Last week our text outlined the challenges that face those who follow Jesus. This week we continue reading in Luke’s gospel as he recounts Jesus’ instructions to the seventy followers he sends out. Jesus says there is a plentiful harvest, but does that mean that the people they meet are a crop to be picked, put in a basket and sold? I’m not sure.
In the early 1960s an aspiring 20-year-old folk singer took his guitar into the bathroom of his parents’ home to practice because he liked the slight echo chamber effect he got. One night he turned off the light and tried out a few lines, “Hello darkness my old friend, I’ve come to talk to you again…”
On foot Thomas Jefferson, the 3rd American President and arguably the most learned of all of them, believed that in the gospel stories, Jesus gave humankind the greatest moral code by which to live. The Bible, Jefferson believed, provided wisdom and guidance for human living,
The late German/American theologian Monika Hellwig, wrote a little book that Heather and I read during our theological training, called Eucharist and the Hunger of the World. The book asked a question that has always stuck with me. Can we western, wealthy Christians truly experience the impact of communion, which is the gift of food that is life-saving, when very few of us have ever experienced real hunger?
Will you indulge me this morning? I would like everyone to take off their watch and turn it face down on the pew beside you. I’d also like you to turn off your cell phones, not just put them on vibrate, but turn them right off.
Can we stop defending ourselves against this powerful and beautiful story, can we suspend our disbelief, and instead allow the Story to transform us and our living in the world?
How closely does our church, what we are doing as church today, resemble the church that was born on the Day of Pentecost?
Just when we point to John’s gospel to confirm that God is our Father, we hear Jesus praying from a mother’s heart.
How do we know what Jesus would do? Turn to listen for the Holy Spirit.
As we look back to the story of Abraham and Sarah, and the story of the meeting Jesus on the road, we think of our “road trip.”
Our believing and our belonging are meant to go deeper over time, to give shape to our lives and to our church.
This Easter, this unbelievable story confronts us with its awe and wonder and mystery.
The parade into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.
We need to be more like Mary. We need to stop counting the cost. We need to stop being so reasonable and prudent; we need to give without expecting a tax receipt. We need to engage our hearts.
We are meant to love radically, passionately, beyond all limits and beyond all sense, because this is what God does.
Psalm 63:1-8; Luke 13:1-9 This Lent, we’ve been exploring the theme of encountering God: going out into the wilderness to meet God; seeking to discover or uncover God amidst the fulness, the clutter of our lives. Last Sunday, John Burton reflected with you on some of the ways we encounter God: in the first, stumbling words of a grandchild, in music, and in the vast mysteries of the universe.
Psalm 27; Luke 13:31-35 Several weeks ago Jeff introduced the notion of ‘functional atheism,’ in his sermon. This label refers to the inclination many of us have to feel that all the work of the church is dependent on us and not God. Functional atheists may not give voice to this feeling directly but when you listen to the way they talk about the church it seems that their faith is summed up by saying, “If it is our efforts, our…
How can we use Lent to rediscover God in our life?
This morning we have heard two marvellous stories of mountain-top experiences and shining faces. It makes sense that they would go together. I am not trying to diminish the significance of either of these accounts, and there must be degrees of shining, but honestly, have you never seen a shining face? I can think of a few weddings when I could hardly bear to look at the brilliant joy of a bride and groom as they stood there. I remember…
A sermon by Rev. Jeff Seaton on the power of love.
We hear a call to work for a world in which no one is excluded, or neglected, or cast off.
I titled this sermon, Overflowing Gifts, because it seems to me that both of these texts speak of how God pours out blessing, in us and to us. How God wants us to build each other up and share abundant life. Our Trinity vision statement reads, “Trinity United Church envisions a world that lives in the wholeness of God’s shalom.” That’s a picture somewhat like the wedding feast where the wine never runs out.
This Christmas, this story, invites you to kneel at the manger, to welcome the baby, to choose love instead of fear, to be a light in the darkness, that the world might be healed.
Well friends, we’ve made it! We’ve made it to the fourth and final Sunday in the season of Advent. Our waiting is almost over. Almost. This morning’s sermon will wrap up our exploration of the theme we have been following throughout Advent, “Do not be afraid.” We’ve been looking at some of our fears, and at God’s promises in the midst of our fears; God’s words of encouragement, Do not be afraid. Over the Sundays of Advent, our Scripture readings…
We are continuing this week our Advent theme of “Do not be afraid,” exploring our fears and God’s continued call to us of, “Do not be afraid.”
As your pastor, I believe Advent, like fibre, is good for you and so I’m determined to keep working on this with you year after year.