SERMON SHORT FOR AUGUST 9th, 2020

SERMON SHORT FOR AUGUST 9th, 2020 THE TREASURES OF THE SEA Proverbs 8:22-31, Matthew 4:18-22, Genesis 1:2-23            Day five of the creation story; the waters and the skies are filled with living creatures – creatures with “soul.” And they are told to multiply and “teem.” The seas and the skies, the two realms of…

SERMON SHORT FOR JULY 26th, 2020

  SERMON SHORT FOR JULY 26th, 2020 FOR THE FRUITS OF ALL CREATION Genesis 1:9-13, Mark 4:26-32, Deuteronomy 8:1-10             Day three; the creation of land and sea and all the produce that they bring to our sustenance. Built into day three is the seed of co-creation. Nature is made to reproduce itself. Later on,…

SERMON SHORT FOR JULY 19th, 2020

SERMON SHORT FOR JULY 19th, 2020 SPACE: THE PREMIER FRONTIER Genesis 1:6-8, John 4:7-15, Isaiah 45:8-13 On this second day of creation God comes up with a “firmament” that separates the waters above from the waters below. The original writing in Hebrew makes it clear this was some solid divider between where we live and…

SERMON SHORT FOR JULY 12th, 2020

SERMON SHORT FOR JULY 12th, 2020 AND THERE WAS LIGHT Genesis 1:1-5 Every morning the sun rises. As in the first words of our Bible, the light is separated from the darkness. Then every sunrise is lost. The day moves along. This separation of darkness and light continues each and every day. Creation is still…

SERMON SHORT FOR JULY 5th, 2020

SERMON SHORT FOR JULY 5th, 2020 For the Beauty Genesis 1:1 – 2:9             For this summer we will be looking into what a wonderful world it is. Our focus is our creation myth – the stories recorded for us in Genesis Chapters 1 & 2. If you pay close attention to that whole section…

Sermon Short for June 28th, 2020

  Sermon Short for June 28th, 2020 Struggles in the night Genesis 32:22-32, Matthew 3:13-4:11 The story of Jacob is worthy of a Game of Thrones style epic. He is introduced in Genesis Chapter 25 and goes through to the end of the book in Chapter 50. We will look at just one small adventure…

SERMON SHORT FOR June 21st, 2020

SERMON SHORT FOR June 21st, 2020 My Bible Disturbs Me Genesis 21:8-21, Matthew 10:26-39             Every now and then a story shows up in the Bible that really disturbs me. I hope they disturb you as well. When Abraham ejects Hagar and the boy Ishmael from the camp I feel a visceral repulsion. How can…

SERMON SHORT FOR June 14th, 2020

SERMON SHORT FOR June 14th, 2020 God, Lighten up a little Genesis 18:1-15, 21:1-7, Matthew 10:5-15  We like humour. Hardly a day goes by in our offices, in our schools or in our homes where some joke or other doesn’t come to play. Even the sour faced saints of our church family are made to…

SERMON SHORT FOR June 7th, 2020

SERMON SHORT FOR June 7th, 2020 Communion In A Dangerous Time Matthew 28:16-20, 2nd Corinthians 13:5-13 We’re going to relive an ancient tradition of our ancestors – the sacrament of holy communion. It will not be the same as usual. That’s OK. It is the sacrament in which Jesus becomes so intimately a part of…

Sermon Short for May 31st – Pentecost

Sermon Short for May 31st – Pentecost Trudging the truth Acts 2:1–21, John 20:19-23             On Pentecost, we celebrate the triumph of the Spirit. Over all our differences, even the differences of our nationalities and our languages, of class, of race, of gender, over all these differences, the Spirit has triumphed. It should not have worked,…

SERMON SHORT FOR MAY 24th, 2020

SERMON SHORT FOR MAY 24th, 2020 What, me worry? Acts 1:6-14, 1st Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11 The disciples are gathered with the risen Christ. At the end of this gathering Jesus leaves in clouds. Now what? What are they going to do in response to this amazing vision? There is a moment of amazement as they…

SERMON SHORT FOR MAY 17th, 2020

  SERMON SHORT FOR MAY 17th, 2020 Exile: yeah, we wept Psalm 80: Restore us, O Lord God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved. The world of Covid19 is different than the world we enjoyed and celebrated just a few months ago. We are in the midst of a pandemic…

Sermon Short for May 10th, 2020

Sermon Short for May 10th, 2020 Luke 10:25-37, Deuteronomy 6:4-9 Mother’s Day or Christian Family Sunday. They come together in my mind. It’s all about relationship – like God. We are created to be in relationship with God and with each other. For many people, the relationship with mother is the most powerful connection they…

Sermon Short for May 3rd, 2020

Sermon Short for May 3rd, 2020 How long, O Lord, how long? Psalm 13, Isaiah 38:9-16 We have our limits, don’t we? We all get to points where everything has built up and we just can’t take any more. We get tired, worn down, depleted.  If it’s our bodies that are tired, our emotions and our…

Sermon Short for April 26th, 2020

Sermon Short for April 26th, 2020 And our eyes were opened Luke 24:13-35, Psalm 116; 1-4, 19-19             The Gospel of Luke is unique in giving us this story that takes place shortly after the events of Easter. Two people are on their way to Emmaus. Something cataclysmic had rocked their world and they were…

Sermon Short for April 19th, 2020

Sermon Short for April 19th, 2020 ON THE OTHER SIDE OF EASTER John 20:19-31, Acts 4:32-35             Easter was an event that changed so much. The disciples’ lives were turned upside down. The outcome, although many years in the making, has had an impact upon the world and guided events for two millennia. On the…

SUNDAY APRIL 12th, 2020, 10:30 a.m. EASTER

SUNDAY APRIL 12th, 2020, 10:30 a.m. EASTER God is a surprise! Death is natural. It’s what we expect – perhaps not in a time and fashion that we expect but we know it is the reality of all life. Imagine, then, the surprise of God turning the most natural of all realities on its head…

FRIDAY APRIL 10th, 2020, 10:00 a.m. GOOD FRIDAY

FRIDAY APRIL 10th, 2020, 10:00 a.m. GOOD FRIDAY Ragman Isaiah 53:1-12, John 19:16-30 The worries, sins and injuries we suffer by living our lives hang upon us like torn, tattered rags. Do these rags we wear define us? Is this all anyone sees of us? On Good Friday Christ takes those rags for himself in…

TUESDAY TABLE APRIL 7th, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

TUESDAY APRIL 7th, 2020, 7:00 p.m. TUESDAY TABLE Join us for an online Lenten communion service via Zoom. Here is a link to the liturgy for you to download. 04-07-20 – Communion over Zoom WE WILL NOT MEET AT THE CHURCH BUILDING To join by Zoom on your computer: click on this link (or copy…

Sermon Short for April 5th, 2020 – Palm Sunday

Sermon Short for April 5th, 2020 – Palm Sunday Everybody loves a parade! Philippians 2:5-11, Matthew 21: 1-11 The Triumphant Entry into Jerusalem was a parade – a crowd of people acclaiming an unlikely celebrity with fanfare. People joined in, swept up in the emotion and hysteria. Palm Sunday is a time where we join…