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Sunday message: Tough places for the church

Seventh Sunday of Epiphany - February 17, 2019 Scriptures: Jeremiah 17:5-10, Psalm 1, Luke 6:17-26 So often we spend a lot of time and energy trying to make our lives as safe as possible. It's almost a matter of wanting to be able to sit back and count our blessings. We tend to make calculations about things such as our jobs, our homes, or our net worth and then conclude how blessed we are. J...
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Sunday message: The gift that lies in having a vocation

Sixth Sunday of Epiphany - February 10, 2019 Scripture readings: Isaiah 6:1-8, Psalm 138, Luke 5:1-11 So often we end up in situations where we aren’t sure which comes first, the chicken or the egg, by way of speaking. Say for instance, a young person goes off, leaves home, family and everything that is precious to them, to study for a career. As an example, does being accepted in a program t...
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Sunday message: Having trouble with anger?

Fifth Sunday of Epiphany- February 3, 2019 Scripture readings: Jeremiah 1:4-10, 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 and Luke 4:16-30 How comfortable are you with anger? Are you perhaps like me in the sense that you feel a bit uncomfortable with harbouring anger in yourself? Until this very day any situation of conflict puts me ill at ease. When people get angry, it doesn’t sit well with me. I get ang...
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Sunday message: “When one part hurts, every other part is affected” – A service of lament and a focus on the Southern Cameroon crisis

Fourth Sunday of Epiphany - January 27, 2019 Scripture readings: Psalm 74:1-11, Lamentations 3:1-9, 1 Corinthians 12:12-26 Pain in our bodies has a way of telling us that we need to give attention to the spot where it hurts. Of course, it ranges from drastic to other times when it’s more subtle. Paul the apostle describes this well. He describes the church in such terms. He wants the believers ...
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Sunday message: Abundance at a wedding

Third Sunday of Epiphany - January 20, 2019 Scripture readings:  Isaiah 62:1-5, Psalm 36:5-10, John 2:1-11 I’m pretty sure most everyone in this sanctuary has been at a wedding sometime in their life. One bonus in being a minister is that I get to share in a lot of weddings. Weddings are joyous and happy times. In 2017, in Winnipeg, our son got married to the love of his life. The first thing...
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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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