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Pastoral Message

Rev. Robert Reid

"Welcome back to another Sunday worship service with our Iona faith family,
as we continue to come together in spirit through this current health crisis.

Although we are missing the fellowship of live worship, we feel the closeness of our Lord and one another as we pray, sing, and hear God's word for us.

I pray that you and your loved ones continue to be healthy and in good circumstances, and that you will remain strong in your faith that God loves you and is able to care for you in every trial".

Order of Worship at Home

Pentecost Sunday, May 31, 2020
Message: "Living Water"

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Marg Black
Tri-Churches Parish Nurse

As our Parish Nursing office is closed at this time,
please reach out to us by phone at (416) 494-5364,

or contact any of the agencies below:
Toronto Mental Health Support - 211
Seniors Help Line - (416) 217-2077
Seniors Safety Line - (416) 899-1011
Crisis Help - crisisservicescanada.ca


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Health Tip #9
week of May 31, 2020

Appreciating Unsung Heroes

The Spectrum of His Love
by Lydia Williams Farrell

"We laugh and we cry
We feel and we go numb
We succeed and we fail
We stand strong and we crumble
And God loves us

We help others and we hurt them
We protect and we cause harm
We promote goodness and we’re selfishly ambitious
We love deeply and we hate fiercely
And God loves us

We give generously and we become greedy
We nurture and we abuse
We trust and we manipulate
We cherish and we waste
And God loves us

We open our hearts and we harden it in fear
We dream and we become bitter
We heal and we break into pieces
We find peace and our thoughts spiral with anxiety
And God loves us

We are honest and we are deceptive
We are authentic and we betray ourselves
We are courageous and we are cowards
We give life and we end lives
And God loves us"

My theme this week is Unsung Heroes.

I love this poem because it so beautifully captures the heights and depths of human experience while reminding us of God’s steadfast, unfathomable love for us.

Also because the author, Lydia Williams Farrell, is like one of my own children. I  first met Lydia when she & her family moved to Canada from South Africa and came to Iona.  The Williams family became like an extension of my own family as I learned from them how challenging it is to leave everything you know behind and start over again in a new country. They are one of the hardest working (William, Emsie, Will Jr., Lydia & Michelle Williams) and highest achieving families I have ever known. 

They all had their specialties and Lydia’s was gymnastics.  According to her mother, she was climbing everything in the house by the time she was a year old. Lydia was still in elementary school when they came here and she soon was accepted into the Seneca College Elite Gymnastics Program for talented preteen athletes. There she spent hours a day on gymnastic routines in addition to the regular school curriculum.

Lydia excelled in this sport and in 2003, as part of the Canadian Women’s Gymnastics Team, they won a silver medal at the PanAmerican Games in the Dominican Republic for Canada.

Elite athletes are at high risk for injuries and Lydia was no exception, but she soldiered on when things healed and continued to work towards her goal - to compete at the Olympic Games.  The big year was 2004, when the Olympics were held in Athens, Greece. In April, Lydia and her teammates competed in Athens at a test event to see the venue that they would be competing in. All was going well until early June when a previous back injury suddenly reasserted itself, sending her into terrible muscle spasms. And so, less than two months before they were to leave for the Olympics, Lydia was taken off the team.  Her lifelong dream was gone. Talk about experiencing the highs and lows of life! No matter how hard it was for her, she still cheered her teammates on as they performed. 

Lydia did her best to find new ways to move forward. Not giving up, she got the opportunity to go to the University of California at Berkeley on an athletic scholarship. After graduating, she began working in various jobs. One opportunity that really used her talents well was helping people with mobility challenges learn to cope with everyday tasks, such as using the public transit system independently - an everyday task that we take for granted, not realizing how challenging it can be for many people. Through this experience, she gradually started to aim at her ultimate goal - to qualify as an Occupational Therapist.  In the meantime, Lydia married a wonderful man, a U.S. citizen, and she will complete her degree within the coming year.  However, she is hoping that pending hip surgery (a legacy from gymnastic days) will not interfere too much with her remaining practicum placements, which all are postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions. With her experience of dealing with the challenge of injuries and disappointments, combined with her caring nature, I am sure she will be an awesome OT.  And throughout this challenging journey, Lydia has ever more come to appreciate God’s love, support, and ongoing presence in her life. I am so proud of Lydia!

Why do I tell you this story? 

It is because I believe we have many Unsung Heroes among us that we fail to notice and appreciate. We so easily take our friends, family members, and neighbours for granted, not really looking closely. 

God has many surprises for us, if we just open our eyes, and they can be such powerful examples.

So, my challenge to you this week is to think about all the people you know, and see how many Unsung Heroes you can find.

And, at the same time, remember that you might also be an Unsung Hero to someone else. 

We are all here on this earth to help each other through our lifetime experiences and each new day brings us more opportunities.

Blessings to all of you,

Margaret Black
Tri-Churches Parish Nurse

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Special Message of Support

from Rev. Emily Bisset

Covener, Ministry and Mission Committee

Presbytery of East Toronto

April 28, 2020
Dear Presbytery friends,


I hope this finds you all well and finding creative ways to do ministry, take care of yourselves and your families, and to see God’s hand at work during this uncertain and strange time for all of us.  I know that our congregations all find ways to do ministry differently – and that those ways will be different according to each one’s context. 

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Message of Thanks

Executive Director, Ainsley Chapman


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Iona Presbyterian

1080 Finch Ave. East
North York, Toronto
Ontario, Canada
M2J 2X2

Tel: (416) 494 2442

Parish Nursing Ministry
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