Sermons tagged with ‘presence’

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Watching and Being on Time

First Sunday of Advent, Year B 29 November 2020 Isaiah 64:1-9 Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 Mark 13:24-37   My first car wasn’t actually mine. It belonged to both me and to my brother. The thing was that we didn’t live in the same place, not even the same town. We were about four […]

When God seems absent


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 […]

Hope and life for today


Proper 9 (14) Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, Year B 8 July 2018 2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10 Psalm 48 2 Corinthians 12:2-10 Mark 6:1-13   I changed schools for grade 11. It was about the courses offered. My new school was not far from my old school, about a ten minute bike ride from my home. […]

Plans, Promise, and Presence


Third Sunday in Lent 4 March 2018 Exodus 20:1-17 Psalm 19 I Corinthians 1:18-25 John 2:13-22   I grew up in a church that taught that God had a plan for my life. A plan sounds specific and detailed, like a life all mapped out. There was a decidedly evangelical flavour to this assertion and […]

Proper 12 (17), Year A, 30 July 2017


Eighth Sunday after Pentecost Genesis 29:15-28 Psalm 105:1-11, 45b Romans 8:26-39 Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52   On Saturday I visited someone with advanced dementia. I believe that cognitive ability is great. It is a way to exercise control over one’s life which is why losing one’s cognitive abilities is such a scary thought for many. Exercising […]

Seventh Sunday of Easter – 28 May 2017


Acts 1:6-14 Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35 1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11 John 17:1-11   I was ordained at Redeemer in Vancouver in 1994. My first call was to a congregation in Winnipeg. I knew that it was a difficult call. My predecessor had been asked to leave, and while I think that it was for good reason, […]

Third Sunday after the Epiphany, Year A – 22 January 2017


Isaiah 9:1-4 Psalm 27:1, 4-9 (1) 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 Matthew 4:12-23   The first time I came to Canada was as a student at the Vancouver School of Theology. In the summer before I went back home I took a course in Clinical Pastoral Education at Health Science Centre Hospital. That is where Jackie and […]