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Psalm 104

Psalm 104, Part Two

Introduction to the Reading for Sunday, September 24, 2017 The Psalter is a collection of prayers and songs composed over the course of Israel’s history.   Their primary purpose is to praise God in worship.   This morning’s reading comes to us from Psalm 104, Part Two.  In keeping with our focus on the season of... Read More

What

Reflection ~ September 17, 2017

Based on 1 Kings 19: 1-13 “What are you doing here?” or “What are you doing here?” Or  “What are you doing here?” or even “What are you doing here?” This seems a timely question for all of us to consider in these days of rapid climate change and great global turmoil.  God’s question to Elijah on the mountaintop... Read More

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Reflection ~ September 10, 2017

Based on Matthew 6: 24-33 When I was approaching this morning’s readings from Matthew’s gospel from a prayerful perspective, I came across a poem I received when I attended the Bethlehem Retreat Center near Nanaimo earlier this summer.   It was a poem my spiritual director suggested I read after she encouraged me... Read More

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Matthew 6: 25-33

Introductions to the readings for Creation Sunday May Jesus’ words of promise first offered so long ago to a hungry and hopeful people gathered on a mountaintop be food for thought for us gathered here this day: A reading from Chapter 6, verses 25-33 Consider the lilies “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about... Read More

Small things

Message ~ August 27, 2017

Based on Matthew 25: 31-46 For: The Summer Spirit Congregation gathered at Knox United Church. May the peace of Christ which passes all understanding, be with you all.  And, also with you. Let us pray: May the words on my lips and the meditations of all our hearts be acceptable in your sight this day, amen.   At a... Read More

You did it for me

Matthew 25: 31-46

Introduction to the readings for Summer Spirit Sunday at Knox, August 27, 2017 Our good news this morning comes to us from the final chapter of Matthew’s gospel with Jesus’ final public teaching.  Here, Jesus offers his farewell instructions to those gathered together one last time with him before he faces his... Read More

Theological buffet

Message ~ June 25, 2017

Opening Prayer: Holy, gracious and amazing God, may the words on my lips and the thoughts and feelings we hold as we reflect on your holy word this day, may all of it be acceptable in your sight, amen. “Whoever welcomes you welcomes me and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.” “…and whoever gives even... Read More

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Genesis 18: 1-15 and Genesis 21: 1-7

 Introduction to the readings for the third Sunday in the season of Pentecost, June 18, 2017 This morning our reading from Hebrew Scripture reminds us that our God is a God of promise who offers us audacious and abundant blessing not in our time but in God’s time.  May these words from the 18th chapter of the... Read More

Synergy

Reflection ~ June 11, 2017

Reflection for Trinity Sunday, June 11, 2018 Based on Matthew 28: 16-20 “Go Make Disciples” Opening Prayer:  May the words on my lips and the meditations of all our hearts be acceptable in your sight, dear God, as we reflect on your holy word come to us this day through the lens of the gospel according to Matthew.... Read More

Summer covenant

Summer Covenant

 In Matthew’s gospel, we are encouraged to ‘go and make disciples’.  This summer, we have a chance to do that very thing together as we gather for worship with our neighbour churches-Dunbar Ryerson, Shaughnessy Heights, and St. Stephen’s.   This morning, we come before God acknowledging that many of us are more... Read More