The little children sang . . .
Easter with its wonderful services and celebrations is almost behind us. I trust you were able to participate
in some of the richness of our traditions and worship experiences around the life, death and resurrection of Jesus –
the core of our faith. It was encouraging to see our worship space crowded with those who call St. Thomas home
as well as those who visit us periodically. My grateful thanks again to all who made it possible to receive the crowds
that attended services at St. Thomas. The children were most special! On Palm Sunday, they distributed palms to
the adults and marched in procession, leading a homemade donkey and singing hosannas as the Hebrew children sang
to Jesus as he entered Jerusalem, some 2000 years ago. On Easter day (over 60 children, I understand) attended our
Sunday School. They were quickly prepared by our talented teachers, and at their prompting, they lined the front of
the sanctuary and sang to the top of their little lungs, while joyfully ringing homemade bells:
“Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelujah; Praise ye the Lord!
Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelu, Hallelujah; Praise ye the Lord!
Praise ye the Lord, Hallelujah! Praise ye the Lord, Hallelujah!
Praise ye the Lord, Hallelujah! Praise ye the Lord!”
The song continues to ring in my heart! I was so reminded of my own Sunday School days many moons
ago. Singing in Sunday School was always fun and the teacher said the sound of our little voices singing to God,
made God happy. We may not have known the meaning of the words we sang but we wanted to make God happy,
so we sang ―lustily‖ as Judy Lade would say!
Here is another song I hope our Sunday School children will sing one day (you probably know this one too):
Praise Him, Praise Him, all ye little children;
God is love! God is love!
Praise Him, Praise Him, all ye little children;
God is love! God is love!
There are other verses:
2) Love Him, love Him, all you little children . . . God is love.
3) Thank Him, thank Him, all you little children . . . God is love.
4) Serve him, serve Him, all you little children . . . God is love
A third favourite of mine was:
God sees the little sparrow fall,
It meets His tender view;
If God so loves the little birds,
I know He loves me, too.
Refrain: He loves me, too,
He loves me, too,
I know He loves me, too;
Because He loves the little things, I know He loves me, too.
He paints the lily of the field,
Perfumes each lily bell;
If He so loves the little flow‘rs,
I know He loves me well. Refrain
God made the little birds and flow‘rs,
And all things large and small;
He‘ll not forget his little ones,
I know He loves them all. Refrain
Then there were the ones like ―Jesus loves me, this I know‖, ―Jesus loves the little children‖ and many others.
As I look back on these songs of my childhood, I realize what a godly heritage I‘ve had and the major part that singing
had in it. From my mother and grandmother at home, to the Anglican priests from England who taught us in the Anglican school and church where I grew up, and the Lutheran missionaries from my father‘s church (he was Lutheran) –
I was encouraged to sing songs to Jesus because that made God happy.
As I look back at the songs – their message is simple but profound -- they are all about the love of God – the
love of God for humanity and creation -- for birds, flowers, trees and of course, for me and for all people everywhere.
God is to be praised for God is Love and Love is God – a message that takes me through this life and will continue
throughout eternity! Oh, for a simple childlike faith!
May we continue to teach and to encourage the children who come through the doors of St. Thomas to sing
songs of faith to Jesus – simple songs of faith that they will remember throughout their lives.
I still believe that singing songs to God makes God happy!
And speaking of the birds and flowers that God loves, they are returning in full force after a winter that did not let up!
Spring is here with its anticipation of the fun and frolic of summer. May yours be God-blessed, relaxing, refreshing and
Rev. Claire+
May 12:
St. Thomas Bible Challenge begins . . . . Still time to start
May 24:
MEN’S BREAKFAST & FELLOWSHIP 9:00 am All men are welcome!
MESSY CHURCH – Informal learning: crafts, games, bible storytelling and fun for the whole family. 4th
Saturday every month,10:30 am. All families welcome.
Nuance Concert at St. Thomas
June 08:
June 15:
Happy Father’s Day!
June 22:
June 29:
St. Thomas’ Feast Day (July 3) – Strawberry Social
July and August Services will continue at 8:30 & 10:30 a.m.
