SERMON SHORT FOR OCTOBER 18th, 2020

SERMON SHORT FOR OCTOBER 18th, 2020 A CELEBRATION OF DISCIPLINE – STUDY Proverbs 1:1-9, Luke 10:38-42            The whole idea of going through this book of Spiritual Disciplines is that these practices bring about a good change in us and in so doing brings about a good change in the world around us. Disciplines work…

SERMON SHORT FOR OCTOBER 11th, 2020

SERMON SHORT FOR OCTOBER 11th A CELEBRATION OF DISCIPLINE – FASTING Isaiah 58:1-7, Luke 4:1-13             Honestly, it is purely coincidence that the discipline of fasting shows up in our schedule on Thanksgiving Sunday. But the coincidence is so fitting for the Thanksgiving that occurs in the midst of COVID-19; a Thanksgiving Sunday that will…

SERMON SHORT FOR OCTOBER 4th, 2020

SERMON SHORT FOR OCTOBER 4th, 2020 A CELEBRATION OF DISCIPLINE – PRAYER Genesis 32:22-32, Luke 18:1-8             The second discipline that Foster’s book, Celebration of Discipline, deals with is prayer. Nothing draws us closer to the heart of God. Prayer is practiced in a myriad of forms – so many that Paul can exhort his…

SERMON SHORT FOR SEPTEMBER 20th, 2020

SERMON SHORT FOR SEPTEMBER 20th, 2020 A CELEBRATION OF DISCIPLINE – MEDITATION Philippians 4:4-9, Matthew 6:5-15, Psalm 1             The first chapter of Foster’s book, Celebration of Discipline, addresses meditation as a Christian practice. It is very much a God ordained practice for us. The Psalms opens with a blessing to the one who meditates…

SERMON SHORT FOR SEPTEMBER 13th, 2020

SERMON SHORT FOR SEPTEMBER 13th, 2020 A CELEBRATION OF DISCIPLINE Deuteronomy  6:1-9, Matthew 7:21-29             This Sunday we would normally be starting everything up again; the Rally Day Sunday dedications of teachers and volunteers for our fall and winter programs. The regathering of everyone from our summer hiatus and the excitement and promise of a…

SERMON SHORT FOR AUGUST 23rd, 2020

SERMON SHORT FOR AUGUST 23rd, 2020 REMEMBER THE SABBATH – KEEP IT HOLY Genesis 2:1-3             The six busy days are done. And on the seventh God rested. Just before this, the capstone of the creation, humans, were created in his image. As God took Sabbath, we too, in his image take Sabbath. Keep it…

SERMON SHORT FOR AUGUST 16th, 2020

SERMON SHORT FOR AUG. 16th, 2020 GOOD – VERY, VERY GOOD Genesis 1: 24-31, Acts 17:22-31, Colossians 1:15-23             Day Six of the creation story; it is a very busy day for God as he moves toward the completion of all things. A lot has to be crammed in here. And this portion of…

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…