May the words of my mouth and the meditation of all our hearts be acceptable in your eyes, O God.
The best wedding receptions are the ones that are roaring good parties. In my life, I’ve been part of weddings from a lot of different vantage points. I’ve been the maid of honour at a same sex wedding, I’ve had the honour of reading the Ketubah, or marriage contract, at a Jewish wedding. I’ve been a member of the catering staff, and I’ve also been a bride myself. My favourite part of any wedding is the one where the lights are low and all the aunties are dancing in a circle to “Rivers of Babylon” by Bony M or “Jump Around” by House of Pain and it’s about the time when the caterers pack up the bar. At my own wedding, my new husband and I tried my mother sorely by dancing until about 2 am. Respecting her cultural traditions, she wouldn’t leave until we, the newly married couple did, no matter how we encouraged her to go on up to bed. We were ecstatic in the joy of our new marriage, and we danced till we couldn’t dance any more. The memories of these wedding days highlight for me the care, community, and love that made them possible.
The Circle of Angels, a volunteer street outreach team, and Don Valley West MPP and former Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne attended this month’s homeless memorial at Church of the Holy Trinity. Since 2017, at least 74 people have died while homeless in the city of Toronto.
The Advent Planning Team is Beth Baskin, Clara Pasieka, Jim Houston, Jo Connolly, Leonard Desroches, Luc Desroches, and Sherman Hesselgrave. The team set this overall theme of Restless Waiting to reflect the unsettled times of our community and the wider world. Advent is traditionally a time of anticipating for the Birth of Jesus, which is usually an excited waiting. There is also anxious waiting, such as that of a refugee family who wait for their travel documents. There is concerned waiting of those who will be launching into a new phase of life. Together this holy Advent season we will explore different kinds of waiting and a variety of ways to comfort and nourish our souls and faith community
Today, the Fallen Angles lead us into midwifery of loving justice…