Fifth Sunday in Lent, March 29, 2020

Scripture SentencesFor in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell. (Colossians 1:19) Opening PrayerOne:   God who is our rock and our stronghold, All:     gathers us to worship today.One:   Jesus, who is our teacher and guide,All:     calls us to pay attention and pray.One:   The Holy Spirit, who is our comforter,All:     calls us to be in loving community with each other.One:   Come,Continue reading “Fifth Sunday in Lent, March 29, 2020”

Prayer for Community in a Time of Pandemic

From Corrymeela Community, Ireland God of the good news that spreads faster than fear,God of the courage that comes from the heart:Be with us as anxieties rise and with us as uncertainty grows.Be with us when children ask difficult questions,and with us when parents seem farther away.Remind us that to be a community does notContinue reading “Prayer for Community in a Time of Pandemic”

Congregational Letter ~ March 17

March 17, 2020 Dear PUC Congregation, In consultation with Patti Skinner, Chair and Church Council, I want to update you on Penticton United Church’s plan in response to what is happening with the coronavirus (COVID-19). As you know, things are changing rapidly. We have been watching closely recommendations from federal and provincial public health andContinue reading “Congregational Letter ~ March 17”

Congregational Letter ~ March 10, 2020

March 10, 2020     Dear Penticton United Church Community, I wanted to update you on Penticton United Church’s plan regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the steps we’re taking to make sure we minimize risk at the Church.  You may be aware of the recent statement issued by the Health Minister of BC and the federal healthContinue reading “Congregational Letter ~ March 10, 2020”

Lent Book Study: “Return of the Prodigal Son” by Henri Nouwen

Our Lent book study begins Tuesday, March 10. We will be discussing the book, “The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming” by Henri Nouwen. The group will meet for four Tuesdays, 1:30 – 3 pm ~ March 10, 17, 24, 31. You can choose to come to all sessions or drop inContinue reading “Lent Book Study: “Return of the Prodigal Son” by Henri Nouwen”

“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”