January 7, 2018 | This week we hear about Jesus' baptism by John at the river Jordan. Jesus’ baptism invites him to embrace his calling as God’s messenger, teacher, and healer. It is unique to him, and sets him apart as God’s healer and saviour. Yet, is it also possible that it provides us with an opportunity to ponder our own unique vocations to be God’s companions in healing the world?
December 31, 2017 | May there be reasons to celebrate the closing of this past year. May there have been places that offered opportunities for growth. May there have been times for being with family and friends. May there have been joys to share.
If this past year had moments of grief, may comfort come in the new year. If this past year had times of challenge, may hope come in the new year. If this past year had times of difficulty, may peace come in the new year.
Join us on this last Sunday of 2017 as we look ahead to the coming year sharing together in worship and fellowship.
December 24, 2017 | “‘And so, this is Christmas,’” in the musical words of John Lennon. This is a story that we have heard told again and again each year. The mysterious pregnancy, the laboured journey to Bethlehem, the star, the stable, the multitude of angels in the blazing sky, the haste of the shepherds discovering the newborn baby, and the broad proclamation that from this moment everything in the whole world had changed. All because this event, ... more than any other event, has made a place for you and me. Despite the immensity of the universe of stars, galaxies and planets in their courses ... the birth of God with us has shown that God is— with us.
May your Christmas this year be filled to the brim with meaning, love and thankfulness ready to be spilled out in the lives of others.
Rev. Lorrie Daly-Price
December 10, 2017 | As Scrooge discovers in the ghostly visit to his past, over a lifetime, the things we remember or those things we refuse to allow ourselves to remember can have a significant impact on who we are and how we live in the here and now. In Scrooge’s case, it was the memories that he repressed, those ones he refused to face, that had the greatest impact on who he had become —a miserable, ruthless, lonely old man. Scrooge is asked to “look upon” the reality of the world and it cracks him open a bit and compassion grows. This Sunday is about our own “looking upon” the world and knowing that love is what we are made for.
December 3, 2017 | In the midst of this busy season, we look forward to slowing down, for even just one hour and sharing a musical presentation mixed with readings and reflections. This presentation has been adapted from Silent Was the Night by Lani Smith. Join us as we take some time to capture the calm, quiet celebration of Christmas.
November 26, 2017 | This week begins our Advent season with the theme that compares the world’s “economy” and God’s desire for peace and justice for all people–especially those on the margins. What is the price for looking out for “our own” and what is the benefit to “making change” in the ways God invites us?
We listen to the words from the Prophet Isaiah and his foretelling of the coming of a king and then Mary’s announcement that she is to give birth to that king spoken of so long ago. The very one who would come to scatter the proud, fill the hungry, lift the lowly and offer new life to the hopeless.
November 19, 2017 | This week’s passage from Matthew’s gospel celebrates a king; for today is the day in the church year when we celebrate the reign of Christ or Christ the King Sunday. It seems appropriate then for us to ask what kind of king is Jesus? Jesus lays aside all that would normally be associated with a king, like fine robs of silk and crowns of gold and instead picks up a shepherd’s crook to seek out the lost wherever they may be. He is a king who provides for our every kind of need. Will we follow his lead and use our own talents and time to carry on the examples that Jesus gave us?
November 12, 2017 | This week we read the saga of the ten bridesmaids, five of which are ready. They come to the night in question and they discover they have no oil in their lamps and have to make a last-minute run to the corner shop to replenish their supply. We can only imagine their disappointment when finally they return to discover that they have missed the big event altogether.
November 5, 2017 | The priests and scribes were living the high life: strutting and preening, soaking up honours, decked out in splendor. Sure they were scriptural whiz-kids. But where was the love? They were star performers of ritual. But their praise was hollow. They had the brains, but not the heart. They used their offices to coerce, not to serve. That was at least until Jesus came on the scene. He finds the priestly enjoying all of this privilege they seem to think they had earned. In a blunt straight talk he approaches them and states, whoever wants to be first, must first become a servant…the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve.
October 29, 2017 | This week we overhear one small part of a conversation between Jesus and the religious authorities. Sort of like listening in on a family argument, but with much higher stakes. Feeling offended and quite likely threatened by Jesus, they fight back with the only weapons available to them: what they have learned and their way with words.
The Pharisees take their best shot and try to catch Jesus off guard but it backfires on them. It has been suggested that if we thought of this as a baseball metaphor, we might say that the Pharisees throw Jesus an easy pitch and he hits it out of the park. But as always there is a twist in the interpretation that Jesus responds with.