St. Philip’s Day 2015

Isaiah 30: 18-21; Psalm 119: 33-40; 2 Corinthians 4: 1-6; John 14: 6-14 I am so excited about this 90th Anniversary Celebration, you have no idea. It feels so good to come together with all of you to give thanks to God for the incredible ministry of St. Philip’s in the Dunbar neighbourhood and throughout our... Read More

Easter 3 Year B

Acts 3:12-19; Psalm 4:1-8; 1 John 3:1-7; Luke 24:36b-48 What if you don’t recognize her? my husband asked. Bzz, bzz; bzz bzz… the alarm and flashing light signalled the start of the conveyor belt that began to spew suitcases onto the carousel, as weary travellers suddenly sprang to life and surged forward, some... Read More

Easter 2 Year B

Acts 4:32-35; Psalm 133; 1 John 1:1-2:2; John 20:19-31 Just by way of introduction, this is the third time and the third church I’ve preached in on the second Sunday of Easter. Three years ago I preached on Thomas at St. Paul’s in the West End, and two years ago I preached at my home parish, Christ Church... Read More

Easter Sunday 2015

Acts 10: 34-43; Psalm 118: 1-2, 14-24; 1 Corinthians 15: 1-11; John 20: 1-18 I was reading quite a fascinating article in National Geographic the other day and let me share a bit of it with you. Yes, I did say National Geographic and this is a church and this is a sermon on Easter. This was the title of the... Read More

Good Friday 2015

The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John It is finished – how those famous last words get twisted out of shape by the cry of desolation from the cross we hear in Mark’s Gospel: My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Yet having had time to think about it – fifty or sixty years maybe –and to see... Read More

Palm Sunday 2015

Isaiah 50: 4-9a; Philippians 2: 5-11; Mark’s Passion There is lots of talk these days about a bucket list, those things that you really want to do some day and then you place them in your bucket that you aim to accomplish before you die. You know like climbing Mount Everest or flying to the moon or swimming... Read More

Lent 5 Year B

Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51:1-13; Hebrews 5:1-10; John 12:20-33 It started so well,… Ever had one of those days? The sun’s shining, that first cup of tea or coffee tastes so good, in fact you are feeling so good that is what makes it doubly disappointing, sneaking up on you like that, destroying your hopes, as... Read More

Lent 4 Year B

Numbers 21:4-9; Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22; Ephesians 2:1-10; John 3:14-21 “Are we there yet?” Who has suffered through the chorus of the song that doesn’t end? Tell your story, and make my mother proud. I was never one of those kids. I managed to absorb the sound logic behind “We’ll get there when we get there” at a... Read More

Lent 3 Year B

Exodus 20: 1-17; Psalm 19: 1-14; 1 Corinthians 1: 18-25; John 2: 13-22 In yet another study into what influences people to make good, wise and ethical decisions an interesting twist was found, or at least I thought so. John Bingham in the Telegraph wrote that “Children who sing in a choir, play in an orchestra or... Read More

Lent 2 Year B

Genesis 17: 1-7, 15-16; Psalm 22: 23-30; Romans 4: 13-25; Mark 8: 31-38 I came across two poems recently that I will use as the beginning and ending of this sermon, as I think they have a lot to offer us on this second Sunday in the season of Lent. A time of listening and observing the holy presence of God in our... Read More