Sermons

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Proper 23—10th September, 2017 

Exodus 12:1-14;  Psalm 149;  Romans 13:8-14;  Matthew 18:15-20 It started with raised voices that half the office could hear, then the shouting began, and finally a door slammed followed by the sound of something smashing—that last bit adding a dramatic touch to the lively exchange of views that often... Read More

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Human and Divine

Human and Divine St. Philip’s September 3, 2017 P. Potter   Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of all our hearts, be always acceptable in your sight, O God our rock and our redeemer.  Amen   I.     Introduction “Setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.” Jesus’ rebuke of Peter has... Read More

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Proper19-13th August, 2017

Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28; Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b; Romans 10:5-15; Matthew 14:22-33 On the count of three, OK? Whether it’s taking that first step out of bed after surgery, having to speak in public if you are are not used to it, taking the plunge to wade through an icy mountain stream or at least risking a wetting... Read More

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Proper 17—30th July, 2017

Genesis 29:15-28;  Psalm 105:1-11;  Romans 8:26-39;  Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 It was meant to be a special meal—our treat, possibly the last time when the four of us would be able to go out together, relax, talk and enjoy some fantastic food in a beautifully converted 16th Century mill.  Sharing such a perfect... Read More

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Proper 15—16th July, 2017

Genesis 35:19-34;  Psalm 119:105-112;  Romans 8:1-11;  Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 They had been shooting the breeze over endless cups of coffee for years—the same bunch of buddies sharing out the different sections of the big weekend edition of the newspaper that sparked discussions on the latest disasters from cyber... Read More

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4th Sunday after Pentecost

Proper 13 - 2nd July, 2017 Genesis 22: 1-14, Psalm 13; Romans 6: 12-23; Matthew 10: 40-42  Did you read recently about a dad who dangled his child off the balcony of a high-rise building? I don't know what he was trying to prove, but he was caught because he'd taken a 'selfie' while doing it, then posted it on the... Read More

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2nd Sunday after Pentecost

Proper 11—18 June, 2017 Genesis 18:1-15;  Psalm 116:1, 10-17;  Romans 5:1-8;  Matthew 9:35-10:8 A lot of people pay good money to get lost in mazes—you only have to approach the one in VanDusen Gardens and hear the giggling to know how much fun it is trying to solve the puzzle.  Fortunately, living in this part of... Read More

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Pentecost - 4th June, 2017

Acts 2:1-21;  Psalm 104:25-35;  1 Corinthians 12:4-13;  John 20:19-23 Two weeks ago I was at Tintern—one of the great abbeys destroyed by order of king Henry VIII who used reformation as an excuse to confiscate church property.  Its shell still stands on a picturesque bend in the Wye Valley.... Read More

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Ascension Sunday, 2017

Acts 1:1–11; Psalm 47; Ephesians 1:15–23; Luke 24:44–53 Some of the best spiritual teachers are not theologians, or academics, but musicians. One of my treasured spiritual teachers is Bruce Cockburn. He’s fairly well known in Canada, but if you haven’t heard him, you should really acquaint yourself with his work,... Read More

Resurrection

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Easter 2—23 April, 2017 Acts 2:14a, 22-32;  Psalm 16;  1 Peter 1:3-9;  John 20:19-31 You don’t really believe in resurrection do you?  Someone asked me that on a crowded bus last week.  My answer—You bet I do!  Through life’s ups and downs I have explored many layers of its meaning and discovered that new life... Read More