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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: September 3

        This has been a challenging year for us in BC with respect to forests. Fires and floods were what we have experienced this year. And the ongoing attempts to change the culture of cutting trees from clear-cutting to sustainable logging is always before us.         I don’t quite remember my first read on

Reflection: June 18

Scripture: Genesis 18:1–15 (21:1–7) When you heard the reading from Genesis, were you able to picture the story? Were you able to picture yourself in it? Now picture this – what would have happened if Abraham had not invited the three men in? What would have happened if Abraham had simply bid them “good day” and read on

Reflection: June 11

         When we were living in Matheson, in Northern Ontario, different people were invited to offer words at the graduation from grade 7 to high school. The school in Matheson had an elementary school that was from Junior kindergarten to grade 7, if my memory serves! That’s quite an age gap.          I talked about read on

Reflection: May 21

Acts 17:22-31 Good news! Did you hear that? You are God’s child! We are all God’s children! Listen to the way Paul talks to the people in Athens. In this day and age where politics is full of divisive rhetoric, we could learn a thing or two from this nearly two-thousand-year-old speech. “From one ancestor, read on

Reflection: May 14

         It was the best of times; it was the worst of times. That beginning to the novel, A Tale of Two Cities, was written by Charles Dickens. It is a classic beginning that is useful to describe many instances in many different situations. I think of 1988 and the General Council of The United Church of read on

Reflection: May 7

         As some of you know, I was at the Inspire conference of the Contemplative Justice Network of BC Conference, held at St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church. It was held in parallel with Children and Youth Ministry workshops. It was inspiring. And part of what was inspiring was the gathering of young people in their 20’s read on

Reflection: April 30

Sermon Title: From Obvious to Holy Gift                         Scripture: Luke 24:13-35 If you remember only one thing from this scripture story, let it be Jesus’ question put to the two on the road. As they discuss all the things that happened in Jerusalem, as they read on

Reflection: April 23

         One of the phrases that occurs over and over in the bible in different guises is “Fear not!”          A superficial reading of the Bible gives 365 renderings of “Fear not!”—one for each day of the year. Last week we heard it again in Matthew’s account of the read on

Reflection: April 2— Believe. Believe Again – and Again!

Scriptures: Ezekiel 37:1-14; John 11:1-45           Once again this morning’s gospel reading is long and many layered and raises many questions. Biblical scholars tell us that the raising of Lazarus is “a sign story.” Therefore the primary function of this story, this event, is to reveal God. We heard Jesus explain read on

Reflection: March 26

We continue to read from John’s Gospel and another long and full story about seeing. This is a more direct story about seeing. John raises for us several questions: How do we see the world around us? How do we see each other? How do we see the long arc of justice? Or healing? Or read on