“I Will Adore Christ’s Sacred Name”Good Friday – April 19, 2019 – Year C

“I Will Adore Christ’s Sacred Name” Good Friday – April 19, 2019 – Year C   Will you adore Christ’s sacred name? George Macleod writes, “I simply argue that the cross should be raised at the centre of the market-place as well as on the steeple of the church.  I am recovering the claim thatContinue reading ““I Will Adore Christ’s Sacred Name”Good Friday – April 19, 2019 – Year C”

“Hail!  O King!”April 14, 2019 – Palm Sunday – Year C

“Hail!  O King!” April 14, 2019 – Palm Sunday – Year C   The quintessential Palm Sunday word, as far as I am concerned, is Hosanna, and a palm branch is an absolutely necessary symbol.  Yet, alone among the 4 evangelists, Luke says nothing about Hosannas or branches, palm or otherwise, on this fateful dayContinue reading ““Hail!  O King!”April 14, 2019 – Palm Sunday – Year C”

“At Jesus’ Feet”April 7, 2019 – Lent 5 – Year C

“At Jesus’ Feet” April 7, 2019 – Lent 5 – Year C   As you listen to this message, I invite you to breath deeply and imagine the sanctuary filled with the smell of expensive perfume.  With each breath you take, smell the perfume and feel Mary’s hair draped over your feet.  Feel the touchContinue reading ““At Jesus’ Feet”April 7, 2019 – Lent 5 – Year C”

“It’s Not Fair – Or is It?”March 31, 2019 – Lent 4 – Year C

“It’s Not Fair – Or is It?” March 31, 2019 – Lent 4 – Year C   Gloria Gonzalez tells about the best party she ever went to.  “You grow up fast in Spanish Harlem, especially if your parents are the superintendents of the building.  You see a lot… There are also the good times,Continue reading ““It’s Not Fair – Or is It?”March 31, 2019 – Lent 4 – Year C”

“Second and Third Chances”March 24, 2019 – Lent 3 – Year C   

“Second and Third Chances” March 24, 2019 – Lent 3 – Year C      Have you ever noticed basketball enthusiasts who practice their ball handling skills by bouncing the ball?  But it isn’t just any ordinary kind of dribbling.  They’d walk a ways, bouncing, and then they’d quickly pivot.  Then they’d run in the otherContinue reading ““Second and Third Chances”March 24, 2019 – Lent 3 – Year C   “

“Prophetic Voices”March 17, 2019 – Lent 2 – Year C

“Prophetic Voices” March 17, 2019 – Lent 2 – Year C   As those of you who have come from the prairies so well know, the early fall is often a time when farmers burn stubble off the fields.  One fall day, a famer walked through a field just burned and noticed some movement underContinue reading ““Prophetic Voices”March 17, 2019 – Lent 2 – Year C”

“A Primers Guide”February 24, 2019 – Epiphany 7 – Year C

“A Primers Guide” February 24, 2019 – Epiphany 7 – Year C   Rev. Sang Chul Lee, Past Moderator of the United Church of Canada in the 1980’s, was a Korean who in the 1940’s was a high school student in Manchuria living under Japanese occupation.  He was forbidden by the Japanese to learn theContinue reading ““A Primers Guide”February 24, 2019 – Epiphany 7 – Year C”

“Blessings of a Different Kind” February 17, 2019 – Year C – Epiphany 6

“Blessings of a Different Kind” February 17, 2019 – Year C – Epiphany 6   Nasrudin, the wise fool went to the rich man’s house for a party.  He was turned away because of his patched clothes.  Over and over he tried to get the rich man’s attention, whose name was Halil.  But he wasContinue reading ““Blessings of a Different Kind” February 17, 2019 – Year C – Epiphany 6”

“A Fishy Tale” Epiphany 5 – February 10, 2019 – Year C – Annual Meeting

“A Fishy Tale” Epiphany 5 – February 10, 2019 – Year C – Annual Meeting   One of the challenging tasks a congregation faces is choosing a new minister.  A member of the Search Committee undergoing this endless process finally lost patience.  So, he stood up and read a letter purporting to be from anotherContinue reading ““A Fishy Tale” Epiphany 5 – February 10, 2019 – Year C – Annual Meeting”

“A Fishy Tale” Epiphany 5 – February 10, 2019 – Year C – Annual Meeting

“A Fishy Tale” Epiphany 5 – February 10, 2019 – Year C – Annual Meeting One of the challenging tasks a congregation faces is choosing a new minister.  A member of the Search Committee undergoing this endless process finally lost patience.  So, he stood up and read a letter purporting to be from another applicant.Continue reading ““A Fishy Tale” Epiphany 5 – February 10, 2019 – Year C – Annual Meeting”