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November 30, 2014 – Midwives of Hope – Text: Exodus 1: 15-2-10

To tell you the truth, I found preparing for today’s service particularly challenging. I bet I am not the only one – many ministers find the Christmas season challenging and stressful. I will tell you why. Advent, the four weeks of preparation for Christmas, comes every year with the same old story that we know(…)

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November 23, 2014 – Learning to Receive – Text: Matthew 25: 31-46

Today marks the last Sunday of the Christian year. Next Sunday, the first Sunday of Advent, is a new beginning to the Christian year. In the Christian calendar, today is like New Year’s Eve, the time between looking back and looking forward. We are invited today to reflect on how we have been doing, how(…)

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November 16, 2014 – Sharing Your Gifts – Text: Matthew 25: 14-30

The difference between the first two servants and the third servant is not how many talents they receive but what they do with what they receive and why. The third servant digs a hole in the ground and hides the money, while the other two servants invest their money. Why? The bible only reveals the(…)

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November 2, 2014 – Homesickness – Text: Psalm 107: 1-7, 33-37

Every once in a while, the most unwelcome guest comes to visit me. I’ve never been warned in advance nor have I prepared a welcome. The guest comes any time of the year and any time of the day. This wayward guest has all kinds of needs. Sometimes this guest needs food, especially authentic Korean(…)

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October 19, 2014 – Living In Tension – Text: Matthew 22: 15-22

  It’s normal to have tension. In fact, if we truly follow Christ, if we take his life seriously, if we really want to live out our own callings, we should feel tension. Have you ever heard a still small voice in your mind and heart, telling you something strange yet familiar, something you never(…)

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October 12, 2014 – Three Daily Prayers – Text: Luke 17: 11-19

I don’t know who originally said this, but I think there is a truth in it. Somebody said that there are three steps of prayer. First, we pray before we eat. Second, we pray while we eat. And third, we pray after we eat. The same principle is applied to anything we need, not only(…)

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October 5, 2014 – Breath of Life – Text: Psalm 19

I love walking. It’s my favorite physical activity as well as a spiritual practice. When I walk on trails it feels not only good, but right. It’s a right thing to do for me. When I walk, my body appreciates it, and my whole being – body, mind and spirit – wakes up. I wake(…)

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September 28, 2014 – We Have This Ministry – Text: Philippians 2: 1-12

I was attending a retreat at Naramata Centre in 2007 with those who were involved with ministry for youth and children in the United Church of Canada. The place was the most amazing and beautiful one I’d ever seen. We were surrounded by Okanagan Lake, autumn trees, birds, and crisp, fresh air. It’s one of(…)

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September 21, 2014 – They Also Came – Text: Matthew 20: 1-16

I was anxiously waiting in a room along with twenty or thirty other day labourers. It was still dark outside, and the street was as silent as death before the dawn on an early summer day. Some of the men were watching TV or reading newspapers, some of them were drowsing on the chairs, some(…)

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