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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: May 27

Children’s Story: Where the Wild Things Are, author: Maurice Sendak  Scriptures: Romans 8:12-17; John 3:1-17         Born From Above – Seriously! From the gospel story we just heard, I want to again emphasize that Nicodemus comes to Jesus in the night. As you heard in the background commentary, the Greek word translated read on

Reflection: May 20 – Pentecost Sunday

         One of the lasting legacies of the Western’s Church’s emphasis on the myth of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and the fall of humanity is our suspicion of our bodies. That fall myth relating to Adam and Eve—which I believe is absolutely a false interpretation—has left us with the idea that spirit read on

Reflection: May 13 – Ascension Sunday

Boy, this Easter story just gets weirder and weirder, doesn’t it? We start out with this troublemaker—this rebel—running around Roman Palestine telling everyone that they are God’s beloved people, no matter what their social status, age, or what illnesses and other stigmas they are inflicted with. This guy doesn’t even care if you’re Jewish, Samaritan or read on

Reflection: May 6

         I’ve often wondered if you can actually mandate someone to love.  The passage from John’s Gospel this morning is an echo of the passage we read every Maundy Thursday—the Thursday of the Last Supper, just before Easter.  At that observance, we read the story of Jesus taking basin and towel and washing his friends’ read on

Reflection: April 29 – Anam Cara

Listening to As It Happens on CBC radio last week, I caught an interview with a bystander who had helped in the aftermath of the young man’s rampage with a van in Toronto.  He talked about his own actions and the observation of another man who was with a woman who had been hit and was read on

Reflection: April 22 — Earth Day

Janet and I watched a PBS television program, Nova, about the factors that give us our climate; it was an episode called Decoding Our Weather Machine and aired last Wednesday.  There are four major factors that give us our climate: atmosphere, land, ocean, and ice.  They all interrelate along physics lines to give us our read on

Reflection: April 15 – Third Sunday of Easter

There is a part of the Passion Week/Easter narrative that occurs near the end of the Gospel of Matthew and does not appear in other gospels.  Nor is it included anywhere in the lectionary, likely due to its heavy racial bias.  However, this past week I was drawn to a re-telling of this for modern read on

Reflection: April 8 – Easter 2

  Last Wednesday was the 50th anniversary of the murder of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  I was almost 8 when news of his death was announced; I remember well the hush that fell over our home as my parents mourned his murder.  We probably talked about it at school, but what stands read on

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