Rebuilding with Faith, Love & Community

You can listen to the audio here. First some back story… unlike much of our Scripture, this reading is dated carefully and precisely, in 520 BC/BCE, according to our calendar. Darius, the super-power of the day, recognized the right of the Jews to rebuild the Temple, but the Temple work languished. Haggai was utterly convinced…

A Heart for Persistence

You can listen to the audio version here. Last week, at the Covenanting Service, I gave each of the Transition Team members a small pottery heart with the words, ‘Take Heart’ on them. That phrase comes from one of my favourite passages of scripture, from Matthew 14: It’s when Jesus comes walking on the water, and…

Community Partners in Thanksgiving

There is a song from the French community of Taize which I often sing in the morning as a meditation. In the Lord I’ll be ever thankful In the Lord, I will rejoice Look to God, do not be afraid Lift up your voices the Lord is near Lift up your voices the Lord is…

The Essential Ingredient

If you prefer to listen to the sermon, click here. Is there anything more welcoming to come home to than the smell of bread baking? That rich aroma that tells you supper is almost ready and not to worry, everything is going to be all right. I love to bake and the ritual of mixing…

Investing in the Neighbourhood

A short monologue from the prophet Jeremiah: People thought I was crazy! Buying a piece of land in the midst of death and destruction! I was in jail! Judah and Jerusalem were under siege, literally and physically. With all of its fear and uncertainty and anxiety. And in the midst of that, what do I…

Longing for Healing

As I pondered my sermon this week, I found myself wondering why on earth I chose the reading I picked. I had three others to chose from… These are not the words of hope and possibility that we long to hear… not just on Sunday morning, but every morning. The prophet Jeremiah’s words are those…

We Make the Road by Walking

A hurricane… the beginning of Intentional Interim Ministry… a federal election called… Those set beside stories from our Bible, I will touch on all of these. In the beginning, God. In the beginning, light. In the beginning, the wind from God swept over the waters of creation, creating life. The winds last week didn’t feel…