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January 14, 2017 – Chase a Vision, Not a Quota

Text:  Samuel 3:1-10   About three years ago we had a congregational retreat in the Upper Hall. It was well attended and we got fed well both physically and spiritually. On the walls there were newsprint papers with some questions on them. The participants were encouraged to complete the following sentences ‘For Me, Being A(…)

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January 7, 2017 – Remembering the Gift

Text: Matthew 2:1-12 What was your most memorable moment during this Christmas season? My most memorable moment came on the day after Boxing Day. I went to Riverwood Square for a service of lessons and carols. Not many people showed up. Five hearty souls got together to lift up our voices. We listened to the(…)

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December 17, 2017 – The Nativity Stories

Text: Luke 1:26-38, 46-55   Last week, Peace showed me his assignment, a first-person narrative essay. He wrote a story about our family trip to Pine Point Rapids last summer. It was one of the most memorable trips, especially for Peace. The 8.2 km trail was worth hiking as the route took us out to(…)

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December 10, 2017 – When Advent Fails

Text: Isaiah 40:1-11; Mark 1:1-8   Advent. It’s not an easy time of year. In fact, it’s the most difficult season for many of us. How many of us can spend this season without thinking of our loved ones whom we can’t reach anymore or thinking of somebody who has lost their loved ones? In(…)

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December 3, 2017 – Unsettling Advent

  Text: Isaiah 64:1-9 Advent. I have been thinking about the meaning of this season. The church has taught us that it is a time of waiting for God’s arrival. During the season, we prepare ourselves for the celebration of the birth of Christ, the God who came as a baby lying in a manger,(…)

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November 26, 2017 – The Last Person

  Text: Matthew 25:31-46   I joined a drama club when I was in University. Every semester, we staged a play. In my four years at university, I took part in nine different productions. I played various roles both backstage and onstage, including lighting and sound, leading actor, supporting actor and director. I enjoyed almost(…)

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Why I Stay

Until Min Goo asked me several weeks ago to talk to you about why I stay at Fort Garry United Church I hadn’t given it much thought. Since then I’ve heard why others stay as well as have time to reflect on my own reasons. I was brought up in the United Church where my(…)

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November 12, 2017 – Treasure in Clay Jars

Text: 2 Corinthian 4:5-15   I’d like to take a moment to acknowledge all the people who have shared their personal stories during our giving program. Thank you for telling your story. You made a difference. Your story has reached out to our hearts and minds opening them up wide so we can think about(…)

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Why I Stay

     My history at Fort Garry United Church sounds remarkably similar to the stories we’ve heard over the past few weeks. My family began attending Fort Garry United Church as I was entering Junior High, after the closure of Windermere United Church.  I attended Sunday School regularly, and joined the Junior Choir, under the direction(…)

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