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January 12, 2020 – Love without a Reason

Text:  Isaiah 42:1-9; Matthew 3:13-17 Last week in my Clinical Pastoral Education class, my classmates and I watched Won’t You Be My Neighbour, a documentary film about Fred Rogers. The film was so heart-warming that I couldn’t watch it without tears. Though I’ve never seen the popular TV series, Mister Rogers’ Neighbourhood, let alone meeting(…)

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December 15, 2019 – Wild Space

Text: Matthew 3:1-6 We continue our Advent journey with space as our theme. Traditionally the church has focused on time more than on space. The liturgical calendar begins with the season of Advent, the so called, time of waiting. We are told to prepare ourselves for Christ to be born again in us and in(…)

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December 8, 2019 – Brave Space

Text: Luke 1: 46b-55 What was the bravest thing you’ve ever done and what was it that made you brave? Don’t think too much or too hard. Use what comes to your mind right now. If you can’t think of anything, just think about one thing you did recently that you would consider brave. I(…)

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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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