Relections Archives

HOW THE CHURCH CHANGED MY LIFE – by Dianne Cooper

I’m here as a substitute for Russell Young who is recovering from a fall so hopefully we can hear from him another time. Like those who have spoken and many of you, I thought I had been shaped rather than changed by the church. After all I started going to church even before I was(…)

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October 28, 2018 – Receiving the Blessing

  Blessing. It’s one of the words we use quite often, but hard to define. We say, “I feel blessed”, “God bless you”, “You are a blessing”, and “That was a blessing.” We say blessing before we eat. We sing blessing at the end of worship. We send those who embark on a new journey(…)

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How the Church Changed My Life, by Trevor Lockhart

When Min-Goo asked me to “share my story”, my first thought was: which one? I have a lot of stories. Min-Goo clarified and said he’d like to hear how the church has changed me, so that helped focus things a bit. Where do I start? Do I begin with moving to Fort Garry 15 years(…)

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October 21, 2018 – We are All Needy

Text:  Matthew 25:31-46 A relationship begins when there is a need for each other. The two parties in any relationship complement one another whether it’s between partners, a parent and a child, a teacher and a student. Having needs doesn’t diminish a healthy and viable relationship. Needs can enhance and foster the relationship. But we(…)

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October 14, 2018 – The parable of the needy

Text:  Luke 10:25-37 Sometimes it’s our familiarity that hinders us from finding a new insight. The first thing we need to know when we read the Bible is what kind of lens we are looking through. The lens is our worldview, perspective or our location. We all have it, but we are not always aware(…)

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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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