Discerning God’s presence and living peaceably

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Proper 21 (26), Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Year B 30 September 2018 Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22 Psalm 124 James 5:13-20 Mark 9:38-50   The Book of Esther was written to explain the Jewish festival of Purim. Even though the book of Esther is a work of fiction, in locating the story in Persia we learn […]

Greatness, what kind of greatness?

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Proper 20 (25), Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Year B 23 September 2018 Proverbs 31:10-31 Psalm 1 James 3:13 – 4:3, 7-8a Mark 9:30-37   When we were looking for a house in Richmond we realized that our youngest wasn’t old enough for us to move into an adults only community. That was no big deal […]

Following Jesus

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Proper 19 (24), Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost 16 September 2018 Proverbs 1:20-33 Psalm 19 James 3:1-12 Mark 8:27-38   It must have been so difficult for the disciples to follow Jesus. I mean, in many ways I envy them, but in other ways I do not. It must have been confusing because Jesus rarely fulfilled […]

A deeper, truer, and fuller comprehension of God’s love

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Proper 18 (23), Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost 9 September 2018 Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23 Psalm 125 James 2:1-10, (11-13), 14-17 Mark 7:24-37   You remember the rainbow on the library steps.1 I sort of remember it, even though for a few months now I have not actually been to the library. But the rainbow was […]

Living with abandon

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Proper 16 (21) (August 26, 2018) Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost 1 Kings 8:(1,6,10-11), 22-30, 41-43 Psalm 84 Ephesians 6:10-20 John 6:56-69   Jesus asked the twelve, “Do you also wish to go away?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom can we go?” Peter’s reply to Jesus is the Gospel acclamation of our liturgy: Lord, […]

Transformed bread, transformed church

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Proper 14 (19) Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, Year B 12 August 2018 2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33 Psalm 130 Ephesians 4:25-5:2 John 6:35, 41-51   Three out of four Gospels tell of the institution of the Lord’s Supper on the night before Jesus’ arrest. And Paul’s account in 1 Corinthians is the oldest report we […]

Saying yes and saying no

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Proper 10 (15) Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, Year B 15 July 2018 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19 Psalm 24 Ephesians 1:3-14 Mark 6:14-29   I have occasionally gone to see a chiropractor, usually because I threw out my back. Thankfully I have not had to go too often, only from time to time. I have not […]

Hope and life for today

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Proper 9 (14) Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, Year B 8 July 2018 2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10 Psalm 48 2 Corinthians 12:2-10 Mark 6:1-13   I changed schools for grade 11. It was about the courses offered. My new school was not far from my old school, about a ten minute bike ride from my home. […]

Jesus loves

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Proper 8 (13) Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, Year B 1 July 2018 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27 Psalm 130 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 Mark 5:21-43   When I was young I learned that I could tell God anything, that no matter what, God would be there for me. And I did that lots of times. God was […]

It is God who makes us worthy

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The Nativity of John the Baptist 24 June 2018 Malachi 3:1-4 Psalm 141 Acts 13:13-26 Luke 1:57-67 [68-80]   Moving to Saskatoon in 1992 was my first experience of the prairies. I loved it, except perhaps the six weeks between winter and spring, when all is gray and dusty. I did not know much about […]