The following will NOT be held but will resume in September
The weekly Communion and Healing services held on Wednesdays at 10am
Choir practices held on Thursdays at 7: 30 pm
Messy Church and Small Groups
Crohn’s and Colitis are lifelong diseases that can have a devastating impact on
one’s quality of life and life expectancy.
‘GUTSY WALK’ - Crohn’s and Colitis Canada is organizing fundraising
walks in many locations across Canada. There is a local 5 km walk on Sunday,
June 8 at Heyden Park, at the foot of Water Street in Whitby.
If you are interested in participating or able to support this event with a monetary donation of any amount, please
go to the website Team Huppé Family or call Karen Martin 905-655-4945 (Karen is the sister
of Ron Baker- Karen’s teenage grandson suffers from Crohn’s)
Your prayers for a cure would be most welcome.
Thank you,
How would you like to advertise
your business or service in the
coming issues of Grapevine.
This would help you and also help
us to cover the expense of printing and posting each issue.
The cost will be $10.00 for each
issue or $30.00 for 4 issues.
If interested contact
Bruce Beveridge at
[email protected]
Deadline for the
Fall Grapevine
will be
Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014
Send your submissions to
Bruce Beveridge
at [email protected]
or hand written items, see him
at church.
Connect with us online!:
There are many ways to keep up to date with the Church with our
online presence. Just go to our website and
you will see links to connect with us. Join our Email list.
Look us up on Facebook. Follow Claire on Twitter.
Join or update your pre-authorized giving with
Let us know if there are other ways that we can help you stay
The St. Thomas Book Club is up and running: come
and share in the Cloister!
We are enjoying the books and fellowship at this new small group at
St. Thomas. So far we have read The Book Thief, The Glass Castle
and War Brides, the books prompted an interesting and lively discussion. There are many more exciting books coming up at our next
meetings. We now have about 14 members and we are still growing.
Our meetings are on the 2nd Monday of every month at 7:00p.m. in the Cloister. The next meeting is June 9th.
For more information you may contact me, Sharon MacKinnon at 905-655-3526 or at
[email protected]
(Please read the book in advance of the date. BYOBeverage)
June 9
The Racketeer
September 15
The Casual Vacancy
October 6
Sycamore Row
John Grisham
JK Rowling
John Grisham
All the best,
Sharon MacKinnon & Lydia Hallard
Grace is Gods Name
The goodness of God fills all the gaps of the universe, without discrimination or preference.
God is the gratuity of absolutely everything. The space in between everything is not space at all
but Spirit. God is the ―goodness glue‖ that holds the dark and light of things together, the free
energy that carries all death across the Great Divide and transmutes it into Life. When we say
that Christ ―paid the debt once and for all,‖ it simply means that God‘s job is to make up for all
the deficiencies in the universe. What else would God do?
Grace is not something God gives; grace is who God is. Grace is God‘s official job description.
Grace is what God does to keep all things that God has created in love alive—forever. If we are to believe the
primary witnesses—the mystics, the saints, the transformed people—an unexplainable goodness
is at work in the universe. (Some of us call this phenomenon God, but that word is not necessary. In fact, sometimes it gets in the way of the experience, because too many have named God
something other than Grace.)
Richard Rohr
Adapted from Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self
April showers bring May flowers. This is what I hope is true as I look out and see the pouring rain and the wind
blowing the trees. It seems more like fall. But, we all look forward to summer, I‘m sure – a chance to relax and enjoy some warm and sunny weather.
We‘ve had many events at St. Thomas‘ since the last Grapevine issue. One of these was the Organ Recital/Hymn
Sing. We had a very good turnout to this event, and I have received many positive comments. It is something we
will do again!
Looking back at our Lent, Holy Week and Easter services, I again appreciate how we at St. Thomas are able to offer
worship in a variety of ways, ( Taize services, Evensong), while making use of choir, instrumentalists, and children
to enhance our worship experiences. We are truly fortunate to have so many talented and willing people to contribute music to the liturgy.
