Sunday, January 31, 2016

In the Face of Sacred Power

By Jules Henri Lengrand [CC BY-SA 3.0 (License)], via Wikimedia Commons. Text added. Source

Psalm 122:1–9 • To the house of the Lord

Mark 6:1–29 • Death of John the Baptist

The Gospel movement begins to encounter its resistance, facing rejection and brutality. The manner of John’s death was an indictment against the reigning powers of the time—powers that were beginning to tremble in the face of Sacred Power. So even today, in the face of rampant evil in our world, we cultivate and deepen our trust in the power of God who is with us.

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Living Hope

By Robert Basic from Germany (Sweden Sun) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (License)], via Wikimedia Commons. Text added. Source

Psalm 131:1–3 ∙ A quiet faith

Mark 5:21–43 ∙ Jesus healing

Today we hear stories of Hope "against hope." In the face of discouragement: "don't bother him”—don't get your hopes up. Maybe the primary message about Hope is how to get past all the discouragement. Perhaps even "eyes raised too high" is a source of discouragement—true hope is not arrogant; to “calm and quiet our soul” is foundational for living hope. There is hope, but sometimes we do not see it: what obstructs our view?

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Listen! God wants our attention!

Mark 4: 1-34 Parables of sower and mustard seed In the scriptures we learn from Jesus, as the disciples did, about parables. Jesus teaches in parable which requires us to listen AND pay attention. In the parables today, God is the sower and sows the Word. What we hear will depend on what landscape the Word falls on. Does the Word fall on deaf ears? Is there room in our lives for the Word to be nurtured and grown? What happens when we listen not for what we want to hear, or what we think will work best for us?

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Be Bold

Mark 2: 1-22 Jesus heals a paralytic and eats with a tax collector

The scriptures remind us that there are some thing we shouldn't do like put new wine in old wine skins. Sometimes we have to make decisions that may not be popular or expected. Sometimes we are called to do things that others will not understand or will question. It seems that when Jesus arrived home, he surprised everyone and did the unexpected. Jesus was called to care for the people on the edges, the marginalized, people who were deemed unclean and sinful. What is God calling us to do as a church in the Oliver neighbourhood? What will our church an congregation look like in 10 years if we heed Jesus' warning and not put new wine in old wine skins?


Sunday, January 3, 2016

Authority to Heal

Northern Lights, Arts Collective, 2014 December

Mark 1:21–45 • Jesus ministry begins

When the people hear Jesus teaching with authority and see him dealing authoritatively with demons, his fame spreads. In Jesus' healing ministry the spiritual and the physical flow together. Today, we are rediscovering some of the ways to make those connections, rediscovering some of the wholeness that Jesus offered. In what part(s) of your life would you be open to healing from Jesus Christ?