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October 24

Ruth 1:1-18 Sunday School Activities Over the years, the most common Bible passage people have asked me to read at their weddings is 1 Corinthians 13: “Love is patient, love is kind … love never ends.” For obvious reasons, it makes a good text for folks starting out in marriage together. One of the next most popular verses for weddings comes from…

October 17 – (21st Sunday after Pentecost)

Job 38: 1-7, 34-41 Sunday School Activities Poor Job, by the time, this scripture rolls around he endures 37 chapters of death, famine, disease, and know-it-all friends who have more interest in preserving their ideas about God than helping Job.  Now this in chapter 38, it’s as if God says; ‘Who do you think you are Job?’  What is this garbage you’ve…

October 10 – Thanksgiving

Reflections of Thankfulness – Cast In Bronze Voices United Choir – Peace Like a River Sunday School Activities Matthew 6:25-33 Happy Thanksgiving to each of you!  I want you to think for a moment about the Thanksgiving gatherings that have been a part of your lives over the years.  What were the traditions, the people, the sights, the smells, which made Thanksgiving…

October 3 – How to be Faithful in a Pandemic

Grace Ronan – Amazing Grace Sunday School Activities James 5: 13-20 (19th Sunday after Pentecost) On February 12, 2002 then U.S. Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld was asked this question by a reporter: “…is there any evidence to indicate that Iraq has attempted to or is willing to supply terrorists with weapons of mass destruction? Because there are reports that there is…

September 26 – Salty for Jesus

Mark 9:38-50   Sunday School Activities Confession time. This week’s gospel reading had me pretty fired up. I apologized to our Scripture reader, Gary, numerous times because this was such a difficult passage content-wise. How is this good news?   Even my family couldn’t escape my exasperated laments about this reading – so much so that at dinner one night my daughter told me to stop being so…

September 19 – Jesus Loves Losers

Mark 8: 27-37  Sunday School Activities 17th Sunday after Pentecost)  I try to imagine the experience of the people around Jesus in the faith story this morning, walking along a road, a dirt road, dust kicked up with every step.  They’re bantering back and forth, maybe talking about how great it is to be in Jesus’ company.  Maybe being itinerant they’re wondering where their next meal will be.  Then Jesus asks innocently enough, “who do people say that I…

September 12 – Back to School

Philippians 1:21-30  Sunday School Activities This week was a big one for our students, parents, caregivers, teachers, school staff and administrators.  For most of them, it marked the official start of school.  After spending so much time trying to do the impossible – putting pieces of different puzzles together to create one picture – both physical and virtual doors opened, and learning began for another school year.  There…

September 5 – Embracing Hypocrisy

Mark 7: 24-30  (15th Sunday after Pentecost)  There is a story of a person that is pulled over by the police and asked for their license and registration. “What’s wrong, officer,” the driver asks. The officer says, “well I saw you waving your fist as you swerved around the lady driving in the left lane, and I observed your flushed and angry face as you shouted at the driver who cut you off.” “Is that a…

August 22 – Just Keep Swimming

Matthew 16:13-20 Joint Worship with the Waterloo United Churches One of the things that I have loved in this time of worshipping together in this way is our virtual coffee times that we share each week. Those at Parkminster know how much I like to get my ministry teammate Joe going during them, but more than that, I have loved laughing and…