Sunday, December 22, 2013

Embracing Mystery; Cosmic Christ

Sirach 43:9-27 The glory of the Stars and the Rainbow
Psalm 148:1-14 Praise God, sun, moon and shining stars.
Ephesians 3:1-13 God's Mystery unfolded in God's Creation



The mystery of faith, is not like a typical mystery book that we read. Faith is not a mystery to be solved, or a problem we need to figure out. Faith is a mystery which we need to embrace like the mystics who describe their relationship to God as a bride to a groom. God wants to be known by us, God longs for us to be in relationship, and God does this through the birth of Jesus, the Cosmic Christ. God longs to reconcile and redeem humanity and all of creation. On the mystical journey may we see the mystery revealed, may we enter a relationship of love and compassion where all are welcomed and enveloped and embraced by the love incarnate.
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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Embracing Eternity

Scripture:

  • Hebrews 1:10-12 Christ founded the earth
  • John 1:1-5 In the beginning was the Word

Sermon:

Embracing Eternity
The scripture readings today portray Christ as being from the beginning and existing eternally. Yet we celebrate the birth of Christ at a specific point in time. Perhaps this is the real power of Christmas: all eternity is contained within that single moment; and thereby we come to know that every moment of our lives is held within the eternal embrace.
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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Colouring God's World Together

John 15: 5-11       I am the vine you are the branches.
Psalm 139:1-18   God you have searched me and know me.

This Sunday we celebrate our children as they lead us in worship. Children are taught from a young age what it means to play together, to work together, to share and to love. On this Sunday we will see God's world through the eyes of children and celebrate the beauty that comes from a place of innocence, hope, trust, and a willingness to be God's family here on earth.

The sermon was a dramatic and liturgical dance that was based on the words from Psalm 139. In the drama, I dramatized the struggle one might have with God. As the music began, I took off the stole and the alb. The voice talking to me was God. As the music changed, I became aware of God's spirit moving with me, holding me, nudging me...that was depicted in a dance. We hope to post the a video of this presentation at some point. listen .

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Draw the Circle Wider Still

Scripture:

  • 1 Corinthians 8:4-6 One God of all
  • Ephesians 2:8-10 We are what He has made us

Sermon:

Draw the Circle Wider Still
RW was recognized as an Affirming Ministry in 2007, following years of learning inclusion. The challenge continues as we endeavour to live out our Statement of Inclusion more and more fully. Thus the Church models for the World a way to be Affirming for the whole of God's Creation.
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Sunday, November 10, 2013

The Truth About God

Scripture:

  • Psalm 76:1-12 The majestic sovereignty of God embraces the whole earth
  • Romans 1:18-25 the universality of the divine presence throughout all of creation

Sermon:

The Truth About God
Paul states that through Creation, the truth about God is know to all humanity. The Psalmist declares the universality of God's sovereignty. This is what sets our Remembrance in a context of hope. God fights with us against the one true enemy: the foolish pride and hatred that divides the human family.
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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Shape up in the image of God

Genesis 1:26-31 God created humankind in God's image. Colossians 3:5-17 New life in Christ.
Human nature and Divine nature are often two different things. Human nature is about survival, and instinct, flight or fight. Divine nature is about compassion, interconnectedness, forgiveness and unconditional love and servanthood. We have been made in God's image, if we see ourselves through God's eyes, clothed in compassion and understanding we can answer the call to be stewards of all creation. It is not our role to fix things or place our agenda over something or someone else. Our role is to open our hearts, our minds and our spirits to generously and lovingly care for one another and all of creation.listen .view

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Church Ever New

Scripture:

  • Proverbs 14:31 Equality in our common creator
  • Isaiah 48:3-8a Created now, not long ago
  • Ephesians 4:17-24 The new self

Sermon:

Church Ever New
In the Power of the Creative Spirit, the Church is for ever renewing itself. We are a Reformed church, but also called to be a perpetually reforming church. This is not because we are not perfect and have to keep on correcting ourselves. Rather it is about the Creative process itself, to which our Creator calls us. We, as a church, are being continually recreated.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

One name cannot contain you!

