Sermons tagged with ‘presence’

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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 […]