“The Challenge of Peace” Tenth Sunday after Pentecost Sunday August 18, 2019   It has been a difficult and troubling week in the news.  We have learned of levels of profound ethical breaches and duplicity in the highest offices of our country, we have been horrified by troubling revelations about the sordid and […]

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      It is good to be back with you after a few weeks of holiday.  And it is good to be back for a few weeks before the regular activities of the congregation begin again for the fall season. This is an active and busy congregation, filled with many good and worthwhile events […]

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      Martha or Mary?  Our gospel reading today seems to set it up as one or the other.  Either you are the Martha type of person who is focussed on the very practical things of life, organizing the house, preparing meals, repairing the appliances, cutting the grass, looking after the kids, balancing the […]

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    Do you think about the relationship between Jesus and angels very much?  I don’t.  In fact I don’t think much about angels at all.   Perhaps around Christmas and Easter when angels make their appearance in the gospel stories around the birth and then the death and resurrection of Jesus, they enter on to […]

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          Oh, who are the people in your neighbourhood? In your neighbourhood? In your neighbourhood? Say, who are the people in your neighbourhood? The people that you meet each day. If the lawyer in our gospel reading today had been a guest on Sesame Street instead of being in the company […]

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      This week I heard the very beginning of a CBC “Ideas” program entitled, “Mythologizing Empire”.  As so often happens, I was driving when the program came on but when I reached home I turned the car, and the program off.  I need to go back and listen to the whole program.  But […]

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      My grandmother always used to say that if bicarbonate of soda, that’s baking soda to most of us, cost a dollar a box (which in my grandmother’s day was a lot of money!) people would flock to buy it for all their ills.  But because it was cheap, no one thought it […]

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  Psalm 40:1-10 Luke 17:11-19   Psalm 40 For those who grew up in a certain period, perhaps the most famous version of Psalm 40 you know is that of the Irish band U2.  “I waited patiently for the Lord, he inclined and heard my cry.  He lifted me up out of the pit, out […]

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  “The Shadow Knows” Third Sunday after Pentecost Sunday June 30, 2019   The Shadow Knows Queen Daenarys sits upon her dragon on the fortified wall of King’s Landing surveying the city.  It is to be her final triumph, the moment in which she can claim to be the ruler of the seven kingdoms and […]

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    “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?”   The tone of the chosen Psalm today is very different from that of what we read last week.  “Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck.”  Psalm 69 was what is traditionally called a Psalm […]

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