Sermons

  • Sunday, July 31, 2016
    Possessed by our Possessions?
    About a year ago now I officially disconnected from my cable service and kicked my TV habit. It wasn’t really a difficult decision. With all the options available to stream movies and TV shows through a variety of electronic gizmos, I decided that I needed to escape from the relentless advertising that suggests, for about ...
  • Sunday, July 24, 2016
    The Lord’s Prayer – What….or How?
      Many among us, particularly those of my vintage, will remember a pretty standard morning routine in school, called, euphemistically, the morning exercises: announcements for the day, followed by O Canada, followed by the Lord’s Prayer.  Just to be clear, I’m not taking this little stroll down memory lane to suggest that we should return to ...
  • Sunday, July 17, 2016
    Be Our Guest
    In the wake of momentous world events this week – from the random attack in Nice, France which claimed numerous innocent civilian lives, to the attempted military coup in Turkey, to the landmark vote on same-sex marriage made at our own General Synod, it seems almost irrelevant to be looking at this minor gospel story ...
  • Sunday, July 10, 2016
    The Samaritan
    Most of us were raised on the principle of reciprocity: give and take.  Indeed, it could be argued that in many respects it’s one of the basic principles on which our social order rests: if I do for you, then you are morally obligated to do for me, and vice versa.  We’re also pretty clear ...
  • Sunday, July 3, 2016
    Being a Good Guest
    Whenever families get together they often like to rehash old stories, and one of the legends that has made its way permanently into my family folklore concerns my Aunt Dorothy’s meat loaf. One summer many years ago, when my son Ian was about 8, our family was traveling down the 401 on our way to ...