Author Archives: iankellogg2014

Four spiritual songs

The following are my remarks from a worship experience I recorded for Sunday morning worship on July 26, 2020. Click here to see a video of this service — Ian Welcome Welcome friends to Mill Woods United Church. My name is Rev. … Continue reading

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Summer blessings

Texts: “The Summer Day” by Mary Oliver * Matthew 6:25-34 (“do not worry) Video of the complete service * Order of service Edmonton is the most northerly city in Canada, and winter sometimes lasts for half the year. So, we … Continue reading

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Think globally, act locally

Text: Luke 5:1, 5-8 (Jesus sends out the twelve) Video of part of the service * Order of service The year 2020 is marked by three related crises — a global pandemic, an economic collapse, and a leadership vacuum. Within these crises … Continue reading

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Love the world

Texts: “To Begin With, the Sweet Grass” by Mary Oliver * 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 (gifts of the Spirit) Video of the complete service * Order of service Saturday is a holiday in the United States. Every July 4th, Americans celebrate … Continue reading

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Reserves we live within

Text: Matthew 15:21-28 (Jesus and a Canaanite woman) Video of complete service* Order of service During the past month of world-wide uprisings against racist police violence, personal realities have presented a challenge for me to understand the feelings being expressed, … Continue reading

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From recovery to Jubilee

Texts: “Pandemic as portal” by Arundhati Roy * Luke 4:14-19 (Jesus proclaims Jubilee) Video of complete service * Order of service Today I begin with three of the most challenging questions I can imagine. Could the world rid itself of … Continue reading

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Pride and prejudice

Text: 1 Corinthians 12:4-14 (one body, one spirit) Video of the service * Order of service One of the highlights of my first year at Mill Woods United was the Pride Parade on June 7, 2014. When I lived in … Continue reading

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Bursting the bubble

Texts: John 7:37-39 (living water) * Acts 2:1-12 (the Day of Pentecost) Video of the complete service * Order of service Have you expanded your bubble since May 14 when Alberta relaxed physical distancing restrictions? Ten days ago, I had … Continue reading

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“You’re not the boss of me!”

Text: 1 Samuel 8 (Israel demands a king) Video of complete service In September 1962 when I entered kindergarten, I did so as a subject of the British Empire. In the staunchly United Empire Loyalist city of Cornwall Ontario, my … Continue reading

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Realities we struggle to understand

Text: John 14:15-21 (the Spirit of Truth) Click here to watch a video of the complete service In today’s Gospel story, Jesus tells his friends that the world will not accept the Spirit of Truth God will send to them. … Continue reading

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