Sunday, December 30, 2012

Dressing for the New Year


  • 1 Samuel 2:18-21 Samual as a boy in the temple
  • Psalm 148:1-14 Praise for God's universal glory
  • Colossians 3:12-17 Clothe yourselves with compassion
  • Luke 2:41-52 The boy Jesus in the temple

This new way of life, the Christian way, is expressed by Paul's metaphor of clothing -- put on compassion, etc. We see it growing there in the childhood of Jesus, at home in the Temple, discussing the Hebrew scriptures. Samuel took Israel through a crucial transition in its life, the transition into nationhood. And like Samuel, Jesus inaugurates a new age in the Light of the World.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Called to Welcome

Micah 5:2-5a Out of Bethlehem in Judea will come a leader. Luke 1:39-55 Mary visits Elizabeth Mary was welcomed not only by Elizabeth, but by her child in her womb who leaped in welcome at her presence. It is said that Elizabeth was filled with the spirit in that moment and offered a blessing upon Mary and her unborn child. May we all be filled with the spirit today as we prepare to welcome Mary and her unborn child. May we like Mary and Elizabeth support one another and come to understand that we are a part of something much larger then ourselves, and may our spirits be filled with hope, peace, joy, and love as we receive God's gift, God's son, Emmanuel the Prince of Peace. listen . view
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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Called to Share

Isaiah 12:2-6 Proclaim God's deed to the nations. Philippians 4:4-7 Rejoice in God always! In this season of giving, we can sometimes walk away feeling empty, burdened, frustrated and guilty. The scriptures today remind us that we are not to worry about anything. As we prepare for the birth of Jesus we should be taking time to be thankful, to pray and to simply share what we have with one another -- in giving we receive as the saying goes. So on White Gift Sunday let us share our lives with one another. For those of us who have two coats, let us share with someone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise. Let these be the gifts that we offer each other on White Gift Sunday, and let us bring joy to one another and be filled rather then emptied, be free rather then burdened, be thankful instead of guilty in this season of Advent. As this was the Christmas Pageant, there was only a short message which was not recorded.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Advent Sabbath


  • Baruch 5:1-9 Zechariah's Prophecy
  • Luke 1:68-79 Promise of return
  • Philippians 1:3-11 Paul's prayer for the Philippians
  • Luke 3:1-6 Proclamation of John the Baptist

Advent, like Sabbath, is a contemplative time. The kind of contemplative, prayerful time that prepares us for what is to come in life. John calls the people to prepare a way for the Lord to enter their lives. Sabbath is a weekly time for preparing ourselves for the coming week of our lives. What is the most important piece of your life in the coming year, for which you want to be sure to be prepared? Maybe it is unknown -- how do we prepare for that?

Sunday, December 2, 2012

The Wholeness Story

  • Jeremiah 33:14-16 A Righteous Branch
  • 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 Strengthen your hearts in holiness
  • Luke 21:25-36 Urgency to watch

This waiting and watching, then the arrival, have been ritualized in the Advent and Christmas liturgical cycle. Some of us want only a part of it. One wants to skip the promise: don't trust promises. ?Another wants to skip the watching part: too busy -- just let me know when it happens.?Some would skip the moment of fulfillment: spare me the dramatics, the song and dance; just fix it so we can move on. ?And some want to lose the repetition: can we achieve this once and for all, instead of always messing it up again? But we live the whole story -- because it is what makes for the wholeness we all seek.

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Living Truth


  • Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 Divine throne vision
  • Revelation 1:4b-8 The alpha and the omega
  • John 18:33-37 Jesus before Pilate

Living Truth
Jesus is accused of being "King of the Jews", but Pilate sees no king before him. Neither does he recognize Living Truth that stands before him. What clouds our view and limits our ability to see the incarnate one from God? And how can Divine Light shine into our darkness today?

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

The Gift of Life

  • 1 Kings 17:8-16 Elijah gives life to a widow
  • Psalm 146
  • Mark 12:38-44 The widows gives all she has

Sermon:

A Gift of Life
Jesus points to a poor widow who gives all she has. Today, we point, in our remembrance, to those who gave all they had, even their lives. It is in the giving of life that life is fulfilled; that one life becomes much more than one life: a gift of life, of peace and hope, to the world. Christ gave his life, and we seek to dedicate our lives to noble purposes that will make our lives much more than our life.

