Relections Archives

December 9, 2018 – Through Desire

              My reflection today will begin and end with a prayer, because it conveys far beyond what words alone can do. The following prayer comes from a book, All Desires Known written by Janet Morley. She said that the Christian life is about the integration of desire: our personal(…)

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December 2, 2018 – Rethinking Darkness

Text:  Luke 21:25-36   Advent, for me, is so much more than an event or a certain period of time leading up to Christmas. Advent is a way of life. We take time to be fully present to the world around us because that’s where holiness resides. It requires our active participation. We slow down(…)

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How The Church Changed My Life – Heather Ragot

Like so many stories we have heard over these last few weeks, my relationship with the church began as an infant at my baptism. Christian faith was a birthright given to me by my parents and claimed on the day of my baptism. My parents and the assembled believers at Church on that day prayed(…)

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November 11, 2018 – Becoming a Lover

Text:  Mark 10:17-31 Today we celebrate Remembrance Sunday. We remember and say thank you to those who served and sacrificed in times of war and conflict. So many lives were lost, so many people were injured, and the intergenerational trauma of war has been real to many of us. We take time to remember, acknowledging(…)

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How the Church Changed My Life – Lori Jorgenson

How the Church Changed my life, and yes, how the church changed me. The church has been my rock. The church has always been a solid foundation for me. One place I could always come back to and it did not matter why I was absent or for how long. My parents set this firm(…)

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November 4, 2018 – Eat Your Food

Text: John 6:48 – 58 We live in a death denying culture. When we go to a grocery store to buy meat, for example, we don’t see the slaughtering process, which is bloody and nasty. What we see is the meat wrapped in the plastic package. You probably have seen the hideous part of killing(…)

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HOW THE CHURCH CHANGED MY LIFE – by Dianne Cooper

I’m here as a substitute for Russell Young who is recovering from a fall so hopefully we can hear from him another time. Like those who have spoken and many of you, I thought I had been shaped rather than changed by the church. After all I started going to church even before I was(…)

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October 28, 2018 – Receiving the Blessing

  Blessing. It’s one of the words we use quite often, but hard to define. We say, “I feel blessed”, “God bless you”, “You are a blessing”, and “That was a blessing.” We say blessing before we eat. We sing blessing at the end of worship. We send those who embark on a new journey(…)

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How the Church Changed My Life, by Trevor Lockhart

When Min-Goo asked me to “share my story”, my first thought was: which one? I have a lot of stories. Min-Goo clarified and said he’d like to hear how the church has changed me, so that helped focus things a bit. Where do I start? Do I begin with moving to Fort Garry 15 years(…)

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October 21, 2018 – We are All Needy

Text:  Matthew 25:31-46 A relationship begins when there is a need for each other. The two parties in any relationship complement one another whether it’s between partners, a parent and a child, a teacher and a student. Having needs doesn’t diminish a healthy and viable relationship. Needs can enhance and foster the relationship. But we(…)

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