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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…

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…

The “Easteriest” Easter

The “Easteriest” Easter Mark 16:1-8 April 12, 2020, Easter Sunday – Parkminster United Church Rev. Heather Power This is not the Easter we imagined celebrating this morning. There isn’t the brilliant display of Easter flowers in the sanctuary. The swell of the organ, the burst of voices from the choir. The giggles of children ready to take part in our annual Easter…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…