Advent III Read today’s gospel scripture → JOHN 1:6-8, 19-28 As the new year of the Church unfolds, we now have entered the Third Sunday in Advent. This third Sunday is Gaudete. The Sunday for joy. It is hard to feel joyful in these times of COVD, but let us try. It is important. A…

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Commentary for Advent III 13 December 2020 The texts for this week are:  Isaiah 61:1-4, Psalm 126, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24, and John 1:6-8, 19-28. By Father Doug Woods Get the readings It snowed today.  It was really heavy and wet, typical early winter snow-not cold enough to give us the powder we normally get.  But…

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St Matthew – St Aidan among local institutions featured on new banners On a very foggy 26 November, new banners were unveiled over the bridge in Buckhorn. The banners were commissioned as a Trail Town initiative by the Regional Tourism Organization.  Maryls Kerkman reported in the Peterborough Examiner (online 6 December): At the event the…

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The Second Sunday of Advent Read today’s gospel scripture → Mark 1: 1-8 PLEASE NOTE: This homily contains direct and indirect references to the Gospel passage. Having it fresh in your mind will be helpful for understanding and reflection. Advent is a time of expectation and of longing. The words of the Prophet Isaiah echo…

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Commentary for Advent II 6 December 2020 The texts:  Isaiah 40:1-11, Psalm 85.1-2, 8-13, 2 Peter 3:8-15a, and Mark 1:1-8. By Father Doug Woods Get the readings Isaiah 40:1-11 Isaiah was possibly written over a long period of time, running from the eighth century BCE to as late as the second century BCE.  Most commentators…

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Commentary for Advent I 29 November 2020 This week’s texts: Isaiah 64.1-9, Psalm 80.1-7, 17-19, 1 Corinthians 1.3-9, and Mark 13.24-37. By Father Doug Woods Get the readings Hello again! It’s a grey day today—typical November. It snowed on Sunday—10 cm.—and some of it’s still here. It’s supposed to warm up over the next several…

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Fare thee well, dear Helen On the Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost, 15 November, the people of St Matthew – St Aidan bade farewell to their dear friend and long-time parishioner, Helen Minten ODT. For six years, Helen has lived in Peterborough but made her faithful journey each Sunday to Buckhorn. “The drive worries me with…

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Well done good and trustworthy servant Read today’s gospel scripture → Matthew 25: 14-30 The Parable of the Talents, 24th Sunday after Pentecost, 15 November 2020 PLEASE NOTE: This homily contains direct and indirect references to the Gospel passage. Having it fresh in your mind will be helpful for understanding and reflection. It’s more than…

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“You that are blessed by my Father…” Read today’s gospel scripture → Matthew 25:31-46 PLEASE NOTE: This homily contains direct and indirect references to the Gospel passage. Having it fresh in your mind will be helpful for understanding and reflection. https://anglicanchurchbuckhorn.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Christ_King_2020.mp3 Listen to this homily Jesus tells a story of a king who says, “When…

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13 November 2020       Dear Friends in Christ:   Numbers. It feels like we have been tracking a lot of numbers lately. Polling numbers. Ballot counts. Attendance stats. Online views. Financial data. But of course, the numbers we’ve all been watching closely, ever since the COVID-19 pandemic began, are the infection transmission rates.…

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