Sermon, October 8th, 2016 Thanksgiving Sunday “ The lyric of abundance“ Exodus 16 vs. 1-18

If we were to think of words for a song related to our Scripture reading we would do well to start with the idea of abundance in mind. Through Moses, God had done miraculous things for the people of Israel.  They were slaves labouring under an oppressive and cruel Pharaoh that had slaughtered their children […]

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Sermon, October 1st, 2017 “Please Send Someone Else” Exodus 2 vs. 23-25; 3 vs. 1-15; 4 vs. 10-17

Moses was an unlikely choice to be the one who would lead his people out of slavery. One commentary described his calling this way:  “Just when we think we have God figured out, God overturns our expectations once again.  God takes an inarticulate, excuse-riddled murderer and turns him into one of the greatest leaders of […]

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Sermon, September 24th, 2017 “On the journey” Genesis 27 vs. 1-4; 15-23 & Ch. 28 vs. 10-17

Most of the important experiences to be found recorded in the Bible are those involving a journey. Moses’ journeyed for 40 years through the wilderness.  Jesus journeyed through Galilee.  Paul journeyed through much of the Middle East as far as Rome.  Today’s reading has Jacob on a journey back to his father’s homeland of Haran.  […]

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Sermon, September 10th, 2017 “Never a finished product“ Genesis chapter 1 vs.1 to chapter 2 vs.4

It was the first time that I had volunteered to be a teenage Councillor-in-Training at the United Church’s Canyon Church Camp in Waterton Lakes National Park, located in southern Alberta. We arrived in camp Saturday afternoon and as our 60 minute orientation was about to adjourn the camp director announced that I would be leading […]

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Sermon, September 3, 2017 “Fed with bread far above our station” I Samuel 21 vs. 1-9 and Mark 14 vs. 12-25

It was the Saturday of a long weekend and I, along with the 7 other university students from North America, knew that in order to complete the building project which was our summer assignment in Botswana, Southern Africa, we would need to obtain one more load of gravel from the gravel pit. We hired a […]

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Sermon, August 27, 2017 “A place at the table” Psalm 65 and I Corinthians 11 vs. 17-34

You will recall that two weeks ago, in introducing the concept of baptism by water, that I spoke of being in the country of Jordan attending an international meeting. Having spent a week in Jordan I then led a group of 8 people, 6 Americans, Loreen and myself, into Palestine and Israel.  We had to […]

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