Sunday, December 31, 2017

Who are YOU to tell this Good News?

Christmas 1

Scripture: John 1: 19-34 The Testimony of John the Baptist

Let us continue to ponder the amazing Christmas news: God chose to come to the world in flesh! We wonder why and who. Why would God want to get so up close to this world of suffering and pain? Who am I to be given the gift of knowing this Jesus? Who am I to tell others that God's love can be life-giving and hope-bringing in the midst of the darkest despair? listen view

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Have you heard who moved in?

John 1: 1–18 The Word Became Flesh

The word on the streets is that God has moved into the neighbourhood. The word has become flesh, and now we can experience God in human form. Jesus is the word, and though many words in our world have lost power, this word hasn’t. We will shed light on what this means for our world today and what the word has to say to us. The message comes in the form of love can you see it?

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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Longing for something? You've come to the right place.

Isaiah 55: 1–11 Invitation to Abundant Life The prophet Isaiah presents us with an invitation, one that requires no money, no price, no hidden catches. Through Isaiah we are called to listen so that we may live with abundance. In this season of consumerism, and excess we need to ask ourselves: How do we infuse our material lives with the divine word of God’s redemptive love? How can we make it through Christmas without losing sight of what is truly important? How can we find the joy of living in this time of great expectations? listen view

Sunday, December 10, 2017

What will ground you this Advent?

Fear blows in, what will ground you? 

Ezekiel 37: 1–14

Advent is a season of emptying ourselves and preparing a space for peace to arise within. How can we decrease the power of anxiety in our lives and increase the space for imagination, visioning and peace-making? Come and explore with us how can we make Christmas about letting go when all the voices around us this time of year say: fill up?



Sunday, December 3, 2017

Where is the spark to keep us warm?

Where is the spark to keep us warm? 

Daniel 3: 1, 8–30  Faith in the flames
Advent is a season of new beginnings and preparation. We contemplate how to live faithfully in the darkness of winter, grief and despair. How can we make it to Christmas without losing hope? Come and explore with us how we can build up hope and light in the midst of our lives so as to be awake when the Christ child surprises us again this Christmas!

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Remember to look to the future

  • Isaiah 9: 1–7 The Coming of a King
The prophet Isaiah shares his vision of the future where God’s everlasting Kingdom is reached. The future is bright and on us light has shined. We will explore God’s world through the eyes of children who are present here and now! What have we the people of faith forgotten? What have we lost sight of? Let us remember and be united in God’s love.

This was a Whole Family Worship service so there was no formal sermon.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Remember to trust in God

Picture taken by Rev. Karen Bridges, Sept 2017

  • Jeremiah 29: 1, 4–14 [Letter to the exiles]
The prophet Jeremiah is writing to people who have been exiled, who have been forced to move away from what they have known - into the unknown. Today this is sometimes experienced in the loss of a job, in the division of a family, when we have left our families because of family dynamics or economic circumstances or because of traumatic events. God wants us to settle in, to not let our expectations of a speedy recovery discourage us when they are not met. We are called to trust in God and live in hope for what is to come.
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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Remember to Seek Justice

  • Amos 1: 1–2, 5:14–15, 21–24 Let justice roll like a river
The prophet Amos is not one to mince words. His message is clear – justice and righteousness are essential elements of a faithful life. Have we been too focused on our rituals and worship, that we have forgotten that God’s love is expressed and experienced through love and concern for those who are oppressed, lost and alone? We need to remember whom we belong and who we are called to serve. We are called to seek justice and resist evil. How will we live this out?
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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Remember you are not alone!

Picture Taken by Rev. Karen Bridges Sept. 2017

1 Kings 19: 1–18 Elijah meets God at Horeb

The prophet Elijah finds himself tired, exhausted alone, and living in fear for his life. He seeks solitude and in the quietness he reaches his breaking point. He’s ready to check out. Elijah wrestles with God in his time of despair and with God’s encouragement, trust, support and love Elijah finds healing and wholeness leading him to continue to answer God’s call. Have you remembered to wrestle with God lately? listen view

Sunday, October 15, 2017

God Provides the Connections

1 Samuel 3:1–21

In the times of old, oil was used to anoint leaders: kings and queens, priests and elders—a way of connecting them to the old and new, the privileges and the responsibilities of the position. What are ways today that we celebrate our connections—to the past and to the future, to our faith ancestors and to our vocation? What are our privileges and responsibilities to our communities? How is God calling you to lead? listen view

