St. Paul's Bloor Street announcements and important news.

Pulling Out All The Stops

May 1, 2014 by Thomas Bell

Everyone has an opinion about music, a subject we all love. Whether it’s pop, classical, jazz, rap, country or any of the myriad number of cross-over styles that have evolved: we all have our very definite likes and dislikes. We have our favourite artists, performances and cover versions of songs. I wager that music is a very powerful force in the lives of many people reading this.Why is it that music elicits such a strong response in us? It is certainly a gift from God. However, like all of God’s gifts, it has to be used wisely and…

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Sermon Series Hidden In Plain Sight: The Parables Of Jesus

April 24, 2014 by Jack Connolly

A couple of months ago our Rector, Barry Parker, asked me what Youth Group was planning on exploring this spring and summer. I told him we were thinking about walking through the parables because they illuminate the character of God. Amid all of the uncertainty of adolescence our young people need to know who God is. He looked out the window and then smiled and said, “We all need that. Why don’t you guys take us there?”.And that's how Youth Group began developing the concept for our new Sermon Series, Hidden In Plain S…

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Encountering Jesus on Easter Sunday

April 15, 2014 by Barry Parker

Easter is a time of ultimate celebration for us at St. Paul’s. We welcome you!This Sunday, Easter Sunday, we celebrate the resurrection of the living Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Jesus was not resuscitated, nor did he wake from a deep sleep. Without Jesus and the events of that first Easter Day of Resurrection, life would not make ultimate sense. God raised Jesus from the dead, conquering the last frontier – that of sin, evil and death. Why? Why did God raise Jesus from the dead? It was born out of God’s voracious love for h…

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Pulling Out All The Stops: Making Music in the Church Today

April 14, 2014 by Admin

Join us as we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the St. Paul's organ through this unique and exciting event.

Friday, May 2nd
A free organ recital will be given by special guest organist Gerard Brooks at 7:30 p.m.

Gerard Brooks is a well-known international concert organist. He brings a wealth of experience in a variety of church contexts. Gerard was the organist at All Soul's Langham Place for 20 years.

Saturday, May 3rd
Join us for three music workshops with the St. Paul's Choir and other guests. We will be exploring new resource…

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April 13th: Road Closures

April 11, 2014 by Admin

The Toronto Yonge Street 10K will take place on Sunday, April 13th. St. Paul's is just outside of the race area, though you may be impacted by the route while on your way to our Sunday Services.Road ClosuresYonge St. (Lawrence Ave to Erskine Ave) - closed 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.Fort York Blvd (Bathurst St. to Fleet St.) - closed 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.The following road closures will be in effect from 8:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.:Yonge St. (Eskin Ave to Richmond St.)Richmind St. (Yonge St. to Peter St.)Peter St./Blue Jays Way (Richmond St. to Front St.)Front…

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Funeral: Duncan Barrow

April 1, 2014 by Admin

Duncan Barrow passed away on April 6th, 2014. He died nine days short of his 84th birthday.Visitation will take place on Sunday, April 13th from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at McDougall and Brown Funeral Home at 812 Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto and again on Monday April 14th at 10 a.m. at St. Paul's Bloor Street in St. Paul's Chapel.On Monday April 14th at 11am the funeral service will be held in the main church at St. Paul's Bloor Street. Duncan will be buried at York Cemetery, 160 Beecroft Road, Toronto, at 2 p.m. 

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Let the Children Come to Me!

March 31, 2014 by Admin

If you have been here at St. Paul's recently you likely know we have quite a few children and young people in our community. If you are the sort of person who finds children adorable you may feel sad that they are not part of our worship each week. If you have had trouble finding a seat at the Bridge and like to hear the sermon you may be quite pleased that they have disappeared!Well children and youth really are an important part of our community at St. Paul's but for a number of good reasons the young people do not worship with the re…

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Exploring Evangelical Faith

March 23, 2014 by Sean Davidson

What does it mean to be an 'Evangelical'?This is a difficult question to answer. We know the stereotype. Evangelicals are portrayed as uptight people with strong, often negative, Bible-based opinions on pretty much everything in modern life. In our culture, we've come to expect this kind of performance from those who define themselves as Evangelicals, but it only takes a moment’s reflection to see we’re dealing with slogans and stick-figures. The challenge is getting beyond the caricature to something historically real.T…

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Toronto Youth N.O.W. @ St. Paul's

March 19, 2014 by Admin

This Friday, March 21st at 7 p.m. youth groups from across Toronto will gather for a night of fellowship, music and inspiration at St. Paul's. We are very excited to have this opportunity to host the first "N.O.W." (Night Of Worship) which we hope will be held monthly at various churches in the city. Not only is this night a great opportunity for our young people to have fellowship and offer hospitality to other Christian youth, it will also be an exciting and fun expression of worship which we all should experience from time to t…

