Decorating the Christmas Tree!

Following Saturday night's wonderful Christmas Dinner, a general call went out to everyone present to help finish decorating the tree in the sanctuary. Ben Wegg led the charge, but as you can see from all of these pictures, people of all ages came up to the sanctuary to help decorate,...

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No Dress Rehearsal, This is Our Life.

This morning most of Canada woke up to the news of the death of Gord Downie, lead singer of the now-quintessential Canadian rock band, the Tragically Hip. Yet also on my own mind and heart is the recent death of long-time congregation member Fred Whitley, and this past weekend, my...

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A Season of Learning

Note: I have written a separate reflection regarding the horror of what happened in Las Vegas last night here: http://st-matthews-uc.org/vegas-horrors-and-healing/ One of the things that I have always appreciated about St. Matthew’s is the appreciation and value placed on education and academic study. Clint consistently led book studies prior to...

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Vegas: Horrors and Healing

We all woke up this morning to the horrible news of the shooting in Las Vegas, along with the many echoes of “thoughts and prayers” being sent out to those affected by the shooting. Admittedly, even as a person of faith, I find such expressions pretty hollow. Thoughts and prayers...

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The Ministry of All Believers

Last week, I had a great experience one evening at the retirement home that is just across the street from my house in Evanston. Earlier in the day, I received a call from Brad Baillod asking for directions up into my neck of the woods, as he was going to...

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