Psalm 104: 1-30 God the Creator and Provider
Romans 8:38-39 Nothing can separate us from God
Deuteronomy 30:11-20 Choose Life

In A Song of Faith we sing that "God creates the universe, God tends the universe, God enlivens the universe." We have been given life, and all that we need to live, now it is time to choose life and all that it has to offer. Who is God for you? What image would you use to describe God to your friends? Has your image of God changed in your life? How do you experience God? Where is God's presence in your life?
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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Feast of Creation

Scripture:

  • Exodus 20:8-11 Remember the Sabbath day
  • Matthew 6:25-33 Birds in the sky

Sermon:

Feast of Creation
Many of us gather for a feast on Thanksgiving. The feast is a way to celebrate life: all of our blessings and creation itself. We feast not only on food, but also on affection, on beauty, on sacrament and praise. The feast may feed our bodies for a day, but it feeds our souls for weeks to come: the feast of creation -- for life.
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Sunday, October 6, 2013

It's time to get into the rhythm of Sabbath keeping.

Genesis 1: 3-10 God created in 7 days.
Luke 12:25-27 There is no point in worrying.

The scriptures for this week point out that rhythm and time are important in life. Both God and Jesus invite us to embrace the rhythm of creation which tends to work in cycles. We know that there is a cycle to life, in dying there is rebirth, in emptying there is filling, God created for 6 days and on the 7th day God rested. Exodus provides us with a story of how the Israelites struggled to follow God's instructions, and how they struggled to believe that God would provide them with exactly what they needed. Seeking balance comes from discipline, preparation and intentionality. How will we be more attentive to the rhythm of Sabbath keeping in our lives? listen .view

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Creation emerges from chaos

Genesis 1: 1-4 In the beginning
Psalm 51: 6-12 Create in me a clean heart.


 In the beginning God created. We believe in the United Church that God not only created, but is still creating and we are partners in this creation. Sabbath practice invites us to be intentional and deliberate about what we are doing, the choices we make and how we live out our life. The creative process is not something that can be controlled, nor can it be sped up. The creative process also requires us to be attentive and open to the possibilities which are found in the chaos. As we explore the scriptures let us also explore the creative process and discover how our creations express and reflect who God is. listen .view

Sunday, September 15, 2013

What is Stopping You?

Scripture:

  • Isaiah 30:12-16 In rest you shall find salvation
  • Psalm 46 Be still and know that I am God
  • Mark 6:30-32 Jesus invites the apostles to rest in the wilderness

Sermon:

What's Stopping You?
The practice of sabbath is begins by pausing, taking a break, letting go of what we are grasping, stepping out of the race-just for a moment. But something stops us from stopping. We are afraid of missing out; or afraid of what might catch up to us; or just afraid of the emptiness. So it takes courage: sabbath practice is courageous. So we ask ourselves, what is stopping us; and what enables us to stop, just for a moment, to let God catch up to us.
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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Year-Round Holidays

Scripture:

  • Exodus 31:12-18 The sabbath law
  • Deuteronomy 5:12-15 Observe the sabbath day
  • Mark 2:23-28 Challenge about sabbath

Sermon:

Year-Round Holidays
"Holiday" means "holy day". Sabbath is a holy day; not a vacation, but a holy day. And it comes around again every week, all year round. What is the difference between a true sabbath and just a busy weekend? How do we redirect our energies in order truly to "re-create" ourselves? What is the practice of sabbath, really?
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Sunday, September 1, 2013

Contentment Comes with Mutual Love for All

Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16 Living mutual love; angels in disguise.
Psalm 81:1, 10-16 (VU pp. 796-797 Part 2) God will feed you wheat and honey.
Luke 14:1, 7-14 Those who exalt themselves will be humbled.


It's time to get down to the heart of the matter. One's happiness is directly related to being content with what we have. The Hebrews scripture instructs us to share what we have with others, to open our hearts to one another and not just the people we know. We need to become a blessing to every person we encounter and we need to stop focusing on getting ahead in this world and be present to the moment at hand. Be ready, willing and open to everyone in this world, for you never know when you might encounter a messenger of God. After Worship: All are invited to gather in the Memorial Hall for fellowship and refreshments.
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Sunday, August 25, 2013

There's a time for everything

Jeremiah 1:4-10 The call of Jeremiah: "But I'm only a boy!"
Psalm 71:1-6 (VU pp. 789 Part 1) A mighty fortress, a sheltering rock is God
Luke 13:10-17 Jesus shakes things up by healing the bent-over woman.

The scriptures for this Sunday remind us that it's not always about following the rules, it's about doing what is right. When God's prophets speak we must be prepared to be rocked, to be shaken, to feel uncomfortable. Yet, as faithful followers we are assured that we are standing on holy ground; we have God's steadfast love and divine presence to hold us up and to comfort and protect us. There is a time to pluck up and a time to build, a time to break down and a time to mend. Where are we being called to break the rules? 

