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Feasting our Way through the Fasting Season

Friends, it’s been seven years we’ve journeyed together with me as your Minister of Word and Sacrament; and each year my gratitude deepens to be part of a community where it is our life together that inspires my task as preacher of these ancient words.

A Season of Light and Stars?

Back on January 6 we imagined ourselves watching the canopy of heaven, noticing God’s closeness in a night sky touching our earth.

Body of Christ: Embodied

The human body has 206 bones, 639 muscles and about 3 kilos of skin,
5 litres of blood coursing through about 210,000 km of veins, arteries, capillaries.

Plain Speaking on Level Ground
“Listen for what is familiar,
listen for what is strange,” I invited you as we began the Gospel text.

What’s the Catch?

Now, I don’t know much about fishing. We bought a rod once, and “Fishing for Dummies” but we were too dumb to catch more than weeds.

Build a Longer Table

Did you notice that conversation between Mary and her Son Jesus? It used to bother me that Jesus seems, well, somehow less than“Jesus” at this moment, but not anymore. May I tell you why?

This was a really cold snowy day – the full worship audio is attached

People of the Way: Refuge
This story is ugly. Brutal. If it were on the news tonight, would you want to turn to another channel? Does it roil your guts, as it does mine?

Where is this Peace?

I am an active participant in a local West Island clergy lectionary Bible study group, and two weeks ago we were studying this Gospel text just as the world’s political leaders were gathering in Buenos Aires for the G20 Summit.

Days are Surely Coming….

How many of you have your lights up? Your trees? Done your Christmas cards or shopping?
Well, then, this sermon isn’t for you!

Paradox: A Kingdom Not of This World

The dictionaries define paradox as “a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth.”

Remembering War, Remembering Peace, Remembering Why.

On the 11th of November, at 11 am, the Armistice, signed at Compiegne in France, ended the first world war of the 20th century. It was a war which cost the lives of nearly 20 million soldiers and civilians, injured millions more, and scarred survivors and their offspring for generations.

Left, Right, All In.
For about four years now I’ve been niggled by a valid question,“What’s the ask?” It pops up every year at this time as we prepare the annual “Stewardship Packet.”

Welcome and the Way in the Name of Christ: What will it cost us?

Jesus has a small child on his knee. Ain’t that sweet! Yes, it could well be if it were Grandpa Rod with Sophie, but it was more than that. Jesus looked around for something, someone, to help him make a point;

“Who is the Greatest?” How Shall We Answer?

“Who is the Greatest?” Now there’s a question for the ages! There is so much opportunity in our current societal context to say something, politically suggestive, pointed,

“Who?” Is the Question. What Is Our Answer? Launch of Vision 2020

Thank God for the Faith Fiesta and the launch of our Vision 2020 coming as it does on this 17th Sunday after Pentecost.

What/Where Is Your Tent of Meeting?

I know the ache of vision that comes in such fragments, the terrible wonder of glory that arrives but in glimpses.

Hosting the Holy (wholly extraordinary)

I am so very grateful for the work of my Doctoral programme, and the chance to study with both Tom Long and Richard Ward, who showed us students how holy humour inflects so much of our Biblical library, and to good effect.

God Pitched a Tent Among Us

There is something magical about pitching a tent under the stars. You feel like you can almost touch heaven.

The Church: What is it Good For?

It seems that anniversaries put one into reflective mode. And with this Sunday falling on the day of Church Union, June 10, and coming but a week after my own 20 year milestone as an Ordained Minister in this United Church of Canada, it seemed “right and proper” to reflect with you, on a question that has shaped this denomination, my own ministry within it, and that of this congregation, then and now.

Treasure in a Tupperware

Reading Paul’s letter, aware that it was written to a beloved community of rag-tag hoi polloi, pawns in an indifferent, even hostile Empire, turns the text in a whole new way for me, and I hope for you.

Resurrection Retrospective

The following is not a ‘sermon’ but rather the outline for our all-ages exploration of the Markan Gospel reading for Easter Sunday, and the Resurrection Project we have been engaged in for the 50 Great Days between Easter and Pentecost.

Love in a New Key

Sing “All you need is love. All you need is love…Love is all you need.” (I share a home with a guy who grew up to the Beatles!)

Until the Children of God…

“All creation is waiting with eager longing until the children of God are revealed,” or as an old English translation from the 15th century puts it, “to come into their own.”

You Are Witnesses to These Things

Sometimes a biblical text that has perplexed, mystified me for years suddenly becomes clear as day. How is that?

Fools for the Risen Christ

April Fool’s day, right?! Perfect, if you ask me, for this year when Mark is our Gospeller, for he pulls the most disturbing prank on all of us!

Heart of the Wilderness.

I start out thinking most of us here in CPU get to choose at least physical wilderness;

Snakes in the Sand, and what to do with them

So the question: did it happen? Did the Israelites cross a wild sea?

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