The greatest commandment Read today’s gospel scripture → Matthew 22: 34-46 PLEASE NOTE: This homily contains direct and indirect references to the Gospel passage. Having it fresh in your mind will be helpful for understanding and reflection. https://stlukesanglican.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Pentecost-21-A.mp3 Listen to this homily I bet you might not know this but how many commandments do you…

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Commentary for Pentecost XXI, 25 October 2020 Texts for Pentecost XXI are Deuteronomy 34.1-12, Psalm 90, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8, and Matthew 22:34-46 By Father Doug Woods Get the readings Deuteronomy 34.1-12. Transition. Here it is, without our really being aware of it. Moses has been the leader of Israel throughout the Exodus. But Moses is mortal,…

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Press pause to give thanks Read today’s gospel scripture → Luke 17: 11-19 PLEASE NOTE: This homily contains direct and indirect references to the Gospel passage. Having it fresh in your mind will be helpful for understanding and reflection. https://stlukesanglican.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Harvents-Thanksgiving-2020.mp3 Listen to the homily. When I intentionally think about being thankful… being consciously thankful for…

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Commentary for Pentecost XX, 18 October 2020 Genesis 29:15-28; Psalm 105:1-11, 45c; Romans 8:26-39; and Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52. By Father Doug Woods Get the readings Pentecost 20 Glad to see you again. How was your Thanksgiving? I had the biggest turkey coma ever! It was sad not to be able to eat dinner with all…

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Great gardeners, peak produce The amazing gardeners at St Luke’s Community Gardens have wrapped up another bountiful season. Congratulations and commendations for all the hard work that produced a bountiful harvest for the second year of cultivation! Neither a late spring nor the constraints of COVID-19 stunted the activity of planting nor the care extended…

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14 October 2020   Dear Friends in Christ,   When I began my episcopal ministry almost exactly two years ago, I imagined that the first few months might be a time of relative stability, an opportunity for me to ease into the work – you know, get my feet wet and find my bearings. And…

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9 October 2020   Dear Friends in Christ,   I recently had the privilege of dedicating a new stained-glass window at Grace Church on-the-Hill in Toronto. The window, located high in the chancel, depicts two heroes of our faith – Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Rev. Florence Li Tim-Oi. On that wonderful morning, the sun…

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Attitude of Gratitude — from a homily given at St Matthew – St Aidan in Buckhorn as the parish observed Harvest Thanksgiving on 11 October 2020 One of the resources that I follow on social media is one known as Busted Halo. This is a resource from the Paulist Fathers in the Roman Catholic Church…

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Commentary for National Thanksgiving, 11 October 2020 Texts for National Thanksgiving are Deuteronomy 8:7-18, Psalm 65, 2 Corinthians 9:6-15, and Luke 17:11-19. By Father Doug Woods Get the readings Hi again. If you’re living in Canada, this weekend will be the Thanksgiving long weekend. It’s entirely possible you won’t be getting together with family for…

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Model of service to community On 6 October, front-page in the Peterborough Examiner, reporter Matthew Barber wrote about Marilyn McKenzie (photo above – right) and her 50 years as a faithful volunteer with Meals on Wheels.   “[Marilyn] McKenzie … has been with the organization for 50 years, and started volunteering and bringing people meals…

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