the spread of COVID 19?

  1. This is not just “back to normal”!

    In the same way as our lives have changed permanently – or at least long term temporarily when we go to the Grocery Store, the Doctor or pretty much anywhere else, our gathering in Christian Community for worship on Sundays will also change as we resume our common worship indoors. The procedures and safety measures implemented are for EVERYONE’S safety & health. We not only pray, but we do everything within our power to ensure that our worship will not become a way that this virus is spread. In order to do that, we not only need the procedures in place, we also need the co-operation of everyone who comes together for worship.

  2. Should I (WE) even come to church?

    1. If you are in any way unsure

    2. if you feel your health is in danger

    3. if you feel ill in any way –

    4. If you are unable to wear a mask through the entire service. (as of July 31)

    you should not come to common worship. You are part of our community. We will continue to have the services available by email or in bulletin form and can continue to pray together with our parish at your home. We are called together to pray, but we can pray together no matter where we are. God will understand whatever you decide is best for you.

  3. What can I expect if I come to our morning service:

    1. Before you get there the church will have been cleaned. There will be Sanitizer available for your hands & towels if you want to wipe down your pew as you enter it and when you leave it. Please Note: The cleaning of the church and using the towels are additional safety precautions since we will only have one service each week and the virus, if it is present, will not live on surfaces for 7 days.

    2. Outside: After parking as you walk to the church building, please maintain physical distancing. You will be greeted & welcomed by a member of our parish wearing mask and gloves. Please follow this person’s instructions in how and when to enter the church.

    3. Beginning July 31 all members those worshiping together inside the church building are required to wear a mask throughout the service . (Revised from: Since physical distancing of 6 feet (2 meters) is not possible when entering and leaving the building, you will be asked to wear a mask AT LEAST while entering and leaving the building. We strongly encourage that you wear the mask during the entire service if possible. Disposable masks will be available from the person who greets you outdoors if you do not have your own.)

    4. Inside the church as you enter you will be welcomed by another greeter who will let you know where you can leave your offering for the Parish or money for the Chester Food Bank if you wish. (No food donations in church for the time being please.)

      They will also give you a service bulletin if you did not print your own off from the email which will continue to be sent.

      Your name will be checked off on a copy of the parish list for contact information in case someone who attends our service ever contracts the virus. (If someone is visiting with you they will be asked for their name and contact information for contact tracing as well.)

    5. Please wait at the entrance until an usher comes to show you to your seat.

    6. You might not get your “usual” pew. Due to physical distancing requirements not all pews will be available. An usher will show you to your seat and will try to accommodate your request for where you will be during the service. We encourage people in the same family or the same “group bubble” to arrive together and sit together, if possible, so that there will be room for everyone.

    7. Once you are in your pew, please stay there for the entire service. Please participate in the prayers and responses as usual. Unfortunately, because of the additional distance needed to stop communication of the virus while singing, there will be no congregational singing at this time during our services. A sign of peace will be suggested which respects the Public Health requirements.

    8. If you need to leave at any time, you may of course do so. Please remember to continue to wear your mask and maintain physical distancing, where possible, as you leave.

    9. At the end of the service please wait until the usher indicates that you may leave. This is to help in maintaining physical distancing. The rector will not greet you as you leave. If you are among the first to leave, please move away from the door so that others may also safely leave.

    10. The Greeters & Ushers are providing a ministry of WELCOME and SAFETY for us all. Please respect their requests and each other. We have waited a long time to come back together. Let us celebrate WELL and SAFELY. Smiles, nods and hellos are welcome – and very much a part of our Christian calling.

    11. Our first 2 or 3 services will be Morning Prayer in order to help keep things simpler as we get used to these new procedures. Additional information will be available when we meet for Holy Eucharist (Communion) once again.

As we prepare for this next part of our Christian journey. Let us thank God that we are safe. Let us pray to God for those who are ill and those who mourn the loss of their loved ones. Finally, let us remember that whether we gather in buildings, in open spaces, or in spirit, we will be recognized as followers of Jesus by the love we have for one another and for all!

This we pray in the name of Jesus our Brother and Redeemer. Amen.

How you can continue to contribute to the parish at this time

You can continue to contribute to the parish in any of these ways:

Your contribution may be dropped off at the home of Brian & Anne Stott (5480 – Hwy #329).

On Line Banking: If you use on line banking, you may now deposit money directly to the Parish of Blandford Chequing Account.  Simply send the donation to the following email address – treasurer@parishofblandford.ca. This email address is linked to the parish account. The money will automatically be deposited to the parish account. If you have a parish envelope linked to your name, please include the envelope number in the message section. Your donation will be registered with that envelope number. If you do not have a parish envelope, you can indicate if you wish to register the donation to a particular church for accounting purposes only. If you do not indicate a particular church, the donation will be registered to the Parish of Blandford. Your particular financial institution may require additional security steps.  Please follow the procedures as they  indicate.

Pre Authorized Remittance: The Diocese offers the opportunity for you to make financial offerings to your parish directly from your bank account. If you want more information on this process and how to sign up for it, please contact Tammy Cummins – tcummins@nspei.ca If you do not have an email and wish to speak to Tammy about this option – with your permission, Rev. Louis will forward your phone number to her & she will call you.

Parish Ministries during COVID19 Outbreak

Parish of Blandford.