The summer gives us a chance to rest and gather energy to begin again in September. I hope that you will consider
joining the choir in the fall. Rehearsals will begin on September 4th, at 7:30 PM. Also, if you play a musical instrument, I would love to hear from you. Perhaps you could play at one of our services.
I hope that all of you will enjoy a safe and restful summer.
Books for the Journey
The Library Corner by Grace Alden
Books in Batches
Have you book-readers noticed lately that when you finish a book you often discover that it's book one of a
series and now you have to get book 2, 3, complete the series or get an 'encore' book of the type. It can
be a little off-putting to buy the batch. One solution is to get the series from a library. Coincidentally we
have some books in our church library that are a series or are part of a group of related books. So, I'm calling attention to a few I like.
CATEGORY 1: Tea and Homicide : Blood Orange Brewing, Death by Darjeeling, and other stories by
Laura Childs These are mysteries featuring a woman who gives up her glamorous career to open a tea shop
in the beautiful historic district of Charleston, South Carolina. She keeps getting embroiled in murder mysteries. Each book is a stand-alone story, but the main characters reappear.
CATEGORY 2: Modern family life and social drama: The redemption series by very popular author Karen
Kingsbury A mother and her adult daughters and their men friends experience struggle, triumph, and tragedy such as the dangers faced by a first responder, the difficulty of breaking into the art world, the stress of
working in a nursing home, and the painful aftermath of 9/11. The books are Redemption, Remember,
Return, Rejoice and Reunion.
CATEGORY 3: Espionage and International intrigue: I've mentioned The Strait of Hormuz before, but
now we have the other two books in the series The Lion of Babylon and Rare Earth. These thrillers are
set in the modern Middle East and North Africa. Author Davis Bunn
is an Evangelical Christian from the U.S. south. Quite a combination!
CATEGORY 4: Biography. We have a set of well written little paperbacks about famous Christians. There
are about twenty in the set. We have five, but I may get more if the interest is there. The ones we have are
Mother Theresa, Fanny Crosby, D.L. Moody, John Newton, and C.S. Lewis
CATEGORY 5: Canadian History: The popular author, Janette Oke, has written many romantic novels
about Canadian history. A frequent theme is the movement of Mennonite families west. There are a number
of her books, including the 'Love Comes Softly' series in the bookcase for novels and fun stuff by the
chapel door.
* * * * * * * * * * *
NOTE: We don't have room for many more books, but if you have a book that you would really like to
have in the library, please give it to me (Grace Alden), don't just put it on a shelf. I want to vet what comes
in and put a pocket and a card in the back of the book.
1) As we are reaching out and moving ahead, in our constant ever changing world St Thomas' Anglican Church has opportunities for you to be a part of this church community.
2) Share your talents with dedicated volunteers who over the years have inspired many to our ministries. We are inspired
through efforts of good-hearted, cheerful volunteers, in a place where awareness of God's love comes naturally, in response to the quiet hospitality and
beauty of His creation.
3) Share your compassion, kindness and purpose. Experience a special feeling of peace and closeness to God as you volunteer.
4) Share in a ministry of common concern to you and offer your service with kindness and interest and devotion.
Share your personal interest with St Thomas', offer your services and volunteer. Come here to be close to God.
Circle a Ministry below and share in giving of yourself.
Chancel Guild
Liturgical Assistants
Lay Annointers
Greeters and Sidespeople
Music ( adult, youth and children)
Banners and Archives
Messy Church
Children's Ministry (nursery and Sunday school)
Sound System
START (aids)Stephen Lewis Foundation
Pancake Supper ( Christian Children's Fund)
Men's Fellowship
Women's Reflection
New Comers Reception
Pastoral Care
Stay In Touch Ministry
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Senior Homes Services
St Paul's Cemetary Board
Christmas Hampers
Stewardship and Finance Committee
Website IT Support
Weekly Parish News Folders
Special Youth Events
Congregational Life
Prayer Shawl (making prayer shawls, baby blankets, lap blankets)
Volunteers, who have ambitions to offer their services, please contact me throughout the year and we can bring you together with our volunteers in a ministry you wish to volunteer in.
