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The wilds of our hearts

Text: Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 (Jesus goes to the wilderness) Jesus was an introvert — or at least that’s the sense I get from passages like the one we just heard. In it Jesus retreats to a deserted place away from … Continue reading

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Honouring our fathers and mothers

Texts: 2 Corinthians 6:1-3 (“the day of salvation), Mark 4:35-41 (Jesus calms a storm) “Honour your father and your mother.” This is the fifth of the Ten Commandments; and today I use it for the title of a Father’s Day … Continue reading

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First (and last?) communion

Text: John 6 (selections — The Bread of Life) For some people, their first communion is also their last. This was the case for many of Jesus’ followers in today’s reading from John. After a miraculous meal that Jesus had … Continue reading

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“One for all, and all for one”

Text: John 3:1-17 (being born from above) — a sermon for “Trinity Sunday” Last week’s Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle contained many memorable moments. One feature I didn’t love was the frequency with which the Trinitarian phrase … Continue reading

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Jerusalem then and now

Text: Acts 2:1-21 (the day of Pentecost) Yesterday’s Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle felt a bit like Pentecost to me. A Gospel choir sang “Stand By Me” in St. George’s Chapel of Windsor Castle. The Most Rev. … Continue reading

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Getting out of your own way

Text: Acts 9:1-31 (the conversion of Saul) When I first came to Mill Woods United Church on Monday, September 16, 2013, I was encouraged by a plaque on the wall near the main entrance. It notes that this building was … Continue reading

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All are welcome

Text:¬†Acts 8:26-40 (Philip baptizes an Ethiopian Eunuch) Hospitality is risky. The act of welcoming guests, visitors, and newcomers into our homes can get us in trouble. When we open our hearts to somebody new, we risk being changed by their … Continue reading

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