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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Firing up the masses!

Isaiah 5:1-7 The unfruitful vineyard will be purged.
Hebrews 11:29-12:2 The great cloud of witnesses who lived by faith.
Luke 12:49-56 Jesus comes to bring fire and division within households.

                                                                                           

The assurance that we hold onto today is that nothing separates us from the love of God. This oracle from Isaiah is one that stirs us, that causes us to question and explore what it is that God expects us to do and be about in this world. These scriptures can't help but fire us up for Jesus says "I came to bring fire to the earth and how I wish it were already kindled!" The summer has been a bit on the cooler side, but this Sunday will warm your soul from top to bottom and get you fired up for the fall.

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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Honour God With Thanksgiving

Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 Don't be hypocrites; work for justice.
Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23 (VU p. 775) The heavens proclaim God's justice.
Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 Faith is the assurance of things hoped for.

 

The idea of animal sacrifice in today's society as a peace offering to God seems absurd and an ancient practice best left in the past. But what do we offer to God instead? How do we engage God and continue to deepen our relationship? Is our present worship practice acceptable in God's eyes? Are we living in accordance with God's plan and mission in the world? Has our faith transformed us and how do we know?

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Sunday, August 4, 2013

Making Sense of Life

Scripture:

  • Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14, 2:18-23 Vanity of vanities
  • Psalm 49:1-12 The folly of riches
  • Luke 12:13-21 Parable of the rich fool

Sermon:

Making Sense of Life
At first we accept the world as sensible and Jesus life does not make sense. But as we hear the gospel and come to know Jesus, we come to see true wisdom in his life, and the foolishness of the world. In what ways has the world stopped making sense for you? How have you learned to recognize the wisdom in Jesus life and teachings?
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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Living Prayer

Scripture:

  • Colossians 2:6–15 Christ brings real life
  • Luke 11:1–13 The Lord’s prayer

Sermon:

Living Prayer
By teaching the disciples to pray, Jesus equips them for continuing to live God’s Way. Prayer emanates from the deep longing for the Spirit: “thy Kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”. And and the Spirit is given from the generosity of God. We too hold prayer as essintial to life. What distracts us? What sustains us? What a difference it makes to be filled with the Spirit!
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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Sanctuary AND Witness

Amos 8:1-12 God will turn feasts to mourning and songs to lamentations
Luke 10:38-42 Jesus visits Mary and Martha


The scriptures for this week both explore the nature of witness. Witness is sometimes named as testimony, or evangelism, or sharing the Good News. We are reminded today that God calls Christian communities to both witness publically and witness within our community AND God calls us to provide hospitality and sanctuary to all people who seek it. The story of Mary and Martha is an example of the principle and practice of both/and, rather then either/or. How will we overcome boundaries in our world that divide and move to a place of mutual respect and understanding?

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Be strong! Be bold! And live with compassion.

Amos 7:7-17 God holds a plumb line in the midst of God's people
Colossians 1:1-14 the word of God is bearing fruit in you
Luke 10:25-37 The parable of the Good Samaritan

On the journey of faith and life we sometimes need to reset the plumb line.
This is what Amos proclaims God is doing today. When God resets our plumb line as a community we will bear witness to an abundance of fruits being shared, being freely given; fruits that endure, that have patience and that find joy. How will we reflect and proclaim our knowledge of Christ in the world?
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Sunday, July 7, 2013

There Comes a Time

Scripture:

  • Isaiah 66:10-13 Comfort to Jerusalem
  • Luke 10:1-11; 16-20 Mission of the seventy

Sermon:

There Comes a Time
It was an historic moment. Jesus' talk of the plenitude of the harvest echoed Isaiah's words of the promise of prosperity. When the grain is ripe, it is time for harvest. So they go to proclaim the kingdom -- some hear but others do not. How do we learn, like the disciples, to trust this Word we proclaim to find its own?
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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Facing Jerusalem

Scripture:

  • 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 Elijah ascends to heaven
  • Luke 9:51-62 Would-be followers

Sermon:

Facing Jerusalem
Jesus decides now to go to Jerusalem. He proceeds with tremendous determination, because a moment of destiny is at hand. He calls his disciples to follow with a brutal urgency. Who is this One, moving so unwaveringly toward the fulfillment of his mission? How was it to be among his followers at this moment? What places in our lives are our Jerusalem?
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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Soul Longing

Scripture:

  • 1 Kings 19:1-15 Elijah at Mt Horeb
  • Galatians 3:23-29 Heirs according to the promise
  • Luke 8:26-39 Gerasene demoniac

Sermon:

Soul Longing
We have a longing, deep in our souls, for the presence of God and for God's will to be done on earth. Our longing is met by the Promise: this is our rightful inheritance. Now, the evil that stands in the way falls to the power of Christ. How do we see the power of evil failing in our world? How do we express our longing? How do we proclaim what God is doing for us?
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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Too far? Not far enough? Or Just right?

