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Sunday message: What’s the purpose of Jesus’ baptism?

Baptism of our Lord Sunday - January 13, 2019 Scripture readings: Isaiah 43:1-7, Psalm 29, Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 Show me a church, where there is love, and I will show you a church that is a strong presence in the wider community. In a big city in a time when kids were free to go wherever they wanted to, unsupervised, a little boy attended a Sunday school. When his parents moved to another part o...
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Sunday message: Where to take our lead from

Epiphany Sunday - January 6, 2019 Scripture readings: Isaiah 60:1-6, Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14, Matthew 2:1-12 Yes, Herod, you are afraid! Very afraid.  The question the wise men were asking struck terror in King Herod’s heart. “Where is the child who was born king of the Jews?” There are times when people who are in power fear any form of competition that is thrust towards their authority. Some...
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Sunday message: Jesus grew up as human being, just as we do

Sunday December 30, 2018 Scripture readings: 1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26, Psalm 148, Luke 2:41-52 In her best-selling book called, Traveling Mercies, Anne Lamott, who by the way is a member of a Presbyterian Church, writes about her son, Sam, who was seven-years-old at the time. “At seven, he is separating from me like mad and has made it clear that I need to give him a bit more room. I'm not eve...
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Christmas message: Real Christmas

Scripture: Luke 2:1-14   Most of the Christmas traditions which we celebrate at this time come from pagan origins. Much of what we do—from trimming the tree to decorating our houses to giving gifts and feasting—I believe have nothing to do with the Christian festival of Christmas. That doesn’t mean I’m a grump. I’m not judging. I’m only stating a fact. I love the lights, the feastin...
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Sunday message: Truth-telling bringing new possibilities and joy

Sunday, December 16, 2018 Scriptures: Zephaniah 3:14-20, Isaiah 12:2-6, Philippians 4:4-7and Luke 3:7-18 As I mentioned last week, it’s not always the most pleasant thing to face the truth about ourselves. Don’t we often display a willful blindness to our own faults, to the point that we refuse to hear the truth about ourselves? Isn’t the truth about our self the most painful thing to hear? This...
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Sunday message: Wilderness work

Sunday December 9, 2018 Scripture readings: Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79 and Luke 3:1-6 Imagine the cheerleader of a team getting all excited and pumped up while heading a cheerleading squad at a football game. The cheerleader is so excited that something goes horribly wrong. The wrong crowd was responding. Yes, the ball was moving down the field but in the wrong direction. You see, the ...
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Sunday Message: Nothing lasts forever

Sunday December 2, 2018 Scripture readings Jeremiah 33:14-16, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 and Luke 21:25-36   We just heard these words of Jesus from the gospel according to Luke, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” Well, dear Lord Jesus, these are words I can only hold on to as dearly as possible these days. I can only hold on to them for dear life, ...
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Sunday Message: A totally different way of governing

2 Samuel 23:1-7, Psalm 132:1-12 and John 18:33-38a Perhaps you have heard this story. It's a great story: Many years ago, when Hitler's forces occupied Denmark, the order came that all Jews in Denmark were to identify themselves by wearing armbands with yellow stars of David. The Danes had seen the extermination of Jews in other countries and guessed that this was the first step in that process i...
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Sunday Message: Celebrating our congregation’s worship ministry

1 Corinthians 14:26-33 and Psalm 100 (As we celebrate the worship ministry, Heather first speaks and then Heinrich) Heather speaks: The Worship Ministry here at Dayspring has been doing a little project in the last month or so. You may have seen us… we’ve been interviewing people, young and older and in between—we’ve tried to get a good cross section of many different types of people. Our two m...
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Sunday message: From bitterness to reconciling

Remembrance Day - November 11, 2018 Scripture readings: Ruth 3:1-5, 4:13-17; Psalm 146; Mark 12:38-44 Gwynne Dyer, a Canadian journalist, war historian and academic has written several books on conflicts. From one of his books, “The Mess they made: The Middle East affair after Iraq,” he recounts an incident during the Afghan war: An American soldier is driving a Humvee and notices his Iraqi pass...
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