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Sermons on Matthew

Wisdom and Awe – January 3 – Epiphany

Wisdom and Awe- Matthew 2: 1-12 (January 3, 2020-Epiphany) I invite you to conjure for a moment in your mind images of wise people who have entered your life.  What is it about these people that make them wise?  What sets them apart from those you don’t consider so wise?  It’s only natural to consider such a question on a day when…

Burnt Barns, Moon Sightings and a Pandemic Christmas – Advent 3 – December 13

Voices United Choir – Can You See the Light in Bethlehem Sunday School Activities Advent Devotion – Do Not Be Afraid Family Advent Calendar Burnt Barns, Moon Sightings and a Pandemic Christmas—Matthew 1: 18-25 This is the kind of week where preachers earn their pay, preaching joy in the midst of a pandemic Christmas.  It was a week where I was reminded…

Reign of Christ Sunday – November 22

Sunday School Activities – The Sheep and the Goats The Band: Call It Dreaming Solo: Hannah Crawford – Sweet, Bide With Me Matthew 25:31-46 A new sculpture depicting homelessness in the region was unveiled last weekend in downtown Kitchener. Last Saturday, the KW Homeless Memorial committee showed off the piece, which is made up of a single bronze backpack perched on top…

The Grace of Not Knowing – November 15

Sunday School Activities The Grace of Not Knowing—Matthew 25: 14-30 (November 15, 2020-24th Sunday after Pentecost) When I sit down to write a reflection part of my process is to go back and read what I’ve written previously.  They’re little time capsules these old sermons.  Reading them I’m reminded of what was going on in the world or the church at that…

Remembrance Sunday November 8

Sunday School Activities Matthew 25:1-13  Rev. Heather Power Paper Lanterns is a documentary film about Shigeaki Mori, a survivor of the 1945 bombing of Hiroshima.  Mori was eight years old when the bomb fell on his home city.  In the film, he describes the mushroom cloud, and a darkness so total he could not see the fingers he held up to his…

October 25 – Inseparable Love

Sunday School Activities Inseparable Love—Matthew 22: 34-40  (October 25, 2020-21st  Sunday after Pentecost) My wife Andrea is a woman of many creative interests.  Our homes over the years have housed sewing rooms, a stained glass work space, knitting baskets and wire bead jewellery supplies and equipment and more.  For a while Andrea sold her wire bead jewellery at a market in Rosseau…

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…