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Sermons by Rev. Heather Power

November 21: The Spirit at Work

Voices United Choir: We Praise Thee, O God Sunday School Activities Isaiah 42:1-9 Sometimes I feel a bit like a broken record when I speak about the resilience, grace, and care of this faith community over these many pandemic months. But it is something that I feel is worth uplifting time and again because it is true. Together we have been –…

November 7 – Sacred Earth

Sunday School Activities Distant Land – Voices United Choir One Drum – The Band Revelation 21:1-6a  I want to start out this morning by reading a portion of a wonderful piece of literature. It was published in the 1920s and authored by James Weldon Johnson. Johnson was a civil rights activist, writer, composer, politician, educator and lawyer, as well as one of…

October 24

Ruth 1:1-18 Sunday School Activities Over the years, the most common Bible passage people have asked me to read at their weddings is 1 Corinthians 13: “Love is patient, love is kind … love never ends.” For obvious reasons, it makes a good text for folks starting out in marriage together. One of the next most popular verses for weddings comes from…

October 10 – Thanksgiving

Reflections of Thankfulness – Cast In Bronze Voices United Choir – Peace Like a River Sunday School Activities Matthew 6:25-33 Happy Thanksgiving to each of you!  I want you to think for a moment about the Thanksgiving gatherings that have been a part of your lives over the years.  What were the traditions, the people, the sights, the smells, which made Thanksgiving…

September 26 – Salty for Jesus

Mark 9:38-50   Sunday School Activities Confession time. This week’s gospel reading had me pretty fired up. I apologized to our Scripture reader, Gary, numerous times because this was such a difficult passage content-wise. How is this good news?   Even my family couldn’t escape my exasperated laments about this reading – so much so that at dinner one night my daughter told me to stop being so…

September 12 – Back to School

Philippians 1:21-30  Sunday School Activities This week was a big one for our students, parents, caregivers, teachers, school staff and administrators.  For most of them, it marked the official start of school.  After spending so much time trying to do the impossible – putting pieces of different puzzles together to create one picture – both physical and virtual doors opened, and learning began for another school year.  There…

August 22 – Just Keep Swimming

Matthew 16:13-20 Joint Worship with the Waterloo United Churches One of the things that I have loved in this time of worshipping together in this way is our virtual coffee times that we share each week. Those at Parkminster know how much I like to get my ministry teammate Joe going during them, but more than that, I have loved laughing and…

May 2 – Carry On

Sunday School Activities Matthew 5:1-12 Asian Heritage Month Allegreto by John Stanley – Neil Murray Earlier last year, Raymond Chang went to Walmart. It was his first trip out of the house after he and many other Americans had started self-quarantining to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus. Soon after he walked into the store, two women looked at him, and…

April 25 – Road Trips

1 John 3:16-24  New Member/Adherent Sunday Sunday School Activities Allegro in B Flat – Neil Murray For as long as I can remember I have loved roads. Roads are the circulatory system of our communities and the original information highway. Without roads, there would be no villages, cities, or towns.  They are the lifeblood of our connectedness, even in a cyber age.…

Tears of Grace and Truth – March 21

John 11:1-7, 17-45 – Lent 5 Sunday School Activities This morning’s gospel lesson is a puzzling text. Many scholars have told us that the story of the death and raising of Lazarus is the gospel writer’s rehearsal for the death and resurrection of Jesus.  Others remind us that this is a story of hope: Jesus can restore life when all hope, when…