1 Kings 21:1-21a Ahab desires Naboth's vineyard.
Luke 7:36-8:3 The woman with the alabaster jar; the woman who support Jesus.

Materialism and consumerism frequently leads us on a path which leaves us wanting more, never feeling we have enough, it leads us on the path that King Ahab found himself on - the path of greed. King Ahab and Jezebel go too far in meeting their own desires. The gospel lesson shows us an alternative path, a path of giving, a path of sharing, a path of compassion and justice where the Holy Spirit is at work, where giving with abundance leads to a path of fulfillment, love, healing and wholeness. It's time to find the balance where what we have is enough and life is just right.
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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Knock knock! Who's there?

Jeremiah 1:4-19 Jeremiah's call and vision.
Psalm 100 Make a joyful noise to the Lord.
Matthew 7:7-8 Ask and it will be given.

Today we will hear the story of a young boy, Jeremiah, who was called by God to be a prophet. Each of us has been called by God, and today we celebrate all the ways that God's spirit has moved among us and caused us a pray, as we share our learning, and the stories of our faith with one another at this point in our journey of faith. So be prepared to make a joyful noise, knock on the door, and ask God -- What's next? This was a whole family service that was very interactive and thus there is no recorded sermon.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

You CAN handle the truth!

Psalm 8 (VU pp. 730-732) How glorious is God's name.
Romans 5:1-5 Suffering-endurance-character-hope
John 16: 12-15 The Spirit of truth.


The writings from both Paul and John help us to explore the nature of our relationship with God, with Jesus and with the Holy Spirit - the trinity. Life is never easy, but today Paul tells us that we should boast in our suffering. John reminds us that Jesus warned the disciples that they may not be able to bear all the things he told them, but now is the time for us to bear the truth, to live out this truth so that we will come to receive the peace of God which is freely given to us. listen

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Scripture:

  • Acts 1:1-11 The Ascension
  • Ephesians 1:15-23 Wisdom and revelation
  • Luke 24:44-53 The ascension

Sermon:

The End and the Beginning
The stories of the Ascension make the bridge from the Jesus of Nazareth, bodily present on the earth, to the Living Christ, present to us in the Holy Spirit. In profound ways, it is both an ending and a beginning. What is it that ends for you in Jesus' departure; and what begins for you in the power of his reign?
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Sunday, May 5, 2013

Creating and discerning sacred space in the city.

Acts 16:9-15 Paul worships with Lydia and the women by the river.
Psalm 67 Let the light of God's face shine upon us.
Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5 John's vision of the city of God.



Today we hear the story of Lydia, a business woman who is discerning and decisive; a woman who opens her heart to God and gives all that she has and all that she is to the Christian movement. Here is a woman who is on the leading edge of God's mission in the world, a new vision of the mission field. We will explore and discern what vision God is sharing with us today and where and how we can make space for the sacred in the city. How will Lydia inspire each one of us through her faithful witness?
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Sunday, April 28, 2013

How Then Shall We Love?

Scripture:

  • Acts 11:1-18 Life to Gentiles
  • John 13:31-35 The New Commandment

Sermon:

How Then Shall We Love
What is Love, really? Does it really warrant the centrality it is given in the Christian way? Or is it just sentimental mush? Not if we are willing to reaffirm the truly Christian understanding of Love as Self-giving, Affirming, and Empowering. Not mush, but a challenge to us all!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

My Shepherd

Scripture:

  • Psalm 23:1-6 Shepherd Psalm
  • John 10:22-30 Jesus is Questioned by the Jews

Dramatic Monologue:

My Shepherd
The Shepherd Psalm, presented as a dramatic monologue with the shepherd speaking of the One who is a shepherd to them, who lays them down in lush, green pastures, and leads them beside peaceful waters.
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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Digging Deep for a strong future.

