Relections Archives

June 9, 2019 – A Letter to Holland

Text:  Acts 2:1-21 Dear Holland, this is my letter to you. Today is a big day for you and your family as we are celebrating your baptism. You may not fully realize the significance of your baptism now, but as time goes by you will learn to appreciate the meaning. It is here in baptism(…)

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June 2, 2019 – Diverse and Beautiful

Text:  Psalm 139; Galatians 3:23-29 Nothing has a greater impact on me than a real encounter. While I was doing a Master’s degree in the study of religion, I joined a religious research group to travel to China. I was studying ancient Chinese Scriptures of Taoism day and night, but my biggest learning didn’t come(…)

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May 26, 2019 – Engaging Others

Text:  Revelation 21:1-6, 22:1-5   Every once in a while we encounter those who are different from us, and it’s up to us how to respond. In most cases, we don’t have to engage others. They come and go, and we are busy minding our own business. We pass them by like driving through intersections(…)

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May 19, 2019 – No Winner or Loser

Text:  Acts 11:1-18 Sometimes your job description doesn’t tell you everything you’re supposed to do. When I was a youth minister at the Korean United Church in Vancouver, part of my job was to organize softball practice for a church tournament. Many Korean churches in the greater Vancouver area participate in this annual tournament with(…)

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May 12, 2019 – What it Means to Be Human

Text:  Revelation 7:9-17 Once my grandmother told me to become human before I became a minister. As a minister’s wife, as well as a daughter-in-law of a minister, she had probably seen all the aspects of the life of the church – the good, the bad and the ugly. Undoubtedly she had seen how the(…)

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May 5, 2019 – Can Humility Save Us?

Text:  John 21:1-19 Last Tuesday, I joined 20 people for intercultural conversation at Centre for Christian Studies. The event was organized and facilitated by my partner, Ha Na Park and me in attempt to bring the voices from the margins to the centre. A very diverse group of people from a dozen different communities of(…)

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April 28, 2019 – Thomas, the Seeker

Text: John 20:19-31 There is a dominant narrative when it comes to the declining membership of the church: our society is increasingly secular and young people are no longer interested in organized religions. I remember a heavy silence in the Canadian church history classroom at Vancouver School of Theology when the professor asked for any(…)

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April 21, 2019 – Ears of the Earth

I’ve never enjoyed spring as much as these days. The land and the climate of the Prairie have opened my whole being to the beauty of this season. Spring in Manitoba comes so suddenly that we don’t seem to be able to comprehend how it happened and when. Without our knowledge, the change is already(…)

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April 14, 2019 – Shouting Stones

Text:  Luke 19: 28-40   How many times have we said one thing while we meant another? A casual greeting, ‘How are you?’ doesn’t necessarily lead into a genuine conversation. When we are preoccupied with things that weigh us down, when we have so many things on our to-do-lists but nothing seems to be getting(…)

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APRIL 7, 2019 – REFLECTION – REV MARY LYSECKI

  Lent – a wilderness time, a time to enter the sacred space of liminality that the reading from Richard Rohr speaks about. “A time to allow ourselves to be drawn out of “business as usual” and remain patiently on the “threshold” where we are betwixt and between the familiar and the completely unknown. “There(…)

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