“Getting our Attention”May 5, 2019 – Easter 3 – Year C

“Getting our Attention” May 5, 2019 – Easter 3 – Year C             Are you able to hear Jesus asking each of us, “Do you love me?” Rabbi Moshe-Leib tells the following story.  “What is love?  I feel I ought to tell the truth and confess that I learned its meaning from 2 drunkards.  Yes,Continue reading ““Getting our Attention”May 5, 2019 – Easter 3 – Year C”

“The Funeral that Wouldn’t Be”April 21, 2019 – Easter Sunday – Year C

“The Funeral that Wouldn’t Be” April 21, 2019 – Easter Sunday – Year C   On Good Friday many of us stood at the foot of the cross and tearfully watched Jesus be crucified.  It was a time of pain and sorrow.  We felt helpless.  There, on a plain wooden cross hung our Redeemer.  AndContinue reading ““The Funeral that Wouldn’t Be”April 21, 2019 – Easter Sunday – Year C”

“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”