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Sunday, December 4, 2022: “Waiting, Watching, Expectantly”

Sunday School Activities Waiting, Watching, Expectantly—Isaiah 11: 1-10(December 4, 2022—2nd Sunday in AdventPrior to the reflection the following excerpt from “Seeds of Hope: A Henri Nouwen Reader”, pages 257-259 was shared. In it Henri Nouwen relays his experience of faith, career and caring for Adam, a young man with profound intellectual disabilities.“Out of this broken body and broken mind emerged a most…

Sunday, November 27, 2022: Daring Community

Sunday School Activities Daring CommunityMatthew 24:36-44Parkminster United ChurchSunday, November 27, 2022 – Advent 1What images do you associate with Advent? A lush Advent Wreath surrounding blue and pink candles? Nativity scenes and decorations that remind us that something special is coming. Or maybe even calendars with chocolates or some other treat tucked inside?In the video we just saw, theologian Nadia Bolz-Weber gives…

Sunday, November 20: “Jesus-King or Mascot?”

Sunday School Activities Jesus—King or Mascot?—Luke 23: 33-43(November 20, 2022-Reign of Christ Sunday)One of my favourite popular writers on the Christian faith is Anne Lamott. Her expressions of faith are beautiful in their simultaneous, simplicity, depth, and playfulness. She shares the practical wisdom of a faith that saved her from the indignities and hopelessness of addiction. Some of that wisdom came to…

November 13, 2022: The Lens of Hope

Sunday School Activities The Lens of HopeIsaiah 65:17-25Parkminster United Church – November 13, 2022When I was 12 years old, I had a rather spectacular fall from my bike that resulted in meneeding surgery and two pins placed in my then dislocated hip. My favourite nurse at theHospital for Sick Children was named Mary – she reminded me of my grandmother, calm,caring, and…

Sunday, November 6, 2022: “You Can’t Win, You Can’t Lose”

Sunday School Activities You Can’t Win, You Can’t Lose-Luke 14: 1, 7-14(November 6, 2022-22nd Sunday after Pentecost)Remembrance Sunday and Remembrance Day are days when we think of service to others. When we consider the service of those who lost their lives and those who returned diminished from war we see true examplars of service and sacrifice. So much was given, with so…

October 23, 2022: Don’t Be Good, Be Faithful

Sunday School Activities Don’t be Good, Be Faithful—Luke 18: 9-14(20th Sunday after Pentecost-October 23, 2022)The reflection today is addressed to Chloe, the child baptized in this morning’s service.Dear Chloe,Forgive me for such a confusing scripture on the day of your baptism. Your family might be wondering what kind of message this is for a day like today: Jesus admonishes the good person…

October 16, 2022: Faith as Trust; Faith as Justice

Sunday School Activities 1The Way of the HeartLuke 18:1-8Parkminster United Church – Sunday, October 16, 2022Over the summer I read The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe. This is the true story of Will and his mother, Mary Anne, who start a “book club” that brings them together as her life comes to a close. In the book, Mary…

October 9, 2022: Gratitude, Healing and Faith

Sunday School Activities Home For Thanksgiving-Luke 17 11-19(Thanksgiving-14th Sunday after Pentecost October 9, 2022)Have you noticed the flocks of geese yet, overhead in their noisy, elegant V-shaped formations? It’s an image that comes to mind as I think about Thanksgiving and the human instinct to migrate home for certain holidays. Thanksgiving is one of those times of year where the urge is…

September 25 Service: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Sunday School Activities Stirring the Waters1—Matthew 4: 1 & 8-10 and 28: 16-20September 25, 2022—National Day for Truth and ReconciliationYou know that old joke about fish in water? There are these two young fish swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says, “Morning, boys. How’s the water?” And the two…