“Plus Ça Change, Plus C'est La Même Chose."

By Barry Parker, Rector

Posted on February 20, 2013

My French is very rusty but I do remember this old French proverb. “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” It applies to us at St. Paul’s Bloor Street.

In that light, we know the change brought about with Tim Haughton and Jenny Andison leaving the Ministry Team at St. Paul’s will impact us greatly. However, they are moving to lead strategic ministries and their moving on provides the space for St. Paul’s to do what it does exceptionally well – raise up new, effective and dynamic leaders. Hence, there is both sadness and anticipation in this season.

•    This Saturday, February 23rd there will be a special Celebration of the Ministry of both Tim and Jenny at St. Paul’s beginning at 5:30 pm.
•    This Sunday, we will celebrate the great Sacrament of Baptism, welcome a number of new Members and formally acknowledge Tim and Jenny moving to new ministries.
•    Our parish survey on February 3rd for the Ontario study of “Growth and Decline in Mainline Churches” had a very high response rate. Dr. Haskell and his team are impressed by the data. We will see the results this Fall.
•    The Town Halls on February 10th were well attended and we had the opportunity to have a good discussion as to how the Ministry Team staffing process works.
•    Our three Ash Wednesday services to start the great season of Lent were a dynamic and powerful way that many began their Lenten observance.
•    The two courses to go deeper in Lent with Dr. Stackhouse and Dr. Radner are off to a great start.
•    Mark Regis joins our Ministry Team on March 1st.
•    We will have guest preachers in March and April who will connect us with the Scriptural foundations of our past and our future.
•    And the change continues...

Even though the size, history and gravitas of a place like St. Paul’s makes it appear as if not much changes – think glacier-like – that is actually not true. The only element of our existence that never changes is the need, relevancy and proclamation of the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus. We believe it is only by the power and grace of Jesus Christ, that we can seek to be a transformative community for the city – where Jesus is relevant to everyone.

Based on this bedrock reality, we are constantly experiencing change, seeking to impact and serve as many people as possible. I thank God that you are part of His change in the world.