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 service times of will not be an immediate one once September arrives. There are a couple of very good reasons for the delay: The first is that is part of Labour Day weekend which is usually our last Sunday of only service.
However, this year on 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 at . 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 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 will finally see the return of our usual services. Further good news is that that will also be marked by the restart of School classes and our annual "Welcome Back BBQ" following the 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 we will celebrate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi with our annual Blessing of the Animals service at the 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 , and the evening study on .
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.