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Monday, November 5, 2012

I'm here, and I'm not going anywhere without you!

Mark 12:28-34 Which commandment is the first of all
Psalm 146 I'll praise my Maker while I've breath
Ruth 1:1-18 Ruth chooses to go with Naomi.

Today we hear the story of Ruth and Naomi. This is a story of loyalty, friendship, and fidelity that serve to bind a family together. This story reminds us that family comes in many forms and one form is our Robertson-Wesley family. There is nothing typical about our family; in fact we can be described as unique, diverse, and unusual. How will this story inspire us to support one another and our community as we live together as family

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Scripture:

  • Jeremiah 31:7-9
    God promises to lead the people home
  • Psalm 119
  • Mark 10:46-52
    The Healing of Blind Bartimaeus

Sermon:

Sola Scriptura
The Reformation of the 16th century was a time when some people were permitted to read the Bible for the first time. The direct and immediate encounter with God in Holy Scripture was liberating and empowering. Reformation Sunday is a celebration of the Bible as the highest authority for our faith. What are the ways we practice this freedom?

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Whirlwind of Hope

Hebrews 5:1-10 Christ learned obedience and was made perfect.
Job 38:1-41 God's rebuttal to Job's complaint.

What happens when Job challenges God? Job wants to know if everything that God does is just? God answers Job, but as always the answer is not one we expect. Are you ready to hear God's answer? What is our challenge to God today and how will God answer us as a congregation or a faithful follower of Christ?

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

The Search for God

Mark 10:17-31 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle
Job 23:1-17 Job offers his complaint against God
How many of us have wondering, or are still wondering where God is in the midst of all that we face? Do you feel that God has abandoned you, and yet you feel guilty thinking this? Job is a man of great faith, and trust, for he truly believes that God will answer him even though Job can't find God anywhere. This will be a day of deep searching, a day where you will be encouraged to argue with God, to lament and together we will find hope in the midst of our struggles.
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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Trustworthy Plenitude

Scripture:

  • Joel 2:21-27 My people shall never again be put to shame
  • Psalm 126 A harvest of joy
  • Matthew 6:25-33 Look at the birds of the air

Sermon:

Trustworthy Plenitude
Jesus enjoins us to trust, like the birds of the air and the lilies of the field. From scripture we hear today talk of plenitude and fullness. But how do we trust this talk in a world in which we hear so much talk of scarcity and emptiness? Jesus' answer is a spiritual exercise: watch the flowers; look at the birds. What do you see?

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Including You

Scripture:
  • Jeremiah 11:18-20
    Jeremiah's life threatened
  • James 3:13-4:3
    Harvest of righteousness
  • Mark 9:30-37
    Who is the greatest?

Sermon:

Including You
It was outrageous the way Jesus welcomed anyone and everyone, even the outcast, and even women and children. He had a way of holding everyone in full respect -- even you. And that is at the heart of the mission of the church today -- to include you, all of you with no exceptions, in the embrace of the sacred.

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Sunday, September 16, 2012

One to Rule Them All

Scripture:

  • Isaiah 50:4-9a The Servant's Humiliation and Vindication
  • Mark 8:27-38 Peter's declaration and rebuke

Sermon:

One to Rule Them All
Peter cannot understand how the Messiah can be crucified. Messiah is bound for victory, not defeat -- bound to rule. But Jesus shatters his preconceptions. And with that begins centuries of the church learning how to propagate the reign of Christ without the rule of the church. How does a crucified messiah reign in your heart? In your world?

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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Crumbs for Dogs

  • Isaiah 35:4-7a The Return of the Redeemed to Zion
  • Psalm 146 Praise for God's Help
  • Mark 7:24-37 Healing Among the Gentiles
  • James 2:1-10, 14-17 Faith without works is dead

Sermon:

Crumbs for Dogs
Imagine being a Gentile woman, hearing about this prophet among the Jews, feeling drawn to go to him to get help for your daughter. You have plenty of reasons not to turn to Jesus, so it takes some real courage. But isn't it the same for us? How do we need Jesus? What stops us? How do we find the courage to go and to ask?

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Sunday, September 2, 2012

With a Gentle Spirit

  • Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9 a wise and discerning people
  • Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 Jesus challenges the tradition
  • James 1:17-27 welcome the word planted in you

Sermon:

With a Gentle Spirit
In the tradition of the prophets, Jesus challenges religious practice that lacks heart. It is the difference between external "going through the motions" and "the word planted in us" and growing there like a garden. How does that which should always be "Spirited" become empty and dry? And how do we bring it back to life, growing and flourishing?

