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Sunday message: How do we as church know what to do?

Fifth Sunday of Easter - May 19, 2019 Scriptures: Revelation 21:1–6 (CEV) Psalm 148 (MSG) John 13:31–35 (MSG) Acts 11:1–18 (CEV) What a wild dream Peter had! A huge sheet was coming down on him while he was in a deep sleep. How many of you have had wild dreams? Peter’s bizarre dream involved some instruction from God. Isn’t it wonderful to receive some brand-new insights in a dream? ...
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Sunday message: Fluff or substance?

Fourth Sunday of Easter, May 12, 2019 Scriptures: John 10:22-30 Psalm 23 Acts 9:36-43 For lots of years, and especially the last number of months, there was a scary feeling that started creeping up on me, more and more. It felt like I was pursuing “fluff” in a certain sense. Yes, when we look at the word, “fluff”, it might conjure up something worthless or merely nonsensical and sta...
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Sunday message: Good intentions and blind-spots

Third Sunday of Easter - May 5, 2019 Scriptures: Revelation 5:11–14 (NRSV)        Psalm 30 (CEV) Acts 9:1–6 (NRSV) We just heard about a villain struck down by a flash of light. Jesus’ disembodied voice was calling him out as Saul, better known to us as Paul, on the road to Damascus. Don’t we tend to assume that Saul is the bad guy in the story? However, coming to think of it—is he ...
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Good Friday message: A Friday we call “good”

Good Friday, April 19, 2019 Scriptures: Jeremiah 31:31-34 and Hebrews 10:15-25 There’s a type of disconnect that some people who go on a trip to Israel, to see the Holy Land, discover. They want it to be the real experience of walking where Jesus and his disciples trod.  Several say they want it to feel worshipful. However, visiting a Byzantine or medieval church building just isn’t worshipfu...
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Sunday message: Taking offence?

Fifth Sunday of Lent, April 7, 2019 Scriptures: Isaiah 43:16-21; Philippians 3:4b-14 and John 12:1-8 Sometimes people have their priorities skewed. It really depends, though, from which point of view a person looks and how much one understands of the big picture. There are even ways in which people can take offence at a well-meant act of kindness. When Judas points out that 300 days’ salar...
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Sunday message: The waiting parent

Fourth Sunday of Lent - March 31, 2019 Scriptures: Joshua 5:9-12; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21; Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 The parable of the prodigal son is the best known of all Christ’s parables. There are many names that are given to this parable. It’s quite enlightening to our imagination when we explore alternative names for this parable. The German theologian Helmut Thielicke has written a book call...
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Sunday message: The tower of Siloam

Third Sunday of Lent - March 24, 2019 Scriptures: Isaiah 55:1-9, Psalm 63:1-8 and Luke 13:1-9 Some of us might remember that school assignment known as “current events.” As kids we were asked to cut out an article from the newspaper and write about it. 1.) Nowadays one could see how students can go to a newspaper website and do their cutting and pasting electronically, but it’s still the s...
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Sunday message: Oh, Jerusalem

Second Sunday of Lent - March 17, 2019 Scriptures: Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18; Psalm 27 and Luke 13:31-35 When the whole world learned about the Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed six minutes after taking off, many airlines grounded their Boeing 737 Max airplanes. Travellers who learned that they were to board the exact same type of plane, had a lot of reason to feel hugely afraid. Danger could...
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Sunday message: Being struck once more?

First Sunday of Lent - March 10, 2019 Scriptures: Deuteronomy 26:1-11, Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16 and Luke 4:1-13 Harry Houdini (who lived from 1874-1926) was an expert at sleight of hand. He was best known for his ability to escape from what seemed to be impossible situations. Straitjackets, chains, ropes, jail cells, every time he managed to escape from the situation in full view of his audience. ...
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Sunday message: Natural or supernatural?

Transfiguration Sunday - March 3, 2019 Scriptures: Exodus 34:29-35, Psalm 99, Luke 9:28-36 We love using some words with a little bit more regularity than is needed. “Super”, you might agree, is one of them. Just think of it! “I wish you a super fabulous birthday”, “I’m super excited about our vacation.” “Have a super day!” And then there are the super descriptors we use for emphasis…., Super...
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