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Sermons on John

Tears of Grace and Truth – March 21

John 11:1-7, 17-45 – Lent 5 Sunday School Activities This morning’s gospel lesson is a puzzling text. Many scholars have told us that the story of the death and raising of Lazarus is the gospel writer’s rehearsal for the death and resurrection of Jesus.  Others remind us that this is a story of hope: Jesus can restore life when all hope, when…

Lent 3 – March 7, 2021

Sunday School Activities John 2:13-22 Last Monday, The Record posted an article entitled “That last ‘normal’ thing you did before the world fell apart” and recalled stories and memories of a time pre-Covid.  Do you remember some of the last things that you did before our world changed? (If you do, feel free to type it into our Zoom chat or in…

Home

Home  John 14:1-6a, 8-14 Preached at Parkminster United Church, Sunday, May 10, 2020 Rev. Heather Power In our reading from John’s gospel this morning, we heard the beginning of what is known as the “farewell discourse” of Jesus. Jesus’ words to Thomas, “I am the way, the truth and the life,” emerge stridently from the center of the text. I don’t know…

Seeing, Believing, Living

Seeing, Believing, Living-John 20: 19 & 24-31 April 19, 2020-2nd Sunday of Easter I think Heather and I have been like most people in the last few weeks, alternately cursing and giving thanks for technology.  Tuesday mornings are a time of gratitude for us as we host our weekly Parkminster Connects ZOOM gatherings. We usually start with a reading and some questions…

A Whole New World

Reflection – A Whole New World 1 John 4:7-8, 18-19 March 22, 2020 – Parkminster United Church – Online Worship Rev. Heather Power How shockingly different life has become in just over a week. Like many of you, I have experienced a myriad of emotions. Sleep has not been easy. Tears have flowed more readily. Before I was ordained, I served as…

Persistent Friend – 3rd Sunday in Lent

Persistent Friend—John 4: 5-42  March 15, 2020- 3rd  Sunday in Lent I am a lover of words.  I love to play with words.  I love the power that words have to to change our way of thinking about something ordinary or mundane.  One of my favourite examples of this occured in the relationship between between the former Waterloo Presbytery and former Hamilton…

Strangers in the Night – Lent 2

John 3:1-17                    Strangers in the Night March 8, 2020 – Parkminster United Church, Lent 2 Rev. Heather Power Theologian and scholar Barbara Brown Taylor tells the story of a woman who set out to discover the meaning of life. First she read everything she could get her hands on–history, philosophy, psychology, religion. But nothing she read gave her the answer she…

God’s Beloved Community

God’s Beloved Community—John 17: 20-26 February 16, 2020-Black History Month Service There was a time when I struggled with the need for things like Black History Month, with displays of rainbow flags, with days set aside for women.  I come across a fair number of well-meaning people who struggle with this as well.  It can feel like the cohesion we used to…