“Ya – But” – April 17, 2016 – Easter 4 – Year C

            Have you ever spoken with someone and every time you make a comment, the response from the other is “ya – but”?  The conversation goes something like this: “It is a nice day isn’t it?”  “Ya – but, my garden is dry and could sure use some rain.”  “It’s great to see the churchContinue reading ““Ya – But” – April 17, 2016 – Easter 4 – Year C”

Good Friday Worship Service – March 25th, 2016

Good Friday Worship Service March 25, 2016 Penticton United Church Lighting the Christ Candle Call to Worship One: Will you walk the lonely path of rejection and fear?  All:        We make this journey, accompanied by God, our Lover. One:     Will you speak up for Jesus, acclaiming his mercy? All:   Continue reading “Good Friday Worship Service – March 25th, 2016”

“Can’t Stop Crying” – Easter Sunday – March 27, 2016

“Can’t Stop Crying” Easter Sunday – March 27, 2016 – Year C Last September I returned from a 3 month sabbatical and shared with you that I am profoundly changed.  The time of rest, renewal and new experiences was a life changing gift.  I am better able to speak up for myself.  I have betterContinue reading ““Can’t Stop Crying” – Easter Sunday – March 27, 2016”

“Serving on Palm Sunday” – March 20, 2016

“Serving on Palm Sunday” Palm Sunday – Year C – March 20, 2016 We have shouted hosanna while waving tree branches.  We have joined the parade, feeling the excitement and awe of this blessed season.  We have heard the timeless story of Jesus and his disciples coming to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover.    OhContinue reading ““Serving on Palm Sunday” – March 20, 2016”

Extreme Extravagance – March 13, 2016

Extreme Extravagance Lent 4 – Year C – March 13, 2016 A middle aged professor has been living alone for the past 10 years.   He was withdrawn, lifeless and rather crotchety.  But, it is hard to say when you began to notice the changes in the good professor – he doesn’t look down walkingContinue reading “Extreme Extravagance – March 13, 2016”

“Second Chances” – February 28, 2016

“Second Chances” February 28, 2016 – Lent 3 – Year C One morning a man with a carpenter’s toolbox knocked on farmer John’s door.  Was there any work he might do for a few days?  “Yes, my brother just bulldozed a creek to separate our property.  So I want to go him one better.  IContinue reading ““Second Chances” – February 28, 2016”

Deuteronomy 26:1-11 – “Wilderness Times” – February 14, 2016

Deuteronomy 26:1-11 – “Wilderness Times” February 14, 2016 – Year C – Lent 1 – Annual Meeting When you have come into Penticton United Church, a sanctuary that God has given you as an inheritance to treasure, and you care for it, and look after it; you shall welcome the newcomer that your God is giving you,Continue reading “Deuteronomy 26:1-11 – “Wilderness Times” – February 14, 2016”

Melodies of Love – January 31, 2016

“Melodies of Love” January 31, 2016 – Year C – Epiphany 4 Early in the month I went to St. Catharines Ontario for my annual visit with my chosen family.  There are 8 of us who met at Brock University 36 years ago.  Each January I visit with these wonderful women for a time ofContinue reading “Melodies of Love – January 31, 2016”