Matthew 13:44 "The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field"

John 21:1-19 John appears to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias


This is the theme of Stewardship for the coming year. As we celebrate the anniversary of the building of Robertson-Wesley and the legacy that has been left, we feel called to dig as deeply as our ancestors did into the future of this place where we learn together, work together, build together, play together and deepen our faith as we care for ourselves and all others in the community and the world through the use of our talents and treasures. We are the stewards of Robertson-Wesley, what shall we build for the next 100 years?



This was an whole family worship which was very interactive, and thus there was no formal sermon recorded.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Living Faith with Conviction!

Acts 5:27-32 Peter speaks before the Sanhedrin.
Psalm 150 Praise God with the sound of trumpet!
John 20:19-31 Thomas doubts until he sees Jesus himself.

Today we hear the story of how Paul put his life on the line. He stood strong in his convictions and
obeyed God rather than any human authority. For Paul, to obey God is to have faith, is to trust in God. In contrast we hear the story of Thomas who would not trust and believe until he had physical proof. This is our challenge today, we need to discern how we are to act and live out our faith, how will we in today's world live our faith with conviction in the face of derision and judgement?
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Sunday, March 31, 2013

A Song in Every Silence

Scripture:

  • Isaiah 65:17-25
    The glorious new creation
  • John 20:1-18
    The resurrection of Jesus

Sermon:

A Song in Every Silence
Looking into the eyes of the Risen Christ, we behold Life more deeply and profoundly than ever before: not something apart from death, but the transformation of death. Then, with new senses, we see the Spring at the heart of Winter; we hear a song from the centre of every silence; we feel the life that rises from the midst of every death. And we rejoice!
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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Open the window and walk the road with Christ

Luke 19: 28-40 Jesus enters Jerusalem to cheering crowds.
Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 The stone that the builders rejected.
Isaiah 50:4-9a They struck my back and plucked my beard.

It's time to make a choice. On Palm Sunday, as we join in the procession that Jesus leads us on into Jerusalem, we will explore the true meaning of "Servanthood." What will we experience in this choice? Where is God leading the procession today? It is time to stop reflecting out the window and with one last look in the mirror it is time to step out into the world prepared and willing to walk with the suffering, to reach out with a word of comfort, and to live out the hope that we find in our faith. Palm Sunday is a time of great rejoicing and a time to open our hearts with compassion and honest so that truth can be found and good news of Jesus Christ the bearer of peace can be shared.

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

A Shoot Springs Forth

Scripture:
  • Isaiah 43:16-21 Behold, I am doing a new thing
  • John 12:1-8 Mary Annoints Jesus

Sermon:

A Shoot Springs Forth
I have always liked this verse, especially as a young radical wanting change. Then I learned about Living Tradition: moving into the future in continuity with the past. Now, I think we are challenged to watch for, and to be open to, something that is faithful only in that it is God who acts, regardless of how much or how little it resembles the past.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Evolution of Mercy

Scripture:

  • Psalm 32:1-11 Blessed are the forgiven
  • Luke 15:1-7 Parable of the lost sheep
  • Luke 15:11-32 Parable of the prodigal and his brother

Sermon:

Evolution of Mercy
The evolution from grace as pardon for wrong doing to the more relational picture of the loving father rushing out to welcome his son home goes on throughout the history of Christianity -- and indeed throughout the larger history of humanity -- as well as within the pages of the bible. Brock documents the deliberate reintroduction of legalism by the Papacy of the 8thc and the challenge today of building a spirituality of mercy. It is the foundation of Affirming, which is so contradictory to the ethos of exclusion which is so intrinsic to most religions. The prodigal's confession is not primarily about breaking rules, but about getting lost, losing his soul, and breaking relationships. The grace he needs is reconciliation, redemption.
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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Where do we stand?

Isaiah 55:1-9 Come, buy wine and milk without money!
Psalm 63: 1-8 I long for you, O God.
1 Corinthians 10:1-13 God will not let you be tested beyond your strength.
Luke 13:1-9 The parable of the barren fig tree.

A voice cries out, my soul thirsts for you, my soul is satisfied as with a rich feast, my soul clings to you. Today's scriptures acknowledge our craving for satisfaction, for peace, for security, for love. God has made a covenant with us and asks only that we come and listen and our soul will live. We are reminded that God will not let us be tested beyond our strength, and that God will provide us with way to endure what it is we face. So where do we stand in the midst of our thirsting? What does the future hold? How will we share in the mission of the future?

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

The eyes are the window of the soul

Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18 God seals the covenant with Abram and Sarai
Philippians 3:17-4:1 My dear friends, my joy, my crown, hold firm in God.
Luke 13:31-35 Jesus cries over Jerusalem as a hen over her chicks.

