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Nobody special

Text: Luke 3:15-22 (the baptism of Jesus) The church sometimes calls Jesus a powerful king. But if so, he is a remarkably humble one. He is born as a helpless infant. He never achieves political or military power. He is … Continue reading

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“Go West, young man!”

Text: Matthew 2:1-16 (the birth of Jesus; and the flight of the Holy Family) When I was 19, I hitchhiked out West in search of adventure. I had finished my first year of university in Ontario; and I planned to … Continue reading

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After Christmas Eve

Text: Luke 2:21-40 (Jesus presented in the Temple) At the Christmas Eve services on Monday, I appreciated remembering the eight Christmas’s before this one at which I have been a minister. I hope that like me, you enjoyed our gatherings … Continue reading

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The stories of Christmas Eve

Text: Luke 2:1-20 (Jesus is born) On Friday evening at a Family Christmas Singsong here at Mill Woods, Wendy Edey told us a story about the carol “Silent Night.” It was local, being about the Christmas Eve services that have … Continue reading

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The activists of Advent

Text: Luke 1:39-56 (Mary’s song) What flows from the silence and prayer of Advent? Judging from the song that Mary sings in today’s reading, we could be forgiven for answering “revolution” instead of “Christmas!” Mary is often portrayed as being … Continue reading

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Surprised by joy

Text: Luke 1:57-80 (the birth of John the Baptist) The joys of Christmas come easily to my mind – things like family meals, expressions of love and affection, child-like delight in trees and candles, gift-giving, music, chocolates. But Advent joy … Continue reading

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Think globally, act locally

Text: Luke 1:26-38 (the birth of Jesus foretold) — Context: a service focusing on reconciliation with Canada’s First Nations What would you say is the most pressing issue facing Canada’s First Nations? Someone like me who often has his head … Continue reading

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