Sunday, October 8, 2017

God Provides the Harvest

Exodus 6:1–18
On a weekend focused on gratitude and humility we gather to thank God for all that is, was and shall be! We will participate in baptisms and faith affirmation. You are invited to join us, to renewing your baptismal vows or pondering your future baptism!  (image taken by Jim Triscott) listen view

Sunday, October 1, 2017

God Provides

Exodus 2:23–25; 3:10–15; 4:10–17

We celebrated World Wide Communion Sunday this week with an all-ages, open table, worship service. We will re-center ourselves by answering some questions: Why do we gather? Who do we remember in Communion? Why do we need to share our time, talents and tithes in our communities? Whose are we? listen view

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

God Promises that Seasons Will Turn

September 17, 2017 Genesis 21:1-3; 22:1-14 God Promises that Seasons Will Turn A whole year’s Liturgical Calendar (12 months of worship and learning) in one service? Yes we can! What songs, colours and stories make up each season in the Christian traditions? How does each season raise questions in our spiritual journey anew each year? Come see how preparing for Christmas leads to preparing for Easter leads to preparing for Pentecost! Due to the readers' theater that took place there is no recording of the "sermon" but here is the script! view

Sunday, September 10, 2017

God Promises Blessings and Beginnings

Genesis 1:1–2: 4a

God Promises Blessings and Beginnings 
Today’s service will include a blessing of backpacks and briefcases, purses and lunch kits to help us move into the “new year” of school and Kid’s Church! We will have registration for Kid’s Church as well as exploring the beginnings of the universe and God’s declaration: It Is Good!
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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Who is tying your Shoes? (a.k.a who is Batman without Alfred?)

Ephesians 4: 7-16 and Psalm 37: 1-16
Coming into one’s superpower, gifts of the Spirit as they are called in the Bible, means taking risks. We must risk showing weakness so we can find teachers and helpers along the way. We also must take the risk of showing maturity and standing up for what we believe in on our own. Who encourages (puts courage in) you? How can you practice courage as a follower of Christ? listen view

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Imagination is a Superpower!

(Due to technical difficulties this week's sermon is not available to listen to or read.)
 Ezekiel 37:1-14 and Psalm 23

 Anne Shirley, the main character from Anne of Green Gables, is both loved and bullied for her immense imagination. Seeing beyond what is to see what could be is also a gift given to the prophets. Ezekiel was amazing at turning an image into a story and that story into inspiration! The Psalmist that wrote Psalm 23, The Lord is my Shepherd has inspired prayer and comforted the grieving for centuries.
 As Anne encourages us we must seek out prayer and God's activity (Providence) in all places! "Why must people kneel down to pray? If I really wanted to pray I’ll tell you what I'd do. I'd go out into a great big field all alone or in the deep, deep woods and I'd look up into the sky - up, up, up - into that lovely blue sky that looks as if there was no end to its blueness. And then I'd just feel a prayer." — L.M. Montgomery

Jesus’ last meal with his disciples began with him telling stories and now is itself our Story! Here is some of the story as it was shared on Sunday.
It is indeed a joy to gather in community with friends and strangers to tell again our great, great story. God is the Source of all life, all stories and all voices. God made you and adores you. Wherever you may be on your journey to claim this identity – beloved child of God – you are welcome at this table. It is not mine, nor Robertson-Wesley’s. It is God’s and Jesus is our host. Thanks be to God!

We thank you God for how you have gifted us with imagination. This gift leads us to empathy, possibility, creativity and memory. It allows us to have a faith story and ancestors and rituals such as this. We thank you for the imagination of Jesus Christ, in whom you came to share stories, signs and symbols with all on earth. Thank you for the gift of the Holy Spirit, which allows for these stories to continue to form and re-form, create and re-create. And so with all you have created, and all you are going to create, along with all the voices in heaven and earth we join to sing your praise. Jesus used parables to show us the mysterious depth of your love. Jesus taught to turn our expectations upside down and awaken our imaginations to the possibility of a better world for all.
On the last night he had with his community he retold the great story of your freeing the Hebrew people during the Passover and included each disciple and follower in that great unfolding story.

