Parish of the Transfiguration

     News:  July 28, 2021               


YES, I KNOW that you probably KNOW that this is Week #4 of our "FAVORITE HYMNS" theme!

But did you ALSO KNOW....
- from all your years of attending church or
- from taking part in a bible study group, or
- from listening to Fr. Justin or Mo. Lisa's sermons was an integral part of the worship experience throughout biblical times.
Young David played the harp to calm King Saul.
The Levites were all skilled in playing musical instruments.
Solomon wrote over a thousand songs.
Miriam played the tambourine.
Mary sang of the news that she would bear a son.
The disciples sang a hymn after the Passover meal.
The prodigal son's return was celebrated with a lavish party filled with singing and dancing.
Perhaps there is no greater account of music-making than the Psalms. 
Numerous Psalms, intended to be sung, extol music and singing!

It's no wonder we ALL have a favorite hymn...and some of us many favorite hymns!  We are created to sing and make quote John Wesley, to "sing lustily and with good courage." 

The presence of music in our worship experience and in our lives, is a God-given gift, and we should sing with all of our heart once this pandemic is over!  We should sing because we are called to do so!  Can I get an amen?!

Common Praise #699, 721, 725, 734, 737

Here is our final favorite hymn selection shared this week from around the Parish:
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Pat Highgate shared that her favorite hymn is "Precious Lord, Take my Hand".   It is #509  in Common Praise.  She selected it because the lyrics speak to her.  Pat has already asked her granddaughter to sing it at her funeral because she finds it very comforting.  She likes the lyrics "Take My Hand, Lord."  They urge her to be actively considering what she should be doing. 

When selecting a music instrument to hear both of these hymns, well it's the.... Piano! ....Always!.  
Pat shared that organ music is just a bunch of noise to her,.  This, she thinks, is probably something to do with her hearing. 

Sunday, August 1, 2021
Scripture Readings for 10th after Pentecost

Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15
Psalm 78: 23-29
John 6: 24-35


Come and join us for worship!

We have now entered Stage 3 of Ontario's Roadmap to Reopening. 
The maximum attendance per service is the number of persons
who can be seated with a 6ft (2m) distance from all other persons
not of their own household. 

In-Person Eucharistic services 
held Sunday at:

9:30 a.m. at Christ Church, Dresden
11:00 a.m. at Church of the Advent, Ridgetown

If you would like to attend one of these services, please let one of the wardens
know so we can save a space for you:
      * Christ Church - Linda DeBurger or Gay Hooper
      * Church of the Advent - Ron Bolohan or Joan Cofell
A service of Morning Prayer will continue to be held
on ZOOM every Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m.

Parish ZOOM Link
ZOOM Information
Meeting ID: 425 593 9269
Passcode:  bleSSings5

Join Worship or Meetings by TELEPHONE

Call into 1-888-229-5422

August 1st is Emancipation Day in Canada.

People of all faith backgrounds are encouraged to join in a virtual ecumenical celebration of Emancipation Day. The service, organized by the Canadian Council of Churches, is available for viewing now. 
(approx. 58 minutes long)

The Diocese of Huron is represented by Rev. Canon Laverne Jacobs and Rev. Steve Greene, with Irene Moore Davis on the service planning team. 

Emancipation Day marks the anniversary of the Slavery Abolition Act which came into effect August 1st, 1834, freeing approximately 800,000 enslaved people in British colonies including Canada.

For over 180 years, Black communities across Canada have celebrated Emancipation Day every August 1st with church services, parades, outdoor festivities, protests, speeches, entertainment, and more, seeing an opportunity for celebration and a time of reflection on the struggle for freedom and justice, past and present.

This year marks the first official recognition of Emancipation Day by the Government of Canada, following a unanimous vote in the House of Commons in March 2021.
CLICK TO VIEW Emancipation Day Service
Photo Credit: Pat Highgate


Fr. Justin will be on vacation from July 7 - 28.

For any pastoral care emergencies or funeral needs during this time
please contact:
Rev'd CJ Adams (519) 351-1072  ~ July 16 - 28  

The churches involved in the Lambton-Kent cluster of ministry will meet on Thursday, August 19. Please keep those representing our churches, and the whole process in your prayers! 

Parish council meets next on Thursday, September 16, at 7 pm via Zoom. Parish council members can use the Parish Zoom link found in the weekly newsletter to join. 

Please have your orders
into Joan Cofell
by 9:00 am on
Monday, August 30, 2021 

Etransfer is the preferred method of payment,
and it can be sent to:
✨   TODAY'S QUOTE  ✨  

"It really matters what you listen to...
select music that will strengthen your spirit." 

~ Russell M. Nelson

THANK YOU to Pat Highgate for answering the last call of a "favorite hymn"
and for the photo submission!

Have you been working on a "Summer Project"? 
If so, I'd love to hear about it or see a picture of the before and after. 
Email me at: if you have a project and story behind it to share.

Blessings friends!
~ Tracy in the Parish Office


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