Sunday, August 30, 2015

As the longer days of summer begin to wane it is time to look ahead to what is in store for St. Barnabas in the coming weeks.  Our return to the regular Sunday service times of 8:00 and 10:00 am will not be an immediate one once September arrives.  There are a couple of very good reasons for the delay: The first is that Sunday, September 6th is part of Labour Day weekend which is usually our last Sunday of 10:00 am only service.  

However, this year on Sunday, September 13th we "will gather at the river," to paraphrase the 1864 hymn, "Shall We Gather at the River?" There will only be one service on that Sunday at 10:00 am.   As you may know the hymn I just mentioned has long since been associated with baptism and that is precisely what we will do!  Dominic Klukas will be baptized at 10:00 am at a baptismal service held at Lamure Beach here in Deep River.  I hope that our whole parish "will gather at the river" and join in affirming and celebrating Dominic's decision to take up the life of Christ's Body, the Church, as he is baptized in the "living waters" of the Ottawa River.  If the weather is truly awful we will retreat to the church.

The following Sunday, September 20th will finally see the return of our usual 8:00 am and 10:00 am services.  Further good news is that that Sunday will also be marked by the restart of Sunday School classes and our annual "Welcome Back BBQ" following the 10:00 am service.  As you may recall it is a feast of great BBQ fare with a large variety of salads and desserts as well...

A couple of weeks later on Sunday, October 4th we will celebrate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi with our annual Blessing of the Animals service at the 10:00 am service.  Bring your beloved pet along to be honoured and blessed as one of God's beloved creatures!  

Finally, I must not overlook that our weekly bible studies resume with the midweek study and Eucharist on September 16th at 10:00 am, and the Thursday evening study on September 17th at 7:00 pm.

This is a brief look into some of our forthcoming fall activities.  Perhaps this will brighten the prospect of returning to the days of regular schedules and less daylight as Autumn encroaches.  There is much to look forward to and I hope you too will relish the prospect of getting back into the swing of things refreshed and re-created.