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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Sermon for Sunday October 9, 2016

Luke 17:11-19 Thanksliving What would it have been like to be one of those lepers in this morning’s story before they met Jesus?  If the disease was in its early stages? If they were sitting outside the town gates, day after day, surviving on scraps of food people threw them?  They would watch as their bodies […]

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  Lazarus and the Rich Man [i]In this world Lazarus was outside of the rich man’s gate. I do not need to tell you what that means. Lazarus was kept outside, out of sight and out of mind. We do the same thing in this city, who among us go out of our ways to […]

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Sermon for Sunday September 18, 2016

Luke 16:1-13                                              When Life Hands You Lemons. . .   As you heard this morning’s Scripture from Luke, if you were baffled or surprised, you are not alone.  This is a story where Jesus seems to praise dishonesty and cunningness –  not qualities that we associate with Jesus.  It might be titled “The Parable of […]

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Sunday September 11, 2016

Luke 15:1-10 Loving with Abandon   Many churches are finding that there is a new type of person sitting in their pews these days.  This is the person who has no Christian upbringing.  They were not brought up going to church on Sunday mornings; they did not attend Sunday School; they weren’t part of a […]

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Sermon for Sunday September 4, 2016

Philemon 1:1-21 Reconciliation The image on the screen is of a statue that has always drawn me to reflection.  It was originally created in 1977 by the sculptress Josefina de Vasconcellos, entitled Reunion, depicting a man and a woman embracing.  De Vasconcellos wrote, “The sculpture was originally conceived in the aftermath of the War.  Europe […]

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Sermon for Sunday August 28, 2016

Luke 14:1, 7-14                                                      Mind Your Manners   Did you ever say to your children, or maybe you remember it being said to you, something like, “Mind your manners.”  In the early 1950’s, Claire Wallace published a book entitled, “Mind Your Manners.”  In those days, she was seen as Canada’s queen of etiquette.  Wallace had been […]

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Sermon for Sunday August 21, 2016

Luke 13:10-17                                                       Who is this Woman? This morning’s reading from the Gospel of Luke requires us to pause and consider the scene before we begin interpreting the story.  We read, “Just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to […]

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