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The Great Thanksgiving

Text: Deuteronomy/Reflecting on the Day It only happens maybe once every seven years, where the first Sunday in October happens to be the day before the second Monday. Traditionally, the first Sunday in October has become World Communion Sunday, where Christians all over the world celebrate the sacrament of communion together as a sign of […]

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Sending

James 5:13-20 One of the most difficult things I had to do in my early career was to convince the church I served at that a children’s program that they had invested in wasn’t working. It was my first pastoral charge, and those who were involved in this were very enthusiastic, because it really did […]

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Gathering

Mark 8:27-38 & James 3:1-17 It has been almost 22 years since I was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament. No, I don’t have an anniversary coming up soon, that’s in February. Rather, early in the summer I found myself reflecting and meditating on the preamble to the ordination vows that I took. […]

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Working in Faith

Text: James 2:1-26 Martin Luther hated this passage. Most of what he didn’t like about James is how it seemed to contradict Paul’s writings… at least if you took the small clips and verses and held them up against each other. Since Luther ferociously proclaimed that scripture could not contradict itself, the presence of James in the Bible […]

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When Traditions Get in the Way

Text: Mark 7:1-8 There is a downside of being a part of a tradition that extends back thousands of years. We can become so wrapped up within the individual traditions themselves that we forget the foundation of why we do what we do. Jesus frequently locked horns with Pharisees over matters of how one expresses faith. […]

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Out of the Nest

Luke 9:57-62 Last Sunday, when I arrived here just before worship, I had parked just outside of the southwest entrance. As I emerged from the car, there was a terrible commotion inside the bush right beside the door. I couldn’t tell what it was at first, but from the squawking, it was clear that it […]

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One Wish

Text: 1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14 If you had one single wish, what would that be? If God could grant you any one thing in life, what would that be? Would it be the usual suspects? Wealth? Power? Fame? I think given many of the life experiences that we have had, one wish we might have […]

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A New House

Text: 2 Samuel 7:1-17 This summer, many of the stories that come up in our seasons of readings are those of King David. A few weeks ago, we had the story of Samuel anointing the young shepherd David to be the successor to Saul’s corrupted legacy. We know the story of David and Goliath, but […]

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The Canadian Connection

  1 Corinthians 12:4-31 It has been six years since Canada Day fell on a Sunday, so despite now marking four years of ministry here, this is a first for me.  You may not know this, but this is the first time that I have preached on Canada Day in my entire career! I thought […]

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Unexpected Grace

Text: 1 Samuel 15:34-35 – 16:13 For at least one more week I want to draw out some hidden treasures before coming back to the New Testament. This is a story of Samuel’s anointing of David. A powerful story about unexpected grace… about how God sees us, and how we are often too hasty to jump […]

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