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

The Hunger Games

John 6:56-69 "To whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life."
Ephesians 6:10-20 Put on the whole armour of God.
Psalm 34: 15-22 The Lord redeems his servants

There has been a trilogy of books called the Hunger Games which are very popular with youth and adults alike. The first book has already been made into a movie which should be released on DVD soon. Today's service with explore the scriptures through the words and actions of this book as a reflection on our world today and in the future. As Paul says to the Ephesians, it is time to suit up and put on the whole armour of God and stand against the wiles of the devil.
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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Beauty of the Table

Proverbs 9:1-6
Wisdom has built her house

John 6:51-58
The bread that came down from heaven

In John's gospel, Jesus offers his body and blood to his followers as a way to let his life and presence live in them. And of course we too would have Christ live in us. So we gather at the Table to receive the life Christ gives, and in the beauty of the table, for our eyes to open to the beauty of our world.

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Beware what you wear!

Ephesians 4:25-5:2 Do not let the sun go down on your anger
Psalm 34:1-8 Taste and See that the Lord is good
John 6:35, 41-51 I am the bread of life

In Paul's letter to the Ephesians, we are being called to take off our protective armour of anger, bitterness, wrath, slander and malice and instead put on a cloak of kindness, forgiveness that causes us to speak the truth. In today's world, our spirits often need a makeover, and perhaps we should come with a warning label. What are the marks of a new life in Christ? How will we be reinvigorated to embrace our Christian calling? How will we re-imagine what we wear to show the world what loving Christ has done for us?

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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Christ is Our Unity

Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15 Manna in the wilderness
Ephesians 4:1-16 Unity in the body of Christ
John 6:24-35 Bread from heaven

In the Ephesians reading, Paul raises the question of Christian unity and finds the answer in Christ as "head of the body". Similarly, in the John reading, Jesus, engaging the "works and faith" conversation, focuses attention on belief in the one God sent -- Christ again. Within our own hearts, and among the church communities of the world, the centrality of Christ is the key to wholeness, to "breaking down the walls that divide."

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Plenitude

2 Kings 4:42-44 Feeding the crowd
John 6:1-15 Jesus feeds five thousand people
Ephesians 3:14-21 strength in your inner being

The word "plenitude" is part of the language of paradise, of the beauty and joy of life. But it appears to us only if we choose to see it, because there is lots of the dark side of life for us to see as well. How do we cultivate our ability and our willingness to see the fullness and plenitude of life? Where are the choice-points? How does the Spirit lead us on this path?

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The world is God's temple

2 Samuel 7:1-14a David is not the one to build God's house
Ephesians 2:11-22 You are holy citizens, members of God's household
Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 Jesus teaches from a boat and heals the sick.


How do we honour God? David wanted to honour God by building God a temple, a home, a place as magnificent as a house fit for a King. God has already given us a house, it is the Kindom of God, it is the world in which we live and move and have our being. We are part of a larger universal home which cannot be contained, but can be celebrated and worshipped through our love and compassion for one another. How will we honour God today?.

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Pure of Heart

Matthew 5:8 Pure in Heart
1 John 3:1-3, 18-24 Love in truth and action.

Come and hear the following proclamation: the power and purity of the spirit cannot be surpassed to provide us with the best wisdom and advise us to deal with small or big and urgent problems. However, we really miss out if things like doubt prevent us from following though in loving action. You will hear about how the spirit works in a person's life and how the spirit will also do great things for you.


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Monday, July 9, 2012

Being political is about being faithful.

2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10 David is anointed King
Psalm 48 God be praised in the city of Zion
Mark 6:1-13 Jesus, rejected in Nazareth

In a recent interview on CBC Radio, Senator Nicole Eaton said, "I don't think that churches should take political stands. I think they should be more about helping people and giving people succour." What is the place of faith in the public arena? What is the role of church members in the political process? We will explore the scriptures as well as the Moderator's response to this statement of the role of church and state and consider the role of prophecy in our world and our response as a church to Jesus' proclivity towards rebellious actions and call for change and reconciliation.
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Sunday, July 1, 2012

The Way To Healing

2 Corinthians 8:7-15 Excel in everything.
Mark 5:21-43 Young girl raised, woman healed.

Today's scriptures tell the story of how confessing one's faith is the way to healing. Healing happens through touch, word and deed. In these stories we hear of how people did not simply sit back and wait, they reached out, they claimed it, they believed and they were healed. Healing isn't always about physical health, it is about finding balance and making space for God to transform us and bring us peace. Jesus says, "Go, for your faith has made you well." What posture will we take to move towards healing in our own lives?


