Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Friday My Town Shootout--Places Of Worship

We worship this week along the Northern shores of Lake Ontario, and pray for peace.

Joining people who have worshiped along these shores far beyond the dawn of History.

Indeed the First Peoples of Ontario have a legend of the sacredness of this land that can be found here in the Legend of the Peacemaker.

It is only the methods of worship that have changed with time. Let's follow their trail--

As they drum and dance their a prayer for peace.

And worship through the forest

By the river which feeds the lake

Down to the creek, which feeds the river,
to find the first church
of the European settlers in Scarborough.

It is Presbyterian,
appropriately named St. Andrews.

Because the Scots and Irish were the first to arrive
with the potato famine. They arrived
with David and Mary Thomson. They followed
the First People's Trail, here long before them.

And are now
buried in this cemetery,
forever next to St. Andrew's Church.

Scarborough Ontario exists
on very sacred ground. As you journey
across Lake Ontario from the south,
Scarborough is easily located.
Found at the top of Cathedral Bluffs,
the name given this rocky outcrop.
Spire pointing up.

Scarborough is here.

courtesy of photobucket

And all the acreage at the top of this rocky outcrop
is owned by the Holy Catholic Church.
There is a seminary, some schools, a small cemetery, a shrine or two
and Scarborough Missions.
Scarborough Foreign Missions reaches out to the entire world.
Perhaps you've heard of them.
This is the seminary.

And further north is Tabor Hill,
which the tall spire also points to.
Tabor Hill is the burial ground for the
First People of the legend.

"to take each moment, and live each moment in peace eternally, let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me."
Vince Gill

Nature Walk
a painting by David B. Williams and may be purchased here


  1. That semi pyramid made of poles against the tree is very interesting. Who made them?

  2. I will have more to say about them in my post on Lindsay next Wednesday, Ann.

  3. Barry this is such a lovely post and such a special place the Rouge River valley is. Thank you for sharing.
    Smiles and blessings

  4. extremely interesting. those tent-poles look like boy scout training to me - still interesting but with wood this size not very old.
    Bary and Linda, have a great weekend. love you both. ginger

  5. I think the Scouts is a very good guess Ginger. They top our list of usual suspects.

  6. Hold wonderful you all used your creativity to point out many types of places of worship. My one track mind would have done churches only. I am so fortunate to have your sharing to learn from. Blessings.

  7. Such a thoughtful post, taking us along a path with the First People, and looking way up those bluffs, arriving in Scarborough and seeing the church there: all great. Thanks Barry and Linda.

  8. I really enjoyed this post. You put an interesting spin on it. What better way to worship than in nature.

  9. Oh, I forgot to mention that I love the Nature Walk art at the end of the post.

  10. Such a beautiful and interesting post. I love your take on the topic.

  11. I think I'd love to worship Him in the forest. That seems really interesting. I've got to try it myself. :)

  12. Great stroll, Linda and Barry. When I learned of the topic for this week I wished I lived in the southwest area where the Anasazi lived. I love American Indian history, and religious beliefs. Your post was fabulous.

  13. Can't wait until Wednesday's post when we find out the history of the shelters in the forest!

  14. I can't promise a resolution to the mystery, J9; but can promise a deeper look into the mystery. Its the best I can do.

  15. I have a structure just like that beside my cottage! Built by my granddaughters as a fort. Very good post guys!

  16. a very fantastic post guys! I especially like the first two photos. love the story with the pics. have a relaxing and joyful weekend!!

  17. Ohhhh that was so fascinating for me to see and read.

    I loved it so so so much,

    Thank you xxx.

  18. Your shots are wonderful! Beautiful fall colors!

  19. What a beautiful post, from sacred stories to well-trod ground and lesser known places.

    I haven't read the story of the Peacemaker for some years, thank you for directing us there.

    One of my art students today brought in a new kind of paper, literally made of stone but as light and flexible as vellum, so the Peacemaker's stone canoe is not out of the question (which sidetracks us into the philosophical question of whether or not the miracles of old were miracles and whether or not that matters etc.., which ruins the telling of a good story!)

    How can we know if we are walking on what was previously known to be sacred ground? I remember one night in Temagami, looking up at the starry dome and feeling that we should at least remove our shoes...

  20. Interesting post. Thanks for the journey.

  21. Pure delight. You two are magical, I swear!


  22. excellent tour!

    thank you Linda -n- Barry



  23. Wonderful post! I love the quote at the end.

  24. Hmmm, is there going to be a story that involves payote in those tree structures? Kidding...I just read about a tribe that settled in that area after the Trail of Tears. My mom and dad have Indian heritage + Irish = tempers and cannot drink...okay I will stop being the funny girl today, but great post, and right up my alley...

  25. this is wonderful....

    I thought of you and Linda today as I walked in the woods with Maggie Girl and Jake . . .

  26. Hi Barry, I had an interesting (no it is not armchair-) any more, now it is PC travel reading your posts. I have to return to explore more of your country. I really liked your childhood photos with the captions.Thank you for your nice comment and say hello to Linda. With my best wishes T.

  27. That was very interesting! Thanks for visiting my blog, your blog is very interesting! I'm going to have a thorough look through!

  28. We would like to use your image of St Andrews church in an upcoming project (The Canadian Encyclopedia). Please contact me at ltsnyder@shaw.ca.