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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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Sunday message: Radical love

8th Sunday of Epiphany - February 24, 2019 Scripture readings: Genesis 45:3-11, 15, Psalm 37:1–11, 39–40 and Luke 6:27-38 While the Beatitudes from last week were bomb shells — each a challenge — the admonishment by Jesus to love our enemies, was also a thunder bolt. To love our enemies was not like the warm love for our families, but a concern to seek only the best for the people who insult ...
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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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