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    • Apr24Sun

      With Open Mouths, Hearts and Hands

      April 24, 2016
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      Pr. David

      Last Sunday I spoke about the difficulty – in fact the impossibility – of speaking about God in exacting terms – talking about God in any definitive, unambiguous way … as if we can comprehend fully and nail down completely our concept of God.

      And, of course, while we do know something very important about God through the...

    • Apr17Sun

      “Show”, NOT “Tell”

      April 17, 2016
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      Pr. David

      So, the religious leaders gather around Jesus, and say to him: “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”

      Tell us plainly.

      How much we all prefer “plain-talkers” – people who just tell it straight, to tell it like it is, not to beat around the bush, but just say it...

    • Mar27Sun

      Resurrection happens Regardless…

      March 27, 2016
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      Pr. David

      Well, I for one am glad it’s Easter Sunday – for many different reasons.

      What with this recent ice storm, it seems we’ve been through a long, grey, wearying winter.

      And Holy Week prior to Easter – with its tough and gritty emotions surrounding the suffering, torture and death of Jesus – all of that just beats us...

    • Mar13Sun

      Intimacy with Jesus

      March 13, 2016
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      Pr. David

      “The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.” (Jn.12:3)

      Over these weeks of Lent, with our Wednesday soup suppers, I’ve been routinely preparing a soup to bring and share at our soup supper.

      And as the soup simmers on the stove top in my home, how that aroma, that wonderful savoury smell of simmering soup fills the...

    • Feb28Sun

      Springtime Lent

      February 28, 2016
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      Pr. David

      An under-reported fact, in the immediate aftermath of the tragic events of September 11, 2001 – before the reactions, political analysis and military retaliation – something happened that was … remarkable.

      People called home.

      It was an automatic human response, erupting almost everywhere regardless of politics or religion.

    • Feb7Sun

      In the Midst, is Glory

      February 7, 2016
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      Pr. David

      (Exodus 34, Luke 9)

      I still remember some years ago, during a summer vacation, Patty and I were attending a worship service on a warm Sunday morning at a church nearby to where we were staying.

      We were sitting in a pew near the back, so we had a good view of the back of everyone’s head.

      There was a boy maybe six or seven years old, siting...

    • Jan10Sun

      God Delighting & Taking Pleasure In …

      January 10, 2016
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      Pr. David

      A new student looks out on a sea of strange faces in the high school cafeteria,
      … wondering where he should sit,
      … which group he should join,
      … how he will be received…

      A woman walks down the hall in her empty house to look at her daughter’s bedroom,
      … the bedroom contains pictures and souvenirs of...

    • Jan3Sun

      Who’s the Main Actor?

      January 3, 2016
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      Pr. David

      We have this morning, on this Second Sunday of Christmas, the Gospel reading actually appointed for Christmas Day – the Gospel of John, chapter one.

      In a very straightforward way, we hear about how Jesus – this newborn babe in swaddling clothes lying in a manger – is actually God in the flesh.

      If we’re to take anything...

    • Dec31Thu

      God the Instigator

      December 31, 2015
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      Pr. David

      For my New Year’s Eve reflections today, I want to pick up on and carry forward the words of assurances and encouragement that we heard in the scripture passages in Isaiah and the Gospel of Matthew.

      And these assurances and encouragements come not as a result of our actions, of what we do or plan to do, but out of what God does and...

    • Dec27Sun

      Heart People

      December 27, 2015
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      Pr. David

      In the appointed gospel reading from Luke chapter 2 on this First Sunday after Christmas, we fast forward from celebrating the coming of God to us in the baby Jesus born in Bethlehem, and jump ahead to a time when Jesus is already a teenager.

      And we follow all the stressful drama of this teen and his parents, as Jesus gets “lost” in...