Like the Christian story and our own story as a church family, the text for this morning is also a story about courage, commitment, or extreme loyalty in the face of threat.
God’s relentless invitation to sign on in new and innovative ways to be about the collaborative work of engaging with a living, loving God; one who desperately needs us to show up and to walk the talk of healing and wholeness.
Every good mother wants the best for her children, right?
If ever there was a good set of readings to really chew on, surely this morning’s readings fit the bill.
Thanksgiving Sunday is always one of my favourites in the church calendar year as we gather to give thanks and praise for the harvest. It’s one of my favourite days as we begin to notice the cooler mornings and longer nights and all this in the midst of revelling in the brilliant hues of the autumnal colours. Thanksgiving Sunday is one of my favourites because it brings back so many memories from my childhood when I attended South Burnaby United…
Being in Christian community means this: ‘if one member of the body suffers, all suffer together with it’ and ‘if one member of the body is honoured, all rejoice together with it’. (2)
For me, wholeheartedness involves plunging in to the deep end of the pool rather than tiptoeing into the water via the shallow end.
So what does it mean “to welcome” or to be a “welcoming congregation”?
Each and every one of us may be in need of a listening ear rather than a quick fix solution.
This morning’s message is the last in a series of five sermons on the Bread of Life Discourse found in the sixth chapter of the gospel according to John. Some of you will, no doubt, be heaving a huge sigh of relief. Others of you will be thinking, “Oh, no, I love the symbolism, the mystery, and the complex language and concepts found in John’s gospel”. Some of you will be saying, “I don’t want anyone to even try to…
For me, these stories from scripture reach out to us from across the vast space of time and eternity and they remind us that God’s got time for us.
Laura continues our discourse on the meaning of “sharing bread” as explained in John’s gospel. The book of John is full of miracle stories but they alone are not John’s prime message, he takes a more mystical view.
Jesus, God with skin on, invites us to come and see and believe relationship with him is essential for our spiritual well being.
Starting this morning and for the next four Sundays in a row, our worship services are built around the sixth chapter of the gospel according to John!
to simply live to praise God’s goodness, bask in God’s love, celebrate God’s presence and know all is well even in uncertain times.