Sermon, August 13th, 2017 “The City of God” Psalm 46 and Acts 2 vs. 37-42

However you may have felt about the recent television programming related to the 20th anniversary of the death of Lady Diana for me I remembered that I was attending meetings in Amman, Jordan when the news of her death rocked the world.  There was an immediate migration of heads of state and royalty to London […]

Read More..

Sermon August 6th, 2017 “With boldness…the mystery of the Gospel” Ephesians 6 vs. 10-20

If you have been following popular movies and many televisions shows lately you will have noticed that many of them feature people wearing armour and even using swords and other such older weaponry. It is puzzling that this should happen when in so many other ways we have moved beyond those images in our modern […]

Read More..

Sermon, July 30th, 2017 “Gifts to be…” Ephesians 4 vs. 1-16

“Therefore”: If given all that Paul has written in the first three chapters of the letter to the Ephesians is true, therefore we have the basis upon which to live and organize our life together as individuals and as a community of faith.  You and I, poor and ill-prepared as we may feel ourselves to […]

Read More..

Sermon, July 23, “My neighbour and other enemies” Ephesians 2 vs. 11-22

If you are like me and have ever lived and worked in another country then you will find resonance with today’s reading. While a missionary in Sierra Leone I worked under a visitor’s work permit; then while working in New York City I was a Resident Alien working under a religious workers permit, and finally […]

Read More..

Sermon, July 16th, 2017 “Blessed be…Blessed us…Blessing” Ephesians 1 vs. 1-14

I have never been able to decide whether or not, if given the opportunity, I would enjoy spending any time with the apostle Paul. He wrote some amazing letters and in many ways was largely responsible for the spread of Christianity in the early days following the death and resurrection of Jesus—someone he had preached […]

Read More..

Sermon July 9th, 2017 “Join in the Praise” Psalm 150

I had a very interesting evening this week. One of my former staff at United Church House is, in her spare time, a playwright.  A play that she had written and produced several years ago had been selected to be in this year’s Fringe Festival. Motherland is based on a true story and is that […]

Read More..