For some, the eyes are the first place we look to discover
 whether or not you can trust someone. To gaze deep into
the eyes of another is an intimate act that connects people
on a different level. Abram was faced with a choice to trust
 in God, Paul challenged the Philippians to trust in him and
follow his example of how we should love and treat each
other. The scriptures call us to look deep within and reflect
on what it means to live as children of God in this world.
When we look into the mirror with our own eyes we are
 looking into the eyes of God. What do we see?
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Sunday, February 17, 2013

The window into the wilderness

Deuteronomy 26:1-11 My father was a wondering Aramean.
Psalm 91: 1-2, 9-16 I will raise you up on eagle's wings.
Luke 4:1-13 Jesus tested in the desert.

As we begin the season of lent we are invited to enter a ritual of deep contemplation and reflection by looking into a mirror, and by looking through the window at the reality in which we live. We will begin to contemplate the question, "In what ways have we experienced the wilderness and where have we experienced God's faithfulness in the wilderness?" Like Jesus we are tempted, tempted to go back to what is familiar, back to our old ways. We want to acknowledge and honour our past, but in the wilderness we are on a journey to the future. When we look through the window what do we see?

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Eternal Light

Scripture:

  • Exodus 34:29-35 Shining face of Moses
  • Luke 9:28-36 Jesus with Moses and Elijah
  • 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2 Lifting the veil of the mind

Sermon:

Eternal Light
Christ-light, shining on the mountain-top, in the midst of prayer, viewed through eyes struggling to stay awake -- ancestors of the faith bearing witness, words of God speaking from a cloud. This moment reveals who Jesus truly is, and in light of this revelation, we have an opportunity to see who we truly are. "In your light we see light" -- and in your loving wisdom, we know ourselves as if for the first time.

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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Claimed or committed?

Jeremiah 1:4-10 Before you were formed in the womb, I set you apart.
Psalm 71:1-6 God is our fortress and sheltering rock.
1 Corinthians 13:1-13 Love is patient and kind.
Luke 4:21-30 Jesus is driven out of Nazareth.

You have been called, you are known, and you have been claimed for a great purpose. Does this frighten you? Does this sense of purpose bring your life clarity? Do you have commitment issues? We hear how Jesus has come into uor midst and fulfilled the scriptures, but now it is our turn. Will we follow? Will we answer the call to be agents of change and transformation no matter what the cost?
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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Building on the Edge

Scripture:

  • 1 Kings 8:22-30 Solomon's dedication
  • Psalm 122 To the house of the Lord
  • Matthew 7:24-29 A house built on rock

Sermon:

Building on the Edge
This Sunday, we launch a full year of celebration of the 100th anniversary of the building which houses Robertson-Wesley. At the time, this beautiful building was on the edge of the city: in the place of growth and promise. Throughout the years, it has housed a faith community that has continued to be "on the edge" in many different ways and remains so today, as we build on foundations that have been laid by so may throughout the years.
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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Banquet of Life

Scripture:

  • Isaiah 62:1-5
    A crown of beauty
  • Psalm 36:5-10
    Fountain of life
  • John 2:1-11
    Wedding at Cana

Sermon:

Banquet of Life
According to John's version of the gospel, Jesus ministry begins with a wedding that has run out of wine. The Psalmist speaks of feasting on the abundance of God's house. The prophet speaks of the bridegroom rejoicing over the bride. Life seems to lose its joy and beauty at times, but in this new-born presence of God in Christ the wine is replenished and the celebration proceeds.
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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Filled with expectation and questions

Isaiah 43:1-7 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.
Psalm 29 Ascribe to God glory and strength.
Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 Jesus is baptized by John

As we hear the story of Jesus being baptized by John the Baptist, we pause to reflect on our own understanding of baptism, and what it means. When entering a faith community we contemplate what it will mean to belong, what will be required of us, will we be welcomed and accepted? The good news is that God who has created us and formed us, believes that we are all precious in God's sight, and God has called us each by name. What do you hear when God calls you by name?
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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Mystery revealed through the spirit of generosity.

Isaiah 60: 1-6 Arise, Shine; for your light has come.
Ephesians 3:1-12 Boldness and confidence through faith.
Matthew 2:1-12 The visit of the Magi

It is often said that a mystery is a puzzle to be solved, but for the Ephesians a mystery is a treasure to be revealed. What is revealed to us in the story of the visit from the Magi. What does their generosity reveal to us this day? How might their generosity inspire us for the New Year?
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