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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: April 1 – Easter

I tried to think up some elaborate April’s Fool’s ruse as this is April 1st, but I’ve never been much good at that sort of thing.  And as I thought about it, perhaps the ruse is Easter itself, that God has the last laugh and new life wins out.  Or maybe it’s the telling of read on

Reflection: April 1 – Easter Sunrise

  Phillip Harrison tells a parable that is repeated by Peter Rollins, a popular Irish theologian who is quite in demand these days for public speaking and leading workshops; he defines himself as an iconoclast who is eroding the comfortable ground upon which many Christians stand.  The parable goes like this: The other day I read on

Reflection: March 29– Maundy Thursday

I came across a Maundy Thursday reflection this week as I was preparing for this evening’s worship; I was looking for deep reflections on the meaning behind what we do on Maundy Thursday: the mandate to love; washing feet; and sharing in communion.  The piece that I encountered came from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. read on

Reflection: March 11

         Thirty years ago, I was a new minister in Northern Ontario, had benefitted from being within ½-hour of a wise, beloved minister who was nearing retirement and gently shared his wisdom and experience and had finally learned to preach a sermon rather than read a university essay. The Sunday Scripture reading read on

Reflection: March 4

         At our Wednesday evening Lenten Study about women in the Bible, Dr. Lisa Michele Wolfe is the presenter. She’s a humourous, knowledgeable and entertaining teacher. She’s an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and teaches at Oklahoma City University. She describes herself as a “Bible nerd.” We’ve just gone read on

Reflection: February 25

         I was listening to a bit of As It Happens on CBC radio last week, and I heard a speech given by one of the survivors of the school attack in Florida; Lorenzo Prada talked about the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 dead and many injured. read on

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