Help us realize that we too are a part of that story – your Holy Providence of making all things new!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

God is my Superpower

Jonah 1:1-3; 3: 1-4, 9 and 10; 4:1-4 and Psalm 17
Sermon: God is my Superpower! Jonah is a famous prophet. But oddly he is best remembered for how many times (and how creatively) he said “NO, NOT ME”! God is so amazing though that in Jonah’s refusals and anger there still was enacted a transformation of a whole city’s population! They turned away from selfishness and idolatry and toward caring for one another and seeking God. How is God working superbly in your life even when you do not know it? listen view

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Serving Others: Life Changing

Scripture: Ruth 1
 Ruth and Professor X: Super Servants! Jesus calls us to become servants to all. This means making choices each day to love others and share what gifts we have; choosing to take care of ourselves so we will be ready when God calls. This is not easy because it means choosing to not “be normal,” to not stay “under the radar” and at times to sacrifice our comfort for a greater good. How does Ruth’s choosing to stay with Naomi inspire your super strength? listen view

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Spiderman and Esther’s Wisdom Superpower!

  • Matthew 5: 13-16 and Esther 4:1-17

Wisdom is the superpower that helps one know when is the right time to stay in disguise and when to step out into the light. As followers of Jesus’ Way we seek to always love others, serve God and seek justice. When are the wisest times for us to do that without being recognized, and when, like Esther do we need to step out to proclaim our faith?
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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Jesus Rests

  • Hebrews 4:1-11

From the beginning of creation God took a time of rest. God entered a time of Sabbath. Those who enter God's rest also cease from their labours. Sabbath is about making time to discern the path that God is calling us to. How can we support one another in living Sabbath?
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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Jesus Questions

Jesus Questions

  • Ephesians: 4: 17-32, 5:1-2
Seeking to follow Jesus, we live a life renewed by the Spirit. Today we will rejoice in the questions of faith as well as some of the answers our traditions teach. For example: How then do we live if we are to be Christian? Be kind to one another, forgiving one another, be renewed in the spirit of your minds, be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love.
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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Jesus Rebels

  • Hebrews 13:1-16, 18 — "Service well pleasing to God"

The Jesus movement was about turning over the tables and calling people out on their sense of integrity. The Contemplative Justice Movement models a non-violent way to seek justice in the world, grounded and rooted in spiritual practices and a strong relationship with God. Jesus lived in this way and calls us to do so as well. Answering this call means that we will "not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God."
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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Jesus Worships

Ephesians 1:2-10, 15-23 — "Spiritual Blessings in Christ"

 We worship and engage in communion as a means of connection. Coming together to celebrate and thank God while remembering Jesus in the sacrament of communion, reminds us and refocuses us on the message of the gospel. Through communion we experience forgiveness and grace and we receive redemption. Paul prays that the Ephesians will also receive the spirit of wisdom and revelation? What will we do when we receive all of this?

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Jesus Prays

Scripture: Ephesians 3: 14-20, 6: 18-20 Jesus Prays Jesus is one who prays, alone and in company, for his followers and about his own journey with God. Paul, an early follower of Jesus wrote a lot about his prayers and what he hoped we would do with our prayers. What are some of the traditions of Christian prayer? How do our thoughts and words in prayer impact the world? listen view

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Jesus Teaches

  • 1 Thessalonians 5: 12-28 — "Exhortations, Greetings, and Benedictions"
We all have questions, and like the disciples who have followed Jesus those questions always lead to more questions. Paul reminds us, through his letter to the Thessalonians, that Jesus taught us to be patient, resist evil, rejoice always, pray without ceasing and test everything. Keep asking questions and keep asking yourself what is worth following?
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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Jesus Heals

Scripture: Ephesians 2: 1-10

 Sermon: Jesus Heals
        Jesus was known by his amazing deeds of healing. He healed by word and touch and at time seems to say he did not heal anyone but that the healed brought it about by their faith. How do we deepen the gift of faith so as to heal our relationships and our world? How is the eternal Christ healing today? listen view

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Jesus Gathers

  • Ephesians 4: 1-16 — "Unity in Christ"
This is the Sunday when we celebrate our faith, when we take time to acknowledge where we are on our faith journey. Paul begs the people in Ephesians to not only answer God's call but to live a life worthy of that calling. To do this we must live with humility, patience, gentleness, and love. We have been given gifts, now let's share them with love.

