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March 22, 2017 by Barry Parker
Earlier this year we made our annual debt re-payment using the funds collected in our Above and Beyond capital campaign. We now have only $150,000 outstanding on our loan. By the grace of God we believe we will pay off our loan entirely by January 30, 2018.
This is a remarkable achievement. Our massive reconstruction started in 1991 with repairs to the north face (Bloor Street) of the church. Now, some 26 years later, the entire facility has been renovated, adding major new construction to a facility where Jesus’ redeeming love and gra…
March 5, 2017 by Barry Parker
Lent is an ancient and practical season of spiritual preparation, culminating in our observance of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection at Easter. Lent provides the opportunity to re-calibrate busy, noisy, and often fragmented lives.
What you often hear as we approach Lent is the mantra that you must give something up—chocolate, social media, dessert. A better way to engage Lent is to intentionally focus on an aspect of life that is often taken for granted. This Lent we are seeking to intentionally follow Jesus together in a more foc…
February 23, 2017 by Ian Koiter
Join us on Sunday, March 12 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Great Hall for an evening devoted to worship through contemporary music. Come and lift your voice in a community seeking to “be filled with the Spirit, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs” (Eph 5:18–19). There will be fellowship and coffee, prayer, and, yes, lots of singing led by Joel Windle, Matthew Scott, Ian Koiter and other musicians from our St. Paul’s family.
“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent." Victor…
February 23, 2017 by Sandra Seaborn
Once a year, we gather as a church and eat breakfast for dinner. On Tuesday, February 28, between 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. young and old, newcomers and long-time members will all gather around tables in the Great Hall for a delicious meal of eggs, bacon, pancakes, syrup and fruit. Why? you might ask. Are pancakes in the bible?
Well, no. There was no celebration called “Pancake Supper” in Jesus’ time. Nor are we copying a Jewish tradition set out by Moses. The tradition of gathering to celebrate before Lent is much newer and more contem…
February 9, 2017 by Janet Earle
Family Day arrived a bit late for me. We had three teenagers in 2008 when Ontario’s first Family Day was observed. It didn’t have a chance to be woven into the fabric of our family traditions before my children left home for their own adventures.
Many people take the opportunity of this long weekend to travel or do something special. It might be a visit to grandparents, a trip to the ski hill, or going on that outing there never seems to be enough time to do. It’s a chance to be your family, in your way, together.
I realize i…
January 26, 2017 by Admin
Are you between the ages of 18 and 35?
Do you wonder what St. Paul’s can offer as you explore the possibilities of faith in Toronto? Do you want to delve deeply into questions of belief, scripture, and discipleship? Do you want to connect with other young Christians at St. Paul’s?
As students and young professionals we lead busy and transient lives.
It is hard to slow down, breathe and take time to see Jesus. It is hard to ground our daily lives in prayer and scripture. It is hard to find time and energy to attend service…
January 25, 2017 by Admin
Join us for our 2017 series of organ recitals. These free one-hour concerts will provide an opportunity to listen to wonderful music and reflect on God.
January 29 at 3 p.m. - Chris Dawes
March 26 at 3 p.m. - Thomas Bell
April 23 at 3 p.m. - Tom Fitches
Admission is free and everyone is welcome to attend. For more information contact Tom Bell, Music Director.
January 15, 2017 by Nancy Truscott
“He helps little that helps not himself”.
Now that the Christmas season is over, I have started to think about self-care. When looking at self-care, I am not just talking about diet and exercise, as important as those are to your physical health. Self-care is about being well yourself so you can serve others. It’s about acknowledging you have needs that need your attention.
Many of us tend to overextend ourselves daily. We often pack our days and find there is no time left for our basic needs. Others take us for granted. They…
January 8, 2017 by Barry Parker
He was born at an inauspicious time. Boys of his ethnicity were being systematically eliminated. Yet somehow, his mother hid him for a few months. As his cries grew stronger, the deception could no longer continue, so she made a basket-boat for him – placing her beloved son into the river where the royalty bathed. Though separated from the workers by race and wealth, the daughter of the pharaoh had compassion. She knew he was Hebrew, but she saved him – protected by her words and status, he was nursed by his own mother; then raised…
December 22, 2016 by Barry Parker
Whether you are here with us for the first time or have been coming to St. Paul’s for years, we are happy you have joined us this Christmas. Together we celebrate the birth of Jesus.