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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Fear of Faith

1 Samuel 17:32-49  David and Goliath
Mark 4:35-41 Jesus stills a storm

We often don't know what we are made of until we end up in a crisis situation. We know that when faced with challenges it is easier to rely on others, or assume that we can't change the situation we are in and we sometimes end up blaming God for that which we can't control. Do we fear being faithful people because of what God expects of us? Do we have so little faith in ourselves and God that we run from our vocations and our callings? Redemption is ours for the taking and it comes with great reward. Let us face our fears together for the love of Christ.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

God's Hand will Guide Us

1 Samuel 15:34- 16:13. David is anointed as King.

2 Corinthians 5:6-17. Walk by faith, not by sight.
Mark 4:26-34 Jesus stills a storm.
Today's scriptures invite us to take a step back and look at our world in a different way - without our sight. We are reminded that God does not see as we see, God is Holy Mystery, God is our Creator. It is easy to get caught up in our own struggles, and we can get caught up in looking at our lives through the lens of hopelessness, despair and deep seeded concern. When we do this we run the risk of running into potholes, lamp poles, and other day to day hazards. What would happen if we let God guide us? What would happen if we let God be our Seeing-eye dog? How might our lives be different?

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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Redefining Home & Community

Psalm 138 I praise God with all my heart.
2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1 Our inner nature is renewed day by day.
Mark 3:20-35 Who give Jesus his power?

Pentecost draws into focus the presence of the Holy Spirit in the Church and in our lives and invites us to meet that Spirit in the living of our lives. When Jesus' mother and family came to see him, his disciples announced them but Jesus replied, "Who are my sisters and my brothers?" Jesus called his followers to re-examine their relationships, to see one another as family and love one another accordingly. Imagine what our church would be like if we knew one another like our family, if we could be present to one another in that way.... When we allow Spirit to guide our lives, our words and our actions, our relationships with others are changed and all things are possible.
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Monday, May 28, 2012

The Sounds of Faith

Romans 8:22-27 The Spirit prays for us with sighs too deep for words
Ezekiel 37:1-14 The valley of dry bones

We breathe, we groan, we hear the wind blow, sounds and words start to emerge from our mouth in ways we never thought possible. These are the sounds of faith evoked by the spirit on the day of Pentecost. Today is about celebrating our faith, a faith that unites us as Humans in our diversity, a faith that moves us to act with compassion and integrity, honesty and in hope. The hope we speak of is not a hope that is seen, it is a hope that is experienced, it is a hope that is active in the people of faith. So let's make some noise and celebrate God's presence and our Christian faith. .
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The desire to escape, the call to engage

Jeremiah 17:5-11, 14 Blessed are those who trust in the Lord.
John 17:6-19 Jesus prays "That they may be one, as we are one."

The desire to escape, the call to engage There are many times in our life when all we want to do is get away from it all, find a nice quiet peaceful place to relax and not feel the pressure of life and responsibility. At this time of year, we think about heading back into nature. There are many retreat centres, camps and spa like places to do this. However, Jesus has called us to live in the world, not to escape it. The challenge we face is finding ways that empower us and others to find balance in the world that is complex and challenging, and Jesus wants us to answer this call.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Celebrating Women of Our Church

Psalm 95:1-7 A call to worship and obedience
Romans 8:28,31,35,37-39 Working together for God

In this 50th anniversary year of UCW, we will celebrate the work and witness of wonderful women in our church. A little history, a little fun, and thanks for God's presence with us, past, present and future.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Here I Am! What is God calling you to do?

1 Kings 17:10-16 Elijah and the Widow of Zarephath
1 John 4:7-21 Love one another

Here I am! God has given each of us gifts that we are called to offer. Considering the statement "Here I am. Now what?" several members of our R-W congregation will share their reflections and how they are answering God's call. What is God calling you to do?

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Monday, April 30, 2012

Restores my soul through truth and action!

