Today we said goodbye to a dear friend. Lois MacLeod is known for her kindness, encouraging spirit and her ginger snaps. Her family gathered in Woodstock, ON, (some in person, and some over zoom) to give thanks for her life in worship and recall stories of her great love for them. Please find below, an audio recording of the service and join with Lois' family in prayer and thanksgiving for this precious life that we were blessed to know. (Special thanks to soloist Rose Scharwz and accompanist Kathy Valenta)
On a beautiful sunny day, in the shade of the back of North Embro Cemetery, John Innes' funeral service was conducted with his wife Vida Mae and their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren present. Words cannot express the contribution that John has brought to the church (St. Andrew's) and community in Brooksdale. Here is his service for those who were unable to attend due to the nature of Covid-19 restrictions. Please pray for John and his family.
Funeral Service for Dennis Bean
Funeral service for Dennis Bean. McTavish Cemetery. June 26, 2020, 11am. Readers: Morgan and Marijka Bean. Eulogy: Laura Lynn Cookson and Bruce Bell. Organized Francis Funeral Home. Officiant Rev. Doug Peck
How do you start a movement... does it have to do with the leader... or is it just as much about the followers... specifically the first followers. Bottom line, your boldness in following Christ can do so much to help Christ's work here in this world. This sermon is a reflection on these lectionary texts for Mar. 8, 2020 - (Gospel) John 3:1-17; (First Reading) Genesis 12:1-4a; Psalm 121; (Second Reading) Romans 4:1-5, 13-17.
Please watch the Ted Talk (youtube) video by Derek Sivers video below before listening to this sermon:
Satan, Jean Vanier, Canada Revenue Agency Scams – So many forces in our world seeking to pulls others down. And there’s Jesus in the dessert teaching how to search upward. This sermon is based on the lectionary readings for Lent 1 - (Gospel) Matthew 4:1-11; (First Reading) Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7; Psalm 32; (Second Reading) Romans 5:12-19
Transfiguration Sunday is a big day in the lives of discioples... such moment left they paralyzed by fear with much to process. Has that kind of fear and shock left you wondering how to process? Some time is needed... and Christ can help quite a bit too!
This sermon is based on the lectionary texts for Transfiguration Sunday (Feb. 23, 2020). (Gospel) Matthew 17:1-9; (First Reading) Exodus 24:12-18; Psalm 2; (Second Reading) 2 Peter 1:16-21.
February 16, 2020 - High Standards
Warning the scripture readings this sermon is reflecting on are not light and fluffy. There's some tough standards coming from Jesus here... although, in a world where the likes of Greta Thunberg have told us the adults have failed the youth, and people keep finding loop holes in laws to avoid paying taxes... perhaps really high standards are refreshing.
Sermon based on texts for Sixth Sunday after Epiphany (Feb. 16, 2020). (Gospel) Matthew 5:21-37; (First Reading) Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Psalm 119:1-8; (Second Reading) 1 Corinthians 3:1-9.
So often when we come to church we are there to hear about why we should have faith in God... in this Sunday's scripture reading Jesus is telling us why God has faith in us. Part of this teaching is some strong encouragement.
This sermon is based on the lectionary texts - (Gospel) Matthew 5:13-20; (First Reading) Isaiah 58:1-9a; Psalm 112:1-9 ; (Second Reading) 1 Corinthians 2:1-12
Jesus called the disciples by saying 'I'll make you fish for people' but first they need to learn where to find the people... to do this they need to learn to see different... they'll need to see what Jesus sees. Someone else that has been teaching others to see different is Arielle Kayabaga, councillor for Ward 13 in London, ON. Recently she argued to keep many new services in libraries so that the poor and marginalized can access them. For doing this, she was nearly kicked out of the city's budget meeting. It didn't stop her from trying to get everyone to see things differently. This sermon is based on the texts for the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany (Feb. 2, 2020). (Gospel) Matthew 5:1-12; (First Reading) Micah 6:1-8; Psalm 15; (Second Reading) 1 Corinthians 1:18-31.
This sermon is based the lectionary texts from the lectionary texts for the Third Sunday after Epiphany (Jan. 26, 2020). (Gospel) Matthew 4:12-23; (First Reading) Isaiah 9:1-4; Psalm 27:1, 4-9; (Second Reading) 1 Corinthians 1:10-18.
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