[email protected]
(905) 655-4917 (h) or (905) 213-2237(c)
39 Queen Street,
Brooklin, Ontario
LlM 1C4
There will be a drop box in the Gathering Space to drop your survey in. Thanks ever so much to everyone for reading and considering giving of your time
to volunteer at St. Thomas.
Have a good day.
Sharon Robinson
Volunteer Coordinator
St. Thomas Anglican Church
A TOUCHING STORY by Anna Lisa Kozma
I wasn't sure exactly what I was letting myself in for. When I arrived at the tiny church, two dozen people,
mostly seniors, sat in a semi-circle. You could smell the expectancy in the air. I began to feel a bit nervous. I wasn't
sure if I could quite bring myself to take off my clothes in church. Even just my shoes and socks.
I had a vague idea about the Maundy Thursday service, held on Holy Thursday the day before Good Friday.
Maundy (which rhymes with laundry) refers to Christ's command, the mandatum, that his disciples love one another.
As part of the service, someone usually re-enacts Christ's act of serving friendship when he washed the dust of the day
from his friends' feet on the last night they had together. I was curious enough to come out on this chilly pre-Easter
evening. I imagined watching a stylized ceremony with perhaps a marble basin, accompanied by some stirring music.
It would be far away from the sacred mayhem of Jerusalem and the Garden of Gethsemene with its twisted olive
trees. Far away too from the tense feasting of that final dinner when Judas slunk away to do his dirty deed. But that
was okay. This was after all an Anglican church near College and Bathurst in Toronto. I felt I could just about cope
with a small dose of sanitized faith.
Chants ancient and modern rose up into the vaulted, gilded sanctuary, up into heaven, until the urgent world of
flashing, beeping technology which presses on us moderns faded away to unreality. Gone were the demands of the
day, the office phone calls unanswered and the insistent e-mails even now lining up to be answered.
Old and not so old, our voices blended together until we entered that space for the spirit which the poet T. S.
Eliot calls "the still point of the turning world." We were, I fancy, very close to experiencing a whiff of heaven.
There was a pause in the music. Then the person next to me began unlacing her shoes. I looked around shyly.
Everyone was taking off their footwear. Brown and white feet rested on the wooden floor. Street people, accountants,
homemakers; a circle of naked feet.
Still, I felt reluctant to pull off my socks. My problem is that I'm rather embarrassed by my toes. They're elongated and finger-like, useful if I ever lose the use of my hands, but best covered up in polite society.
And then it hit me. I was working in town and sleeping on a friend's sofa and I hadn't actually showered that
morning. Worse, as I looked down at my shoes, I realized that I had borrowed my husband's socks when I'd last been
home and worn them two days in a row. The priest left and re-entered with a basin, a ceramic jug of water and a white
towel. Still uncertain, I slid off my shoes and peeled the offending socks from my feet. My fears were confirmed as I
stared at the clumps of black sock fluff clinging between my toes. The fluff was augmented by fine strands of sock
wool dangling from my unclipped toenails. Why couldn't I have borrowed pale socks? And, peering closer at my own
sweaty limbs, I saw the unavoidable evidence of the unwashed; black, soil-like specks, spattering my skin.
Put your shoes back on, I told myself, creep out the door and never come back. But I wasn't quick enough. My
neighbour's feet were being dried. Within seconds the basin was at my feet. The priest met my eyes with his smiling
ones. I wanted to say something. Look, I know this is only meant to be symbolic and I'm going to ruin the atmosphere here (in more ways than one). I wanted to tell them all that I rarely have feet that are this filthy. But tradition
and the gilded sanctuary appealed for silence.
Tentatively I held out my foot for washing. The water was surprisingly warm but I cringed as the fluff and dirt
washed off me into the basin. First one wet foot and then the other left its black streaks on the white towel.
I watched in fascinated horror as the basin full of muck moved down the line to the next person. Black bits of wool
and foot grime bobbed in the soapless water. I clenched my teeth in a grimace of apology and prayed that they were
near-sighted . . . or exceptionally forgiving.
