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June 11, 2017 – Tending Our Souls

Text:   Genesis 1:1-5, 1:31-2:3 We know what kind of culture we live in by paying attention to our daily conversations; how we engage one another, and the words we use so naturally that we don’t even think about them. One of the most common greetings in Canada is “how are you?” It usually prompts a(…)

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June 4, 2017 – A Letter to Margaret Ragot

Text:  Galatians 3:23-29 Margaret, today we, the whole congregation of Fort Garry United Church, together with your loving family are celebrating your baptism. It’s a big day for you, and God is smiling on you. You will know how significant today is, and you will treasure this very moment as time goes by. One day(…)

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May 28, 2017 – When We Say God???

Reflection by Dianne Cooper Text: Psalm 23   For some strange reason lately I have been puzzling about what it means to us in the united church—or even to me—when I say the word god.  And I have been puzzling about why it is that so many people who used to go to church, or(…)

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May 21, 2017 – Spiritual but not Religious?

I have a dream. Well, not like the famous King’s dream, but an actual dream that I dreamed one day. It has remained with me, inspiring and providing guidance throughout my journey. I don’t usually remember what I dream, but this one is an exception. I can still picture the vivid images in the dream.(…)

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May 7, 2017 – Listen to Surrender

Text: Acts 2:42 – 47 I don’t know about other preachers, but I speak what I need to hear most. Just because I preach, doesn’t mean that I know more or do better than anybody else here. In fact, I have so much to learn from each of you. The Spirit in each of us(…)

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April 30, 2017 – Welcoming the Stranger

Text: Luke 24:13-35 Notice how the story is told. Two people walk to Emmaus. Jesus comes near and walks with them. He doesn’t pretend to be someone else, or disguise himself as a stranger. It is the two travelers who don’t recognize him. You might ask, ‘How come they can’t recognize their most respected teacher(…)

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April 16, 2017 – Tending the Spark

Text: John 20:1-18   Last Easter Sunday, as Ha Na and I were getting ready for church, I woke up Peace, who was 9 years old at that time, saying “Wake up, Peace, Jesus is risen.” “What?” Peace spoke immediately while he was still lying in his bed. “He did it again?” His abrupt words(…)

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April 9, 2017 – Echoing Hosanna

Text: Matthew 21:1-11 As Jesus was about to enter Jerusalem, riding on a donkey, a very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Both the crowd that went ahead of him and the one that followed were shouting, ‘Hosanna to the(…)

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March 26, 2017 – Look Instead What God Can Do

Text: John 9:1-41   At the most recent leadership team meeting, we were asked to think about three words to describe our church. Each person wrote down on a piece of paper, and shared with the group. That was a good practice. We got to know what we value or care about most, and what(…)

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March 18, 2017 – Give Me a Drink

  Text: John 4:5-42 Someone told me that, when she was new to her town, one day the neighbour across the street came to her house with an empty mug in her hand, saying “I am your neighbour. It’s time for us to meet, please give me a cup of coffee.” That was the start(…)

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