Moment of Clarity With Rev. Lorrie Daly-Price
Broken Into Pieces

Broken Into Pieces

June 25, 2019

June 23, 2019 | In our reading this morning Luke gives us a story of demons. What catches my attention in this story is the man hidden in the centre of the story, the man possessed by all those demons. He is somebody we all have seen, somebody we may know. And he’s somebody who asks us to look at ourselves.

He’s a man who has lost himself. He had been “a man of the city” known to his neighbours, a member of the community. But now he lives in death, “among the tombs” Luke says, out beyond the city walls.  He has nothing, no home, no clothes, no name anymore. He has no voice. He is lost to himself and shattered into unrecognizable pieces of his former humanity. He is at the mercy of powers beyond his control, driven to the brink of existence.

Then Jesus comes along and gives the man an identity again, or tries to, and the healing begins. Jesus reaches across the isolation and separation so characteristic of illness and calms the storms in this man, speaking to him and treating him like a human being.

How do we respond to the possibility of healing in our lives, our communities: do we choose to hold fast to the old ways or do we step forward into liberation?

I Have Many Things To Say To You

I Have Many Things To Say To You

June 17, 2019

June 16, 2019 | This week our focus is on text from John’s Gospel. Here John speaks about how Jesus’ message is continued through the work of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Jesus reflecting his message and values. The Holy Spirit’s gifts are not found primarily in speaking in tongues and Pentecostal drama like we heard last week but in living in the way of Jesus. The question is how do we do that? How do we live in the way that Jesus lived? The answer to that comes in our welcoming, embracing, healing and nurturing presence to one another, the community and world around us. By living this way Jesus’ Spirit joins us with all creation, building bridges with diversity, inspiring us to creativity and mediating divine healing.  I am certain that it requires a bit of patient listening on our part — but the inner voice of God’s Spirit is always there for us.

God Communicates a Message of Love

God Communicates a Message of Love

June 11, 2019

June 9, 2019 | This Sunday we celebrate Pentecost. This is a day of celebration that a lot of people call the birthday of the church. It's the day the people heard the good news of Jesus' message: God's love for everyone – in the language they needed to hear. The language of their home lands.

We could ask ourselves what languages do we need to speak so that everyone can hear? The language of twitter and text; the language of technology and economics and science and of education. So many languages so many ways to speak the gospel. How do we translate the message of Pentecost? Could it be simply this?

God is with you. God loves you. God is there for you when you think you are alone. God’s Spirit comes at the most unexpected times with courage and strength when you think there is none.

Where Did Jesus Go?

Where Did Jesus Go?

June 5, 2019

June 2, 2019 | This Sunday is also referred to as Environment Sunday. A chance to pause for a moment and reflect on the awesome world that God has given us to take care of especially seeing all the new growth beginning to sprout up around us.

For seeds are a miracle of life and a sign of what is possible. They speak to the abundance that God intends for creation. The seeds we sow in gardens and fields are meant for blessing. The seeds we sow in our acts of compassion, healing, peace-making and justice-seeking, small as they seem, are also meant to bless.

The seeds we sow are intended to produce a harvest far beyond the tiny seed we start with. Take some time today to reflect on the seeds that you sow and the impact those seeds have.

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