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April 15, 2018 – Have You Anything to Eat?

Text: Luke 24:36-48 The Humboldt Broncos bus crash, which killed 16 people and injured 13, affects so many people across Canada. We join the families and communities of the victims in grieving the unimaginable losses. We think about the unfulfilled dreams of those promising young hockey players, all the life events that they are not(…)

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April 8, 2018 – The Locked Door

Text: John 20:19-31 I once lived in one of the wealthiest neighbourhoods in Vancouver. The Vancouver School of Theology, where my family and I built our nest, is located on UBC campus, near the University Endowment Lands. The place is absolutely gorgeous, and the scenery is breathtaking. I remember watching the sunset in the balcony(…)

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April 1, 2018 – Coming Home

Text:  Luke 24:13-35   What does home mean to you? What images come to your mind when you hear the word, home? When I hear the word, home, I picture a dining table, the Korean style dining table where people can sit on the floor. I see the faces of my family. I see my(…)

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March 25, 2018 – Embracing the Unknown

  We continue to explore the eight spiritual practices for the journey within based on the book, The Soul of a Pilgrim written by Christine Paintner. We are almost getting to the end. Today we explore the practice of embracing the unknown. None of these spiritual practices is easy. We wouldn’t call it practice if(…)

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March 18, 2018 – Beginning Again

Text:  Luke 15:11-32 Beginning again is hard. It’s more difficult than beginning something new. When we begin something new, we have a beginner’s mind, an attitude of openness, eagerness and lack of preconceptions. We don’t take anything for granted. We pay attention to everything we see. We embrace new experiences as we go along. Beginning(…)

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March 11, 2018 – Becoming a Stranger

Text: John 4:1-10, 27-34 Give me a drink. Only a stranger can ask for a drink of water. Strangers don’t have a choice but to ask. They are not strangers if they already knew how to get what they were looking for. Not just one time, but many times strangers have to ask where things(…)

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March 4, 2018 – Making the Way by Walking

  Text:  Luke 9:57-62 We are in the season of Lent, the 40 days which fall between Ash Wednesday and Holy Saturday. Lent is a time of preparation for personal and collective transformation. We are exploring the eight spiritual practices in The Soul of A Pilgrim written by Christine Paintner. We are almost half way(…)

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February 25, 2018 – Crossing the Threshold

Text:  Exodus 15: 19-27 “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself” said Rumi, the 13th century mystic poet. I think we can all relate to that. How many of us tried to change others only to realize that they tried the exact(…)

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February 18, 2018 – Travelling Light

Text:  Genesis 12: 1-10 I vividly remember the day I took a flight in South Korea to come to Canada. I remember saying good bye to Peace who was 7 month old, which was hard. We had a plan. I was going to start studying English in downtown Vancouver, find a place to live, and(…)

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February 11, 2018 – Learning from Salmon

Text:  Isaiah 40:21-31 Have you ever watched salmon swimming upstream? Once my family and I watched thousands of salmon running upstream in Ladysmith. It’s an eye-opening experience. Despite some obstacles – rocks, shallow water, and bears – nothing could stop those salmon from travelling their long journey home. Their strength, vitality and determination made a(…)

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