Sermon: Pentecost Sunday, May 31, 2020 – Acts 2: 1-21

JOIN US ONLINE FOR COMMUNION this Pentecost Sunday: Pentecost Sunday, is widely regarded as the birthday of the Church, so today’s message starts with the not-very-liturgical words, Happy Birthday!   We won’t be having cake, but later in the service as we share in a socially-distanced communion service, we will have bread and wine or whatever celebrative beverage suits the occasion for you – and I hope that the mood of celebration permeates this time of worship.  This week, our focus …

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Missing the 7 pm bells?

At 7 pm each night, we’re all encouraged to make joyous noise as a note of thanks to our first-line responders.  Part of this has been the peals of the Church bells at St. Michael’s Anglican and Ralph Connor United.  Unfortunately, the next few days both bells will be silenced – at St. Michael’s, an ongoing silence as their bell is broken, and at Ralph Connor, a temporary silence due to the sanctuary & narthex floor refinishing.  For those wishing …

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Evensong – Wednesday, May 27, 2020 @ 7:15 PM

Evensong – Wednesday, May 27, 2020 A door opens in the centre of our being and we seem to fall through it into the immense depths which, though they are infinite, are all accessible to us. ~ Thomas Merton Somewhere in our lives there are people…or perhaps it is we ourselves Who are here to create new visions, to dream wider dreams, to hope beyond the ordinary And to cling to very little during this time of breaking through into …

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Sermon: Ascension Sunday May 24, 2020 – Acts 1: 1-11

One of the ways to tease out a Christian denomination’s priorities and theology, is to look at how they name their Churches.   If a denomination tends to use phrases like “Crown of Glory Christian Fellowship” that suggests a very different approach than “Historic Holy Trinity Parish” and that suggests a very different approach than “your subdivision named here, Church”. Video link: https://youtu.be/ysU15cRvzrU PDF link: Sermon_24May2020 So on this Sunday when we mark the going up, or “Ascension” of Christ into …

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Evensong – Wednesday, May 20, 2020 – 7:15 pm

Evensong    Ah — a resting place, where we come to understand it is not required of us to wrestle constantly and passionately with our God — nor pursue relentlessly all God’s decrees as we understand them, but only that we listen and wonder and hope and pray… Edwina Gateley   Join us virtually for mid-week Evensong, Wednesday, May 20, 7:15pm

Sermon: May 17, 2020 – John 14: 1-21

“Whether it’s the first day of kindergarten, the start of a new job, puberty, or retirement, change – even when it is welcomed – tends to be challenging to cope with…. The notion of liminality offers an interesting perspective on the human experience of [organizational] change. View at https://youtu.be/9JDKrLkWwq8 Download a PDF of this sermon here. “Anthropologists use the term ‘liminality’ to describe the sense of chaos and ambiguity that a social group endures during a time of transition. Coined …

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Evensong – Wednesday, May 13, 2020 @ 7:15 pm

Evensong, Wednesday May 13, 2020  They can be like a sun, words. They can do for the heart What light can For a field. ~John of the Cross Give me a small line of verse from time to time, O God, And if I cannot write it down for lack of paper or light, Then let me address it softly in the evening to your  Great Heaven. But please give me a small line of verse. ~Etty Hillesum, An Interrupted …

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Sermon: May 10, 2020 – Colossians 1: 3-14

We are now in our eighth week of providing Worship through virtual means rather than in-person. While I wouldn’t say there’s a good time for a pandemic to be declared, it was interesting from a preaching standpoint to see how the time of year – the end of the season of Lent, followed by Holy Week and Easter, when we go through very shadowy times before emerging into the light once more– helped us examine how God is present to …

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