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  • Dec6Sun

    Comfort ye

    A sermon for a COVID Advent December 6, 2020
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    Through this year, and into the new year, 

    we need to cling fast to the promises that Israel clung to,

    The covenant, the contractual relationship between God and God’s people.

    God will not abandon us and God does not abandon us.

    God promises comfort, and comfort will come.

  • Dec1Tue

    Prepare Slower

    A reflection on Advent 1 upon playing Bach's "Sleepers Wake" Cantata December 1, 2020
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    This Advent 2020, we need to set aside our previous preparations, 

    our preconceived notions, our busyness and more than ever, 

    try to slow down, so we can connect with each other, 

    hear each other 

    and help each other.

  • Nov23Mon

    Following Christ as Shepherd and King

    A sermon for the Reign of Christ 2020 November 23, 2020
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    In those passages.

    irresponsible leadership is contrasted with 

    God (the good shepherd) as leader.

    God the good shepherd, we are reminded

    is a good leader active here and now.

    God is active in the world!!

    Amidst the worries and concerns of this Second COVID Wave.

    God cares for humanity

  • Nov15Sun

    Empowered by God to Empower Others

    November 15, 2020
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Carey

    The Parable of the Talents

    Matthew 25:14-30

     

    Introduction

    This week I happened upon this lovely activity of encouragement

    When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you ….

    Take the time to be curious about by asking question.

    Pick up the litter on the sidewalk

    Cut your neighbours lawn.

     

    And I learned ….

    You...

  • Nov11Wed

    Serve the Lord!

    A sermon for "Board Installation Sunday" November 11, 2020
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    Before Joshua receives a response, he leads by example and answers his own question himself:

    but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord (V15)

    Perhaps one of the most famous verses from the entire book.

  • Nov2Mon

    Wiping COVID Tears

    A sermon for All Saints Sunday 2020 November 2, 2020
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

     

    You can’t say a proper good-bye now when someone dies.

    And this has profound implications.

    It increases our suffering, and our need for comfort and consolation.

    But where will that come from?

     

    Our reading today provides that answer:

    From the shelter and canopy of God’s enduring presence with God’s people.

  • Oct25Sun

    God in the Midst of the Mess

    October 25, 2020
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Carey

    Psalm 46, John 8:31-36 

     


    God in the Midst of the Mess
     

    The Psalm assigned for this morning, is the one that inspired Deacon Scott’s composition that you just heard. It is also the one that inspired Luther to write, A Mighty Fortress.  The hymn, which according to Ulrich Leupold, "epitomizes Luther's thought and...

  • Oct19Mon

    Give to God what is God’s: the church in a quandary

    Foundation Sunday/ AGM Sermon October 19, 2020
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    I think we need to stop hoarding.

    And to remember the preschool adage, 

    that sharing is caring.

  • Oct15Thu

    Thanksgiving is COVID-Wilderness Remembrance Day

    Thanksgiving/ Re-opening Sunday October 15, 2020
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    Our first reading speaks to today’s situation, of having come through the wilderness of a closed church building, 

    these 7 months of worship desert,… 

    and now we are (almost) back in the promised  land, 

    back in church, at least,

    well …some of us, and for how long, …remains to be seen.

  • 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

     

          

    Introduction

    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...