Sermon Archive

Sermon Archive

Don’t Be Afraid

As many of you may know, we, in the United Church, are free to use a variety of resources when preparing liturgical prayers. One of my personal favourite resources however, especially for high holy days such as we are celebrating today, is a resource entitled “Celebrate God’s Presence”. One of the prayers suggested as an invitation to communion commonly used at Easter…

Palm Sunday

Once there was a man who said and did such amazing things people began to follow him everywhere. They followed him up and down mountainsides, river valleys, and into cities in the surrounding regions of ancient Palestine. They followed him from the Jordan River to Caesarea Philippi in Galilee, and to the Holy City of Jerusalem. In their wanderings together, they witnessed…

New Ministries Yet to be Born

I don’t know about you, but I find the older I get, the more fearful I become. This, of course, is born of some recent experiences over the last decade or so. Experiences like tripping over my own feet and then learning to live with the inconvenience and pain of a broken ankle, a sprained arm, a swollen toe, or a fractured wrist; all these things have taught me well how…

Fork in the Road

Last week, our gospel passage provided us with three snapshots of pivotal points in Jesus’ life. We began with Jesus’ baptism in the river Jordan. Then came his commissioning into the wilderness for 40 days. Soon after, we found Jesus back home in Galilee claiming his life’s purpose as the embodiment of God’s gracious and compassionate love. We also witnessed his…

A Dog-eared Photograph

I have a dog-eared photograph on my fridge door back home in Vancouver. It’s a picture of me with my family taken on the occasion of my baptism. In the snapshot, I’m all of three weeks old, dressed in a lovely white christening gown, and held lovingly in the arms of my Auntie Maggie. Next to her in the picture is my mother and behind us are two important men in my life at…