Dear Friends, thank you so much for checking out my blog, letting me know what it’s meant to you, and being part of my community. As with so many of us, the pandemic has taken its toll on me. My doctor has recommended a leave and told me that my full-time job during this break is to work on my own health. It’s really difficult to choose not to blog for the next several weeks, but I trust my doctor and wish to follow her best advice.
So this will be my last blog for a while. I’d appreciate your prayers and look forward to returning to blogging once I am back from leave.
In the meantime, there were just too many good Easter Memes to not do one final post. So, let’s go!
This made me giggle, but also made me sad as Ontario is in its third lockdown since the pandemic began (and I pray it will work, because the stories from the ICU are scary!):
An oldie, but a goodie:
If it all happened now, this would be how that episode would go down:
Bunny jokes are seasonal, right?!:
Ryan Reynolds cracks me up! And that comment – perfect (also, get your jab as soon as you can, and I will pray you stay safe until you do!):
This lovely bit of poetic encouragement:
And this reminder (it’s not just for the parents!):
And finally, this blessing for your day:
Until I return, dear friends, be blessed and be a blessing!
So, some of you will know there was a bit of confusion about the time of the service this morning. Totally my fault, but the good thing about virtual services is that they can be viewed anytime. So, here is our join service with Morningside High Park Presbyterian, may it be blessing:
And just for a little extra Holy Week music, here is Andrew Peterson’s haunting Tenebrea, which sets the seven last words from the cross to music:
Until tomorrow, dear friends, may you hold the cross in your heart and keep the Easter vigil as we await the Empty Tomb.
It has been our practice at Graceview Presbyterian, to host a Stations of the Cross drop-in prayer vigil. This year, that vigil is virtual, and has developed into. a little service including prayer from the Central Etobicoke Ministerial, and a Communion. So please grab your elements (anything to eat, and anything to drink – what ever you have on hand is good – last time we did communion, people shared that they had cranberry juice or tea, and I thought it was wonderful that they were willing to recognize that in unprecedented times, sometimes you just have to go with what works!) and may this service be a blessing to you:
Until tomorrow, dear friends, may you be strengthened by the meal we have shared.
As we move ever closer to the Last Supper, the betrayal, the arrest and trial, the walk to Golgotha and death on the cross, I want to share a couple of Holy Week resources. Today, I’m sharing a prayer for Holy Week:
Our Lord Jesus, you went faithfully to Jerusalem, speaking with your disciples of your death, they welcomed you with the branches of celebration for the coming of a Saviour, and only you understood that it was through the sacrifice of your death that the promise of salvation would be fulfilled.
Like the patriots of old you cleansed the temple, they tried to trap you with questions as you taught, and you were betrayed on the night when you gave the symbols of your life with which to remember you at the table.
You washed their feet as an example of service to one another before you submitted to ultimate humiliation and cruel death.
Faithful servant of God and of your human brothers and sisters, we worship and adore you as our Lord and Saviour. Amen.
Tomorrow is Palm Sunday, so I bet you can guess what this week’s worship resources are going to focus on. Let’s begin with this version of Hosanna by Hillsong, live on the steps of the Temple in Jerusalem:
This prayer from the folks at illustratedministry.com, which can be printed and coloured:
God, our merciful maker, You love the world you made, and you want us to be whole and healthy. Yet the world you made is suffering. The world you made is struggling. People have died, and people are sick. Visit us with your mercy and make us whole. Amen.
And finally, this is Andrew Peterson’s version of Hosanna:
Until tomorrow, dear friends, may you cry out to Jesus, Hosanna – save us!