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Prayer For Life

March 5, 2014 by Steve Shaw

Prayer is a universal human experience, yet it remains mysterious. In all great world religions, prayer plays a central role. It can be personal, formulaic or ritualistic. At its most basic level, prayer petitions and makes supplications for ourselves and for others. We are familiar with our leaders speaking on our behalf, assuring victims of disaster or tragedy, that 'our thoughts and prayers are with them'. Who has not in a moment of stress, fear or need said a quick prayer for help, only to forget about it once the moment has pas…

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Lent: The Reset Button

March 4, 2014 by Barry Parker

RRSP season has finally come to a close. We have been inundated by images and slogans, all suggesting if you purchase a particular financial product, you will accumulate your wealth – safely, securely, and with promised reward. The message? Your future will be set.Planning is important in this fragmented world of ours, whether it be financial, relational, personal or spiritual. However, there is a problem. How do we plan our lives in a balanced and healthy way in such a transient and uncertain world? It often appears as if all of the cons…

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Pancakes and the Lenten Road

February 19, 2014 by Janet Earle

If you mention pancakes to me, I think of two little boys tumbling down the stairs in their pajamas to enjoy some of their Dad's delicious homemade blueberry pancakes. Smothered in maple syrup, they were savoured as part of a Saturday morning family tradition that went on for many years. It was one of the only meals that my husband cooked which made it all the more special. Then time marched along and the teenage years came with late nights and sleep-ins and our weekend breakfasts were forever changed.There is still a real sense of nostalgi…

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Baptism or Membership: What's The Difference?

February 19, 2014 by Judy Paulsen

A few Sundays ago someone asked me a great question: what’s the difference between baptism and membership? While visiting our Concierge Desk this person had come across one of our Connection Cards, a small white card we use to people help get connected at St. Paul's. Their question was sparked by two of the items listed on the card.What is the difference between baptism and membership?Let’s start with Baptism. For the past 2,000 years, in countries all over the world, people who have wanted to be followers of Jesus are baptized.…

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Thinking Marriage?

February 5, 2014 by Mark Regis

Marriage is one of God’s greatest gifts to the world. It’s in marriage where a couple promises to cultivate a life-long covenant relationship; where support, generosity, and forgiveness become the culture of their bond together. A great marriage is one that helps to puts the rest of life in perspective.In his book The Meaning of Marriage, pastor and writer Tim Keller said this:“Marriage has the power to set the course of your life as a whole. If your marriage is strong, even if all the circumstances in your life around you are…

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Lighten Your Burden: Dealing With Depression

January 22, 2014 by Nancy Truscott

Are you or a family member struggling with depression?Christians get depressed too! Romans 8:29 says nothing can separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. So why does depression tend to drain us of our faith? It certainly drains us of our energy, concentration and happiness.If you are dealing with depression and you would like some hope and support, join us for a short series starting January 29th. Perhaps you are concerned about a family member.  All are welcome to join us. No one is going to judge you. You are…

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Winter Checklist

January 8, 2014 by Nancy Truscott

Your car may be ready for winter, but are you? Here are some helpful hints for you to consider, now that winter is two weeks old!•    Get a flu shot to help prevent you from getting the flu or giving it to a more vulnerable family member. Influenza can strike people of all ages – even healthy young people. Flu season usually ends in April.•     Visit your family doctor or call Health Care Connect at 1-800-445-1822, or go online to find a pharmacy or clinic near you. Remember the vaccine gives you pr…

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Christmas Day Lunch 2013

January 8, 2014 by David Kirk McCleary

This Christmas we held our 46th Annual Christmas Day Lunch. The tradition started out as a shared meal among those far from home at Christmas time. It has slowly changed over the years to include an ever growing circle of guests and volunteers.It is a wonderful testament to the continued faithfulness and generosity of the people of St. Paul’s. People like you have continued encouraging, supporting and hosting this wonderful expression of hospitality and grace at a busy time in the life of the church. It is always an amazing experience and…

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Creeds Seminar

January 8, 2014 by Admin

Join us on Sunday, January 19th at 12:30 p.m. for The Creeds in Their Historical Context, a seminar led by Pat Paulsen.More than simply statements of belief, the creeds offer us a window through which we can see the early church establishing its identity in a culture which often threatened  its very existence.  This workshop will place the creeds into their historical context, giving us a new appreciation of the timeless truths they convey.We will examine the relationships between:Christians and the temple (home of Jewish sacrifice an…

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