Parish of the Transfiguration

     News:  August 18, 2021               



In one of his journal notations Thomas Merton writes that we are always thinking that our life will truly be happy "when". We are not satisfied with what is currently our situation because we have it in our mind that our life won't be happy until something else occurs:


...when I have one more thing I want,

...when I get rid of that personality flaw of mine,

...when I can finally have life as I have always dreamed it to be,

...when I am truly successful,

...when I learn to pray better,

...when I find the right person in my life,

...when, when, when....


Waiting for the "when" keeps me from appreciating what I now have.  Longing for promises and dreaming dreams is not a harmful deed as long as the present moment is not overlooked, as long as gratitude rises for what is already here, as long as I do not base my happiness on what is still wanting.  Thankfulness for what has already been given is the foundation for hoping for what is not yet.

Today I am going to put aside my "when this happens: and my "if only this could be" and my "when things get better" and my "as soon as I have this."  I am going to harvest what I now have, gather all the many gifts that are already mine.  I am going to observe what has been placed in the granary of my heart and marvel at the abundance. 

I will stand before this heap of blessings and take a long, grateful look.  I will say farewell to my "when" and be thankful for what is. 


Taken from Out of the Ordinary © 2000 by Joyce Rupp. Page 206.
Used by permission of Ave Maria Press.  All rights reserved.

Sunday, August 22, 2021
Scripture Readings for 13th after Pentecost

Joshua 24: 1-2a, 14-18
Psalm 34: 15-22
John 6: 56-69


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

Photo Credit: Pat Highgate


Our Summer Project this week was submitted by Pat Highgate and originates in the town of Dresden, Ontario.  It's a project that involves the whole community, or at least those that want to contribute and add something along the way. 

Well you get the gist by the photos shared here! 
Summer projects can be FUN!
Summer projects can be SHARED!
Summer projects can be CREATIVE! 

"Community of Dresden Summer Project"

Some brave soul to volunteer another Summer Project story
and photo for next Wednesday's news. 
Email Tracy:

Photo Credit: Mtr Lisa

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! 

St. John's in-the-Woods, Aughrim is planning to re-open their church doors for in-person worship on Sunday, September 5 at 9:30 am.

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
Friday, August 27, 2021

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

"A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining,
the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing,
and the lawn mower is broken."

                                                      ~ James Dent

Today, let us be thankful for what is and stop thinking about what is not.
No "whens" on the horizon today folks! 
"Thank you" to Pat Highgate for sharing Dresden's Summer Project. 
~ Tracy in the Parish Office


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Vicar: The Rev. Dr. Lisa Wang

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