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Sermons on Family

Sunday, May 24

Reflection given at Parkminster United Church, Waterloo, May 24, 2020 Entomologists tell us that one of the results of global warming is an increase in the number of Ticks that are lurking in woodlots and hiking trails in Southern Ontario. Well, as it happens, two people close to me – one child and one adult – were bitten by Ticks this week…

Hope in Pandemic Times

Hope in Pandemic Times—1 Peter 3: 13-17  May 17, 2020-6th Sunday of Easter Hope is a funny thing.  What brings hope to one person can come across as threatening to someone else.  Perhaps we’ve gotten a sense of this with some of the tentative steps that Ontario is taking to re-open and some of the bolder and some would say reckless steps…

Home

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…

Psalm 23 Reflection

Have you found yourself taking notice and appreciating things that only a few weeks ago we took for granted? Let me give one small example from my own life. We are a two vehicle household. Since I’m working from home and my wife has been laid off she’s been running the errands in the van, her vehicle. My car has sat idle.…

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…

Seeing, Believing, Living

Seeing, Believing, Living-John 20: 19 & 24-31 April 19, 2020-2nd Sunday of Easter I think Heather and I have been like most people in the last few weeks, alternately cursing and giving thanks for technology.  Tuesday mornings are a time of gratitude for us as we host our weekly Parkminster Connects ZOOM gatherings. We usually start with a reading and some questions…

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…

Insistent Love

Insistent Love—Matthew 21: 1-11  (April 5, 2020—Palm Sunday) We’re all scared, by things we never imagined could make us fearful; touching the bananas in the grocery store, the neighbour coming your way on the narrow sidewalk you share, the mail, a trip to the drug store.  For some of us, the fear is entwined with livelihoods.  For some of us simply going…