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God help us

Texts: “School Prayer,” by Batya (2013) * Romans 8:14-27 (“the Spirit helps us in our weakness”) What role can prayer play in the face of an epidemic like the one caused by the new coronavirus? I ask this today not … Continue reading

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“Will you come and follow me?”

Text: Matthew 4:12-23 (Jesus calls his first disciples) Has anyone here today watched the Netflix series “Messiah?” The ten episodes that make up Season One were released on January 1, and last week, Kim and I binge-watched them all. Set … Continue reading

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Kingdom come

Texts: “I Happened to be Standing” by Mary Oliver * Luke 11:1-4 (“Father . . . “) Ever since I learned “The Lord’s Prayer” as a child, I have been waiting for God’s kingdom to come. But despite never-ending repetition … Continue reading

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“How, then, should we pray?”

Texts: Prelude from “The Greatest Prayer: Rediscovering the Revolutionary Message of The Lord’s Prayer” by John Dominic Crossan * Matthew 6:9-13 (“Our Father . . . “) Dear friends, Welcome to another spiritual gathering on this cold and beautiful morning … Continue reading

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Vision 2020

Texts: “Continue” by Maya Angelou, and Matthew 2:1-18 (the flight to Egypt) On Christmas Day, a controversy broke out on Twitter when U.S Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg sent out the following tweet: “Today I join millions around the world in … Continue reading

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“Yes, Virginia . . .”

Text: Luke 2:1-20 (the birth of Jesus) Christmas is a good time, I think, to look back on the year past and toward the year ahead; and this Christmas Eve, I am struck that one week from tomorrow will be … Continue reading

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“It’s Starting to Look a Lot Like Netflix!”

Text: Luke 1:46-56 (Mary’s song of love and justice) Have you ever noticed that many of the holidays we celebrate in Canada have roots in the church but are now mostly secular? This list would include Valentine’s Day on February … Continue reading

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