Sermon, April 7th, 2019   “Standing in the right place”    Matthew 25 vs. 31-46

It is important to acknowledge from the outset that this passage of Scripture does not go down easily.  We are accustomed to knowing God as a God of love made known through Jesus, our Christ.  Yet the parables of the weddings and this today force us to realize that, in a provocative way for we […]

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Sermon, March 31st, 2019    “A very unhappy wedding”   Matthew 25 vs. 1-13

Weddings!  Weddings are such a test of every personal relationship of everyone even remotely connected to the event.  First and foremost is who to invite and who to leave off the guest list, followed closely by what one mother wants as a theme and the other father wants as the theme.  Family traditions clash with […]

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Sermon, March 24th, 2019    “Too busy for a good thing”   Matthew 22 vs. 1-14

As we have discovered in our journey through Matthew this year there is seldom anything that might be described as subtle in the imagery and language which Matthew brings to his version of the Good News.  Craig Koester has said it is as even Matthew paints only with bold, primary colours and what we really […]

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Sermon March 17, 2019   “It was, after all, 25 cents, a day!”   Matthew 20 vs. 1-16

Two weeks ago, as I looked ahead to writing this sermon, I recalled something from my experience as a student minister that led me to determine the title for today’s sermon.  In those days what you were paid as a summer student, usually serving a small rural congregation or two, was based in part on […]

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Sermon March 10, 2019    “Limitless forgiveness”   Matthew 18 vs. 15-35

When I was in high school, the United Church had a programme for high school students called “Hi-C”.  It was a great programme as it offered youth a community for fellowship, worship, socializing, and all the other things that high school aged students might get up to.  In small town High River, Alberta, it was […]

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Sermon March 3rd, 2019  “On being lifted up…”  Matthew 16 vs. 24 to 17 vs. 8

We are asked to believe many things in the Bible.  Much of what we are asked to believe we are asked to believe by faith.  Whether you take today’s reading of Scripture literally with all that that entails or more as an incredible narrative filled with promise and hope, as I do, both positions must […]

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