Sermon, Advent II, December 10, 2017 “If bones can live, why not hope” Ezekiel 37 vs. 1-14

We live in a troubled and worrisome time. In many countries, our own included, citizens are strongly divided on critical issues.  The challenge for leadership in times such as ours is to work to build bridges of consensus, to speak of the higher values that unite communities and nations, and to speak with a calm […]

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Sermon, December 3rd, 2017 “What’s in a name?” Daniel 3 vs. 1 and vs. 8-30

There was a time, one hundred years or more ago, when if you immigrated to the United States or Canada you would face, upon arrival, an immigration officer who spoke only English and the immigration officers would likely have been recent immigrants themselves from Britain. They were familiar with names such as Humphrey Brookbanks and […]

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Sermon, November 26, 2017 “God of Hope” Jeremiah 29 vs. 1 & 4-14

We are blessed in Canada to have the CBC. It provides us with good music, outstanding coverage of local, Canadian and international radio and television news, and some of the best entertainment television to be found anywhere.  Many of the CBC television series are viewed in as many as 70 countries throughout the world.  Perhaps […]

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Sermon, Remembrance Sunday, Nov. 5th, 2016 “He got up and fled for his life” I Kings 19 vs. 1-18

Throughout this past week an American soldier has featured prominently in the news. His is an exceptional story for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl deserted his post during his time in the continuing war in Afghanistan.  In the midst of the battleground he went off by himself, was captured by the Haqqani terrorist group, and during the […]

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Sermon, October 29th, 2017 “A place for God to dwell in forever…really?” I Kings 5 vs. 1-15 and 8 vs. 1-13

The kings play a very important role in the stories of the Hebrew people because it was through the kings that they began to define themselves as a nation politically. They became a united Kingdom able at times to defend their borders while at other times losing wars and becoming captives of their conquerors.  It […]

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Sermon, Sunday October 22, 2017 “On not being quite right for the job” 1 Samuel 16 vs. 1-13

This has been an interesting week in terms of the headlines of the world given our reading from Samuel. President Trump spent much of the week feuding over what he said and did not say to a young widow of an American soldier killed in Niger, Africa.  Even though witnesses, including his own chief of […]

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