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An illustration I’m leaving out of my Good Friday sermon

I had a moment this week when I needed to unclog a toilet, and couldn’t a find a plunger. We haven’t needed one since we moved to our new home. I don’t remember unpacking it. Rather than being thankful we haven’t needed one for that long, or that this was the biggest problem in our […]

The Palm Parade

The Palm Parade

The first photo challenge of Rev. Lexie’s Holy Week Scavenger Hunt is to re-create the scene of the Palm Parade- when Jesus was greeted by the crowds, as he entered Jerusalem on the back of a donkey, for the Passover Festival. Here is a link to a video that Rev. Lexie and Rev. Darrow made […]

Signs of Hope and New Life

Signs of Hope and New Life

My wife and I were out for a walk one evening this week, and I began to take pictures with my phone, of the signs of hope and new life I saw. The image above is one of my favourites. The concrete driveway in front of this house was covered with messages and pictures. We […]

Filling up on Hope, Joy, and Faith

Filling up on Hope, Joy, and Faith

Let us keep ourselves open to the power that carries our life in every moment…that we may be filled with silent gratefulness. (Paul Tillich) Paul Tillich was a theologian and philosopher who was born in Poland in 1886, and who lived until 1965. He was a thinker who sought to build bridges between the old […]

Worship for March 29, 2020

Worship for March 29, 2020

Link to audio file for this at home worship The audio file begins with Larry Anderson’s prelude, to help us prepare for worship. (Once the audio begins to play, you can click back to this page, and read and listen at the same time, if you like.) Let’s take a moment for quiet prayer. There […]

Just 3 good things

Just 3 good things

I woke up with an idea, and a song in my head. The idea is that I want to do three good things today. Not the usual, routine things that are part of most days, but new things. I intend to spend some time thinking about what I can do, planning how to do it, […]

Colour your Prayers March 26, 2020

Colour your Prayers March 26, 2020

 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And the One who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of […]

Worship for Sunday, March 22, 2020

Worship for Sunday, March 22, 2020

new link for audio file This week’s learning time is the last in a series of 3 based on the story of Jesus’ Temptation in the Wilderness. This story from early in Matthew’s Gospel is traditionally read in church on the first Sunday of Lent. It  is so rich in content that we could easily […]

Jon Batiste, C.S. Lewis, and Love

Jon Batiste, C.S. Lewis, and Love

  Jon Batiste is a musician from Kenner, Lousiana. (You drive by it on the way from Louis Armstrong Airport, if you are headed into New Orleans.) He grew up in a musical family, and also seems to be a deeply spiritual person. It comes through in his music, and even in the name of […]

Blessing the Fleet

Blessing the Fleet

On Saturday, at the request of a past commodore of Kingsville’s Cedar Island Yacht Club, I took part in their annual Sail Past and Blessing of the Fleet. The last time I went sailing, it was to watch the Canada Day fireworks at Bronte Harbour in Oakville. The captain who hosted us had to have […]