Rev. Maya Landell was my first friend made after taking the plunge into Theology School and making the decision to become a Minister. She is a badass ability to lead others in faith that make them feel welcome and right at home within the church! She is leaving our Presbytery and exploring new ministry opportunities with her family and we/I will miss having her around so close. This sermon seeks to give thanks to her friendship and her ministry that bears so much in common with the way Christ makes Zacchaeus feel so welcome to start a new life following him. (Luke 19: 1-10)
While walking through the woods, I experienced something wash away that was I had thought was a part of me, but as soon as it was gone, I realized I was happy to be parted with it. With it gone, God's holy presence was easier felt. How can we/I remember to stay and that holy place and be without that which is unholy? How can we choose to live without sin? The answer, as pointed out in Brene Brown's Rising Strongly, requires as much bravery as the tax-collector who prays at the Temple. (Luke 18: 9-14)
Anniversary Sunday 2016 Chalmers United Church, in Kintore, ON, invited their friends from St. Andrew's UC, in Brooksdale to worship with the Rev. Dr. Jeff Crittendem (Lead Minister of Metropolitan United Church, London,ON,and Professor of Homiletics, Huron College, Western University). Please enjoy this master story teller tell some stories of Jesus that we loved to hear! To listen to our special musicians for the evening, Kintore's own Les Brunton on the Bag Pipes and our Kintore Choir led by Barb Irvine, please click on the button below. Thank you for listening, and Thank You Jeff! for celebrating with us!
Psalm 100 asks us to make a joyful noise all the earth! Once that meant shouting out Joan Jett's, I Love Rock n' Roll, while biking to work. If you're curious about how this connects to this Sunday's sermon for Thanksgiving, please bring your curiosity to have a listen, because it's our curiosity that Christ asks us to employ while engaging today's Gospel reading, to find out Rock n' Roll might have something to do with Christ's act of saving us. (John 6:25-35)
Here's a funny read from a want ad entitled "Contruction Workers Needed"... upon first reading, it seems much like Jesus parable today from Luke 17: 5-11. It's not an easy read... but beyond the voice of critique, is a path that explains the power behind your own vulnerability and a way out of your frustrations!
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