Pentecost 21 ~ Anointing the Next Generation

October 29 2017 This morning we come to the end of our journey with Moses.  Having safely brought the people to the edge of the Promised Land, Moses gets to look at the land – but he never gets to enter it. His job is finished and he dies. But…

Pentecost 20 ~ Negotiating with God

October 22 2017 Readings: Exodus 33: 12-23 ~ Psalm 99 ~ Matthew 22:15-32 Whether you call it shameless audacity or chutzpa, Moses certainly pushes the limits in his negotiations with God.  Moses is actually in the middle of an argument…

Pentecost 19 ~ Authentic and Messy

October 15 2017 ~ Pentecost 19 READINGS: Exodus 32: 1-14 ~ Philippians 4:1-9 ~ Matthew 22:1-14 “Difficult”, “troubling”, “confusing” and “intriguing” are just some of the words used to describe this morning’s readings;…

Thanksgiving ~ 2017 ~ Grounded and Grateful

October 8 2017   READINGS: Deuteronomy 8:7-18 ~ 2 Corinthians 9: 6-15 ~ Luke 17: 11-19 Take care that you do not forget the Lord your God when you come into the land of promise. Fifty-one years ago, my father decided that Canada was…

Pentecost 17 2017

October 1 2017 Readings: Exodus 17:1-7 2 ~ Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16 ~ Matthew 21:23-32 Any leader of any a church recognizes the truth reflected in today’s readings. There are days when we have that Moses experience of crying out to the Lord…

Pentecost 16 2017 ~ Rooted Pilgrims

September 24, 2017  Readings: Exodus 16:2-15 ~ Psalm 105: 1-6, 37-45 ~ Matthew 20:1-16 When Israel came out of Egypt, they didn’t arrive in the land of promise overnight.  It was a 40-year journey that happened in stages – stages…

Pentecost 15 2017

September 17 2017 Readings: Exodus 14:19-31 ~ Psalm 114 ~ Matthew 18:21-25 For the past few days I’ve been at the Church in the Wildwood in Lancaster for an EfM [Education for Ministry] training event. And we have been discussing –…

Pentecost 14 2017

September 10 2017 Readings: Romans 13:8-14 ~Psalm 149: 1-3 ~ Matthew 18:15-20 Two weeks ago, we listened to the story of the birth of Moses and pondered Jesus’ timeless question - Who do you say that I am? Last week, we heard of Moses’…

Pentecost 13 2017

September 3 2017  Readings: Exodus 3:1-15 ~ Matthew 6:25-34 Ed. Note: this Reflection was offered at the 8:30 a.m. service only. The annual Blessing of the Pets service (without Reflection) was held at 10:30 a.m. When Murray Pierce…

Pentecost 12 2017

August 27 2017 READINGS: Exodus 1:8-2:10 ~ Matthew 16: 13-20 This morning marks the beginning of that epic adventure known as the Exodus.  It is the foundational event of Israel, and there is much that we can learn from it. So, for the…