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Sermons on Matthew

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter Matthew 28:16-20 Parkminster United Church, Sunday, June 7, 2020 Rev. Heather Power There have been times over the length of my life when I have stopped to wonder how I ever got the idea that I wanted to be a minister. I was a minister’s kid after all – born and raised in The United Church of Canada. In…

Insistent Love

Insistent Love—Matthew 21: 1-11  (April 5, 2020—Palm Sunday) We’re all scared, by things we never imagined could make us fearful; touching the bananas in the grocery store, the neighbour coming your way on the narrow sidewalk you share, the mail, a trip to the drug store.  For some of us, the fear is entwined with livelihoods.  For some of us simply going…

The Upside Down

The Upside Down[1]—Matthew 5: 1-12  (March 29, 2020—5th Sunday in Lent) If you’re a fan of the Netflix series, “Stranger Things”, you know about a place called “the upside down”, the alternate reality where the rules of daily living no longer apply, where fear and confusion dominate and danger lurks, I was going to say “around every corner” but there are no…

Community and Change – One More Step

Matthew 17: 1-8 Community and Change-One More Step Sunday, February 9, 2020 – Rev. Heather Power Today marks the end of our sermon series on Community and Change. Each week during the series Joe has started off with a light bulb joke. So here’s mine… How many Heather’s does it take to change a light bulb? Why change the light bulb when…

Nothing to Prove

Nothing to Prove—Matthew 3: 13-17 (January 12, 2020-Baptism of Jesus) I can’t imagine anything more frustrating than having my identity stolen. Frank Norman, from St. John’s, Newfoundland had this happen to him after his wallet was taken. It was one nightmare after another for him. He was arrested for stealing from a Wal-Mart even though he’d never been to the town in…

A Moment of Epiphany

A Moment of Epiphany  Matthew 2:1-12 January 5, 2020 – Parkminister UC – Rev. Heather Power Note: Some inspiration for this sermon came from a reflection on patheos.com. Over the years I have coordinated a lot of Christmas pageants. Perhaps it’s because I’ve directed so many Christmas pageants, but when I hear the story of the wise ones visiting the baby Jesus,…

Christmas – The Next Day

Christmas—The Next Day—Matthew 2: 13-23 (December 29, 2019—1st Sunday after Christmas) (This reflection relies extensively on the work of Nadia Bolz-Weber.  It is an adaption of her sermon, “Fear vs Love: a Sermon about 2 Different Kinds of Men.”  It can be found at https://www.patheos.com/blogs/nadiabolzweber?s=matthew+2) To coin a common phrase these days, “Well, that escalated quickly”.  It was just five days ago…

Dreaming God’s Dream

Dreaming God’s Dream—Matthew 1: 18-25 (December 22, 2019—4th Sunday in Advent) Everybody is looking for a bargain this time of year or at least the appearance of a bargain.  I see where some stores are holding “Boxing Week” sales before Christmas even happens. Well let me tell you about the great 2 for 1 bargain you get with scripture.  Every time you…

Hoping Without Expectation

Hoping Without Expectation—Matthew 24: 3-4, 36-44 December 8, 2019- 2ndt Sunday in Advent I have a hard time with Matthew’s Gospel.  It’s full of dire warnings about what will happen if you don’t follow God’s way.  In Matthew, God is a judge and a punisher who separates out the faithful and the unfaithful.  Frankly, on first reading Matthew’s theology forms the backbone…