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Sermons on Family

April 11-Laughter and Resistance

Laughter and Resistance—1 John 1: 1-8a 2nd Sunday after Easter Sunday School Activities Amid so much seriousness these days, you may wonder if there’s a place for joking around and laughing—a pandemic lockdown and all the stress that goes with it, racism in our lives, the news and social media feeds, economic anxiety and inequality and a great deal of unpredictability and…

Love and Imagination-Palm Sunday-March 28

Sunday School Activities Mark 11: 1-11 If you follow me on Facebook, you’ll know that I’m heartbroken and angry about the state of the world right now.  But, let me begin with one year ago.  Last year for Palm Sunday, at the beginning of the pandemic I compared the inner struggle and courage of essential workers to the inner struggle and courage…

Reflection-On Being a Fool-March 14

Sunday School Activities Fourth Sunday in Lent Mark Twain once said “When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”  In matters of faith, I have been arrogant,…

Lent 3 – March 7, 2021

Sunday School Activities John 2:13-22 Last Monday, The Record posted an article entitled “That last ‘normal’ thing you did before the world fell apart” and recalled stories and memories of a time pre-Covid.  Do you remember some of the last things that you did before our world changed? (If you do, feel free to type it into our Zoom chat or in…

Lent 1 – February 21

Sunday School Activities Mark 1:9-15 It’s almost fitting that Mark is our lectionary gospel ushering us into the season of Lent this year. How perfect on a Sunday when we have our Annual Meeting afterwards that Mark keeps it short and sweet and gives us the overview of Jesus’ baptism, temptation and launch into ministry. Unlike Matthew and Luke, Mark offers no…

Confession and Grace-Black History Month 1-Feb. 7

Sunday School Activities Genesis 1: 25-27 (February 7, 2021-5th Epiphany) Betty Pries is someone Heather and I have worked with for a couple of years now.  Betty, among many other things is a leadership consultant who specializes in churches.  She’s helped us develop our team ministry.  Recently she wrote an article for her newsletter on churches and the work of anti-racism.  It…

Prophetic Voices January 31

SS Activities Deuteronomy 18:15-20 Last week, like many of you, I watched the presidential inauguration in The United States. I was mesmerized by Amanda Gorman, whose poem The Hill We Climb left me in awe of its wisdom, beauty, and honesty. It was noted in one article that “the young Harvard grad was sharing a stage with leaders multiple times her age,…

Call Stories – January 24

Sunday School Activities Mark 1:14-20 Last week I was invited by two of the Regions in The United Church to serve as chaplain for students having their final interviews as they prepare to be ordained or commissioned in The United Church of Canada. While it was certainly a bit different – having to be fully virtual via Zoom – the experience brought…