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Sermons on Luke

April 18 – Resurrection Witnesses

Luke 24: 36b-48 3rd Sunday after Easter (Earth Sunday) Sunday School Activities Today, in the gospel reading, we enter a room filled with Jesus’ disciples trying to understand strange rumours: the one they saw dead is alive! How can that be? And suddenly there he is, sitting with them eating fish. This Sunday is also Earth Sunday. And we can imagine or…

Christmas Eve Communion Service

Voices United Choir – A Quiet Invitation Christmas Expectations Here we are, Christmas 2020. A Christmas – and a year – most of us could never have imagined.  So many of the rich traditions that have made this holiday celebration so meaningful through the years will have to be abandoned or adapted this year. No flying or driving to go and see…

Full of Grace – Advent 2 – December 6

Remember Me – Solo -Jamie Hofman You Already Know – Solo – Kathleen Vanderlinen Sunday School Activities Devotion Advent 2 Family Advent Calendar Luke 1:26-38 – Advent 2 I was about 10 years old when I was asked to play Mary in my church Christmas pageant. I remember feeling quite grown‐up the first time I put on my costume — a light…

Keep Bumbling On

Keep Bumbling On Luke 24:13-24, 28-35  Preached at Parkminster UC, April 26, 2020 – online worship Rev. Heather Power A number of years ago, there was a wonderful TV movie released called “Into the Storm.” Through a series of flashbacks, Winston Churchill, played by actor Brendan Gleeson, examines his role in World War II and the difficult decisions he was called upon…

Christmas Possibilities

Christmas Possibilities—Luke 2: 1-20 (December 24, 2019—Christmas Eve Communion Service) I wonder sometimes if we aren’t all a little tired of this story.  Perhaps that’s why Christmas has been re-invented as a key economic indicator, eagerly anticipated for it’s economic stimulus.  Gift giving once a symbolic act of God’s gift to us has become disconnected from any spiritual meaning, co-opted by the…

Children’s Sunday

Note: some illustrations adapted/inspired by The United Church of Canada’s Children’s Sunday resource materials. The Maasai people of Kenya retain much of their traditional ways and cultural heritage. For as long as anyone can remember, their warriors used to greet each other with what translates to “How are the children?”  It is the most widely used greeting by the whole community. The…

Living a Mystery

I love baptism Sundays. There is so much hope in the air on days like today. Not much different from what the crowd in our faith story must have felt. Everything looked so promising. Here was this itinerant preacher/teacher from a small hick town riding into Jerusalem, into the heart of civic and religious power proclaiming a new vision for a people held under the thumb of Roman rule. Jesus was like an open window that magically appeared in the locked room of their existence.