October 1, 2017 | We all have good intentions, don’t we? But as Jesus teaches us in the gospel reading from Matthew, our intentions don’t really matter. It’s our actions that are grounded in and flow from our relationship with God that count – individually and as a community.
September 24, 2017 | In Matthew’s gospel this week we are presented the vision of divine generosity. The business practices in this parable seem rather strange. Giving workers varying hourly wages that might lead to a class action lawsuit today but this is the way of God’s kingdom. God responds to our needs and this isn’t always fair in terms of rational calculations. Grace is given to respond to our deepest needs, regardless of when or how we come to God with our needs.
September 17 | In our reading this week from Matthew’s gospel we hear Peter ask Jesus, “How often should I forgive, Jesus?” Of course, Jesus’ response to Peter’s question doesn’t really provide an answer but rather points out the misdirection of the question itself. How many times should we forgive? The issue is not how much or how often we are asked to forgive or should forgive. The act of forgiveness is already a limitless, measureless act. Forgiveness is never not present in our lives and in our relationships. That’s the issue. Forgiveness is part and parcel of the Kingdom of Heaven. It’s a constant. It’s not optional. It’s not a choice. We want it to be -- and that’s at the heart of Peter’s question.
September 10, 2017 | Relationships are important. Oh, we may minimize them and say, "It really doesn't matter how I relate to the person sitting next to me in the church pew or the one sitting at the desk next to mine at work." All that matters, we think, is that we do the job well, get home, feed the kids supper, help with homework, and then go to bed to start the day all over again tomorrow. We have too much to do to stop and consider relationships—or do we?
Sept 3, 2017 | Who Am I?
August 27, 2017 | There are many windows to God.
August 20, 2017 | The power of prayer is often described by the results it produces. Perhaps the most powerful result is how it changes us.
August 13, 2017 | We would like to extend a warm welcome back to Jim McKibbin for sharing a message with us every Sunday for the rest of August at Heritage United Church.
August 6, 2017 | The gospel story for this week is an old favourite about Jesus and his disciples that was told over and over again. It was told so many times that it has been recorded in all four gospels. This is the feeding of the 5,000.
The disciples wanted to send the crowds home because they were not equipped to take care of such a large number of people. They are in middle of nowhere. They had nothing more than two fish and five loaves of bread. They don’t have enough. They just don’t have enough to take care of all of these people.
Ever feel that way? Ever feel utterly overwhelmed by the world and your inability to do anything about it? Ever feel like you’re not enough?
July 30, 2017 | In our reading this week from the gospel of Matthew, Jesus takes the time to describe six parables. They are a series of snapshots taken from different perspectives. Each gives a little glimpse that adds to our understanding of God’s kingdom. They provide a new way to consider of seeing and doing things. Seeing heaven in a different way.
For most people I think I would be safe to suggest that it can be described as some far off place.
You might see it in your imagination as a favourite place that brings you peace and comfort. Like a beautiful white sandy beach with the water gently lapping on the shore.
And so this week Jesus uses a mustard seed, leaven, a buried treasure, a beautiful pearl and a net full of fish. The kingdom of heaven is like these, Jesus says. It is not so much something you can figure out or go out and find and you certainly don’t shop for it at a store or order it at amazon.ca.