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Easter 3, 2016

Acts 9: 1-20, Psalm 30, Revelation 5: 11-14, John 21: 1-19 Well here we are.  My last Sunday at St. Philip’s.  It is hard to believe I must say.  I have so many memories wrapped up in this church, the building and this community.  I grew up here, this is part of my home, my grounding and now once again my... Read More

Easter Day, 2016

Acts 10: 34-43; Psalm 118: 1-2, 4-24; 1 Cor 15: 19-26; Luke 24: 1-9 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, the women came to the tomb…  those were the first words of the gospel reading for this day, this Easter Day.  This group of women, who had originally come with Jesus from Galilee, who had watched... Read More

Lent 4, 2016

Joshua 5: 9-12; Ps 32: 1-11; 2 Cor 5: 16-21; Luke 15: 1-3, 11-32 I was reading about Mark Zuckerberg the other day and I must say that I found it rather intriguing.  Now if you don’t know who Mark Zuckerberg is then chances are that you are not on Facebook on your computer.  Mark Zuckerberg is a co-founder and... Read More

Lent 3, 2016

Isaiah 55: 1-9, Psalm 63: 1-8, 1 Corinthians 10: 1-13, Luke 13: 1-9 There was a rumour flying around the community of Jesus that a group of Galileans, people living in Galilee in the north of Palestine had been killed. The story is a little unclear but it seems that as they were preparing the sacrificial... Read More

Epiphany 3, 2016

Nehemiah 8: 1-3, 5-6, 8-10; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 12: 12-31a; Luke 4: 14-21 “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were... Read More

Advent 4, 2015

Micah 5: 2-5a; Luke 1: 47-55; Hebrews 10: 5-10; Luke 1: 39-45 Hail Mary, full of grace. Our Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen. The Hail Mary or the Ave Maria has been... Read More

Reign of Christ, 2015

2 Samuel 23: 1-7; Psalms 132: 1-13; Revelation 1: 4b-8; John 18: 33-37 Today is Reign of Christ Sunday or Christ the King Sunday. The problem with this day, at least for me, is that the title of king just does not entirely fit for Jesus. Now I know that we can explain that Jesus is a king but not in the worldly... Read More

Proper 33 , 2015

1 Samuel 1: 4-20; 1 Samuel 2: 1-10; Hebrews 10: 11-14; Mark 13: 1-8 In the wake of the acts of atrocity and terrorism in Paris, the world feels heavier, darker. How could this happen? How could any religion support or applaud these actions? That is hard to say, what I do know is that the world needs, perhaps... Read More

Proper 29 Year B

Job 38: 1-7; Psalm 104: 1-9; Hebrews 5: 1-10; Mark 10: 35-45 My father liked to collect things. All sorts of things. Well actually if I am to be more truthful he found it hard to throw things out, always aware that one never knew when something might be needed. His workshop was filled with old, bent and rusty... Read More

Proper 26 Year B

Esther 7:1-6,9-10,9:20-22; Psalm 124; James 5: 13-20; Mark 9: 38-50 Fascinating Gospel reading didn’t you think? Just such strong and challenging words. There was no sitting on the sidelines and just going through the motions with Jesus this morning. NO. Strong, clear, direct, right to the point. If your hand... Read More