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“Stars and Dreams, Kings and Nightmares” (January 3, 2016)

A long time ago, in a Galilee far away, or more accurately, a Syria far away, forces of an immense evil empire, at the behest of a power-mad and insecure ruler, attacked and killed scores of innocent, vulnerable people. This is part of our gospel story this morning. It is sadly, also part of the […]

What is Joy? (Advent 3, 2015)

We are getting closer to the celebration of the birth of Jesus, so it seems a good timing that the scripture reading for Sunday shows us Mary. We see her on a visit to her cousin Elizabeth, who is also pregnant. Elizabeth told Mary that at the sound of her greeting, the child in her […]

“That Neighbour…” (sermon for 1st week of Advent, 2015)

Your party is about to get rolling. The food smells great, the house is lit up, shiny clean and decorated for Christmas, and guests are arriving. You are setting up to serve drinks when that neighbour comes to the door. The one who has loud, mid-week, late night parties all summer, who burns garbage in […]

Good Friday Reflections on the Meaning of the Crucifixion

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. (from the New Creed of the United Church of […]

Discernment (from Nov 22, 2015)

Today is Reign of Christ Sunday, what we used to call Christ the King Sunday. It is the last Sunday on the church calendar. Next week is the first Sunday in the season of Advent, which anticipates the celebration of the birth of Jesus. So the church year is structured to begin with waiting for […]

day by day (from Nov 15, 2015)

Day by Day See thee more clearly, Love thee more dearly, Follow thee more nearly, Day by day. Check out this clip of a “flash mob” version of a medley from Godspell, that includes “Day by Day” Godspell Flash Mob At the heart of Christianity is the invitation to be in a relationship with God, […]

My 2 cents, and yours (from Nov 7, 2015)

One of my children came home from school not long ago, and told me their teacher said there was really no point to any of our recycling, or efforts to reduce our consumption of energy, to shrink our carbon footprint. His argument was the difference we can make as individuals is miniscule, especially when measured […]