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Presbyterian World Service and Development – small but significant

Transfiguration Sunday and PWS&D Sunday - February 11, 2018 Matthew 13:31-32 and Psalm 126 One good thing about attending church is that it may be one of the few times during the week when we think big thoughts. On the other days many of our concerns may be small and transitory. But on Sundays we must think about faith, our place in the universe and helping our neighbour. One reason we ma...
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Our spiritual journeys

Fifth Sunday of Epiphany - February 4, 2018 John 4:1-42 and Psalm 42:1-3 The term “lateral thinking” was coined by a man named Edward de Bono. He presents seminars in which he helps people think more effectively. He often begins his speaking engagements with a funny personal story to illustrate what he means by this term and I’m going to share it with you. In his younger years, Edward was a R...
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Moving from darkness into light

Fourth Sunday of Epiphany - January 28, 2018 John 3:1-21 and Psalm 139:13-18 The city darkness is very different from the hillside darkness. The country has a quiet dusk that melds into deeper shadows and finally, after a long stretch of time, becomes the dark in which the stars are the only light. But in the city, the darkness comes as if some giant curtain was suddenly pulled tight, blocking o...
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What is at the heart of worship?

Third Sunday of Epiphany - January 21, 2018 John 2:13-25 and Psalm 127:1-2 Murphy’s Law—you all remember it, don’t you? It simply states,"If anything can go wrong, it will." There are quite a few variations of that law, such as, "Buttered toast, when falling to the floor, will always fall face down." But have you heard about the time the toast fell to the floor, and to the amazement of the famil...
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Abundance in action

Second Sunday of Epiphany - January 14, 2018 John 2:1-11 and Psalm 104:14-16 Today we are continuing with scripture readings from John. The more I research and dig into his writings, I find many descriptors of our fourth gospel writer. Dr. William Barclay, a Scottish author and theologian, wrote that the fourth Gospel was indeed "different". Luther called it ‘chiefest of the Gospels, unique, ten...
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Searching for real meaning in Christmas…?

First Sunday after Christmas - December 31, 2017 John 1:19-34 and Psalm 32:1-2 They came to the river seeking, asking, hoping. At the edge of the Jordan, they stood. Some were wondering, “Could this be the One?” The Messiah, the Christ, the saviour of the nation? Some were hoping, “Could it be my turn?” Could this be the time my broken past is washed away and cleansed and healed? Some at the ...
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Light in the darkness

Christmas Eve service - 7 pm John 1:1-5 Christmas Eve 2017… and once again we are gathered to celebrate the birth of the Christ child. There's just something about this night that brings us together---even those of us for whom church is not a regular part of our lives. When I was a young man, just out of high school, I had stopped going to church for a year or two. I wasn’t su...
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The Word became flesh

Fourth Sunday of Advent - December 24, 2017 John 1:1-18 This year, today, the fourth Sunday of Advent bumps right up against Christmas eve. This fourth Sunday of Advent has traditionally become the Sunday when the candle of Love is lit. How does God’s love show up on this day? Perhaps we can see God’s love in the way God, the Word became flesh. It all happened in a moment, a most remarkable m...
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Advent is Hope – Fresh new beginnings

Second Sunday of Advent - December 10, 2017 Ezekiel 37:1-14 and John 11:25-26 As we try to grasp this week’s Advent reading, one can’t help but ask, what’s up? Last week we started out Advent season in the book of Daniel in the middle of a raging fire and now we’re taken to a bone yard? This is beginning to feel more like Halloween than Christmas. And yet, just like last week, it’s clear that...
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