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The reflections listed here are transcripts of the Reflection presented by our minister or guest preachers. They are provided for those who may not have been present at the time, or for those who would like to review and reflect further on the words spoken during worship.

 





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Reflection: February 18 — LENT 1

         In the February 16th Daily Devotional that I receive from The United Church of Christ, our sister denomination in the US, Anthony Robinson wrote about asking for help. When he was younger, he asked his professor at Union Seminary in New York about what the difference was between predominantly black and predominantly white congregations. read on

Reflection: February 11 — TRANSFIGURATION SUNDAY

         Twenty-nine years ago, I preached on this Transfiguration passage at a community worship service at Vancouver School of Theology—VST. Last week was theological Education Sunday; I’m not sure what Robin and Carol did, but as you know we are all veterans of VST, Carol attending a couple of years before me and Robin… years read on

Reflection: January 28

         “The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom; those who practice it have good understanding. May your praise endure forever.”          These three phrases comprise the last of the acrostic poem that is Psalm 111; each phrase starts, respectively, with the last letters of the Hebrew alphabet, “Resh, Shin, and Taw.” As I read on

Reflection: January 21

         Many years ago, I heard a wonderful storyteller tell the story of Jonah; she told it vividly, with humour, and straight off the cuff. It really brought this quaint, odd little story of Jonah alive.          Jonah, as a Biblical book, is included in the section of the Bible that is read on

Reflection: January 14

         There’s an interesting line in the story about Samuel as a boy being called by God to be a prophet: “The voice of God was rarely heard—prophesy was uncommon.” It makes you wonder what life was like before Samuel. I guess there was a time when prophecy was heard often; perhaps this harkens back read on

Reflection: January 7—Epiphany

         While on sabbatical in Palestine and Israel four years ago, our tour visited the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. It is the traditional site where it is thought Jesus was born. Usually, there is a huge line-up of tourists to see the actual traditional spot within the church. No one read on

Reflection: December 17 – ADVENT 3

         I wrote this sermon with Mel’s memorial still ringing in my ears, as it were. I wrote it also as an expression with my own struggles to find and live out joy and gratitude. One of the things I appreciated about Mel was his presence; he quite simply loved the life that was his read on

Reflection: December 10 – ADVENT 2

Have you had thoughts like, “Just when it seems we’re getting somewhere… just when it seems I’ve had a little glimpse of peace, something happens and it all goes out the window.” I talked about that with a friend a few days ago; I said that it feels something like a merry-go-round sometimes. But he read on

Reflection: December 3 – ADVENT 1

         While on retreat at the Ashram last weekend, I reflected on the end of the Church year and the beginning of the new year—happy New Year, by the way! I was thinking that often we believe that we are living in the worst of possible moments in terms of world events—that’s probably a truism read on

Reflection: November 26

The Face of Christ Readings: Ephesians 1:15-23 & Matthew 25:31-46 When did we see you, Lord? I recently read a story about a minister who was starting a new job at one of these big ten-thousand-member evangelical mega-churches down in the United States and how on the Sunday he was to be introduced to the read on