I had to admit that my feet felt better. Released from their wool and leather casements, they rested on the cool
wooden floor planks.
As I sat waiting for the priest to serve the rest of the congregation, my shame slowly began to lift. I raised my
eyes from the floor. It was strange, but no one seemed to be looking at the basin of dirty water.
In the moments that followed I experienced an odd sensation that words can only approximate. It was like a
shock-wave running across my body. It bounced off the gilded ceiling and the stone arches and reverberated along the
rows of plastic chairs. It was as though God himself had ripped through the roof of the church and exploded inside
me. A wave of love and acceptance rippled over me as I felt the smooth church floor beneath my bare toes.
Thankfully, there was no sacred soundtrack laid on; no schmaltzy guitar-strummed choruses or booming organ.
Just some quiet singing and the sound of water swishing in the steel basin as Father Kevin moved around the circle
washing each pair of feet. " Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est," they sang. "Where charity and love dwell, there also is
God." I was conscious then of watching a recreation of what had happened two millennia ago when a rambunctious
rabbi knelt at his students' feet before dinner and took on the role of a hired help.
As it turned out, I didn't need a getaway plan after all. After the service we sat while the candles were blown out, the lights switched off and the
white linen and gold platters removed from the altar. The church was
stripped of all decoration until Easter morning. Someone with a flashlight
half-read, half- whispered a passage about the soldiers coming to take Jesus
away. We were left in near darkness to contemplate the mystery of the season. On this night, as part of the Easter preparation, we were invited to stay
and meditate, or leave in silence. It was like being part of a play where the
house lights don't come on at the end. It was confusing.
It was also so dark that no one could see what was left of my red face. I sat there for a very long time in the quiet
and the shadows, thinking about what had happened to me and listening to people tiptoe away. What if God, like the
pop song says, was one of us? The hands which washed his friends' feet were the same hands which a day later were
shot through with nails. How to make sense of it? I can't. I only know one thing. I felt grateful beyond words, and that
more than my feet felt clean.
Anna-Liza Kozma is the producer of Tapestry, which airs Sunday afternoons on CBC Radio One.
―Pastors make an easy target for criticism. Every week they are on display, carefully explaining God's Word, challenging
us toward Christ-like living. But sometimes we look to find things to criticize. It's easy to overlook all the good things a
pastor does and focus on our personal opinions.
Like all of us, our pastors are not perfect. So I'm not saying that we should follow them blindly and never confront error through the proper channels. But some words from the writer of Hebrews may help us find the right way of thinking about our leaders who are presenting God's truth and modeling servant leadership. The writer says, "Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account" (13: 17 NIV).
Think about that. Before God, our pastor is responsible for guiding us spiritually. We should want that burden to be
joyous, not grievous. The passage indicates that causing grief for the pastor "would be of no benefit" (v.17 NIV).
We honor God and make things better for our church when we give honour to those He has appointed as our leaders.‖
- Dave Branon
Our gracious Father, thank You for the person You led to our church as pastor. May we provide encouragement and support, and may You
protect our pastor from error in both word and actions.
Hebrews 13:17-19
Pastors who preach God‘s Word need a good word from God‘s people.
Submitted by June Cartright
A small dedicated group of Counters meets after the 10.30 service each Sunday to
count the weekly offering. We would like to add a few more Counters to this group
and ideally have teams of 3 people. Counting does not take long and full training will
be provided.
If you are interested in helping out, please contact Sally Charbonneau by phone 905576-7596 or email: [email protected]
Love, Sacrifice and Service
Life will be full, very full indeed, if we follow the directions of the Rt. Rev. Douglas Blackwell and include
―love, sacrifice and service‖ in every aspect of our lives. What are these three actions, and they are actions requiring movement. Are they in the wrong order? Service and giving sacrifice come because we love but can we fit
them into our busy lives?
