On this Advent Sundayof Love - Mary and Elizabeth connect and are a presence of love for one another in a world where the social rules around them would otherwise thrust shame upon them. (Luke 1: 39-45) In Queen and David Bowie's song, Under Pressure, we're told to listen to how, 'Love dares us to change our ways of caring about ourselves." The same wisdom is offered by Amy Silverman in her piece from CBC's Tapestery, entitled "Lessons in love form my child with Down syndrome." That can be listened to by following this link. (https://www.cbc.ca/radio/tapestry/the-market-god-1.3836345/lessons-in-love-from-my-child-with-down-syndrome-1.3836361?fbclid=IwAR26Y_HxlsRBeY_rTzDgala1fM0jitclfFTcHmmb0X6_8Bjxo0oHLjs3km0)
On this Sunday Advent of Peace- John the Baptist is the voice from the wildreness preaching a message of Baptism of Repentance. (Luke 3:1-6) Recently we had Children's Play Therapist, Tonia Crittenden, talk to parents and grandparents about how through play, we can hit a 'Re-Set' button on our extreme emotion. Taking away the extreme negative emotions with play leaves a sense of peace. A message not so far off the message of John the Baptist.
On this Sunday Advent of Hope - Jesus says in scripture, "34 “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with .. the anxieties of life" (Luke 21:25-36 NIV) Recently we had Children's Play Therapist, Tonia Crittenden, talk to parents and grandparents about childhood anxiety. Her message was very similar to Jesus'... Don't be afraid of anxiety.
Last Sunday we had four baptism... it was a special Sunday for sure! Baptism is the beginning of the Christian journey. It is a time when we decide to follow the message of Jesus instead of the other messages we receive in our world that are all too often self serving and/or destructive. This sermon explores this topic after examine the story of the Pilot talking with Jesus before sentencing him to death. Though Jesus is near his own death, he takes this opportunity to convince one more person that there is a path that is a better way. (John 18:33-37)
While on summer vacation in Sicily, Dan and Barb Irvine stumbled upon a War Memorial that lays to rest 490 fallen Canadian soldiers, in Agira, Italy. Beside many gravesides are stories about lives and backgrounds given insights into how much was giving. Today's gospel lesson was about the Widow who game 2 small coins to the treasury. A small amount to many but a great amount from someone who didn't have it to give. (Mark 12; 38-44) Please enjoy this reflection on Remembering those who have a great capacity to give.
Sermon based on Mark 10: 17 – 31 and Franklin Goes to School.
Have you ever found yourself saying this? It's usually a statement you say when hope is soon to be lost. This sermon explores this question. Sermon scripture: 1 Samuel 17: 32-49; Mark 4: 35-41.
This sermon is based on the texts found in: 1 Samuel 15:34—16:13 & Mark 4:26–34
It is a reflection on the parable of the Kingdom of God being compared to a seed scattered and then when left alone within God's creation, it grows and grows... Why does it grow, what does it require for good growth... are we the same? This Sunday in Brooksdale, we alsoa celebrated the membership of Erin through confirmation and Bill Rothernel through transfer of membership. Many thanks for Bill's reflection shared with us regarding why he has chosen to join our congregation... his words were pure blessing to our Brooksdale ears!
Text: 2 Corinthians 4: 13 — 5:1 ; Mark 3: 20 – 35, by Rev. Doug Peck.
Rev. Doug explores the topic what is the worst that's going on out there? What's unforgivable? And how does Christ ask us to respond?
The Kintore Community has recently celebrated many new babies being born. With these births, new mothers and grandmothers have been born. Theresa Moore is one of those Grandmothers and speaks to the blessing in it all.
Today's Sermon was on John 17:6-19 - Jesus' prayer to God thanking God for entrusting the disciples to him.
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