Our purpose

Text: Acts 17:16-33 (“To an unknown god”) “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.” This is how a 1647 Catechism of the Presbyterian church begins; and this phrase has been a touchstone for Presbyterians ever since, including in the United Church of Canada. Presbyterians were the largest group that formed … [Read more…]

“Into the mystic”

Text: Mark 16:1-8 (the empty tomb) “The women fled from the tomb in terror and amazement and said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.” What kind of a way is this for Mark to end his Gospel? If the three women flee from the tomb and tell no one, then how does Mark ever … [Read more…]

“March for Our Lives”

The following is not a sermon, but the preamble to Worship on March 25, 2018. There was no sermon on that date as we spent an hour singing through the communion prayers — Ian Today is Palm Sunday, the first day of Holy Week. During its seven days, the church reflects on Jesus’ last week … [Read more…]

Life saving tips

Text: Mark 14: 43-53; 66-72 (Peter denies Jesus) Four weeks ago on the first Sunday in Lent, we heard Jesus describe a path to healing. Before he began his journey to Jerusalem, he said that those who tried to save their lives would lose them, but that those who gave their lives up for the … [Read more…]

“Do I wake or sleep?”

Text: Mark 14:26-42 (Jesus prays in Gethsemane) Video of this sermon posted to Facebook I got the idea for this reflection when I woke up last Sunday afternoon from a nap. I was glad to have slept for an hour, and it felt like I could sleep a lot longer. But dimly, I realized this … [Read more…]