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Sunday Reflections by Reverend Pat Martin

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…

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…