Release: Release and let go as you are walking towards the centre. Release and let go of the details of your life. This is an act of invitation and it quiets and empties the mind. All pilgrimages begin with a first step. It’s the act of walking that makes you a pilgrim, in life or in the labyrinth.
Receive: Open your mind and heart. Let yourself experience the changes of direction. You may get turned around, but you are never lost; trust that the path will lead you where you need to go. When you reach the centre, stay there as long as you like. It is a place of meditation and prayer. Receive what there is for you to receive. Relax and let the wisdom of the world come to you.
Respond: As you leave the centre and return on the same path, ponder what you have received. Take these thoughts back out into the world in which you live. Each time you walk the labyrinth, you become more empowered to find and do the work you feel called to do and to fully be the person you are.
You and your pets are invited to the 4th Annual Blessing of the Animals on the lawn of St. John’s. It will be at 10:00 on Saturday, October 1st, in honour of the Feast Day of St. Francis. A copy of the service is attached. We will thank God for animals and all creation, and each animal will receive an individual blessing. Feel free to forward this invitation to any animal lovers you know.
- Our 10:30 worship service will move from the parish hall back to our sanctuary
- Our Sunday children & youth program will return. During the opening hymn, the children and youth will follow Cathie McCabe and the other teachers to the Great Hall for their program, and they will return to the sanctuary after the sermon.
- The 8:00 service will resume, using the Book of Common Prayer, in addition to the 10:30 service from the Book of Alternative Services
- We will celebrate the baptism of Liam Runhart, who is the grandson of Karen Linka’s uncle James Carr, on September 11 at the 10:30 service.
We have new Summer Signs and painted stones outside our church, created by our children and youth.
I recommend that you drive or walk by the church to see our signs in person. To our Bowmanville community, they present words that describe the character of God and the blessings that he gives us.
Our signs say ~ Extravagant Love : Amazing Grace
I hope these signs will give encouragement to you, as well as to passersby to our church.
I want to thank the people who helped create our Summer Signs:
- Julia and Chelsea Smith who painted the beautiful backgrounds of the signs
- Patty Kingsley who added her special artistic touches
- Greg Thomas, who prepared the sign boards + cross, and installed the signs
I also want to thank our church families and members of our children’s and youth program who have painted the colourful stones in our gardens. Make sure to look at these when you come by to see our signs.
May God continue to be your hope and inspiration.