Sunday, July 27, 2014

A Known God


  • Acts 17:22-31 . Paul Addresses the Areopagus


A Known God
Beyond all of the philosophical debates and smorgasbord of religions that engaged the Athenian inteligensia, Paul speaks of a God who can be known in the sense of familiarity, not just beliefs. This is a relational God who can be loved and who loves us. And it is a God who has acted in history and in the world. This is the essence of Paul's message.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Play and love as if life depended on it!

Genesis 1:1-5 The wind of God moving over creation

Song of Solomon 2:8-15 Springtime rhapsody.

In the Robertson-Wesley anthem which was written several years ago, we sing of The Spirit of Joy where we play together as a family. Joy is intrinsically tied to play, and to love. We find joy when we play with each other and when we are in love. The love poem from Song of Solomon stirs us to want to get involved and be engaged. We like all parts of creation are called to be in relationship in whatever form that takes. How will we open ourselves to the transformative power of love? listen.view

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Don't be stumped! Seek wisdom with a listening heart.

1 Kings 3:1-15 Solomon's Prayer for Wisdom
Isaiah 11: 1-3 The Peaceful Kingdom

We come together in a spirit of wisdom today where we encourage one another to learn together and seek our own spiritual answers. In the scriptures from 1 Kings, we hear Solomon's prayer to God for wisdom and understanding for governing his people. Solomon is worried and lives in a bit of fear. His father King David was blessed and loved, but will Solomon be able to do this? We are given an image today of new life emerging from an old stump. Where are the stumps in your life and where is new growth emerging?listen.view

Sunday, July 6, 2014

It's time to shed our old shell and risk exposure!

John 8:1-11 Woman caught in adultery
1 John 3:11-23 Love one another

In order to live out our statement of welcome and inclusion, we need to continually adapt as a church. We live in a Spirit of belonging where everyone is welcomed regardless of ethnicity, gender, orientation, age or ability. In the United Church we like to talk about how we draw the circle wide.I'd like to take some wisdom from a lobster! Belonging comes with acceptance for who you are and where you are at in life, with no judgement! How do we make room for new people, so that they find a place in our midst? What are the shells that we need to shed in this process as we continue to grow and live out the new commandment? listen .view