Easter 4 ~ Stewards of Creation

April 22, 2018 READINGS: Genesis 9:8-17 ~ Psalm 104 vs 1, 5-13, 25 ~ John 20:19-31 Good Shepherd – Earth Day At St. Paul’s, it’s not so much that “All God’s Creatures Got a Place in the Choir” as all God’s creatures got a…

Easter 3 ~ Unsettling Surprises

April 15, 2018 READINGS: Acts 3: 12-19 ~ Psalm 4 ~ Luke 24: 36b-48 Unsettling Surprises I was just heading to bed on Friday night when I heard the unsettling news of the missile strikes on Syria.  Instead of my usual pattern of reading…

Easter 2 ~ John 20: 19-31

April 8, 2018 READINGS: Acts 4: 32-35 ~ Psalm 133 ~ John 20: 19-31 John 20: 19-31 I want to begin this morning by drawing your attention to the beautiful butterflies and dragonflies that adorn our cross over by the organ.  A few people…

Easter Day

April 1, 2018 READINGS: Isaiah 25: 6-9  ~ Acts 10: 34-43 ~ Mark 16: 1-8 Living into the Hope and Promise of Resurrection Holy Week is exhausting. It’s an emotional rollercoaster that takes us from the high of Palm Sunday to the horror…

Lent 5 ~ Written on Our Hearts

March 18, 2018 READINGS: Jeremiah 31: 31-34 ~ Hebrews 5: 5-10 ~ John 12: 20-33 Written on Our Hearts  Some of us were fortunate enough to be born into a generation of parents who took the notion of sacrificial love seriously. It may…

Lent 3  ~ Prophetic Acts

March 4, 2018 READINGS:  Exodus 20: 1-7 ~ Psalm 19 ~ John 2: 13-21 Prophetic Acts One of the realities of life is that we all end up serving or following someone or something – be that a person, a religion or an ideology. Christians…

Lent 2

February 25, 2018 READINGS: Genesis 17: 1-7, 15-16 ~ Romans 4: 13-25 ~ Gospel: Mark 8: 31-38 Spiritual Migration This decade has seen a spike in human migration – large numbers of people moving from one country to another.  Humans migrate…

Lent 1

February 18, 2018 READINGS: Genesis 9: 8-17 ~ 1 Peter 3:18-22 ~ Mark 1: 9-15 Temptation Awareness The writer of today’s gospel is a person of very few words. Unlike Matthew and Luke, who go into great storytelling detail about the temptations…

Transfiguration

February 12, 2018 READINGS: 2 Kings 2:1-12 ~ Psalm 50: 1-6 ~ Mark 9: 2-9 At 11’clock on Friday morning, some 250 people gathered at St. James, Morrisburg, to give our friend Sid Irwin a good send off.  The gathering included family,…

Epiphany 5 - A Day in the Life of Jesus

February 4 2018 READINGS: Isaiah 40: 21-~ 1 Corinthians 9: 16-23 ~ Mark 1: 29-39 A Day in the Life of Jesus When then people are in exile in Babylon, Isaiah uses some wonderful imagery to remind the people of the greatness of God – a deity…