Sermons by Rev. Elizabeth Bowyer
We have come of age together in a new way during this time of transitional ministry.
The story also reminds me of what can happen whenever two or more are gathered in God’s name.
Those on the outside come somehow more equipped to recognize the glory of God’s love in Jesus so much more quickly than those on the inside.
Saying ‘yes’ in our own lives has the capacity to change our life.
To take heart, to be positive, to rejoice even in the midst of their own stark and precarious circumstances.
We are also called to trust in God’s presence right in the middle of being so easily distracted by the needs and demands of the festive season.
God’s dream for the world might also become our own.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Are we up for the task? More’s the pity us if we are not.
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.
Pentecost Sunday is one of my favourite high holy days in the church calendar year!
Of course, its not a schmaltzy or romantic understanding of love-its more of an understanding of love as self-emptying.
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.
Let us be sure then to listen for how the Good Shepherd’s comforting but edgy voice calls, guides, and leads us …
Christ greets his followers with the words “Peace be with you”. These same words invite us, too, to lean in to the gift of this promise.
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…