Transcripts of the minister’s reflection

Reflection: May 5

Scriptures: Revelation 5:11-14 & John 21:1-19 Sermon Title: “Kneeling: A Metaphor for Every Day.” Rev. Carol Prochaska Thanks to a space telescope astrophysicists now know that our galaxy is only one of the trillions of galaxies. Experts now think the question isn’t whether there is life elsewhere, but how to find it. So states the March National read on

Reflection: April 28

  Sermon Title: “Needing God’s Yes.”  Rev. Carol Prochaska    Scripture: John 20:19-31   “Can’t you sleep, Little Bear?” asked Big Bear. “I’m scared,” said Little Bear. “Why are you scared?” “I don’t like the dark,” said Little Bear. “What dark?” said Big Bear. “The dark all around us,” said Little Bear.          read on

The Sermon: Easter Sunday, April 21st, 2019

         The late Rev. Dr. Fred Craddock tells a story about preaching on an Easter Sunday in the church of Martin Luther King Jr. in Atlanta, GA, Ebenezer Baptist Church. (Incidentally, Ebenezer is a Hebrew word that literally means rock or stone of help—keep that in mind.)  The pastor of the church was Joe Roberts.  It read on

Reflection: Maundy Thursday: April 18, 2019

In a faith and leadership on-line newsletter I received Tuesday, two of the headlines read: “Notre Dame, long a symbol of Catholicism in Europe, becomes a picture of its collapse.”  And the second was “Telling the Passover story in the shadow of the Pittsburgh massacre.” As I thought about those stories, it made me think read on

Reflection: April 7

Scriptures: Isaiah 43:16-21 and John 12:1-8       Sermon Title: Along the Way Gifts Rev. Carol Prochaska  A little girl is smiling with delight as she skips down the steps and out of her yard. She begins to run.  Her feet fly over the ground. She is running very fast. The sun shines and read on

Reflection: March 31 – Lent 4

         When I was a teenager in Nanaimo, we lived in the church manse with a lovely view looking east over Departure Bay; on a clear day, we could see the high-rises of downtown Vancouver. Our neighbours were a retired couple who loved to garden and were very friendly. The elderly gentleman of the couple next read on

Reflection: March 24

         There are some age-old universal questions that get asked in every generation.  Some are existential questions about our identity and beingness. Some are questions about our background and our kin—where do we belong?  And some are questions about tragedy.  Why did this have to happen to this group of people or this person?          Throughout read on

Reflection: March 17

         We haven’t conducted a baptism in some time; it’s been a couple of years, in fact.  Baptisms are lovely; they give a focus on hope as we watch a little one move through the ritual of baptism. And because baptism is one of two sacraments celebrated in the United Church, it is special.  A read on

Reflection: March 10

         Today’s focus—RESISTANCE—comes from the online community called Many Voices; it is a Black Church Movement for Gay and Transgender Justice.  As they say on the website, “Black gay and transgender people are too often case studies in discrimination, shame, hardship, insecurity and isolation.”[1]  They offered a candle-lighting litany for Lent that we’ve adapted it read on

Reflection: March 3

         I remember when I was 19 or so, I worked 2 summers for BC Ferries at the Nanaimo terminal.  I worked shifts and so had varied starting times; my earliest start was 4:30 am and my latest end was 11 pm.  Even in my teens, I was a poor sleeper.  It was a change read on