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Sunday Reflections by Reverend Pat Martin

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…

Lent 3 2017 ~ Come and See

March 19 2017 READINGS: Exodus 17: 1-7 – Romans 5: 1-11 – John 4: 5-42 Draw the circle wide. Draw it wider still. Let this be our song, no one stands alone, standing side by side, draw the circle wide. That’s the chorus of a song…

Lent 2 2017 ~ Changing from Tomb to Womb

March 12 2017 Readings: Genesis 12:1-41 – Romans 4:1-5, 13-17 – John 3:1-17 How we think about things, how we understand them, is important because it determines the way we respond.  If we think a situation is hopeless then we tend…