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…

Easter 4 ~ The Shepherd’s Voice

May 7 2017 Readings: Acts 2:42-47 ~ Peter 2: 19-25 ~ John 10:1-10 Even on the rainiest of days, I wake up to a chorus of birds singing outside my bedroom window. It a welcome, joyful sound even at 5 am. As the day unfolds, all of us are…

Easter 3 ~ Mystery of the Cross and Breaking of Bread

April 30 2017 Readings: Acts 2: 14a, 36-41 ~ 1 Peter 1:17-23 ~ Luke 24: 13-25 For most people, Easter has come and gone but to meet up with Cleopas and his companion on the road to Emmaus, we have to travel back in time to the Day of Resurrection. Cleopas…

Easter Day ~ With God There Are No Endings

April 16 2017 READINGS: Jeremiah 31: 1-6 ~ Acts 10: 34-43 ~ Matthew 27: 11-54 With God there are no endings – just endless new beginnings. These are the words on my favourite funeral bulletin cover. Throughout the Lenten season we…

Lent 5 2017 ~ Spiritual Resiliency & Resurrection

April 2 2017 Readings: Ezekiel 37: 1-14  ~ Romans 8: 6-11 ~ John 11:1-45 Spiritual Resiliency and Resurrection Lord, if you had been here my brother would not have died. This heart felt cry from both Martha and Mary resonates with…

Lent 4 2017 ~ Opting Out

‌March 26 2017 READINGS: 1 Samuel 16:t 1-13 – ­­Ephesians 5: 8-14 – John 9: 1-41 Opting Out of the Culture of Outrage My son often uses his travel time to chat with his mother. This week he announced his decision to opt out…