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Sermons on Matthew

Gratitude for the Harvest

Voices United Choir Sisi Ni Moja https://youtu.be/5CK1r_Kmx0Q Bell Choir Come You Thankful People Come https://youtu.be/cwc_oaj9FSU Gratitude for the Harvest – Matthew 13:18-23 Parkminster United Church – Thanksgiving Sunday – October 11, 2020 Rev. Heather Power I received a rather surprising and sweet email this past week. It was from a couple who were looking to connect with my late mother. You see she was…

The Trouble With Fairness

A lot of people have trouble with this parable.  How did it strike you?  I think for a lot of us this parable offends our sense of fairness.  Why should everyone get equal pay for unequal work?  It doesn’t make sense.  This parable enters our hearts like cod liver oil or Buckley’s cough syrup— you know Jesus is right, you know it…

Reflection: August 30

Reflection—Matthew 16: 21-28 (August 30, 2020-13th Sunday after Pentecost) I wonder if those of you who are old enough remember the game show Let’s Make a Deal. Each Let’s Make a Deal began with the host, Monty Hall choosing a studio audience member at random to play a game against him. Although the games were always different, the usual pattern was that…

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,…