Pastoral Letter – July 1 , 2021
It is customary that we look to the summer as a time for rest and re-creation. This summer is especially so. After sixteen months of coping with circumstances around Covid-19, we are all hoping for and looking forward to a safe summer and a more normal fall. Hopefully, many of our customary routines will be re-established or new and better ones created.
I urge everyone to enjoy time this summer safely with family and friends, following the guidance and restrictions laid out by the Provincial Government and to respect protocols put in place in our churches, stores, and restaurants, and by other organizations. As we rest, let us allow time to reflect, remember, give thanks, and give time to God. Make time for worship and prayer, whether physically gathering or online, whether at home or away. Where possible, receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Where we can’t, practise Spiritual Communion, which is the faithful desire to receive the Sacrament and its benefits. Check out where services are available “in person” or online. Let us not fall out of the patterns and practices that give shape and form to our spiritual lives. And let us love one another, pray for one another, and help one another in appropriate ways.
St. George’s Church will follow its pattern of Sunday services at 11:00 a.m. each Sunday in July and August. On Sunday, August 22, St. George’s hopes to have its historic annual service at the Ottawa House at 11:00 a.m. On August 29, we hope to have our first shared service since December 2019 with All Saints, Springhill, followed by a barbecue. All Saints, Springhill will have services on July 4th and 18th and August 1st and 15th, with the shared service at St. George’s in Parrsboro on August 29th. Officiants in Parrsboro will include myself, a visiting priest and our Licensed Lay Ministers. Services at All Saints, Springhill will be celebrated by myself and a visiting priest. Check our Sunday bulletins for further details.
May all of us have a protected and blessed summer.
Yours sincerely in Christ,
The Rev’d Dr. Brian J. Spence – Rector