This was a whole family worship service so there was no formal sermon. It was an interactive exploration of the scripture. 

Sunday, June 4, 2017

The Spirit Reveals, Pentecost

Acts 2: 1-4 and Romans 8: 18-39 — "The Spirit Intercedes for us"
The gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost was not its birth but its revelation! Wisdom had always called and been heard. Jesus’ news was only that this Spirit – part of God’s very creativity and Creation – is also an Advocate and the part of God that reveals God’s current activity in the world. How can one see God at work in what we call Providence, today?
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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Act according to your faith!

Photo taken by Devika Short
  • Romans 5: 1-11 — Justified by faith
It has been acknowledged by researchers and historians that in this post-modern world, many people have left the institution of church because the church has failed to live according to what it believes. There are countless examples of different churches and different denominations and faithful leaders and people, acting in ways that harm others, that lack integrity, that demonstrate the weaknesses of humanity. Paul reminds us that suffering produces endurance, character and in the end hope. He believes this because he has experienced the love of God and the power of the love of God to sustain each of us through suffering. How will the love of God poured out on us, empower us to act according to our faith, and not our own desires?
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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Act according to your faith!

Romans 5: 1-11 — Justified by faith

It has been acknowledged by researchers and historians that in this post-modern world, many people have left the institution of church because the church has failed to live according to what it believes. There are countless examples of different churches and different denominations and faithful leaders and people, acting in ways that harm others, that lack integrity, that demonstrate the weaknesses of humanity. Paul reminds us that suffering produces endurance, character and in the end hope. He believes this because he has experienced the love of God and the power of the love of God to sustain each of us through suffering. How will the love of God poured out on us, empower us to act according to our faith, and not our own desires?
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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Who is at your table?

Easter 5 Scripture: Romans 1: 1-17 — Mutually encouraged by one another’s faith Sermon Who is at your table? Jesus is always making people uncomfortable. It was the people who followed him! Poor and needy, full of questions or accompanied by loud children! That is because Jesus saw their true selves. He also knows our true selves. He not only makes us One spiritually, he asks us to live and work as One literally! Even “those” people are invited to the party! Even YOU are invited! listen view

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Is your faith ALIVE or idol/idle?

Acts 13: 1-3, 14:8-18 — Paul and Barnabas heal in Lystra We will hear today of a man whose faith was so alive it could be seen in his eyes. Can your faith be so easily seen? One way to be alive in faith is to work continuously cleansing our lives of idolatry and fear. Let us live up to the call of being disciples and as Paul declares: bring good news! listen view

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Strange co-workers

Strange co-workers
Scripture: Acts 10:1-17, 34-35 — God shows no partiality We are taught to tell others about Jesus’ compassion and forgiveness as well as to pray that as many people as possible both tell and hear the Good News. But what do we do when the teller is not someone we recognize as a co-worker? What do we do if we are called to listen to a stranger to hear Jesus better? Can God truly be active in anyone? Even Italian soldier named Cornelius? Like the disciple Peter we have to learn to hear Good News from any of God’s children! listen view

Sunday, April 23, 2017

It's our time now.

  • Matt 28: 16-20 — Make disciples of all nations
This is the moment of transition from discipleship to mission and ministry. The scripture captures the final commissioning where the disciples are called and empowered by Jesus to do as Jesus did. Their mission is to spread the good news, to teach, and to heal. The Stewardship theme this year is “Knock, knock…believe, seek, share.” This is the great commissioning. But beware the lure of such power, and stay grounded in the spirit of discernment and the social gospel.
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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Deep Hope for the World

Psalm 118: 19-24
Matthew 28: 1-10

As people we are living in a time of deep darkness, and uncertainty, but this is not the end of the story, for we see and we enter a great light. This light will show us a way through conflict, the light of Christ gives us a new vision of a world where we are engaged, where we come together, where we find a way to remove the stumbling blocks of people seeking power for themselves. Through the practice of truth telling, forgiveness and prayer we find ourselves able to respond to the hurts of the world in community rather than isolation. There is deep hope for this world and that hope rests in Jesus Christ.
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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Into the City, following Jesus

·   Matthew 21: 1-13       The Triumphant Entry
We conclude our Lenten journey by taking our first steps into another expedition:  this one into Holy Week.  We get to celebrate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem with singing and palm leaves waving in the sky.  We get to hear him cry out for justice and ponder what we are called to cry out.  We prepare ourselves for Holy Week, for challenges lie ahead and we need not face them alone.
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Sunday, April 2, 2017

The end result is transformation!