Parish Ministry During COVID19 Corona Virus Outbreak

  1. All parish Liturgical services, group studies & meetings are cancelled until AT LEAST Palm Sunday, April 05.
  2. Notification will be given by or before Friday April 3 concerning  Palm Sunday & Holy Week services.
  3. Reverend Louis will be available Friday afternoons from 1 – 5pm at the rectory and as needed on an ‘on call’ basis. (Email: ministry@parishofblandford.ca, Phone: 902-521-5169)
  4. If you wish to meet with Rev. Louis individually, that is certainly possible.  Personal meeting procedures will follow the most Current Public Health Guidelines.
  5. The Sunday Bulletin with the week’s Scripture Readings, Parish News, Prayer Intentions, and a weekly Reflection from Rev. Louis will be available as of 5PM, Fridays in the Porch at the Rectory (#4821 – Hwy 329) and on the parish website (parishofblandford.ca). It will also be sent out to the regular email list.
  6. Copies of Archbishop Ron Cutler’s latest letter will be in the Rectory Porch.
  7. As you may remember, some services were cancelled earlier this winter and attendance at others was reduced by poor road conditions.  As a consequence of these cancellations, parish contributions are down significantly for the first two months of the year. With at least 2 more weeks’ services cancelled, this is likely to continue for the month of March .  Please remember that whether services happen on Sunday or not, most parish expenses do not change.  Your contribution is important to the continued ministries of our parish.  You can drop off your contribution to the Home of Brian and Anne Stott, at the Rectory or to one of our Parish wardens.
  8. If you have any neighbours, friends, or family members in the parish who do not have internet access please pass on this information to them and ask them if they would like any of these items dropped off at their home.
God Bless you and keep you all safe and healthy during this difficult time.

Louis +

Rector, Parish of Blandford

Doctrine of Discovery – Stolen Lands, Strong Hearts

Truth & Reconciliation, another beginning –Postponed Until Further Notice

For more than three decades, the Anglican Church of Canada has been on a journey of listening, truth-telling, repentance and healing with Indigenous Peoples, both within and outside the church. There is an urgent need for further healing and justice-seeking across the land, and we all have a role to play. (From the introduction to The Reconciliation Toolkit on the Anglican Church of Canada website)

The Parish of Blandford hopes to provide the opportunity for us to begin to study and reflect on the “Truth” part of Truth & Reconciliation using the documentary film:

Doctrine of Discovery, Stolen Lands, Strong Hearts

Doctrine of Discovery, Stolen Lands, Strong Hearts” is a challenging, truthful documentary. It is meant to educate people on the Doctrine and create an awareness of its legacy. We will reflect on this documentary using a prepared study guide in order to allow us an opportunity to discuss and ask questions about the subject of the video. At the first session, the video will be viewed in its entirety (67 minutes) and then broken down into discussion and reflection by chapter at the following sessions. If there are topics which stimulate more discussion and require more time, we will not rush through just to cover the material for that evening. If necessary additional sessions will be scheduled for after Easter.

Prayer and scripture that speaks to the concerns which are raised by the documentary will be included as part of the study. The message is important and will give understanding to the current state of Indigenous affairs on Turtle Island or North America. Understanding the Doctrine of Discovery and its manifestations are important as we strive for reconciliation.

The video was produced by the Rev. Canon Virginia “Ginny” Doctor, Mohawk from the Six Nations and the indigenous ministries coordinator for the Anglican Church of Canada. It is presented from a Christian perspective in the Anglican Tradition but is for anyone.

When: To Be Announced AFTER COVID19 restrictions have been lifted.                           Where: Parish Rectory

Please contact Rev. Louis by phone at 902-228-2761 or by email at ministry@parishofblandford.ca if you are interested in participating.

Christmas Schedule 2019

Services for the Christmas Season – 2019

December 08

Second Sunday of Advent Holy Eucharist at All Saints, 10am

December 15

Third Sunday of Advent Holy Eucharist at Saint Cuthbert, Ocean Swells, 10 am

December 22

Service of Advent Lessons and Carols/ Lighting of the Memorial Tree at Saint Barnabas, 10 am.

December 24

Christmas Holy Eucharist at 4 pm at Saint Barnabas (family service)

Christmas Holy Eucharist at 8 pm at All Saints.

December 29

Service of Christmas Lessons and Carols at All Saints, 10am.

January 05

The Epiphany of our Lord at Saint Cuthbert/Ocean Swells, 10 am.

‘Till Christmas in the Parish of Blandford

Coming Events in and around the Parish of Blandford

Bible Study & Reflection: Next Sunday’s readings – JEREMIAH 23:1-6; CANTICLE 19 (LUKE 1:68-79); COLOSSIANS 1:11-20; LUKE 23:33-43

Home Visits: If anyone would like a visit or communion at home from Rev. Louis OR if you know anyone who may wish to receive a visit or communion, please contact him in person, by e-mail or phone. Rev. Louis will be in the parish this week on Tuesday and on vacation from November 20 – 26.

Christmas Bazaar: Saturday, November 23, 11-1:30 at the Blandford Community Centre. Admission Free. Bake Table, Handwork, Fudge, and more. Lunch (Soup or Chili, dessert, tea or coffee) available: Adults $8, Youth (6-12) $5, Children 5 and under free. Proceeds to the Saint Barnabas Guild.

Country Christmas Music Concert (Christmas and Gospel) with Matt Balsor, NS Hall of Famer, Sunday November 17th, 2019 – 2:30pm to 4:30pm ( doors open at 1:30) at The Chester Basin Legion,.$10.00 in advance or $12.00 at the door. Tickets available: at the Hair Salon #6 Pig Loop Rd Chester 275-5966 or Sheila Hirtle / Lynn Hatt or Jessica Sawler. New Ross Credit Union Limited or Roger 275-4142
Bake table / cookie sale~ 50/50 ~ Christmas basket tickets ~ Door Prizes ~Canteen. Proceeds to the Canadian Cancer Society’s The Lodge that Gives. Let there be Christmas ~ Christmas Everywhere!

Decorating the Church & Tree; preparation for Christmas Eve Family Service: Sunday December 15, 4PM – Saint Barnabas Church. For the young and the young at heart. Start Spreading the word!