The King is Here!
In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, a…
December 15, 2016 by Mark Regis
Life is busy and the lead-up to Christmas is even busier. Deadlines for tasks and obligations rush in. Planning for holiday events requires exquisite time management. Businesses spin out seasonal lights, sounds, and advertisements to maximize their year-end profits, convincing us to take no note of the dreaded post-Christmas credit card statement. Christmas can be a stressful time.
Christmas can also be a lonely time. Cultural expectations of holiday cheer and togetherness go sadly unmet. We remember the painful loss of relationships in…
December 15, 2016 by Admin
We are saddened to announce the Rev. Canon Dr. Reginald Stackhouse, Honorary Assistant at St. Paul's, died on Wednesday, December 14, 2016.
Visitation will be at Turner and Porter, at Bloor and Jane Street on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The funeral will take place on Monday, December 19 at 10 a.m. in Sheraton Hall at Wycliffe College.
For more information, visit wycliffecollege.ca.
December 1, 2016 by Janet Earle
We have been working on a big puzzle this week. We are trying to make our many Christmas costumes fit the 75 children who will perform in our Christmas Pageant on December 11. There is often a bit of a last minute scramble to get the costumes ready because we are never sure exactly who might join us.
We have over 100 costumes – some a bit scruffy and tattered like our shepherds, some simple and durable, and some absolutely beautiful. A few date back almost 25 years, to the time when I first was involved with our Pageant. I give thanks…
November 30, 2016 by Admin
We have been advised by the TTC that Line 2 (the Bloor Street Line) will be closed from Pape Station to St. George Station on December 3 and 4, 2016. Parking restrictions will also be in place between Church Street and Ted Rogers Way from Saturday at 3:30 a.m. to Monday at 12:01 a.m. Please plan to park at the Manulife building that day. Instructions can be found on our website here.
The TTC notice can be viewed here.
November 27, 2016 by Barry Parker
The great season of Advent began on Sunday, November 27. This is a four week period where the Church prepares for the birth of Jesus at Christmas. Our theme this year is “The King is Coming!” Yet, you might ask—So what? What does it matter? What does a King have to do with me?
For centuries the Christian Church has been very intentional about this season of preparation—Advent. We need now more than ever to practise preparation. Many of us are feeling over-extended at a number of levels and some overwhelmed. In a world with such p…
November 17, 2016 by Mark Regis
I have the humbling and sacred opportunity to sit with people during some very difficult moments in their lives, whether that’s a death, or illness, or other jarring and painful changes of life’s course.
I went to school for these types of situations, and learned many models of healing and human psychology. So in a sense this training makes me ‘qualified’ for pastoral care and spiritual formation. But to be honest, I’ve forgotten most of it. Textbooks, lectures, and essays are valuable, but like many of us I’ve found that real l…
November 17, 2016 by Barry Parker
It is still unseasonably warm as I write this. We are enjoying the last gasps of warm weather. We know winter is on the way. So too is Christmas. There are some things to share about the next season at St. Paul’s Bloor Street as we head toward Christmas.
• The great season of Advent begins on Sunday, November 27. This is a four week period where the Church prepares for the birth of Jesus. Our theme this year is “The King is coming!” Yet, you might ask: “So what? What does it matter?” Join us and find out more.
• Advent ann…
November 3, 2016 by Sean Davidson
This fall, we have begun a new discipleship series called Pilgrim. This is a guided program that helps us to go deeper in Christian faith through practices of prayer, Bible study and conversation that is shaped by the Anglican tradition in all its various streams.
The series is made up of eight short courses, each one focusing on a particular topic. The first course explored how we turn to Christ in faith. About twenty people have attended the sessions. The content has been very helpful for people at various places in their discipleship jou…