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Letters to God~December 7, 2014~Peace

Letter to God,  Advent II, December 7, 2014 Theme:  Peace Focus: The Holy Land Dearest God, What a relief it would be ‘“if anger and hate were to be washed away” and peace be possible’!  What a relief it would be “if mercy and faithfulness were to meet and justice and peace prevail” just as we recited in unison... Read More

Readings ~ December 7, 2014 Advent II

Introduction to the readings for Advent Two, Peace,  December 7, 2014 Our readings from scripture today provide a rich a contrast in images.  First, from Isaiah, we have a beautiful picture of the everlasting nature of God’s word woven into a message of consolation for his listeners; a community of folks coming to... Read More

Readings ~ November 30, 2014

Introduction to the readings for the season of Advent, beginning with the first Sunday in Advent, Hope, November 30, 2014 During the season of Advent this year, the time in the church year when we wait and watch and hope for the birth of God in our midst, we enter a new cycle of readings and as such, will be... Read More

Message ~ November 30, 2014

Message for Advent I, November 30, 2014 For: the people at Knox United Church, Vancouver, B.C. Based on:  Isaiah 64: 1-9 and Mark 13: 24-37 Opening Prayer: Dear God, in the changing seasons of life, help us to acknowledge your presence within, between, and among us, especially when its hiddenness might easily be... Read More

Readings ~ November 23, 2014

Introduction to the readings for Stewardship Sunday We begin our readings from Hebrew Scripture with selected verses attributed to the prophet, Ezekiel.  Originally educated as a priest serving in the Temple of Jerusalem, here Ezekiel is thought to be speaking God’s Word to a divided audience of the scattered in... Read More

Message ~ November 23, 2014

Reflection based on Ezekiel 34: 11-16; 20-24 and Matthew 25: 31-46 Opening Prayer: Holy, gracious and amazing God, may the words on my lips and the thoughts and feelings we carry as we reflect together on your word for us, may all of it be acceptable in your sight.  Amen. This morning our readings offer us first a... Read More

Readings ~ November 9, 2014

Introduction to the readings for Remembrance Sunday, November 9, 2014 and the twenty second Sunday after Pentecost. This morning, in keeping with the solemnness of the occasion of Remembrance Sunday, we have only two readings from the Revised Common Lectionary for your consideration. The first comes to us from our... Read More

Reflection ~ November 9, 2014

Reflection for Remembrance Sunday, November 9, 2014 For the people gathered at Knox United Church, Vancouver, B.C. Reflection based on:  Joshua 24: 1-3a and 14-25 and Matthew 25: 1-13 Opening Prayer:  Holy, gracious, and amazing God, may the words from my lips and the thoughts we carry in our hearts and minds and... Read More

Readings ~ November 2, 2014

Introduction to the readings for  All Saints’, Reformation, and Communion Sunday  November 2, 2014, and the twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost. Our readings this morning contrast two very different styles of leadership.    Our Hebrew Scriptures text brings us into contact with the ancient Israelites as they... Read More

Homily~All Saints Day November 2, 2014

Homily for All Saints’, Reformation, and Communion Sunday  November 2, 2014, and the twenty first Sunday after Pentecost. Based on: A reading from the Book of Joshua, Chapter 3, verses 7-17, “Joshua leads the people across the River Jordan” and from the gospel according to Matthew, Chapter 23, verses 1-12.  “The... Read More