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December 1, 2019 – Safe Space

Text:  Luke 1:39-45 Advent, the four-week period leading to Christmas is my favorite season. I love the pace of the season – it invites us to slow down in our hectic schedules, and to take a deep breath in our fast paced world. I’m surprised by how fast people drive even on the icy roads!(…)

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November 17, 2019 – THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM

Text:  Isaiah 65:17-25 What do you like to imagine when your heart is in trouble? Who do you like to think of when you are desperately in need of someone who can help ground you or calm you down? Perhaps it’s your cottage and its surroundings that can bring you peace of mind if you(…)

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NOVEMBER 10, 2019 – REMEMBER TO REMEMBER

Sometimes I get the messages I needed unexpectedly. I don’t have to look to find them. They come and find me. I just need to listen. Last Thursday when I was preparing for today’s service, I was desperately in need of inspiration to begin to write my reflection. Taking books off the bookshelf one after(…)

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NOVEMBER 3, 2019 – CROWD, ZACCHAEUS AND MESSENGER

Text:  Luke 19: 1-10 The story of Zacchaeus is one of my favorite passages in the Bible. The dramatic storyline is so inviting that we can find ourselves in the story. We can be among the crowd. Some of us come with excitement or curiosity, while some others of us come with a little bit(…)

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October 27, 2019 – RETHINKING PRAYER

Text:  Luke 18: 9-14 Last week while I was walking down the street to catch a bus I saw something unusual but pleasant. There was a man with a dog standing at the crosswalk. He was dancing to the music that he was listening to through the headphone. The movement he made was a phenomenon.(…)

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OCTOBER 13, 2019 – GOING DEEP

Text: Luke 17: 11-19 Many of you have asked me what exactly I am learning during my sabbatical. It’s been a month since I started a Clinical Pastoral Education program at St. Boniface Hospital. It’s a hands-on experience involving the whole being – body, mind and spirit – in learning about pastoral care. The biggest(…)

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October 6, 2019 – A SONG OF LAMENTATION

Text:  Psalm 137 Last Friday, I joined more than 12,000 people in marching for Climate Action downtown Winnipeg. The whole event for me was like a pilgrimage, a journey to the sacred place, where a diverse group of people came together to sing, pray and act. I took a bus, and the first thing I(…)

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September 22, 2019 – LIFE-SAVING MEDICINE

Text:  John 15:12-17, Sirach 6:14-17   Keep your passion alive – It will warm you when the world around you grows cold. It will not allow comfortable familiarity to rob you of that special glow that comes with loving deeply. It can lift you over stone walls of anger and carry you across vast deserts(…)

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September 15, 2019 – LOST AND FOUND

Text: Luke 15: 1-10 I don’t always know what it is that I am looking for. Often I find myself seeking something not knowing what exactly I was missing. From time to time, I feel homesick. There is a certain kind of food that I’d love to taste, a certain atmosphere I can feel relaxed(…)

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September 8, 2019 – IS BEING USEFUL GOOD?

TEXT:  Psalm 139:  1-6; 13-18 It takes times to realize what’s really behind the words we often hear. When Peace, my older son was little, he loved playing with Thomas & Friends toy trains and track sets. His mind and heart were so captured by the talking trains that sometimes he played with the toys(…)

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