Letter from Archbishop Anne Germond

The provincial House of Bishops calls on the parishes of our dioceses to observe a sacred sabbath rest over the summer months so that we can be renewed for mission and ministry in this new season of evangelism and discipleship that is emerging for our Church

1 June 2020

 

Dear friends in Christ,

What a true blessing it was to join together from all parts of our vast ecclesiastical province for a special online worship celebration! On the Day of Pentecost we are reminded that God's love has been poured into our hearts, and we pray for the Holy Spirit to come and renew the face of the earth, perhaps most especially during this time of pandemic.

Strengthened by the knowledge of God's abiding love and renewed by the Spirit, the provincial House of Bishops is calling on the parishes of our dioceses to observe a sacred sabbath rest over the summer months so that we can be renewed for mission and ministry in this new season of evangelism and discipleship that is emerging for our Church.

The past three months have been difficult as we journeyed through a time of wilderness with the closure of our church buildings and as we have creatively adapted our ministries to 

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respond to the emergency situation. Inspired from the witness of scripture, a time of sabbath rest invites our clergy and lay leaders, as well as the whole Church, to take time apart from our usual patterns in order to bring renewed energy and knowledge and skill to the practice of ministry. ...

The Most Reverend Anne Germond is the Metropolitan of the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario. The ecclesiastical province is comprised of the Diocese of Toronto, Niagara, Huron, Ontario, Moosonee, and Algoma. There are four ecclesiastical provinces in Canada known as Canada, Ontario, Rupert's Land, and British Columbia and Yukon.

The Archbishop's current letter is dated 1 June 2020 and is about "Summer Sabbath". Her previous letter is dated 15 May 2020 and is about "The Safe Reopening of Our Churches".

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