  • Matthew 25:31-46 . The Judgment of the Nations

Photo by Albert deVos at the 2016 Oliver Community Festival outside of R-W. 

As a part of the body of Christ we need to remember that it is not enough to simply survive. We thrive by living out the gospel together. We are called to remember what Jesus said: “When you did it to one of the least of these, my family, you did it to me.” When we trust in God, speak the truth and engage in passionate conflict, we are moved to commit to actively participating and waiting for the kingdom of God to be realized. As we reach out to one another in hospitality and compassion, our hearts will be transformed and the body of Christ will thrive in a world that is starved for meaning and most importantly love.
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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Enter the Danger with God on your side

  • Matt 25:1-13 . The Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids

Picture taken by Leigh Sinclair.

The parable of the wise and foolish bridesmaids reminds us of the importance of staying the course. This saying means “to continue doing something until it is finished or until you achieve something you plan to do.” This is a saying that is used in war times. It is interesting to note that it wasn’t just one foolish and one wise bridesmaid, it was 10 each. It was a team, a collective of people working together holding each other accountable to achieving their goal which in this case was the appearance of the Son of Man. The danger we often avoid is not holding one another accountable to the call of discipleship. We fear that in doing so we will hurt the team or our relationships. Active waiting requires accountability. How will we keep awake and prepare for what is to come?
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Sunday, March 19, 2017

God's Invitation

Picture taken by Jim Triscott. 

Matt 22: 1-14 The Parable of the Wedding Banquet
Lack of commitment is almost an epidemic in our society. We have bought into this need for certainty in the community of faith. We have also bought into the need for consensus. Patrick Lencioni claims that “it’s better to make a decision boldly and be wrong – rather than change directions with equal boldness and then waffle.” We often want to experience the easy moments of discipleship and avoid the more difficult work of outreach and social justice. Being a healthy congregation requires bold commitments to living out the gospel. It’s time to accept God’s invitation, with boldness.
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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Let's get passionate not personal

Picture taken by Albert deVos of Tom Johnston and Aubrey Edworthy.

Matt 20: 1-16 Labourers in the Vineyard

The parable of the labourers in the vineyard provides us with a good example of the importance of facing our fear of conflict. It has been said, that “all great relationships require productive conflict in order to grow.” Engaging conflict based on our passion for the concepts and ideas rather than interpersonal politics helps us as a team and as a congregation to come up with the best solution. We do this by truly listening to one another, and passionately gathering our collective wisdom. This parable reminds us of the importance of putting aside our human pride, for God shows no partiality among persons. Our motivations for living the gospel should not be about the type of reward we will receive rather it should be for the good of the community or team.
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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Team Jesus

Picture taken by Tanya Eckenswiller
Matt 18:15-35 Forgiveness

Jesus has called the disciples to come and follow him. We too, are called to be disciples of Jesus and to be part of the body of Christ. In other words – it is time to join Team Jesus. Through this season of Lent we will look at the teachings of Jesus as key steps in becoming an effective and healthy team – the body of Christ, in our own lives, and as a congregation in the world. We need to embody and live the statement “We Trust in God,” and we need to trust in each other. Jesus calls us all to the higher task of reconciliation. When one member of the body of Christ suffers we all suffer.

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

It is time to stop hiding and enter the light

Psalm 41: 7-10 Matt 16:24-17:8 . Passion prediction, bearing the cross, transfiguration

 In the month of February we will be using best picture Oscar Nominees to explore theology and scripture. Moonlight is a powerful movie about identity and being true to oneself. The call of discipleship requires risk and sacrifice. Jesus says, “Those who lose their life for my sake will find it.” It is about being true to ourselves, and being open and vulnerable so that transformation can happen.
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Sunday, February 19, 2017

rEVOLutionary, turns to love.

