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Sermons by Rev. Joe Gaspar

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…

First Sunday in Advent – November 29

Voices United Choir – Jubilate Deo Sunday School Activities – Advent Advent Calendar for Families Devotional – Advent Reflection—Jeremiah 33: 14-16 (November 29, 2020—1st Sunday in Advent) I came across a quote this week that struck me as a fitting summary for the scripture reading, it goes like this, “Hope, like faith, is nothing if it is not courageous; it is nothing if…

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…

Remembering the Saints – November 1

Sunday School Activities Remembering the Saints—2 Timothy 4: 1-7 (November 1, 2020-22nd Sunday after Pentecost) On this All Saints Sunday we remember that the church of the 21st century stands on the shoulders of all those who like the writer of second Timothy fought the good fight and have now finished the race.  They were people like us—faithful and unfaithful, righteous and…

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…

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…

Sharing Our Faith Stories: Joe Gaspar

Faith Story-Rev. Joe Gaspar September 6, 2020 It’s my turn. It’s only fair that after a number of you shared your faith stories over the last two years that your Ministers would begin to share theirs. Going through the process this week of figuring out what I’m going to say has given me a renewed appreciation for everyone who has shared their…

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…