Sermons

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St. Mary the Virgin, 2016

Isaiah 7:10-15, Psalm 132:6-10, 13, 14; Galatians 4:4-7, Luke 2:1-7 I would not normally take time on holidays looking for an internet cafe to check emails, but we needed to rearrange travel plans to attend my brother-in-law’s funeral and get in touch with a few people.  So there we were, in a classic Viennese... Read More

Proper 18, 2016

Hosea 11:1–11; Psalm 107:1–9, 43; Colossians 3:1–11; Luke 12:13–21 On the 4th of July, NASA space probe Juno entered the orbit of the planet Jupiter. Juno was launched on August 5th, 2011 and now that it has reached its destination it will begin a 20 month mission of collecting scientific data, which will include... Read More

Proper 17, 2016

Hosea 1:2–10; Psalm 85; Colossians 2:6–19; Luke 11:1–13 When I was in seminary, I had a Ghanaian friend whose name was Robert. Robert was a delightful person, fiercely intelligent, with a wicked sense of humour and a very gentle heart. There was a lot about Christianity that we did not agree on, and yet we always... Read More

Proper 15, 2016

Amos 7:7–17; Psalm 82; Colossians 1:1–14; Luke 10:25–37 This week, across the country in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Anglicans from all over Canada are meeting for General Synod 2016. Perhaps the most anticipated business of the day is the motion currently on the floor which proposes a change to the marriage canon... Read More

Proper 14, 2016

2 Kings 5:1–14; Psalm 30; Gal 6:1–16; Luke 10:1–11, 16–20 “Oh, we ain’t got a barrel of money, Maybe we’re ragged and funny, But we’ll travel along, singing a song, Side by side.” When I was a little girl my Dad made me a tape of himself singing that song, along with many others. Listening to it is one of my... Read More

Proper 11, 2016

1 Kings 21:1-21a;  Psalm 5:1-8;  Galatians 2:15-21;  Luke 7:36-8:3 Have you ever been totally tongue-tied?  Dr. David Nott is a London surgeon who suffered PTSD after the horrors he had witnessed while volunteering in war zones and other crisis situations—including operating on badly injured children in a... Read More

Proper 10, 2016

1 Kings 17:8–16; Ps 146; Galatians 1:11–24; Luke 7:11–17 Several years ago I a completed a basic unit of Clinical Pastoral Education. Clinical Pastoral Education is a program of study which takes place in a clinical setting like a hospital and requires the student to both offer spiritual and emotional care to... Read More

Easter 6, 2016

Isaiah 30:18-21; Psalm 119:33-40; 2 Corinthians 4:1-6; John 14:6-14 Here we go Lions, here we go… If you’re a home team supporter, can you feel the adrenaline rush?  Sorry if you support another team—perhaps you are feeling totally turned off, or if you don’t follow sport so you are bored already, or appalled. ... Read More

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 2, 2016

Acts 5:27-32; Psalm 150; Revelation 1:4-8; John 20:19-31 The look said it all, like: Hey lady, don’t breathe your germs all over me! It was just a persistent tickle in my throat, but you’d think I was a plague carrier the way she tensed up, shrinking her body into a tight protective posture, tugging her coat... Read More