Friday March 24, 2023

Sunday March 26, 2023

Fifth Sunday in Lent


Upcoming Services:
March 26  10:30 am     Morning Prayer                                     Marg Stanford/Marjorie Sequin

March 30  4:00 pm       Evening Prayer                                     Canon Nancy Beale

April 2      10:30 am     Palm Passion Holy Eucharist                   Canon Nancy Beale

April 6        5:00 pm     Maundy Thursday Holy Eucharist            Canon Nancy Beale

April 7        1:00 pm     Good Friday Holy Eucharist                    Canon Nancy Beale

April 9        10:30 am    Easter Holy Eucharist                            Reverend Blair Ross

April 16      10:30 am    Holy Eucharist                                      Canon Nancy Beale

April 23      10:30 am    Morning Prayer                                     Jan Davey
April 30      10:30 am    Holy Eucharist                                      Canon Nancy Beale


Wednesday Morning Eucharist 10:15 am Hope to see you there!

Our regular Wednesday morning Eucharist service – a said service with group conversation and

reflection on the readings in place of a sermon.  Please come and join us for any or all of these

Wednesday morning celebrations and great conversations.





Weekly Contemplation

Lent 5 John 11: 1-45

Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair; her brother Lazarus was ill. So the sisters sent a message to Jesus, "Lord, he whom you love is ill." But when Jesus heard it, he said, "This illness does not lead to death; rather it is for God's glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it." Accordingly, though Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, after having heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was. Then after this he said to the disciples, "Let us go to Judea again." The disciples said to him, "Rabbi, the Jews were just now trying to stone you, and are you going there again?" Jesus answered, "Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Those who walk during the day do not stumble, because they see the light of this world. But those who walk at night stumble, because the light is not in them." After saying this, he told them, "Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going there to awaken him." The disciples said to him, "Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will be all right." Jesus, however, had been speaking about his death, but they thought that he was referring merely to sleep. Then Jesus told them plainly, "Lazarus is dead. For your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him." Thomas, who was called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, "Let us also go, that we may die with him." When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home. Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him." Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again." Martha said to him, "I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day." Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?" She said to him, "Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world." When she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, and told her privately, "The Teacher is here and is calling for you." And when she heard it, she got up quickly and went to him. Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. The Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary get up quickly and go out. They followed her because they thought that she was going to the tomb to weep there. When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died." When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. He said, "Where have you laid him?" They said to him, "Lord, come and see." Jesus began to weep. So the Jews said, "See how he loved him!" But some of them said, "Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?" Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. Jesus said, "Take away the stone." Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, "Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days." Jesus said to her, "Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?" So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upward and said, "Father, I thank you for having heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me." When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!" The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, "Unbind him, and let him go." Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him.


1. When Jesus arrives in Bethany, he first meets Martha, who says, Lord, if you had been here my brother would not have died. He later meets her sister, Mary, who says the same thing. What might they be thinking and feeling as they say these words? What might they hope to elicit from Jesus? In the exchange that follows, Martha and Jesus seem to be talking past each other. What is going on in this exchange between Jesus and Martha?


2. Look around you. Where do you see people talking past each other and mis-communicating? Hearing but not listening? What might be the difference? What qualities do they need for each? What might be the caves or tombs they spend their time in? What stone keeps them in and others out? What loud voice is calling them out to be alive again?


3. What do you know of one inside you whom you keep talking past? One who hears the words but is not listening? What lost hope, relationship, job, anger, guilt or shame feels like a tomb? What is the rock that keeps you in and others out. Who will move it? How do you recognize and respond to that one voice calling you by name to come out?



The Educational Center ~ Resources for the Spiritual Journey



The Following email was received by Canon Nancy from Mary Ann Barlett, the mother of Sara Benedict, St. Andrew's Anglican Church Musical Director:


Hello Pastor Nancy, Just wanted to share with you that your church's generosity through the What Not Shop has been such a support for me with the Backpacks for Migrant Workers. 

For several years now I have headed a drive to fill Backpacks for Migrant Workers. The Migrant workers arrive here in April & May. Prince Edward County farmers are very good with their migrant workers and most treat them as family!! Not the case in some parts of Ontario. Most of our workers come from Jamaica, Trinidad, Mexico etc. -all warm countries and it's such a cold shock to them when they arrive.

I started this because a few years ago, as I drove past a farm in the country, I saw some workers outside trying to work in their shorts and flip flops and desperately trying to stay warm. Much has improved since those days. Fast forward to now - we fill backpacks with items the workers can use when they first arrive - toques, hoodies, toiletries, snacks, warm socks, work gloves so they have extra, t-shirts, rainwear, face clothes, toothbrushes etc.

