2 Kings 5: 1-15c, Psalm 66, Luke 17:11-19
Again we hear of the chasm between the world’s ways of thinking and God’s ways of thinking. The world thinks these things matter to God and salvation—war horses, chariots, generals, kings, letters of introduction from the influential, wealth, complicated religious rituals, cleaner and better rivers and waters. And those who are successful according to the ways of the world think such things matter too and will influence God.
But they do not.
The Old […]
Timothy 1:1-14, Luke 17:5-10
It is so important for each of us to find encouragement for our journey of faith as Christians and one of the most important ways is to keep in touch with your faith roots – after all, faith seeds will not grow if there are no roots sent into the ground to draw nourishment. Paul reminds the younger pastor he is mentoring to rekindle the gift of God, to recapture the spirit of courage, power, love […]
1 Timothy 6: 6-19, Psalm 91, Luke 16: 19-31
As we move more deeply into the current elections campaigns, it seems as though this parable was designed for this fall as the various political parties put forward their platforms for bridging the various gaps in our society, between the rich and the poor, the housed and the homeless, the healthy and those needing care…. Some folks of course just want to give the promise that if they had the power […]
1 Corinthians 1: 18-31, Psalm 29, Luke 8: 22-25
After many years of marriage and a number of tense moments, our friends, Don and Kevin, had come to an agreement: Kevin would not interrupt Don’s concentration when he was in the middle of a project. On a number of occasions Kevin had interrupted Don when he was deeply involved in a task, much to his consternation. Finally, they agreed that when he wanted to ask him something, he would wait […]
Psalm 57: 7-10, Psalm 98: 4-6, Ephesians 5: 19-20a, Luke 15: 25
What music and what groaning do we hear in creation today that we might not have heard before? How might the church sing a new song for the sake of creation?
I heard an amazing story this week from a new CBC series called ‘Faces of Ottawa’, somewhat ironic given that it was a radio interview. She began the series with a gentleman who has been playing his saxophone […]
Psalm 81 Part 2, Hebrews 13: 1-8, 15-16
Wedding practices aren’t what they used to be, at least in our culture here in Ontario. Millennials seem to be challenging the customs that their parents may have had (unless of course they had hippies for parents who favoured flower child weddings in the woods). Many couples are doing away with the formal meal at their wedding in favour of holding the ceremony and festivities in a restaurant, arts centre, museum or […]
Hebrews 11: 29-12:2, Psalm 80 VU 794-5 Part 2, Gospel: Luke 12: 49-56
“I’ve come to start a fire on this earth – how I wish it were blazing right now! I’ve come to change everything, turn everything rightside up- how I long for it to be finished! Do you think I came to smooth things over and make everything nice? Not so. I’ve come to disrupt and confront!” Luke 12, 49-51 The Message
No doubt this is one of those […]
Hebrews 11: 1-3, 8-16, Luke 12: 32-40
“Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom”.
In the midst of these times of fear and mistrust, it is important for us to hold onto this promise that Jesus reminds us of – that our Creator cares about us and our world and desires that we assist God in creating a world of peace, justice and compassion. This is our vocation. Of course, […]
Proverbs 8: 1-4, 22-31, Psalm 8, John 16: 12-15
Wisdom, God’s constant companion is found in the joy of play and learning.
Canada has been a nation at play over the past few weeks as we have immersed ourselves in basketball fever, as fans have accompanied the Raptors in the struggle and the glory as they have fought their way to earn the NBA trophy. Fans across the nation have erupted with cries of joy, unable to contain themselves in the […]
Acts 16: 9-15, Psalm 67, John 5: 1-9
How aware of you the formal places of prayer in our area? If we think of the immediate neighbourhood we would include St Albans, St Joes’, St Paul’s Lutheran, the chapel at the Mission and the Salvation Army, Sacre Coeur, and All Nations’ Church at the French Elementary School. If we cast our mind further afield we see in our mind Notre Dame Basilica, the Fire of God Church next to Shepherds […]