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Aug 8th, 2018 by Rev. David Boyd

Reflection: August 5

Scripture: John 6:1-24

        It’s always interesting to me to learn how words take on different meanings from the original definition.  Every generation creates its own language and many of the words that were everyday, common words would be given a new meaning. When I was young, we talked about being “cool” (not with respect to temperature) or “hip” (not the anatomical part of our anatomy that connects our leg into our pelvis).  Someone was “neat” who might be an absolute slob.  Today, something that is “sick” is good and something that is “bad” is cool.  There are countless movie scenes about this where parents or some representative of “The Man”—another slang word for society—doesn’t understand the lingo at all thus making for great comedy.  Nowadays, it is using an online short-hand lingo that has become very interesting… and very confusing.

         The word “bread” meant money in the 70’s.  Cheech and Chong and their slangy comedy talked a lot about “bread”— making and spending it.  It makes sense to me that the word, bread, would become a euphemism for money. Bread is a staple of life that we can’t live without; money is something we need to purchase goods and services like actual bread.  I’m sure there have been sociological analyses of the meaning of bread.

         I think of Jesus’ statement in the temptation story, “Human beings can not live by bread alone.” Jesus quoted the book of Deuteronomy. Elsewhere Jesus said, “You cannot be a slave of God and money.”  A popular first-century saying that »»

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Congregational Life

A Proposal

Nelson United Church Board Proposal to Build Our Congregation” was presented to the congregation after Worship on Sunday, August 12. 

For the Week of August 12

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost


Prayers of the People: August 12

 In the quiet of this sanctuary let us pause for a few moments Empty our minds of those pressures that haunt us and direct our Minds to seek out your presence in our living. When you hear the Words, “Ever present God” please respond, “hear our prayer”.  Let us pray. »»

Prayers of the People: August 5

When you hear the words, God of All that is,” you may respond with, “Hear our Prayers”
As our creator is always at work in this world, through all of us, let us pray… »»

David Latest Blog

Back to writing…
It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog.  The reasons for not writing were personal, but it’s time to get back to sharing a few thoughts from time to time.  This is one way that I can contribute to a just and loving world.  It’s also been therapeutic for me to write.  So, thanks for listening…

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General Council 43

From General Council 43 in Oshawa, ON:

On Sunday, July 22, the General Council Remits were ratified by an overwhelming 90% in favour. This, then, commences The United Church of Canada’s move to a three-court model and elimination of presbyteries by January 1, 2019.

Prayers of the People: July 15

God of Love and Hope…        
                             Hear our prayers »»

Don’t Give Up!


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