Sunday, April 24, 2011

Led from Beyond

Jeremiah 31:1-6 Grace in the wilderness
Matthew 28:1-10 He has been raised from the dead!

In his dying and rising -- living beyond death -- Christ goes beyond all of the limitations of this earthly life to be the one who leads the way wherever life leads. How does Christ lead you beyond the limitations of your life?

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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Love Is Our Resistance

Psalm 118: 1-2, 19-29 The stone the builders rejected
Matthew 21:1-11 Jesus enters Jerusalem
Isaiah 50: 4-9a The suffering servant struck and insulted

The beginning of Holy Week is a mix of emotions - celebration, joy, a sense of fear and immanent doom, political strife, uncertainty and resistance. The week begins with Jesus entering Jerusalem and the crowds crying out "Hosanna," but who this man that they have travelled so far to greet and to honour? How do these events fire us up and inspire us to make love our resistance? Have Canadians, have Christians, have we as a congregation stood silently too long?
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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Life Happens

Ezekiel 37:1-14 Valley of dry bones
John 11:1-45 Raising of Lazarus

From the valley of dry bones and the grave of Lazarus -- life happens! Life actually is like this: it has power to renew itself. Therefore we are enjoined to trust the life-energy at the heart of Creation. These stories touch us, because they convey this power; they bring it to life in our hearts and souls and thereby bring us to life!

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Sunday, April 3, 2011

Unlikely Favour

1 Samuel 16:1-13 Annointing of David
John 9:1-41 A man born blind receives sight

Imagine being the weakest and smallest, then chosen to be King. Imagine being blind from birth, then chosen to receive sight. Imagine a God who would act so unconventionally. Imagine a world with a God like that!

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