Sermons tagged with ‘community’

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Discerning God’s Will

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Second Sunday after the Epiphany, Year B 17 January 2021 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20) Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 John 1:43-51   The story of Samuel sleeping in the temple and waking to the voice of God may be one of the stories we remember from Sunday School. Samuel is the fulfillment of his […]

Together and God with us

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Nativity of the Lord, Year B 24 December 2020 Isaiah 9:2-7 Psalm 96 Titus 2:11-14 Luke 2:1-14, (15-20)   Christmas time is story time. When I was young, during the month of December my family would gather on Saturday or Sunday evenings, sing Advent hymns, read stories, and eat Christmas cookies. It made my brother’s […]

Truthfulness and Community

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Proper 21 (26), Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost, Year A 27 September 2020 Exodus 17:1-7 Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16 Philippians 2:1-13 Matthew 21:23-32   My great-grand father died when his children were young. They were a family of modest means and dad had started a coal business, as people were heating with coal in those days. So […]

On Finding and Being Community

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Fourth Sunday in Lent, Year A 22 March 2020 1 Samuel 16:1-13 Psalm 23 Ephesians 5:8-14 John 9:1-41   Prayer of the Day God who made us all, Our healers are exhausted. Give rest and strength to those who care for the sick. Our children are bored. Grant extra creativity to their caregivers. Our friends […]

Jesus loves

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Proper 8 (13) Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, Year B 1 July 2018 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27 Psalm 130 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 Mark 5:21-43   When I was young I learned that I could tell God anything, that no matter what, God would be there for me. And I did that lots of times. God was […]

Dreams and Visions. What kind of dreams and visions?

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The Day of Pentecost 20 May 2018 Acts 2:1-21 Psalm 104:24-34, 35b Romans 8:22-27 or Acts 2:1-21 John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15   I attended the special City Council meeting on Thursday. I arrived at 6:25 pm and signed in as speaker number 71. With everyone being given 5 minutes to speak, not accounting for the transition […]

Call, Community, and Transformation

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Third Sunday after Epiphany / Proper 3 21 January 2018 Jonah 3:1-5, 10 Psalm 62:5-12 1 Corinthians 7:29-31 Mark 1:14-20   Years ago I attended a funeral for the grandmother of our son’s girlfriend at the time. The grandma and her husband had been on a journey through a variety of conservative Christian denominations and […]

Crisis, corporate repentance, and the Holy Spirit

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Baptism of Our Lord 7 January 2018 Genesis 1:1-5 Psalm 29 Acts 19:1-7 Mark 1:4-11   Mark begins his Gospel by explaining that his writing is about Jesus the Christ who is God’s son. To introduce John the Baptizer he quotes Isaiah 40. This is probably important to establish that Jesus and John are indeed […]

Proper 10 (15), Year A, 16 July 2017

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Sixth Sunday after Pentecost Genesis 25:19-34 Psalm 119:105-112 Romans 8:1-11 Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23   When our eldest was in middle school a friend invited him to her church’s youth group. It’s grass roots ecumenism. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a good experience. They watched some kind of movie or film and eventually ended up discussing the future […]

Proper 6 (11), 18 June 2017, 2nd Sunday after Pentecost

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Genesis 18:1-15 [21:1-7] Psalm 116:1- 2, 12-19 Romans 5:1-8 Matthew 9:35—10:8 [9-23]   Only once did we live in a provincial capital. It was for the eight years we lived in Winnipeg. And it was in Winnipeg that we attended the Lieutenant Governor’s New Year’s Levée. Of course, there was a public levée, held at […]