1 John 3:16-24 Let us love in truth and action.
Psalm 23 The Lord is My Shepherd.
John 15: 1-8 The true vine.
Restores my soul through truth and action. Today's scriptures invite us to consider what our issue is with control. Why is it that so many of us don't like the feeling of being out of control? Why is it that so many of us feel that life would be better if we were in control? Has our individualism and sense of independence left us isolated from the love of God. Do our actions reflect our heart? Do our actions reflect what we believe and love? What do we fear, if God is our shepherd? What will be gain by joining the flock? Let us take time to explore and come to a renewed understanding of what it means to be a sheep and to love not in word and speech, but in truth and action, and through this process have our souls restored.
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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Loving Earth

Genesis 2:4-9 Breath of life
Psalm 65:9-13 God sustains the creation
Luke 12:22-28 Consider the lilies

Our creed includes living "with respect in creation" in the church's mission. This points us to a relationship of mutuality, and even of love. Beyond loving the earth, we are enjoined even to recognize the way the earth loves us. Embracing this love is the true and essential foundation for environmental integrity, and perhaps the most important lesson for the human race to learn at this moment in history. How do we love the earth? Let us count the ways.

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Held in Common; United in Diversity


Acts 4:32-35 The believers shared everything in common.
1 John 1:1-2:2 God is light; walk in the light.
John 20:19-31 Jesus appears to the disciples.


On this second Sunday after Easter it is easy to identify with the disciples who gathered in the small upper room. Are we ready to open our eyes to the truth of the world that we live in with its rich diversity? Are we ready to open our ears and hear the cries of those who do not have enough? Are we ready to open our mouths and advocate for those who are not being heard in our world? What we hold in common here at R-W is our desire and our commitment to be inclusive. How will the Holy Spirit move among us to release the wealth of our diversity and cause us to live out of faith with boldness?

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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Expect the Unexpected


Acts 10:34-43 Peter preaches, "God shows no partiality."
John 20:1-18 Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene.


What do you expect? The disciples came to the tomb expecting to see the body of Jesus, but found that the tomb was empty? What do you expect this Easter morning? Do you expect to come and be filled with hope? To be told that Jesus Christ is Risen? How will Christ's resurrection impact your life? How will you be transformed by this good news? Are you ready to open the door to your heart and find the unexpected - forgiveness, love, acceptance and more? Let us gather in the name of Christ and proclaim the Good News that we are not alone!

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Mary Speaks and Judas Turns

Jeremiah 31:31-34 I will write my law on their hearts.
Mary 4-7 Mary turned their minds to good.
John 12:20-33 Whoever serves me, God will honour.

The seed of true humanity is that which falls into the earth and dies.for then it bears much fruit. As we move towards the last hour of Jesus' life and Jesus begins to shed light on the implications that his crucifixion and resurrection will have on all of humanity we will gaze into the lives of two of Jesus' disciples -- Judas and Mary Magdalene. Each has a very different relationship with Jesus; each has come from a very different place; each reacts to this news in a different way. How we will reconcile with God and accept that God's law is written on our hearts? How will our lives be reconciled and transformed when Jesus Christ is risen? What will Mary say and what will Judas do?

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Saved by Grace Through Faith

Ephesians 2:1-10 From death to life
Psalm 139 You have searched me and known me
Luke 3:15-16, 21-22 The Holy Spirit in Jesus' baptism

Our salvation is not "earned" but it is chosen. This is the distinction Paul struggles to describe, the role of faith along with grace. In baptism, the mystery of the sacrament reflects this truth -- we open ourselves to the power of the Holy Spirit -- and even though our baptism happens only once in a lifetime, this opening of our hearts is a day to day way of life.

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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Wellness for the World

Isaiah 61:1-4 Liberty to the captives
Luke 4:16-24 Rejection at Nazareth

The social gospel tradition is a reflection of the heart of Jesus' ministry and teachings, which in turn was a reflection of the prophetic tradition in his Hebrew heritage. As the church, we seek to understand and to fulfil our prophetic mission for our time, and today we explore this challenge specifically in relation to public health policy in Canada.

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Monday, March 5, 2012

L.E.N.T. -- Let's Eliminate Negative Thinking


Psalm 40: 1-10 I will sing a new song.
Ephesians 3:16-19 May you be rooted and grounded in love.
Mark 8: 31-38 Set your mind on divine things.

