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