Relections Archives

October 7, 2018 – Gratitude

Text:  Matthew 6:25-33 Growing up poor, I sometimes had to forego things that gave me pleasure. I remember stopping at the toy store to watch a shiny red car toy only to know that it was pie in the sky. When instant noodles were first introduced in my country, I desperately wanted to try them.(…)

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September 30, 2018 – A Letter to Baeya

Text:  Mark 9:30-37 Baeya, I’d like to dedicate my reflection to you. In fact, it’s my letter to you. Your family and the congregation of Fort Garry United Church are celebrating your baptism. It is God’s “yes” to us, and our “yes” to God. It is in baptism that we are fully known, accepted, loved(…)

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September 23, 2018 – Generous Space

Text:  Mark 9:38-50 Someone told me last week, “It’s been a breath of fresh air since you came, and now what’s next?” Today’s reflection is my attempt to answer the question, what’s next. I’m beginning my 5th year of ministry here at Fort Garry. The time went by quickly. Over the last four years, I(…)

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September 16 – Nothing is Hid from its Heat

Text:  Psalm 19 How was your summer? Where were you in the summer of 2018? What did you experience? What did you remember most? Did anything impact you so deeply that you could no longer be the same person? I spent the most unforgettable summer in South Korea. I didn’t mind the 30 hour trip(…)

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September 9, 2018 – The Great Teacher (or learner)

Text:  Mark 7:24-37   Once I was leading a confirmation class for youth. I asked them to draw a life graph to describe highs and lows of their lives. The higher the point, the better the experience; the lower the point, the worse the experience. Most of the life graphs showed a dramatic contrast between(…)

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July 15, 2018 – Two Foods

Text: Mark 6:14-29 After 18 days in the cave, the entire Thai soccer team was rescued. Hooray! Hallelujah! We join people around the world in celebration of bringing the 12 young boys and their soccer coach out safely from the flooded cave. As a local translator who worked for 10 days at the press centre(…)

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July 8, 2018 – Do it Anyway

 Text: Mark 6:1-13 Everyone is an artist. I mean it. We are born to be artists. Children are the proof. Think about any children you know, how they play, and what they can do with anything available. Whether it’s a toilet paper roll, rocks or a bunch of sticks, they know how to make good(…)

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July 1, 2018 – Love Embodied

Text: 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27; Mark 5:21-43 Love. We all need love, but love also needs us. None of us would be here if it weren’t for love. We were created in love. We have been nurtured and fed by love. It’s love that gives us a chance to live day by day and moment(…)

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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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