Sunday, June 29, 2014

Who are our neighbours?

Ezekiel 27:1-14 The Valley of Dry Bones
What is our place? Where do we put down roots? Where is home? The church has been misplaced in our society over the past decade. In many ways we have become exiles in a secular world. It is time to reclaim our place in our neighbourhoods. We have a place, we have a role to play in upholding the Spirit of justice in our land. Like the dry bones in Ezekiel's vision, God is breathing new life into us, and resurrecting and transforming the parish. What will happen when we engage our neighbours and reclaim our place? What is the Abundant Community Initiative? listen ..view

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Called to Care; creating a web of support

Acts 19:1-10 Baptism through the Holy Spirit
1 Thessalonians 2: 1-13 We encourage you to lead a life worthy of God










Paul asks the disciples if they have received the Holy Spirit, only to find out that they have missed this message. Have we received the Holy Spirit? How is it at work in our lives and in the lives of others? When we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit we become a part of a Spirit empowered movement. In our R-W anthem we sing of the Spirit of Caring where we support each other, our community and our world. How do we live this out together?
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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Affirmed and Spirited

Scripture:

  • Mark 1:4-11 Jesus baptizes you with the Holy Spirit
  • Acts 4:18-26 We cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard

Dialogue:

Affirmed and Spirited
"Beautifully moving, ceaselessly forming,
growing, emerging with awesome delight,
Maker of Rainbows, glowing with color,
arching in wonder,
energy flowing in darkness and light:
Name unnamed, hidden and shown,
knowing and known, Gloria!"
These words by Brian Wren suggest the dynamic opening of our hearts and faith community as the Spirit moves freely among us. The message today is a dialogue with Casey Edmunds about the experience of a faith community that is artistic and affirming - Spirited!
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Sunday, June 1, 2014

In the Potter's Hand

Scripture:

  • Jeremiah 18:1-11 . The potter and the clay

Sermon:

In the Potter's Hand
"We believe in God, who has created and is creating." And who continues creating until the end of time! Like a potter shaping clay, our God shapes us-each of us and all of us-becoming something far beyond what any of us can imagine. When Israel feels devastated, Jeremiah helps them to see it as God reshaping them. As we celebrate birth, we dedicate ourselves to be born and born again into the Life of our God who will never leave us alone!
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