Love Our Neighbour

In this world of strife and anger In this world of doubt and pain. Jesus joins us on the journey Daring us to live God’s reign. Love our neighbour, love one another. Love our God, this is the way. Love abundant, love expanding Love is more than words to say. We are givers, we are…

You Are Loved and You Matter

On my way in to the church on Thursday I listened to an interview with Mitch Albom, the man who wrote Tuesdays with Morrie. It’s the 20th anniversary of the book. For those of you who might not be familiar with it, Tuesdays with Morrie is the final lesson between a college professor, Morrie, and one…

Who Wants to Get Stoned?

  People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. A rolling stone gathers no moss. The only difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is the way you use them. There is no end to quotes about stones. How many of you were scratching your head at the sign this week? Gary was a bit skeptical when I told…

Love is Love is Love

It’s been a tough week… locally and around the world… tragedy and terrorism… tears and turmoil. We bring all of that into this place O God… and we also bring hope… and trust… hope and trust that those things don’t have the final say… amen. There are a variety of things colliding this Sunday… it…

Leadership

Love Essence Acceptance Decisions Eager Respect Spirit Hope Inspiration Presence     Lydia is one of my favourite women in the Bible and especially the new or second testament. She was a business woman… resourceful… She is peaceful, yet attentive—good traits for a successful merchant—and she has learned to quickly assess potential buyers and sellers…In business, one…

What Kind of Church… Community… World…

I wrote about 3 sermons in my head this week. A week in which every time I turned around there seemed to be another thing that made my heart ache… earthquakes in Ecuador and Japan… flooding in Texas… another 500 Syrian refugees die trying to escape their war torn country… a number of violent deaths…

The Jesus Business

That passage from Paul’s letter to the church in Corinth is often read at weddings, to the extent that one year, I was tempted to take if off my suggested list of readings for weddings. And a few months ago, I saw something on Facebook; advice to a teenage girl on how to know whether…

What’s Up With the Bible?

As you can see on the communion table, we have a variety of Bibles. How many of you read the Bible regularly? Do you find it easy to understand? Do you place equal value on all parts of it? Do you read it literally? Or is it a collection of books filled with inspired stories? Stories of how ancient people sought…

Love, Poured Out

I am yet another one of those unnamed women in Holy Scripture… Women who played significant parts in our holy stories… but not thought important enough to be named… You people get angry if your name is misspelled in your papers… imagine not being named at all… just ‘a woman…’ Some scholars have thought I was Mary of…

What Is A Christian Family?

  It is Mother’s Day in the secular world, although in the United Church this day is Christian family Sunday. A day when we celebrate not only mothers and fathers but take a look at what it means to be sisters and brothers in Christ. Two years ago this week I was at Bedford United Church…