Sermons on Mark
Every actual encounter with the living Jesus Christ always actually changes us! ALWAYS!
Our job? To show up, be present, be persistent in our prayers, wait patiently and attentively, with curiosity, endurance, gratitude, and grace for all that God has done and will do for us in this time and in this place. And to say ‘yes’ when the time seems right.
Two reflections for Remembrance Sunday: on scripture; and resilience – World War II through the eyes of a child in England.
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.
If ever there was a good set of readings to really chew on, surely this morning’s readings fit the bill.
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”?
Are we up for the task? More’s the pity us if we are not.
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…
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…
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…
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…
Maybe you too, like the author of Isaiah, have been so fed up with the world around you, the way things seem to be, that in complete exasperation you have shook your fist at the heavens and declared “Oh, that you would rip open the heavens and descend!”
How we can be a more welcoming, open, supportive church community, how we can be a church for those who are poor.
The church started out as this radical, countercultural community that brought people together…
My calling as your pastor. To be your servant.
What Jesus is calling us to is a radical trust, a willingness to accept that we may not know what is best, for ourselves or for others, but that God does.
This text is rooted in an awareness that divorce has consequences, that the fallout from divorce lands disproportionately on those who are most vulnerable, most often women and children.
It’s about trusting in something greater than ourselves, our self-reliance. It’s about daring to trust
In our tradition, we value openness and questioning and the freedom to think about Jesus in a variety of different ways. And I respect the fact that we need to continue to do that. … But we also have to make room for Jesus here among us.