Sermons by OSLC

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The Visibility of the Church

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Day of Pentecost, Year A 31 May 2020   Acts 2:1-21 Psalm 104:24-34, 35b 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13 John 20:19-23     While everything is slowly reopening, and I cannot tell you how happy it makes me to see stores and restaurants open again as it allows people to resume their lives, we still live in […]

When God seems absent

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John 7:37-39 37On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, 38and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, ‘Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.’” 39Now he […]

When we forget to look up … we walk in circles

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The Ascension of the Lord, Year A 21/24 May 2020 Acts 1:1-11 Psalm 47 Ephesians 1:15-23 Luke 24:44-53   When Jesus ascends into heaven the disciples follow him with their eyes. As when we say goodbye to someone and watch them until we can no longer see them. We don’t do that with everyone, but […]

People of Hope

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Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year A 17 May 2020 Acts 17:22-31 Psalm 66:8-20 1 Peter 3:13-22 John 14:15-21   I do not take pride in the fact that I expected Donald Trump to win the last American election. And one could say that the fact that I did, makes me a pessimist. But I don’t […]

Invited Into Relationship

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Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year A 10 May 2020 Acts 7:55-60 Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16 1 Peter 2:2-10 John 14:1-14   When Jackie and I were first married, we lived in Germany. After a couple of years we decided to return to Canada, i.e. Jackie returned and I applied for permanent resident status. When I told […]

Inviting in, not keeping out

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Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year A 3 May 2020 Acts 2:42-47 Psalm 23 1 Peter 2:19-25 John 10:1-10   We have paused our celebration of Holy Communion while we wait out the pandemic. We do so because the sacrament of the altar is the celebration of the assembly. While there are many ways in which […]

Making Sense of the World

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Third Sunday of Easter, Year A 26 April 2020 Acts 2:14a, 36-41 Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 1 Peter 1:17-23 Luke 24:13-35   The story of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus is one of the most beloved stories of the Gospels. Two verses have been indelibly imprinted on our hearts. The first one is, […]

Not seeing does not mean we are blind

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Second Sunday of Easter, Year A 19 April 2020 Acts 2:14a, 22-32 Psalm 16 1 Peter 1:3-9 John 20:19-31   The disciple Thomas is often referred to as doubting Thomas, because of his insistence that he see Jesus as the others had. And because of his insistence Thomas is seen as the archetype of the […]

The World Made Whole

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Resurrection of the Lord, Year A 12 April 2020 Acts 10:34-43 Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 Colossians 3:1-4 John 20:1-18   When I was on my internship I preached every other week and I got to choose the hymns for those Sundays. Well, I was a new immigrant and I didn’t know our hymn book very well, […]

Divine Tears, Divine Love

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Fifth Sunday in Lent, Year A 29 March 2020 Ezekiel 37:1-14 Psalm 130 Romans 8:6-11 John 11:1-45   I did not grow up with the King James Version of the Bible. The version I grew up with was a revision of Martin Luther’s translation of the Bible. And although I generally favour a translation closer […]