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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

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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

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The Miracle of Compassion - Lent 5

The Miracle of Compassion Lent 5: April 2, 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 In our Gospel reading today, we hear the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. As... Read More

The Second Sunday in Lent, 2017

Genesis 12:1–4a; Psalm 121; Romans 4:1–5, 13–17; John 3:1–17 "How can these things be?" Just as the Spirit drove Jesus into the wilderness last week, so does the lectionary drive us into the wilderness of the Gospel of John this week. My New Testament professor used to tell us that reading the Gospel of John was... Read More

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Ash Wednesday, 2017

Joel 2:1–2, 12–17; Psalm 103:8–18; 2 Corinthians 5:20b—6:10; Matthew 6:1–6, 16–21 Five Ash Wednesdays ago I preached my very first sermon, as a seminary student in Vancouver’s vibrant West End. I preached this in a highly diverse parish with a significant population of queer folks who had come to the Anglican... Read More

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Transfiguration, 2017

Exodus 24:12-18,  Psalm 99,  2 Peter 1:16-21,  Matthew 17:1-9 He was a big, powerful guy, handsome too before injuries took their toll leaving him with a broken nose and visibly scarred from connecting with a ball or boot all in the name of the game—football.  We hadn’t seen each other in years and had never had a... Read More