Parish of the Transfiguration

     News:  August 11, 2021               

Artwork: Fresco of Saint Clare and nuns of her Order, Chapel of San Damiano, Assisi. Public Domain

Clare of Assisi, Abbess 1253

11 August

"Though our Lord Jesus Christ was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich."

2 Corinthians 8:9
Today we honour the memory of Clare, a thirteenth-century abbess who spent all her life in the Italian town of Assisi.

At the age of eighteen, a woman of beauty and wealth, she heard Francis of Assisi preach about the poverty of Christ. She was so deeply stirred that she renounced her former life, threw away all her brocades and silks, and put on the rough garment of a nun. Clare hoped to imitate Francis in a life of wandering, but neither Francis nor the authorities of the Church were ready to allow women such evangelical freedom. She eventually took over a small enclosure next to the church of San Damiano in Assisi and there gathered a community of women who wished to devote themselves to Christ-like poverty. Under Clare’s direction they became “the Order of the Poor Ladies of San Damiano,” and sought to live up to their name by refusing anything that would bind them to the economic order of thirteenth-century Italy, even when rich people tried to give them land or the proceeds of a business. They accepted only alms and small donations for immediate needs, just like the poorest people out in the world. They also did what they could to help beggars and poverty-stricken families who came to the gate of their enclosure.

Clare herself lived what she taught, claiming no privileges for herself as she devoted her days and nights to prayer and contemplation, to the spiritual needs of her sisters, and to the practical necessities of her fellow citizens. Despite increasing ill health, and though she never went outside her convent’s walls in thirty years, she remained a source of strength for all sorts and conditions of people right up to her death on this date in the year 1253.

O God, whose blessed Son became poor so that through his poverty we might be made rich, deliver us, we pray, from an inordinate love of this world, that in honour of your holy servant Clare we may serve you with singleness of heart and attain to the riches of the world to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever

Source: For All the Saints. Prayers and Readings for Saints' Days, page 238-239. Used with permission. Anglican Book Centre.

Sunday, August 11, 2021
Scripture Readings for 12th after Pentecost

Proverbs 9: 1-6
Psalm 34: 9-14
John 6: 51-58


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.

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Photo Credit: Mary Emerick
Summer Projects! 
Project: Sprucing up the front of St. Matthew’s Parish Hall

Perks/Benefits:  The hall looks great and we won’t have to keep weeding and pruning!
Motivational Tool:  The gas and hydro company will not keep asking us to trim back the bushes so they can read the metres. The pandemic left us time to reflect on and complete jobs that needed to be done.

Numbers:  6 bush cutters and removers, 1 hosta provider, 1 great local company to do the mulch work, 2 motivated wardens

Goal:  To improve the looks of one of God’s buildings and show we care

Current Status:  The work is completed and the hostas are thriving.

Good News:  Everyone is so pleased with the new look and the fact that we won’t have to be on our hands and knees weeding again! By working together many of our parishioners have contributed to this landscaping improvement.

Spiritual Aspects: 
- stewardship / care for God’s creation
- recycling plants that have grown and produced so well
- gratitude for the resources to help out a local business during pandemic times
- gardening and connecting to God’s abundance and beauty
- hope that the new plants will continue to flourish
- thankfulness that when we needed to have a hall and church ready in time of need, we were able to do so
"St. Matthew's Parish Hall Summer Project"
Photo Credit: Pat Highgate, Hibiscus flower/plant

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  ✨  

"Like a welcome summer rain,
humour may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air,
and you."

                                                      ~ Langston Hughes

Today, take a moment to ponder and consider those who bring various gifts to your community of faith and give thanks.  An attitude of gratitude goes a long way! 

With that same spirit in mind, I thank the St. Matthew's crew for taking on a summer project and being willing to share their "good news" story with each of us. 
I wonder who will submit either a personal or a parish story next week?!?
~ Tracy in the Parish Office


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