We began with one farm and a few workers, to several County Farms and multiple workers today. People are kind enough to donate items and I have a team that gathers together to sort, fill and deliver backpacks over the period of the next six weeks.The farmers are encourage that our community is recognizing the importance of the workers coming and giving them a welcoming package, and the workers are very grateful to receive the backpacks which gives them a jumpstart when they arrive.

Our farmers need these workers and the workers rely on this income to keep their families from poverty at home.

Thank you, God bless Mary Ann"

The What-Not-Shop is having a BAG SALE which ends March 18!!! Grocery Bag $4.00 and Garbage Bag $7.00 Please bring your own bags. Hours are: Tuesday 10-12, Thursday 2-4, and Saturday 10-12.

Starting April 3 the shop will be closed and will re-open Tuesday April 11.


The Storehouse Food Bank is in need of laundry soap, dish soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner. Thanks for helping us make a difference in our community!


Calendars Planning ahead for 2023, calendars are on sale for $5.00 and are at the back of the church. Money can be put in the tin can beside the calendars.


Soup's On Every Tuesday from 11am - 1pm in St. Andrew’s Parish Hall.  Thanks to all the volunteers and our United Church neighbours for this weekly event!


Meditation in the parish hall every second and fourth Thursdays of the month at 2pm.



Easter Flowers If you would like to make a donation toward the Easter Flowers, in memory of loved ones, envelopes are available for this purpose at both church entrances. Thanks for your support!



Bishop's 160/Tree Project 180 Common Lilac seedlings have been purchased by St. Andrew's for Christ Church Cemetery in Hillier.

They will be planted around the perimeter. The lilacs, as they grow, will make a lovely windbreak and help prevent items from blowing into the surrounding

farmers fields. The 180 lilacs can be purchased by anyone at $6.00 each, use your church envelope and write "lilacs" on the envelope or e-transfer to the church,

so you can receive an income tax receipt. We will need volunteers to help plant and water the lilac seedlings. Please speak to Joanna Wright or Michael Korn if you can help us.

Planting will start late April.

"The one who plants trees, knowing that he/she will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life." -- Rabindranath Tagore

St. Andrew's ACW will be meeting in parish hall on Tuesday, April 4th at 1:30 pm.  Welcome.


Planning Ahead - Dates to Note

March 24         World Day Prayer at Picton's Salvation Army 2pm
March 28         Soup’s On 11am -1pm

March 28         Parish Advisory Council Meeting 2pm
March 30         Lenten Evening Prayer service 4pm

April 4              Soup’s On 11am -1pm

April 11            Soup’s On 11am -1pm

April 13            Meditation 2pm

April 18            Soup’s On 11am -1pm

April 25            Soup’s On 11am -1pm

April 27            Meditation 2pm








Syria/Turkey Earthquake Response

Give today to the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund https://pwrdf.org/give-today/


Helping out Ukraine…If you would like to make a donation through PWRDF towards assisting the people of Ukraine,

simply make a cheque out to St. Andrew's Anglican Church and designate that it go to PWRDF Ukraine. 

We are all praying for this country and for a peaceful resolution.


Hurricane relief…. There may be an opportunity to donate to help the many people who have suffered losses

from the hurricane both here in eastern Canada and the southern states through PWRDF.
May we thank God for the blessings we have in our county!!!






A Generous Offer From Sprigglen's Meat Market

Dan and Lori Sprigings are offering another fundraiser for St. Andrew's church. They will sell three different sizes of their maple syrup at the retail price and the church will get the wholesale difference. Reminder to say your purchase is a "St. Andrew's maple syrup deal." The "St. Andrew's meat deal" will continue.

Note: This fundraiser will end March 31, 2023!



                                  Contact information

If you have any questions about what is happening as we continue on our journey of faith here at St. Andrew’s, please call our priest, Canon Nancy Beale (613 848 3239) or the church wardens, Evelyn Sprigings Rector’s Warden (613 399-2584), Lee Ramsbottom People’s Warden (613 399-3195), and Faye Campbell Deputy Warden (613 399-2522). May God continue to bless this parish!


Land Acknowledgement

We recognize the enduring presence of Indigenous peoples connected to and on this land. We are grateful for the opportunity to gather on this territory and work in this community, and we commit ourselves to the work of reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.


Donations Invitation

To donate to the ministry of St. Andrew’s via electronic funds transfer,

please send to: standrews@bellnet.ca

To donate to the ministry of St. Philip’s via electronic funds transfer

please send to: treasurer@stphilischurch.ca