May 1, 2022 — “The wild blue yonder . . . “ — We marked the third Sunday of Easter with Ian’s final service at MWUC.
April 24, 2022 — Doubting church — On the second Sunday of Easter, we reflected on the story of the Doubting Thomas (John 20:19-31)
April 17, 2022 — New light, new day — On Easter, we celebrated with a joyous reflection on the discovery of Jesus’ empty tomb (Mark 16:1-8), a ritual to decorate the cross, two baptisms, and a choir anthem — “Christ is Risen Today!”
April 15, 2022 — Waiting for new life in a Good Friday world — On Good Friday, we gathered to hear excerpts from Mark 14 and 15 and reflect on the death of Jesus in light of current events.
April 10, 2022 — Palm/Passion — We heard Mark’s story of Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, and Good Friday (selections from Mark 11, 14, and 15), celebrated communion, and sang through the communion prayers. The choir sang “Hosanna! The King Comes Today.” Note: The link above goes to a video of the service — but unfortunately, audio drops at the one hour mark.
April 3, 2022 — Getting ready — We marked the fifth Sunday in Lent with a reflection on a story in which Jesus is anointed for burial (John 12:1-8), and the choir sang “Ubi Caritas”
March 27, 2022 — The metaphors of life and love — We marked the fourth Sunday in Lent with a reflection on the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32), and the choir sang “Listen to Your Heart”
March 20, 2022 — Nothing left to lose — We marked the third Sunday in Lent with a reading about the costs of discipleship (Mark 10:17-31), and the choir sang “The Only Road to Easter Morning.”
March 13, 2022 — Enfolded in divine Love — We marked the second Sunday in Lent (Luke 13:1-9, foxes and hens) and the choir sang “Gentle Voice.”
March 6, 2022 — Resisting temptation — We marked the first Sunday in Lent and heard a reflection that was about both Jesus’ 40 days in the wilderness and the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
February 27, 2022 — Illusion and reality — We heard a story about Jesus’ Transfiguration (Mark 9:2-9) and discussed ordination. The choir sang “In the Morning, Joy” (in-person!)
February 20, 2022 — Sacred space — David Faber led the service and reflected on Jesus’ call to love our enemies (Luke 6).
February 13, 2022 — Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers — Anita Piebiak led the service and Dana Eklics and Kim Maury provided a reflection on their work at the Mennonite Centre for Newcomers. The choir sang “Walk Together Children” (in-person!)
February 6, 2022 — Freedom! — We heard a story about Jesus preaching at Nazareth (Luke 4:14-22) and discussed confession
January 30, 2022 — Love and grief — We heard a story about a wedding at which Jesus turns water into wine (John 2:1-11) and discussed marriage. The choir sang “Stay with Us Through the Night” (in person!).
January 23, 2022 — Relying on a Higher Power — We heard Jesus’ comments about The Bread of Life (John 6), discussed Communion, and celebrated that sacrament
January 16, 2022 — Respecting yourself in troubled times — We reflected on the only story told in the Gospels about Jesus as an adolescent (Luke 2:42-51) and discussed Confirmation.
January 9, 2022 — Don’t Look Up — We celebrated the baptism of Jesus (Luke 3:15-17, 21-22) and reflected on how to live into the legacy of our ancestors.
January 2, 2022 — The beginning of the end — We marked the second Sunday after Christmas with a reflection on John 1:1-18 (“In the beginning”) and a service that began my last four months in ministry at Mill Woods United — Ian