Rector's Message

A Thought For Autumn
by Rev’d Val
I hope that this autumn newsletter finds you all well and rested with the warmth of many beautiful days of summer stored deep within to carry you through the colder days that no doubt will soon be upon us. It is always sad to say goodbye to the more leisurely days of summer, when schedules are a bit more relaxed, and time with family and friends are enjoyed in the great outdoors, even if it is a bit on the warm side, but the autumn is now upon us, with its crisper mornings and fresh beginnings bringing its own energy as we enter this new season. One only needs to step into a Staples Store (one of my favourite places) at this time of the year, to catch a sense of all the potential, all the possibilities that come with the beginning of a new season, as students of all ages prepare to return to school and to new pursuits fully equipped with fresh unwrinkled, unsullied, notebooks and binders.
For me, September has always felt much more of a New Year than January ever does and of course New Years is a time traditionally when we stop to evaluate whether first things are still first things in our lives. That is, are we moving in the direction we wish to go? So we pause and we reflect, and listen for God’s Spirit in this season of new beginnings. And, I am reminded of the verse from an old song:
Great is Thy faithfulness Great is Thy faithfulness Morning by morning new mercies I see And all I have needed Thy hand hath provided Great is Thy faithfulness Lord unto me

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!
In a few short weeks (October 1) it will be the first anniversary of my arrival at St Anne’s. With a wonderful first year behind me filled with getting to know you all, I am looking forward in the days ahead to all that God has in store for us and to our time together. Ever so pleased to be on this journey with you, every blessing, Rev’d Val.

Spirituality on the Go: Part Two
As I mentioned in our last newsletter, sometimes we feel that to be truly spiritual we need long spans of time and that simply is not the case. Adding to suggestions from last year, might I suggest:
My Daily Minute
https://www.norvalunited.ca/connect-online/my-daily-minute
Yes, you read that correctly this is a 60 second daily devotional, well to be totally honest, you may spend more than a minute at this site, but it’s goal is to give you a Scripture, a brief thought and this is my favourite part, a link to a short video related to the theme of the day. This comes to us from the United Church, and is based out of Guelph Ontario. If you choose to subscribe to it, it will be delivered into your Inbox every morning.
World Community for Christian Meditation
https://www.wccm.org
Does your taste run to something a bit quieter? Al-ways wanted to meditate but not sure quite how to start. You will want to visit the site of World Communi-ty for Christian Meditation to find endless resources to help you on your faith journey. If you like using apps, they also have one that can be downloaded by visiting your App store and looking for ‘wccm’.

 

Spirituality on the Go
Sometimes we feel that to be truly spiritual we need long spans of time. I’m here to tell you that that simply is not the case. I hope over the next few newsletters to offer some suggestions about resources that are available to us, and especially when time can be limited. Why not incorporate one or both of these into your daily routine.
To begin let’s start with: a Three Minute Retreat
https://www.loyolapress.com/3-minute-retreats-daily-online-prayer
Yes, you read that correctly a three-minute retreat, whenever you need it. I think most of us can manage that. Why not click on the link and be pleasantly surprised?
For another choice why not visit Pray As You Go, https://www.pray-as-you-go.org/home/ This is a 10minutes daily devotion that give some beautiful music, a reading of Scriptures, and some short pointed questions to support reflection.
For those who prefer, both of these website are also available as Apps. Let me know what you think after using them for a while. Better yet, why not submit a reflection on your reflecting for the next newsletter!