Sermon Archive (Page 5)

Sermon Archive (Page 5)

My Stack of Bibles

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.

Bread of Life

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.

Enough Bread

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!

Fair Balance

To explore “fair balance” in the context of Canadian and Scottish history, and our relationship with our Indigenous people.

Fathers and God’s Joy

Rev. Liz introduces the story of Abraham and Sarah. The we hear testimonials from each of Betty Chenoweth and Helen Brandt to expand on that theme. Genesis 18:1-15; 21:1-8.

Trinity Sunday

As we celebrate our ongoing need to grapple with the doctrine of the Trinity dating back to its inception some 300 years after Jesus walked the earth, my fond prayer is that we might risk daring to re-visit the topic anew.

“I am the True Vine”

I want to challenge you to be open to thinking and acting in new ways, including being more attentive to your relationships with Jesus through God and how they inform your faith life and your ministries.

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 feels most apt this morning as we celebrate the story of the resurrection.   Here’s how it goes: “Don’t…

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 God’s healing and transformative love in and through the person of Jesus, the Christ. Together, they broke and…

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 to be in relationship with family, friends, and sometimes…

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 proclamation to repent and to believe the good news that God’s kingdom had come near. Along with that, we…

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 the time-my Dad and my Uncle…

Healing Hospitality

In this season of Epiphany, this season of light in the snow-bound winter darkness, we have here at TUC been offered through the worship leaders that have stepped forward diverse , engaging and always challenging invitations to be God’s people. We have heard invitations that cast light in the shadows, light for the way ahead, guiding our way, no matter the journey, as our prayer of illumination for Epiphany season expresses. Today this light is centered in the example and…

Wow!

“Wow!” is the most profoundly theological word in English.