Pentecost 8 ~ The Kingdom of Heaven is like…

July 30 2017 Readings: Genesis 29:15-28 ~ Matthew 13: 31-33, 44-52 The Jacob and Rachel love story has more in common with a really bad soap opera than with the kingdom of heaven.  Previously on the Jacob saga, Jacob tricks his blind old…

Pentecost 7 2017

July 23 2017 Readings: Genesis 28: 10-19c ~ Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 If God is real, loving, just and all powerful, why does God allow evil to exist? This is one of the most commonly asked questions about God and the state of the world.…

Pentecost 6 ~ Haraambe

Readings: Genesis 25:19-34 ~ Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 Rebecca is clearly having a difficult pregnancy as Esau and Jacob struggle together within her womb.  And it is only made worse after the boys are born by parents who play favourites, for…

Pentecost 5

 July 9 2017 READINGS: Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67 ~ Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 Several years ago, we ran a program called Painting the Stars.  Primarily a conversation on science and religion, one person referred to God as Persuasive…

Pentecost 4 ~ Wrestling with God

July 2 2017 Readings: Genesis 22:1-14 ~ Matthew 10:40-42   After these things God tested Abraham. No matter how we slice it, today’s story of the near sacrifice of Isaac makes us squirm. We can be forgiven for wondering if Abraham…

Pentecost 2 ~ Hospitality

June 18 2017 Readings: Genesis 18:1-15 ~ Matthew 9:35-10:8 Hospitality Abraham sees three strangers approaching his tent in the heat of the day.  He jumps up an invites them to sit a spell under the shade of the tree.  He offers them water…

Pentecost ~ Speaking the Language of the People

 June 5 2017 Readings: Acts 2:1-21 ~ 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13 ~ John 7:37-39 The 1950s were rich with fantasy novels like C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia. Tapping into the imaginations of children and adults alike, Lewis invites readers…

Easter 7

May 28 2017 Readings: Acts 1: 6-14 ~ 1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11 ~ John 17: 1-11 Its been seven weeks since Easter but our gospel is still with Jesus on the night before the crucifixion. It’s almost time for him to begin the journey from the…

Easter 6

May 21 2017 Readings: Acts 17:22-31 ~ 1 Peter 3:13-22 ~ John 15:15-21 Last week, we listened in as Jesus tried to comfort his disciples on the night before his death.  Let not your hearts be troubled.  Believe in God and trust in me. …

Easter 5 ~ The Gift of Advanced Care and Funeral Planning

May 14 2017 Readings: Acts 7:55-60 ~ 1 Peter 2:2-10 ~ John 14:1-14 For those keeping track, this is the fifth time we have heard at least the first part of this Gospel in the past few days. It is a favourite passage at funerals because it…