Archive | December 2014

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What is the mission of the church?

I grew up in the church, in a little United Church congregation in the east end of Fort William, now called Thunder Bay South. This church was an important part of my early life. Sunday School and cubs, and later on, I became a Sunday School teacher, and also had my first experiences of doing […]

Remembrance Sunday, November 9, 2014

On a bright spring morning this May I made a pilgrimage to St. Michael’s Cathedral, Coventry in West Midlands, England. This church, built in the 14th century, had been all but destroyed on the night of November 14, 1940. Luftwaffe bombers dropped incendiary devices all over the city, several of which hit the cathedral. The […]

Sermon for All Saints, in the wake of the attack on Parliament Hill

I watched a tv show this week called Scorpion, which is a cross between The Big Bang Theory, and The A Team. A group of social misfits who also happen to be scientific geniuses, with off the chart IQ’s to prove it, band together with an FBI agent to solve problems and do crisis management […]

Letting Love Work- the story of the prodigal

The Prodigal Son is one of the most well-known of Jesus’ parables. The word prodigal has taken on a negative meaning because of this story. Think of the word prodigy- which we use to describe someone like a child prodigy, who has a special talent or gift. The gift was his share of the family […]

Thanksgiving

Action prayer, repeated 3 times in silence Fists clenched tight. (we hold on so tightly to what we think we need) Hands open palms up. (it is so freeing to let go, and allow God in.) Arms crossed over heart. (we begin to sense again, that God is with us, within us.) In Hinduism, a […]

Stardust and Us, all blessed

World Communion Sunday, also celebrating Saint Francis with a Blessing of Animals I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I took my kids to an observatory this summer. A young astronomer was our guide that night. He spoke with great knowledge and enthusiasm about our solar system, the Milky Way galaxy, other galaxies, the […]