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Sunday Reflections by Reverend Pat Martin

Advent 4 2017

December 24 2017 READINGS: 2 Samuel 7:1-11 ~ Canticle 18 ~ Luke 1:26-38 Its been 11 years since we celebrated Advent 4 and Christmas Eve on the same day. This morning we listen to the story of the annunciation – of Gabriel’s visit…

Advent 2

December 10, 2017 READIINGS:  Isaiah 40:1-11 ~ 2 Peter 3:8-15a ~ Mark 1:1-8 A seasoned priest was being interviewed for a new parish.  After going through all the usual questions, the interview team asked if the priest had any questions…

Advent 1

December 3, 2017 READINGS: Isaiah 64:1-9 ~ 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 ~ Mark 13:24-37 The season of Advent is all about waiting for God. The mood is not so much one of fear and trembling but of joyful expectation. The hope is that God would come…

Reign of Christ 2017

November 26, 2017 Readings: Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 ~ Psalm 100 ~ Matthew 25: 11-46 The 25th chapter of Matthew’s gospel does not make for good bed time reading and it doesn’t seem to have a whole lot in common with the good news of…

Pentecost 24 ~ Parable of the Talents

November 19 2017 READINGS: Judges 4: 1-7 ~ 1 Thessalonians 5: 1-11 ~ Matthew 25: 14-30 We give Thee but Thine own, whate’er the gift may be; All that we have is Thine alone, A trust, O Lord, from Thee. That doxology pretty much sums…

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…