Sermons by OSLC

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Bearing With One Another

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Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year C 15 May 2022 Acts 11:1-18 Psalm 148 Revelation 21:1-6 John 13:31-35   When I came to Vancouver I soon found myself part of a group of international students. International is a loose description. There were two Canadians among the six or seven of us. One of them having just […]

Being a People of Hope

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Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year C 8 May 2022 Acts 9:36-43 Psalm 23 Revelation 7:9-17 John 10:22-30   I read a paper recently, originally delivered as a lecture in the summer of 2019. The author makes three suppositions, none of them happy ones. When he first delivered his address to a gathering of theologians, pastors, […]

What Makes Life Beautiful

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Third Sunday of Easter, Year C 1 May 2022 Acts 9:1-6, (7-20) Psalm 30 Revelation 5:11-14 John 21:1-19   Wednesday of this past week marked Yom HaShoah, the day when Jews remember the holocaust. While I was born well after the war, I have always known the holocaust to be part of my history as […]

The Task of the Church is to be the Church

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Second Sunday of Easter, Year C 24 April 2022 Acts 5:27-32 Psalm 150 Revelation 1:4-8 John 20:19-31   Thomas is absent the first time the risen Jesus appears to the disciples. When Thomas returns he is incredulous at the report of Jesus’ visit and it isn’t until Jesus appears a second time that Thomas is […]

The Gardener and the Healing of the Cosmos

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Resurrection of the Lord, Year C 17 April 2022 Isaiah 65:17-25 Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 John 20:1-18   I have on occasion mused that when we retire, whenever that may be, we should move to some place with fertile soil, and predictable rainfall, and begin to grow our own food. My wife laughed […]

Love and Service

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Maundy Thursday, Year C 14 April 2022 Exodus 12:1-4, (5-10), 11-14 Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 John 13:1-17, 31b-35   Our Gospel reading begins with these words, “Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his […]

Love is the Measure

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Palm Sunday, Year C 10 April 2022 Processional Gospel: Luke 19:28-40 Revelation 22:1-5 Philippians 2:5-11 John 12:1-8   In a talk about what she calls the cult of efficiency, Janice Gross Stein speaks of the time when her mother had broken her hip. Following surgery she was asked about what arrangements they had made for […]

The Cohabitation of Love and Our Longing for Justice

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Fifth Sunday in Lent, Year C 3 April 2022   Isaiah 43:16-21 Psalm 126 Philippians 3:4b-14 John 8:1-11   If you look at your Bibles you will notice that our Gospel reading is bracketed and there will likely be a footnote indicating that this passage is not found in the earliest manuscripts and appears to […]

Coming to Ourselves

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Unfortunately we had some sound issues following the sermon. Our apologies.   Fourth Sunday in Lent, Year C 27 March 2022 Joshua 5:9-12 Psalm 32 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32   When our kids were little and they were at a friend’s house or their friend was at our house, often they did not […]