The Care of Body and Soul
Food magazine articles are seasonal or, to use a church word, liturgical. The highlights of the liturgical food calendar include Easter, Mother’s Day, summer barbecue days, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Prominent amongst these is the January “hold-back” issue; that is, hold back on everything, but particularly on food and money. Retreat from the indulgences of the previous season. One element of this restraint, however, is marketed as a “taking-on” rather than a “holding-back.” This, of course, refers to the introduction of physical exercise; twisting our bodies into various contortions that will apparently make us feel better and add years onto our lives.
If the January message in food magazines is one of restraint around food and spending, and one which encourages us to acquaint our bodies with a fitness regime, then the church’s message could also be one about fitness; in this case, spiritual fitness. Like our bodies, our souls need nourishment. It is a commonly known fact that physical fitness flourishes on routine and consistency. It doesn’t take long before a few days of languishing turns into a week, and a week quickly turns into several weeks. Before we know it, all our resolutions have gone out the window and we are no longer taking care of our bodies. Church worship is much the same, also flourishing on routine and consistency. Perhaps this is the time of year to give careful consideration to the care and feeding of our souls. Regular church worship might be a good place to start.
Regular Service Schedule
• Sunday 8:00 am - Said Eucharist
using the language of the 1962 Canadian Book of Common Prayer as found at page 230 of the Book of Alternative Services
• Sunday 10:00 am - Eucharist
Family Service with music and Sunday School
alternating between the contemporary liturgy from the Book of Alternative Services, p. 185, and the traditional service on p 230
• Sunday 4:00 pm ( from October through April only )
First Sunday - Meditative Worship with Taizé Music
Second Sunday - Holden Evening Prayer
Third Sunday - Celtic Eucharist
Fourth Sunday - Evening Prayer (Traditional, from the BCP)
• Wednesday 7:00 am -
• Friday 12:15 pm - Said Eucharist