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  • Jun6Sun

    God’s family is queer!

    Celebrating a decade of LGBTQ2SIA+ inclusion in the ELCIC June 6, 2021 by Sebastian Meadows-Helmer
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    Not to say that the traditional nuclear family isn’t good, 

    but there shouldn’t be a hierarchy, 

    but an equality amongst different forms of family. 

    All kinds of family have their good, their bad and their ugly.

  • May23Sun

    The Spirit breathes life into our dry pandemic bones

    Pentecost Sunday 2021 May 23, 2021 by Sebastian Meadows-Helmer
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    Perhaps we can imagine ourselves today like the exiled people of Judah and Jerusalem, 

    as the pandemic dry bones.

    We are dried up, sick and tired of these restrictions, 

    these fears of this tiny virus spreading, locked down and fed up. 

    Our bones are tired, and parched.

  • May9Sun

    Tackling the abuse of women, for love’s sake

    A sermon on love for Mother's Day-Easter 6 May 9, 2021 by Sebastian Meadows-Helmer
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    The Church’s traditional focus on the subordination of women, 

    as well as its insistence on male power and privilege, 

    and its perversion of Christian ideals of love, 

    Means that the Church is behind in addressing issues of abuse against women.

  • May2Sun

    Passing God’s Love Forward

    A sermon on 1 John 4 May 2, 2021 by Sebastian Meadows-Helmer
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    So beloved, since God loved us so much, 

    we also ought to love one another,

    In word and deed.

  • Apr18Sun

    Jesus Revealed... the body matters

    A sermon for Easter 3 April 18, 2021 by Sebastian Meadows-Helmer
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    In the Creeds, we don’t say, that we believe in the resurrection of the soul,

    We say, we believe in the resurrection of the body.

    That is, Christians shouldn’t be saying that the soul separates from the body and all we have left is this immortal soul, 

    and the body is completely cast off like a useless banana peel.

  • Apr2Fri

    Jesus didn't die for your sins

    Good Friday Sermon 2021 April 2, 2021
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    It’s almost impossible not to come to a Good Friday service 

    and feel sorry for your imperfections, 

    and assume that the sermon will have as its title: 

    “Jesus died for your sins.” 

    And no doubt there will be a majority of preachers today preaching a sermon on precisely that theme.

  • Mar21Sun

    Jeremiah brings hope

    Sermon for Lent 5 B (Jeremiah 31:31-34) March 21, 2021
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    In our year of living with COVID-19, 

    many of us have felt like we’re under siege as well.

    We’ve been fearful these past 12 months.

  • Mar7Sun

    Cleansing for Justice

    A sermon for Lent 3 March 7, 2021
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    Whoever now visits this coastline, and drives along the coastal highway, will notice an impressive row of exclusive clubhouses.

    The coastline is still as dangerous as ever, 

    but most of the shipwrecked people drown.

  • Feb21Sun

    Lenten repentance of “Ham’s Curse"

    Black History Month meets Lent 1 February 21, 2021
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    We need to repent and lament these texts that have been taken for over the centuries to abuse Black people.

  • Jan31Sun

    Exorcising for justice

    A sermon on Mark 1:21-28 January 31, 2021
    Filed Under:
    Pr. Sebastian

    What authority can we muster to destroy racism and prejudice?

    What authority can we claim to search out the white supremacy culture in our own hearts, in our own institutions?

    What power can we summon to call out the evils of consumer capitalism that enrich the Wall Street gamblers 

    and the top 0.01% 

    while the have-nots and Black, Indigenous and People of Colour continue to be disproportionately affected by COVID?