Sermon for Sunday January 29, 2017

Matthew 5:1-12 What is Reality?   There are a few churches around town which have a sign out in front upon which they put some interesting slogans.  I am always interested to see what they say.  This past week, a friend sent me a collection of these slogans from church signs in the States:  “Honk […]

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Sermon for Sunday January 15, 2017

Amazing Grace Last week, someone asked me what was different about the United Church to the other churches in our community.  It is a good question.  If I asked you where you do your weekly grocery shopping you would name the store and then probably tell me the reasons you shop there.  Better prices.  Location.  […]

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Sermon for Sunday January 8, 2017

Matthew 2:1-11 What Gifts Do You Bring?   This Sunday, we celebrate Epiphany, the magi coming to visit the baby Jesus in the manger.  This story has become quite important in our retelling of the birth of Jesus.  A few years ago, a survey was done of religious cards and it was discovered that the […]

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Sermon for Sunday December 11, 2016

The World Turned Upside Down I remember about six years ago, receiving my first iPad.  One of the exciting things I knew you could do with an iPad was that it stores all kinds of books and you just call them up when you want to read them.  Imagine being able to carry around a […]

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Sermon for Sunday December 4, 2016

    Matthew 3:1-12 I’m Just Kind of Ordinary You probably didn’t come to church this morning anticipating the words of John the Baptist. John said that God’s Kingdom was coming and you had better shape up or else God would give you the ax like an elm with blight or toss you into the […]

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Sermon for Sunday November 27, 2016

  Matthew 24:36-44 God is Still Speaking I want to tell you this morning about Vera.  Vera was a woman who, at the age of 87, moved across the country so that she could be closer to her children and grandchildren.  One morning, I arrived early at the church which was in a small country […]

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Sermon for Sunday November 20, 2016

Luke 23:33-43 Today! (a pre-communion meditation) When you heard Barbara read this morning’s scripture lesson, you might have thought that this is a reading which seems more like pre-Easter than pre-Christmas. As the world gears up for Christmas, here is the church seemingly out of step once again, talking about Jesus on the cross. It […]

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Sermon for Sunday November 6, 2016

Matthew 5:1-16 The World Turned Upside Down   Do any of you recall the brilliant GAP clothing store advertising campaign which was launched here in Vancouver about five years ago?  It was entitled “Shopping Flipped Upside Down.”  The catch was that if you bought something in a GAP store and it went on sale within […]

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Sermon for Sunday October 30, 2016

Luke 19:1-10                    Home Improvement     Several years ago, the power tool company Black and Decker released its financial report for the final quarter stating that profits were up by 51% over the same period a year earlier.  The reason for the increase was put down […]

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Sermon for Sunday October 16, 2016

Luke 18:1-8 Are We There Yet?   Who among us with children hasn’t heard those words coming from the backseat of the car as we are driving along, “Are we there yet?”  How would you answer that question?  I remember driving from Toronto to Charlottetown, a 16-hour drive, and we had just turned on to […]

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