I can just see people shuddering as the Bishop speaks. ‗I already have enough to do, how can I possibly fit
more in? Love will be easy, it‘s just something I emote. I can sit here and love – no further action needed. Now
sacrifice will require more effort; not many of us have the opportunity to offer as much as the ‗widow‘s mite‘. Service will require more time, something I don‘t have a lot of – all jobs at the church require time. ‗
But is that really what is meant by love, sacrifice and service? Here‘s an excellent quote from Virginia Roth
that describes sacrifice - ―She taught me all about real sacrifice. That it should be done from love... That it should
be done from necessity, not without exhausting all other options. That it should be done for people who need
your strength because they don't have enough of their own.‖ This quote talks of sacrifice coming from ―love‖, not
from guilt, not because we‘re meant to do it, but because it‘s necessary if we love. And so service follows along –
it‘s done for those who need your strength.
So how can we show love, sacrifice and service – hospitality is one word that covers all three and yet, somehow hospitality has been thrown out as old-fashioned. As we meet and greet one another we show love, as we
bring our best food, conversation, or strengths to the table of life, we show sacrifice and as we give that strength
to others we honour them with our service. It‘s not easy, it requires effort but it is required… 'I tell you the truth,
whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'
―Practicing Christian hospitality isn't about glittering, glamorous table settings or platters of picture-perfect
food; it's about practicing servanthood right in the middle of your practical Christianity. More important, it's about
loving others through Christ and making people feel special.‖
Submitted by Heather Beveridge
The ART of Writing Group (part two) led by
Cynthia Reyes, author of ―A Good Home‖ will begin again in the Fall.
In this small group, 4- part session, participants review the elements of effective storytelling; they
learn how to use their thoughts, experiences and
imagination to tell interesting stories. Each session
runs 90 minutes. Please bring materials to write
with. Participation is on a ―first come, first served‖
basis - sign up early to acquire a space.
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Congratulations to Joan & Ed Morgan
on their 60th Wedding Anniversary
Many blessings and happiness for the future
Some of the many newcomers who attended the Wine & Cheese Reception
The Three Cantors
From left to right - The Rev. Canon William Cliff, The Venerable David Pickett,
The Very Rev. Peter Wall and barely visible Angus Sinclair pianist & Organist.
How to stay safe in the World today!
Where IS the Safest Place?
1. Avoid riding in automobiles because they are
responsible for 20% of all fatal accidents.
2. Do not stay home because 17% of all accidents
occur in the home.
3. Avoid walking on streets or sidewalks because
14% of all accidents occur to pedestrians.
4. Avoid traveling by air, rail, or water because
16% of all accidents involve these forms of transportation.
5. Of the remaining 33%, 32% of all deaths occur
in Hospitals. So, above all else, avoid hospitals.
You will be pleased to learn that only .001%
of all deaths occur in worship services in church,
and these are usually related to previous physical
disorders. Therefore, logic tells us that the safest
place for you to be at any given point in time is
And .... Bible study is safe too!
The percentage of deaths
During Bible study is even less.
So, Attend church, And read your Bible
At a Car Dealership:
"The best way to get back on your feet - miss a car
Outside a Muffler Shop:
"No appointment necessary. We hear you coming."
In a Veterinarian's waiting room:
"Be back in 5 minutes. Sit! Stay!"
At the Electric Company
"We would be delighted if you send in your payment.
However, if you don't, you will be."
On a Maternity Room door:
"Push. Push. Push."
In a Restaurant window:
"Don't stand there and be hungry;
come on in and get fed up."
In the front yard of a Funeral Home:
"Drive carefully. We'll wait."
In a Podiatrist's office:
"Time wounds all heels."
On a Plumber's truck:
"We repair what your husband fixed."
Incumbent - The Rev. Claire Wade
St. Thomas’, is a loving, caring community, called to encourage and nurture people to
grow in faith; to share the Gospel message through the diversity of our worship experience; to live out our faith with joy and to invite others to share our spiritual journey.
Sunday Worship Services
8:30 am & 10:30 am
Wednesday Service at 10:00 am
101 Winchester Rd. E.,
P.O. Box 274,
Brooklin, ON.,
L1M 1B5
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Phone: 905-655-3883
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