Sermon for Maundy Thursday 2017

John 13:34, 35 A Lover’s Quarrel   I am never quite sure what to preach on Maundy Thursday or Good Friday because quite often the pastor’s words seem hollow in the face of the arrest, trail and crucifixion of Jesus.  What are we to make of all of this for us today?  Then, earlier in […]

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Sermon for Sunday April 2, 2017

John 11 Selected Verses Come Out (A Sermon Preached for the Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan) A number of years ago, my family had a couple of French exchange students stay with us while they attended the fall term at the local high school.  One afternoon, I looked out the window and there was a group […]

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Sermon for Sunday March 26, 2017

John 9 I Once Was Blind but Now…   How many times have we sung the words to the hymn Amazing Grace, “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me!  I once was lost, but now am found, was blind, but now I see”?  We will be singing this song next […]

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Sermon for Sunday March 19, 2017

John 4:5-42 This Can’t be the Messiah?   There probably couldn’t be two more different individuals than Nicodemus, whom we met in last week’s Gospel reading, and the woman Jesus meets at the well.  To recap, Nicodemus is well educated, especially in religious matters, a revered member of society.  The woman that Jesus talks to […]

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Sermon for Sunday March 12, 2017

John 3:1-17 Communing with Attitude   Ever since I can remember, this passage from John 3 has been one of my favourite portions of Scripture.  I think it is because Nicodemus, of all of the people in the Gospel story, gets to do something that I have always wanted to do.  Nicodemus gets to sit […]

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Sermon for Sunday March 5, 2017

Matthew 4:1-11 Communing with Desire   Jesus is still wet from his baptism in the Jordan when we read that he was led up by the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.  He fasts there forty days and forty nights.  From here we learn of the temptations of Jesus.  As we […]

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Sermon for Sunday February 19, 2017

1 Corinthians 3:10-11,16-23 Building Our Church, One Stone at a Time This morning, I am going to speak about something that I think is important to many of you. At least it was five years ago, when this congregation was discussing whether or not to amalgamate with another congregation. You had long and hard conversations […]

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Sermon for Sunday February 12, 2017

Psalm 119:1-8 The Power of Blessing Last Sunday, I told you that the theologian Diana Butler Bass had commented that given the political, social and economic situation today, sermons are almost writing themselves. It is true. So much of contemporary sermon writing seems to be in response to what is happening out there in the […]

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Sermon for Sunday February 5, 2017

Matthew 5:13-20 Saltiness, Luminescence and the Law This morning Bob read to us what might be considered part two of the Beatitudes.  Jesus is discussing the question which I am sure many of us have, “What does it look like to be a follower of Jesus?”  Jesus’ response is quite simple, “You are the salt […]

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