We are often called to give up something for Lent, a practice of penitence and discipline. It has been suggested by one member of our congregation that perhaps this year we could work towards eliminating negative thinking. One of the ways that we might achieve this, which has been suggested by another member of our congregation, is through the practice of Holy Manners. A past United Church Moderator, Marion Pardy, said: "The church needs to practice holy manners. We are called to be gentle, patient and compassionate with one another". As we journey with Jesus during Lent, what cross will we take up and carry and with what spirit will we do this? The spirit of negativity or the spirit of love and understanding?

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Through Temptation

Matthew 4:1-11 Jesus tempted in the wilderness
Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7 Temptation in the garden

Jesus temptation in the wilderness can be a model for our dealing with temptation in our lives. Mostly, it is our ego that succumbs, but we are also a higher self with a purpose beyond the gratification of the ego. Jesus demonstrates this dynamic in his dialogue with the diabolic tempter.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Reveal


2 Kings 2:1-12 Elijah is taken up into heaven
Mark 9:2-9 The transfiguration of Jesus

On Transfiguration Sunday Peter, James and John are led up a mountain where they witness Jesus being transfigured before them. This dazzling white shone brightly around Jesus revealing the true identity of Jesus and his way of discipleship. Can you think of a time when you were aware of the presence of God? How did this experience shape your sense of self and your future? Were you alone when this happened? Have you told others of this experience?

This was a Whole Family Worship Service and thus there is no sermon recorded. It was a very interactive dialogue between Karen and the Congregation

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Growing Wellness in Grace

2 Kings 5:1-14 Healing of Naaman
Mark 1:40-45 Jesus Cleanses a Leper

In the stories of the healing of Naaman and Jesus "cleansing" a leper, we hear the pride and judgement that pervaded the attitudes toward disease and healing. Both stories twist those attitudes into something much more gracious. Today we still have pride and judgement in our attitudes toward one another -- and, indeed, it still makes us sick. Hence we see the healing power that is in the light of Christ.

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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Be Well

Isaiah 40:21-31 Those who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength
Mark 1:29-39 Jesus Heals Many at Simon's House

What is it that makes us well and whole and strong? Isaiah's promise that we will mount up like eagles, run and not be weary; and Jesus' raising up the woman with a fever point to the power of a certain presence. A Sacred Presence and our hearts open to it.

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

The key element of survival -- Prayer

Deuteronomy 18:15-20 God will raise up a prophet after Moses
1 Corinthians 8:1-13 Concerning food offered to idols
Mark 1:21-28 The man with an unclean spirit is healed in Capernaum


"Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit." An unclean spirit, a feeling of being unworthy, a fear of being struck down by lightening, feelings of inadequacy, feelings of being weak in spirit, not understanding or knowing enough. For many people in our community, these are the feelings that keep them from ever entering a church, these are the feelings that we all struggle with at different times in our life. In these moments let God be your guide.

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Life Beyond Fear

Jonah 3:1-5, 10 Conversion of Nineveh
Psalm 62:5-12 My rock and my salvation
Mark 1:14-20 Jesus Calls the First Disciples

Jonah was angry with God for forgiving the people of Nineveh. John the Baptist was arrested for his ministry of baptism. How can people be so resentful or resistant to God's blessings? What are they afraid of? What are the fears that block us -- and how does God's love shine through them all?

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Monday, January 16, 2012

The answer is found in 3 words

John 1:43-51 Jesus calls Philip and Nathanael
Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 God has searched and known me
1 Samuel 3:1-20 God calls Samuel

3 words can mean significantly different things depending on what order they appear in, or in what order they are said. "I am here," "Am I here?" "Here I am" How present are you when you enter this sanctuary? How present to God are you? In our scripture today these are the words that Samuel speaks to God, when he hears his name being called - "Here I am, Lord."

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Monday, January 9, 2012

Good Enough - God's power nurtures and sustains

Genesis 1:1-5 Heaven and earth
Mark 1:4-11 Baptism of Jesus
Acts 19:1-7 Paul's baptizes in the Spirit

The baptism of Jesus reminds us of the importance of being named. After Jesus was baptized he was named "the Beloved" "God's Son". We also hear how God named the light "day" and the darkness "night." Names are important. Our name stands for the unique person and purpose that each of us embodies. God knows us by name, we belong, we are special. The act of naming has power. As we start this new year it is time to reaffirm our faith, to proclaim who we are and what we are being called to do.

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