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    • Dec24Fri

      The Darkness and Light Unite

      December 24, 2021 by Carey Meadows-Helmer
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      Pr. Carey

      Christmas Eve

      That night the shepherds were wistful.  

      Under the night sky, the shepherds lay beside their flock of sheep.   On the cooler nights, they kept warm this way, nestled among the sheep, the bleating hushed.   Sheep know the voice of a good shepherd - who lays down beside them.   A welcomed calm blanketed them. The...

    • Nov14Sun

      Stitching It Back Together

      November 14, 2021 by Carey Meadows-Helmer
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      Pr. Carey

      25th Sunday after Pentecost

      Hebrews 10: 11-25

      During my seminary time, a beautiful quilt made by Lutheran church ladies was given to each graduating student.   On the day they were gifted, the quilts were draped in the seminary chapel.   The students walked around admiring the work.   I identified my favourite. It was boldly...

    • Oct24Sun

      Celebrating 75 Years of CLWR

      October 24, 2021 by Carey Meadows-Helmer
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      Pr. Carey

      A Grassroots Movements Among Lutherans

      Today we recognize the extraordinary work of Canadian Lutheran world relief. A grassroots movement started by Lutherans in Canada in March 1946 in response to the needs for relief and refuge following the Second World War.   Thousands of refugees were assisted in finding a new home in Canada.   As...

    • Oct3Sun

      Children's Message: Eating Healthy for Our Bodies and the Planet

      October 3, 2021 by Carey Meadows-Helmer
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      Pr. Carey

      Season of Creation Sunday

      Hello dear children of God,


      Do any of you like to help make food creations in the kitchen? Do you pull a chair or stool up to the counter so you can work alongside a grown up? Maybe you like to measure the flour, sugar, salt, eggs, milk, butter and baking powder for pancakes like my kids. Maybe some of you are at the...

    • Oct3Sun

      The Gift of Two Steps Back

      October 3, 2021 by Carey Meadows-Helmer
      Filed Under:
      Pr. Carey

      Season of Creation

      Mark 10:2-16


      You may remember the hydro blackout in summer of 2003. Many homes were without power for up to two days.  Do you remember what you were doing? At the time I was a young teacher in my early twenties on summer break staying with my parents. And on that weekend I had a side gig of preparing the meal for my...

    • Sep12Sun

      A Denying or Nurturing God?

      September 12, 2021 by Carey Meadows-Helmer
      Filed Under:
      Pr. Carey

      Mark 8:27-38

      The Gospel opens with Jesus in conversation with the people, Who do people say that I am? He asks of his followers. 


      I am reminded of a poem penned by Dietrich Bonhoeffer while in a prison. He compares the exulted way in which others sometimes see and speak of him, with the more uncertain and vulnerable way he sees himself....

    • Jul25Sun

      The Sickness of Scarity or the Health of Abundance

      July 25, 2021 by Carey Meadows-Helmer
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      Pr. Carey

      Feeding the 5000


      The crowd gathered. It was a big crowd gathered near Jesus.  Or as close as they could get.  The hillside full. Five thousand people, John’s Gospel says. And that’s likely just counting the men. A crowd that could fill the Aud at or beyond capacity. 


      On the grass, the people came together. The place...

    • Jul4Sun

      God’s Work is to Create Connections Among Us

      July 4, 2021 by Carey Meadows-Helmer
      Filed Under:
      Pr. Carey

      Sermon Pentecost 6B 

      In the book, Braiding Sweetgrass, Robin Wall Kimmerer talks about family camping trips in the Adironacks, to the tallest peak called Mount Marcy or in Algonquin, Tahawus.  Robin recalls how her family taught her the importance leaving the site in good shape. Cleaning up the campsite had the goal of leaving it...

    • Jun13Sun

      Faith Like a Mustard Seed

      June 13, 2021 by Carey Meadows-Helmer
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      Pr. Carey

      3rd Sunday after Pentecost

        Mark 4: 25-34

       

      Today for my sermon, I’ve got a mashup for you of what’s helped me weed through the Gospel parable. It’s about:

      A Mustard Seed

      Helicopters 

      Screen Time

      Bouquets

       

      A Mustard Seed, Really?

      We start with this quaint parable of a mustard seed, the smallest of all...

    • May16Sun

      What Trees Tell Us about the Interconnectedness of God’s Creation

      May 16, 2021 by Carey Meadows-Helmer
      Filed Under:
      Pr. Carey

      Come away with me into this sermon time.

       

      Whenever I start to write a sermon it’s like going to the well with a bucket. I’ve been to the well before to draw living water, but the bucket needs to refilled often. It’s certain that since the last time I preach on a text the world has changed, and I have changed.  With...