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June 10, 2018 – Service by Dianne Cooper

WORDS TO BEGIN THE SERVICE BEFORE THE CALL TO WORSHIP Some of you will know that when I am leading in prayer I usually like to say a few words about what was on my mind as I was preparing. So when it is the whole service I seem to want to do the same.(…)

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May 20, 2018 – What Can We Learn from Ballroom Dancing?

I have a tendency to say yes to things that I don’t know what I’m getting myself into. Sometimes it turns out to be a blessing, like moving to Manitoba. Sometimes it turns out to be a challenge that I wish I had known before I said yes, like a dance class. Ha Na and(…)

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Text:  Psalm 98                 If you can choose only one song that you want to sing for the rest of your life, what would that be? What is one hymn that best describes your faith? I grew up singing old hymns like ‘I Come to the Garden Alone,’(…)

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April 29, 2018 – Abide

Text:  John 15: 1-8 Love has not been an easy topic for me to talk about. I don’t know about you, but the first thing that comes to my mind as soon as I start pondering on love is how I grew up with mixed feelings about love. As the youngest of the three children,(…)

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April 22, 2018 – The Voice

Text: John 10:11-18   A voice creates a relationship. When I think about my late grandparents, the first thing I remember after their faces is their voices. Except a few words I treasure most I don’t remember what they said to me, but I do remember the tones of their voices, and what their voices(…)

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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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