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    • Apr3Sun

      Regarded as rubbish (Philippians 3)

      A sermon for Lent 5 April 3, 2022 by Sebastian Meadows-Helmer
      Filed Under:
      Pr. Sebastian

      Anything no matter how good, can be a replacement for God if it’s what we trust or rely on most. 

      A god can be something that we’re proud of.

      Who is your god, is it your net worth, your spouse, 

      your kids, cottage or job?

    • Mar20Sun

      Come to the waters

      A sermon on Isaiah 55 March 20, 2022 by Sebastian Meadows-Helmer
      Filed Under:
      Pr. Sebastian

      So what is this divine water that God promises?

      What is this offer from Jesus, the ever-flowing fountain?

      God promises divine compassion,

      A gift of love and life.

      God promises to refresh us, to provide an Oasis, a Sanctuary for our souls.

      God pledges us rest and he will remove our burdens.

      We can let it go, release our load into the tender, merciful arms of our God.

      God calls us by our name, and calls us God’s child.

      We are granted a glimpse of hope,

      Of Everlasting life, an assurance that death is not the end,

      That trauma is not the end, 

      that exhaustion is not the end.

    • Feb13Sun

      Black History Month Sunday

      Reflecting on "The Skin We're In" February 13, 2022 by Sebastian Meadows-Helmer
      Filed Under:
      Pr. Sebastian

      I challenge you:

      This month: watch a film made by a Black director 

      or with a predominantly black cast,

      Or

      Read a book by a Black author

      Or

      Read about one aspect of Black culture or history.

      Join me in donating to a local Black community organization, such as the Canadian Caribbean Association of Waterloo Region, 

      The African Community Wellness Initiative 

      or the Black Youth Helpline.

    • Jan30Sun

      All you need is love?

      A sermon for Epiphany 4 (1 Corinthians 13) January 30, 2022 by Sebastian Meadows-Helmer
      Filed Under:
      Pr. Sebastian

      How do we deal with conflict and disagreements?

      How do we relate to people who annoy us?

      How do we act when people disrespect us?

      Best in all these situations is to let patience and kindness shine through,

      Whether we are setting boundaries or trying to remove them.

      And that’s hard.

      When your temper is boiling it’s difficult to take ten deep breaths and say something kind and be patient 

      when really you just want to tell the person off

    • Jan9Sun

      Do not fear, God has called you by name

      A sermon for Baptism of our Lord Sunday January 9, 2022 by Sebastian Meadows-Helmer
      Filed Under:
      Pr. Sebastian

      Yet despite everything,

      No matter what, 

      no matter that the earthly things 

      we rely on in hard times disappoint us,

      Still God loves us, 

      and that is what really matters.

    • Jan2Sun

      Magi Seekers and Givers

      A sermon for Epiphany Sunday 2022 January 2, 2022 by Sebastian Meadows-Helmer
      Filed Under:
      Pr. Sebastian

      In this story of magi and gifts,

      it all comes down to these two questions, I believe:

      Can we point to the true source of Life, Emmanuel, when we are asked?

      Can we bring our selves, truly and wholly, as Gifts to this Emmanuel?

      No more can be asked of us, as followers of Christ: 

      but to reflect Christ’s light as best as we can.

    • Dec19Sun

      2 things about Mary

      4th Advent Sermon December 19, 2021 by Sebastian Meadows-Helmer
      Filed Under:
      Pr. Sebastian

      Grace and peace be unto you from God our Father,  

      and our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

      Mary went with haste to a town in the hill country

      to visit her aunt Elizabeth.

      Well actually we don’t Elizabeth was Mary’s aunt,

      we just know she was a relative,

      but Elizabeth was really old,  

      and her having a baby was a miracle,

      so she...

    • Dec13Mon

      Joy and Expectation

      A sermon for Advent 3 December 13, 2021 by Sebastian Meadows-Helmer
      Filed Under:
      Pr. Sebastian

      In this Advent season leading to Christmas,

      Probably most of us are feeling at best a cautious joy.

      It’s maybe kind of like how we’re singing in worship,

      We’re not singing much or full out, we’re masked, 

      and we’re not really in the mood.

    • Nov21Sun

      A different kind of King

      A sermon for Christ the King Sunday 2021 November 21, 2021 by Sebastian Meadows-Helmer
      Filed Under:
      Pr. Sebastian

      Almost 40 years ago, a film deemed by an ABC poll to be the 5th greatest film of all time, appeared on screens in movie theatres worldwide. The movie, by director Steven Spielberg, was E.T., The Extra-Terrestrial.

      Some of you might have even seen it.

      “The author of the novel on which the screenplay was based has indicated that she intended...

    • Sep5Sun

      Crossing boundaries

      A sermon on Mark 7 September 5, 2021 by Sebastian Meadows-Helmer
      Filed Under:
      Pr. Sebastian

      When someone says something horrible one is often too shocked to know what to say. So what does the woman respond?

      Does she insult him back, and tell him to go back where he came from, back to the sticks, back to the backwoods of Galilee?

      Does she confront him and say “how dare you call me a dog”?