This picture was taken by Rev. Karen Bridges
  • Matt 15:1-20  Tradition of the Elders and things that defile

In the month of February we will be using best picture Oscar Nominees to explore theology and scripture. In the movie La La Land we witness the ups and downs of a relationship while following one’s dream. In the movie one of the characters who is a Jazz musician is asked “How are you going to be a revolutionary if you’re such a traditionalist? Jesus challenges the Pharisees and scribes to reflect on their lives in a similar way. Perhaps we all need to rethink what we are focusing on. Perhaps we need to focus on our actions and not just our words so that we can live the lives we have been called to.
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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Radical hospitality leads to wholeness

  • Psalm 95
  • Matt 14: 13-33 . Feeding of the 5000, walking on the sea

Picture taken at a Youth Forum 2003 on the beach of Blomidin, Nova Scotia

In the month of February we will be using best picture Oscar Nominees to explore theology and scripture. Manchester by the Sea, is a film that leads an uncle to choose an alternate world, and to extend hospitality without expectation or reward. Like the people who followed Jesus to a deserted place seeking healing and wholeness and nourishment for their bodies, minds and spirits, the main characters of this film finds reconciliation and wholeness through the act of compassion. How will we be inspired to extend hospitality and compassion to others?

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

At the heart of the matter.

Picture taken by Tammy-Jo Mortensen in the Edmonton River Valley, Nov 2016. 
  • Psalm 20
  • Matt 6: 7-21 . Lord’s prayer, treasure in heaven
In the month of February we will be using best picture Oscar Nominees to explore theology and scripture. The film Hidden Figures is a story of struggle and will power, not ego. This inspiring movie demonstrates how following our passion, and taking risks can cross gender and race lines and inspires and transforms the people who come after us. As people of God, and as followers of Christ we need to ask ourselves the question “Why are we doing this? Why are we following Jesus and living a faithful life? When we get to the heart of our motivation we will reveal our true treasure.
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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Engage! Be salty, enhance and alter our discipleship

Photo by Rev. Karen Bridges in Tofino, Jan 2015
Matt 5: 1-20 . The Beatitudes

On the anniversary of Robertson-Wesley United Church, the scriptures reminds us of our call. It isn’t enough these days to simply talk about what we believe. It isn’t enough to simply come to worship. As disciples, of Christ, if we are to regain our saltiness and truly be a beacon of light in this community, we need to engage, re-invest and refocus our efforts and stop hiding our identity. It is time to unveil our unique role in the community of Oliver and Edmonton.

 This was a whole family worship and thus there was no formal sermon. This is a very interactive service.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Recognize and Respond

Picture taken by Karen Bridges.
Matt 4: 1-17 . Temptation, and the start of Jesus’s Ministry

As we explore the beginning moments of Jesus call to ministry we too are called to reflect, recognize and respond to our call. We will be tempted; tempted to ignore the call, tempted to give in to our desires for pleasures sake, and for this we shall repent. There is no time to waste, and yet perhaps if we did waste a moment with God we just might find a different path, a path of fulfillment, a path bathed in light.
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Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Promise of Something New

Picture taken by Karen Bridges in Jasper Sept 17, 2011

Matt 3: 1-17 . John the Baptist
 Enough with the guilt, enough with the justification speeches, enough with the self-deprecating comments. It’s time to accept that you are an essential part of this world, even if you don’t think you are worthy, GOD DOES. When we are baptized, we are claimed by God in the new life of Christ. We are being called to repent, but not in the way you have been led to believe. Come, for I promise you something new.
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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Starting fresh, a dream or a nightmare?

  • Matt 2: 13-23 . Escape to Egypt

For Joseph, his dreams which fore tell of the future portray him living his worst nightmare. The dream is an urgent message to go and for his new family to flee. Mary, Joseph and Jesus seek refuge in Egypt and if that wasn’t enough, he is then told to go to Nazareth. When will relief come? Church is a place of sanctuary, a place of refuge, a place of warmth and security, a place of welcome and belonging. How will we be a place of sanctuary and refuge to all people? How will we transform our brokenness and live into the future?
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Sunday, January 1, 2017 was foreigners that saw Christ first.

Picture taken by Albert deVos

Matt 2: 1-12 . King Herod and the Wise Men
It is amazing what we can infer from a story and how we are able to fill in the details of the story that do not exist. When we take a closer look at the facts of this passage in the Gospel of Matthew we will discover that many of our common understandings are not fact. At the same time we will discover that those who seek facts in the end enter the realm of imagination and see the vision of the promised one in the birth of a baby boy named Jesus. How will we navigate fact and imagination on our faith journey?
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