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: August 18

         This sermon arises out of today’s theme, which is about Celtic music.  I’m reflecting on my own Celtic roots and the Celtic roots of one part of the United Church.          In a little book I’ve come to love, Celtic Christian Spirituality: Essential Writings Annotated & Explained, there’s a chapter called Blessing as a read on

Reflection: August 11

         Hope is a difficult thing. But, it’s an important thing, perhaps the most important thing.  Remember that line near the end of the movie, The Shawshank Redemption? Tim Robbin’s character, Andy Dufresne, is at his wit’s end and says some alarming things to Red, played by Morgan Freeman.  But he talks about hope as the most important read on

Reflection: August 4

         I read an interesting and funny little blog in The Christian Century magazine about the passage from Luke’s Gospel, which starts with a question asking Jesus to intervene in a family dispute.  Garret Keizer wrote, What if we were given only the first part of this story and were required to supply the ending? read on

Reflection: July 28

         When I was a lad, certainly before I was a teenager but old enough to walk on my own, I did just that. I walked.  I walked a lot.  Around the streets of Kenora, in the winter over a winter bridge to Coney Island, a summer place for swimming, but a quiet place in the read on

Reflection: July 21

         I spoke last week about the Apollo missions to the moon; I hope you’ve enjoyed watching the footage and the reflections on that moment 50 years ago.  The Guardian newspaper has had some interesting reflections about hope and trying to get to the moon and what it means for us today.  I’m going to read on

Reflection: July 14

         Where were you July 20th, 1969?  This month is the 50thanniversary of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walking on the moon for the first time.  There have been a few specials about this on TV and it has been interesting to remember the history of the Moon Missions.  The Apollo missions started in the read on

Reflection: July 7

         When I was in Palestine 6 years ago now, I bought a little resource called The Spirit of Sumud: Resilience, Grace and Beauty in Palestine.  It was a packet of pictures and text based on a photography exhibit.  The pictures displayed Palestinian life: significant village moments, the landscape, farming practices and flowers, religious places read on

Reflection: June 30

         I’m not sure who told the story first, but it’s been around for a long time.  It’s about a person who wants to live the fruits of the Spirit. This person works hard at it but feels a failure.  Again and again, this person seems to fall into temptation.  Finally, after a particular day full read on

Reflection: June 9

         At the recent inaugural meeting of the Pacific Mountain Region, I asked someone part-way through the meeting, “Are you having fun, yet?”  We were mired in some decisions that needed to take place and we seemed to be going around in circles as often happens.  There were moments like that, and read on

Reflection: June 2

Sermon Title: Destined for Glory in This Life   Scriptures: Acts 16:16-34 & John 17: 20-26    We just heard Jesus prayerfully say that believers have been given glory. We have been given glory – the same glory given to Jesus by God. So, God’s got the glory. Jesus has the glory. of God’s children got read on