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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…

Lament for COVID Times – January 17

Sunday School Activities Rev. Joe Gaspar & Rev. Heather Power Joe: It was the beginning of the week and I was on for preaching.  As is my custom I went to the scriptures as laid out in the lectionary and began to read, this week they were mostly about God’s call.  The boy Samuel hearing God’s whispers and the first disciples dropping…

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…

Christmas Eve Communion Service

Voices United Choir – A Quiet Invitation Christmas Expectations Here we are, Christmas 2020. A Christmas – and a year – most of us could never have imagined.  So many of the rich traditions that have made this holiday celebration so meaningful through the years will have to be abandoned or adapted this year. No flying or driving to go and see…

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…

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…

Tending the Vineyard

Tending the Vineyard – Isaiah 5:1-7 Sunday, October 4, 2020 – World Communion – Parkminster United Church Rev. Heather Power Many years ago, a colleague that I was in team ministry with coordinated a church bus trip to some Niagara wineries as a Spirituality of Wine tour. Let me tell you, never have I seen a church event fill up so fast!…