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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…

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…