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  • Oct4Sun

    Fruits of the Kin-dom

    October 4, 2020
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Carey

    18th Sunday after Pentecost

    Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20, Psalm 19, Philippians 3:4b-14, Matthew 21:33-46




    When I hear this parable the refrains that runs through my mind is: 

    It doesn’t have to be that way.


    And while I appreciate the imagery of the vineyard used to envision our life...

  • Jun21Sun

    Your Way

    June 21, 2020
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Carey


    The questions that Eva asked lingers with me.

    “What do you people up there in Waterloo think of us?”  

    “How do you see us on the reserve?”


    I am wanting to ask Eva a follow-up question.  How do you want to be seen?  Because in this answer, I wonder if we might discover how we are missing the...

  • May10Sun

    God's Escape Room

    Fifth Sunday of Easter May 10, 2020
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Carey

    Fifth Sunday of Easter
    Scripture: John 14:1-7


    Escape Rooms 

    An activity growing in popularity these days is something called an escape room.  You have to solve clues to get out a room. It’s not meant to be a scary experience. It’s meant to engage your mind and the strength of the team you are working with. The goal:...

  • Discovering God Along the Way

    Third Sunday of Easter April 26, 2020
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Carey

    Luke 24: 13-35

    What have you discovered along the way? 

    We knelt at the cross. Ran to the tomb. Today we walk on the road to Emmaus.
    While we’re often in a hurry to get to the destination, some of the most profound moments are stops or challenges along the way, those planned or spontaneous.  Moments where a connection is made...

  • Apr12Sun

    An Easter Message for the Children

    A Muted Alleluia Chorus April 12, 2020
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Carey

    Hi children of God,


    I am so glad you joined us this morning.  Happy Easter to you! 


    What’s that word we look forward to saying on Easter?

    Yes, you’ve got it. Alleluia!  Alleluia means, Praise the Lord.


    Now I want you to say, Alleluia, as loud as you can.


    Ready, set, GO! 

    Okay. I...

  • Apr5Sun

    A Message for You

    Sunday of the Palm & Passion April 5, 2020
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Carey


    This morning, there are three parts to my reflection. The first is based on the scripture narratives of today, and the overarching narratives of our faith life. The second part is comprised of words of hope, prayer and lament for you. The third part is an audio clip from some of our children here at St. Matthews.  ...

  • Mar29Sun

    A Message for the Children

    Lent 5 Reference to John 11 March 29, 2020
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Carey

    Good morning, children of God! 

    I hope you are all managing okay in the safety of your house. 


    What have you been doing? Have you built some tents? Doing crafts? Writing messages on the sidewalks? Playing with lego?  I hope you are helping with chores. Some of your Sunday school teachers have been sewing masks. 



  • Mar15Sun

    Pastoral Letter about the Coronavirus

    Read Sunday, March 15 March 15, 2020
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Carey

    Dear St. Matthews family and our wider community,


    This week the World Health Organization declared the Coronovirus to be a pandemic.  Covid - 19 has now come closer to home and we feel it is now our responsibility to take greater precautions as recommended by Health Canada .


    Your Pastoral Team and Board of Directors wrestled...

  • Living Into a Healthy Power

    First Sunday in Lent March 4, 2020
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Carey

    Both the Gospel and our sending hymn - Bless Now, O God, the Journey intrigue me. For my sermon, I’d like the two to have a conversation. 

    Bless now, O God the journey that all your people make, the path through noise and silence, the way of give and take. The trail is found in desert and winds the mountain round, then leads beside...

  • Be the Salt! Be the Light!

    Epiphany 5 February 9, 2020
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Carey


    The children’s message and sermon were combined today for the Intergenerational Worship experience. 


    In the Gospel today we hear,


    You are the salt of the earth. 

    You are light of the world.  


    Jesus was gathered on the hillside beside the Sea of Galilee. Many people were gathered with him. They...