Sermon Archive (Page 9)

Sermon Archive (Page 9)

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Stranger in a Strange Land

Leviticus 19:33 When an alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. 34 The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God. My wife Heather and I have three children, two; Julie and Chris, were products of Heather’s first marriage and the third, Aba, is a young…

A Good Word From the Cross

The cross reminds us that we are not called to self-sufficiency, and we are not called to worldly success. We are called to solidarity with the God who meets us on the cross in Jesus.

Lighten our Darkness

The Season of Epiphany, which began on the 6th of January, is closely associated with the symbol of light, which is why we are using “This little light of mine” as our opening song until the beginning of Lent. Immortal, Invisible, the classic hymn we sang just a moment ago, also uses light as a central image. In doing so, Walter Smith, the lyricist, makes several references to a paradox – the fact that we need light in order to…

Epiphany 2017

Epiphany 2017 Well, we have lived the 12 days of Christmas that the song of the same name celebrates, and, indeed, we have even lived “Epiphany”, a marking of the end of those 12 days, which happened on Friday. Other than re-telling the story of the Magi, we don’t usually make much of a fuss over Epiphany. Christmas is the peak towards which we journey and for which we prepare for weeks, sometimes months in advance. But by the time…

Unprepared for Christmas

Well, here we are in church on Christmas eve. Gathered together to hear once again this most precious story, about a most precious baby, whose birth and life—and later, whose death and resurrection—reveal to us the preciousness of all life. That we are here in church on Christmas Eve—stopping to hear the story, to sing favourite carols, and to share in the wonder of this night with friends and family, loved ones, neighbours, and strangers—that we are able to do…

Emmanuel, God With Us

The story of Joseph, and his willingness to have his life upended in the service of love; to risk mockery and the disapproval of his mates as the cost of standing up for the vulnerable and unprotected; to put his whole life in the service of what God is trying to do in the world—this story is another invitation to us.

What Are We Waiting For?

Think of something you can do that lets you step out of practices that reinforce boundaries and privilege, and into practices that challenge those kinds of boundaries.

An Unwelcome Guest

No wonder we don’t like Advent! Especially at this time of the year! We want to cosy up by the fire, and this reading seems to send us out into the cold, icy blast of a blizzard.

Good Shepherd, Crucified King

Well, that was a lot of reading for today. All four Scriptures set out for the Reign of Christ Sunday. We don’t usually do this: we usually limit it to one or two readings. Today, you know what it feels like to be an Anglican, being served up the full feast of Scripture selections! That’s not why I chose to do this—to make you feel like Anglicans for the day. It’s just that this Reign of Christ Sunday is something…

Apocalypse

Many of us, many of our friends, family members, colleagues, here as well as across the United States, are still reeling in shock from the outcome of Tuesday’s elections in the U.S.

“Blessings And Woes”

When I studied this passage from Luke I found it a challenging and perplexing one. It starts off well, saying the marginalized in society are blessed. It fits with my views on social justice. But the next part, well, I have to say it unsettled me. Woe to you who are rich, who are full, who are happy and who are spoken well of. Wait a minute…He’s talking about me! But I’m rich because I work hard. Because I work…