Donna Kennedy
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 “The kiss of the sun for pardon,                                      

The song of the birds for mirth,                                      

One is nearer God’s Heart in a garden                                      

Than anywhere else on earth.”                                                                           

 (D.F. Gurney, 1913)  

Hello friends, These changes in our traditional activities are a bit unsettling, but there are some traditions that we can keep going.  One of those traditions is the annual bedding plant sale.  What better way to lift our collective spirits than through the beauty of flowers?  (Maybe we could even share photos of the results of our efforts…a sort of virtual garden tour of the All Saints Parish).  Instead of pick up at the garage sale, Ed and some of the All Saints Flight Team volunteers will arrange delivery to your door.  Orders due Tuesday, April 28th (can be dropped off at the church mail slot – or picked up by one of the flight team), delivery early May, mix & match flats, tax included, no price increases, and the joy of gardening – so many reasons to order.  Please share attached form with your friends, family and neighbours.  The above quote is an excerpt from this uplifting poem God’s Garden, by Dorothy Gurney (1858-1932).

 God's Garden

THE Lord God planted a garden

In the first white days of the world,

And He set there an angel warden

In a garment of light enfurled.

So near to the peace of Heaven,

That the hawk might nest with the wren,

For there in the cool of the even God walked with the first of men.

And I dream that these garden-closes

With their shade and their sun-flecked sod

And their lilies and bowers of roses,

Were laid by the hand of God.

The kiss of the sun for pardon,The song of the birds for mirth,--

One is nearer God's heart in a garden

Than anywhere else on earth.

For He broke it for us in a garden

Under the olive-trees

Where the angel of strength was the warden

And the soul of the world found ease.