Sunday, October 26, 2014

To Come About as a Universal Church

1 Kings 5:1-5; 8:27-30, 41-43 . Solomon builds the temple

Luke 9:45-46 . Cleansing the temple

Perhaps the Church, like the Temple, would be a place for all nations. The word "catholic" means universal. United Church of Canada envisioned the reunification of the church. In the midst of this, we need to affirm what it is that truly unites us - and it is probably not institutional amalgamation or global centralism. In the United Church, we baptize children into the holy catholic church. What is the true catholicity of the church? On this Reformation Sunday we ask, what does it mean to be a reformed and reforming church today?

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

To come about, we need a keel!

  • 2 Samuel 7:1-17 God's Promise to David

Time and time again, good people with the best intentions lose sight of how our relationship with God works. King David wanted to thank God for all that he had received by erecting a house for God. However, this was not David's decision to make. Through the prophet Nathan God proclaims that God will make a house for us, not the other way around. How will we inhabit the land which God has given and how will we connect our sense of place with our faith?
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Sunday, October 12, 2014

It's time to Fly!

1 Samuel 1:9-11, 19-20 Samuel's Birth
1 Samuel 2:1-10 Hannah's Prayer

 There are so many moments in life when we are faced with a choice - to stay the course or make a change. Change is risky, but rewarding. Giving something up that we love or someone we love is really difficult. Sometimes the right thing does not feel good at first, but when we embrace our fear, and when we receive what is being offered we experience new life, transformation, hope, and freedom! What are the things we are holding tight to in our faith that may need to be set free? How might we change?

This Sunday a play was presented. There is no formal sermon available.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Gods of Gold

  • Exodus 32:1-14 . The golden calf
  • Luke 23:34 . Father forgive them


Gods of Gold
The presence of the Sacred in the midst of life is so elusive and yet so challenging people have tried to forge it in gold or nail it to a tree. For their foolishness, God would condemn, but Moses and Jesus both mediate on behalf of the people to persuade God to relent from condemnation. Truly to live consciously is to engage the Sacred presence honestly and to stop taking God's forgiveness for granted.