Monday, June 18, 2012

2012 Tour - Day 3 - On to Toronto

We had muffins and juice for breakfast, then headed out to Metropolitan United Church in Toronto to join them for worship.  We sang three anthems in this old beautiful church.  It houses the biggest pipe organ in Canada with 8,300 pipes.  We were wishing Steve had been with us to play some of his amazing improv.  We have noticed something, with our scientific sampling of 2 Canadian churches:  they don't have air conditioning!  Our van drivers have been making multiple trips to keep us stocked with water.

The affirmation of faith at Metropolitan today was really nice:

We are not alone, we live in God's world.
We believe in God:
who has created and is creating, who has come in Jesus, the Word made flesh,
to reconcile and make new, who works in us and others by the Spirit.
We trust in God.
We are called to be the Church:
to celebrate God's presence, to live with respect in Creation,
to love and serve others, to seek justice and resist evil,
to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen, our judge and our hope.
In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us.
We are not alone. Thanks be to God.

We left Metropolitan and drove 20 minutes to visit Casa Loma.  Built in the early 1900's, it has cool things like an 800 foot long tunnel, beautiful gardens, and amazing rooms.  We enjoyed the BIGGEST hamburgers many of us had ever seen, and the little rain that fell did not deter those of us who like to dine outdoors.

After Casa Loma, we visited Eaton Centre.  It is the largest mall in Canada, 4 stories of retail madness.  Some of the girls bought cute new outfits to wear to our nice italian dinner at Joe Badali's Ristorante.

The hotel pool finally got some use tonight, and some of us learned what constitutes a full moon cannon ball (yes, it is as bad as you imagine).

Medical update:  more FFBS cases, sore arms (string players) and a few headaches.  The chaperones are keeping us supplied with vitamin C and hand sanitizer, so hopefully there won't be any illness going around.

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