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A language that everyone can understand

Text: Acts 2:1-21 (the day of Pentecost) * Context: part of a joint service between Mill Woods United and Zimbabwe United Methodist – Edmonton The dream of Pentecost is a sweet one. When tongues of flame alight on the heads … Continue reading

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A humble path to unity

Text: John 17:1, 2, 17-21 (“that all may be one”) The Anglican Church of Canada first floated the idea of uniting Canada’s Protestant churches in in 1885. In the decades that followed, five denominations discussed the idea, leading to the … Continue reading

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Hymns to an unknown god

Text: Acts 17:22-31 (“an altar to an unknown god”) Why are there so many different religions? If there is only one God, why are there are so many different paths to the Divine? In today’s reading, Paul tackles the profusion … Continue reading

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First communion

Text: Luke 24:13-35 (the Road to Emmaus) Introductory words to¬†worship service . . .¬† Sometimes church involves strange elements. Today’s service includes two of my favourite things that might seem strange to some: communion, and an anthem the choir will … Continue reading

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“The Word and the Way”

Text: John 14:1-14 (“I am the way, the truth, and the life”) “Behold, behold, I make all things new, my promise is true, for I am Christ the way.” Each Sunday this spring, we sing these words as the offering … Continue reading

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Meeting the Risen Christ

Text: John 20:19-31 (Thomas doubts the resurrection) What do we know, and how do we know it? These questions arise from today’s Gospel reading. Mary Magdalene had come to know Jesus had been raised from the dead when he appeared … Continue reading

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“He arose in silence”

Text: John 20:1-18 (the empty tomb) Easter, resurrection, and Jesus all featured prominently in the Edmonton Journal last Tuesday. Paula Simons’ front-page column wasn’t about Jesus of Nazareth, though. It was about McJesus, otherwise known as Connor McDavid, the captain … Continue reading

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