Faith

More like a marathon than a sprint

More like a marathon than a sprint

Over the Easter weekend, I had virtual chats with some clergy colleagues, and a common theme was that most of us are busier than ever, and are having to learn new ways to function, in this strange time. In my early forties I started running long distance, after having been a happy and plump couch […]

Harrow United Church Easter 2020 Worship Service

Harrow United Church Easter 2020 Worship Service

There is a link below to the video of this service. The video opens with a wonderful “virtual choir” singing Morning Has Broken. Our scripture lesson is read by the members of our confirmation class. I recorded a sermon in the sanctuary, which is followed by “Thine is the Glory”, with piano and vocals by […]

Good Friday Worship

Good Friday Worship

I enlisted the help of Larry Anderson, the musician at Harrow United Church, and Naomi Woods, to create a simple worship service for this Good Friday, April 10, 2020.   Here is a link to the audio file: audio file of Good Friday Worship Naomi read the scripture for us: John 19:17-30 (NIV) Larry Anderson played […]

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 […]

A Holy Week Scavenger Hunt for Your Family

A Holy Week Scavenger Hunt for Your Family

This post is the work of the Rev. Lexie Chamberlain, and is based on an event she created for the Sunday School and congregation she served for many years in Oakville. When our children were younger, they loved scavenger hunts.  Some were designed with clues they had to solve, which gave them directions to the […]

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, […]