Reflection: June 21

Let us pause for a moment to give thanks to God in prayer:

Ever faithful God, by whose guidance 
we walk by faith in a wondrous and mysterious universe,
increase now our trust in you,
that in the midst of the many things we cannot understand, 
we may not doubt your love or miss your delight,
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Reflection: June 7 – 90th Annivesary

On the occasion of the 90th Anniversary of The United Church of Canada Scripture:  Psalm 138, 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1 Let’s take a moment to join our hearts and minds together in the spirit of prayer: Holy One, we … more —>

Reflection: May 31 – Trinity Sunday

Scripture: Psalm 29 and John 3:1-8 

 

I bind unto myself today
the virtues of the starlit heaven,
the glorious sun’s lifegiving ray,
the whiteness of the moon at even,
the flashing of the lightening free,
the whirling wind’s tempestuous shocks,
the stable earth, the deep salt sea,
around the old eternal rocks.
…I bind unto myself the name,
the strong name of the Trinity,
by invocation of the same,
the three in one and one in three…
             ( Voices United  317, vs. 3 & 5a)

These glorious words, attributed to St. Patrick, are well known in the Celtic Christian tradition as St. Patrick’s Breastplate. more —>

Reflection: May 17

Seventh Sunday of the Easter season, Acts 1:15-17, 21-26

Let us begin this time of reflection in the spirit of prayer:

God of heaven and earth,
we celebrate Christ who came to live as one of us.
We celebrate Christ who proclaimed
your love for all people.
We celebrate Christ who showed us
that in life, in death, in life beyond death,
you are always with us.
And we celebrate Christ who, leaving his earthly body,
entrusted us to be the body of Christ in the world.
For this sacred calling,
we give you thanks and praise, O God.
       (Seasons of the Spirit, June 1, 2014, adapted)

The book of Acts, or Acts of the Apostles as it often called, gives us a glimpse of the early Christian movement immediately following Jesus’ death and resurrection. Acts begins by noting that in the first forty days after Jesus’ resurrection, more —>

Reflection: May 10

Let us pause for a moment to give thanks to God in prayer:

God of mysterious encounter, you meet us
in places and times where we least expect to find you.
Your sacred presence appears to us in forms and ways
that challenge our views of ourselves and our world.
Help us to recognize, and respond in love, to your presence.
Give us eyes to see and ears to hear.
Give us hearts and wills receptive to your call.
This we ask through Jesus Christ, 
in whose name we gather this day.
Amen 
               (Living Covenant, pg. 6 by Sandra Severs)

Today’s scripture reading, from John’s Gospel, is part of a much larger section commonly known as Jesus’ Farewell Discourse. (John 14:1-16:33) The setting of this discourse is the last gathering Jesus has with his followers on the night of his arrest. At this gathering, Jesus washes his disciples’ feet as an example of loving and caring service to others. more —>

Reflection: April 19

Scripture:  Luke 24:13-35

Let us pause for a moment and hold in prayer words from the Iona Community:

Stay with us, O Christ,
since the day is far spent and the night is coming;
kindle our hearts on the way,
that we may recognize you in the scriptures,
in the breaking of bread, and in each other.
Amen   

The Road to Emmaus story has inspired and encouraged followers of Christ since the 1st century. It is a story that speaks to ordinary people in the context of their own experiences of life and faith. We can imagine that we know these weary and heartbroken travelers more —>

Reflection: April 12

To focus our thoughts, I’ll begin with a poem entitled, Spirit of Peace by Susan Hardwick: 

Jesus –
‘Peace be with you!’
you said to your disciples when you came and stood among them –
locked as they were into their bewilderment and their fear.
Breathe your Spirit of Peace
into our troubled hearts, our full-of-fear world.
Enter into our turbulence, our disorder and our discord.
Bring your peace, your serenity and your harmony.
Calm us, still us, open us up,
in order that we may be channels of your peace
to those in need of your Life-giving love.
(Wisdom Is Calling, United Church Publishing House,
1999, pgs. 232-233, adapted)

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Reflection: April 5: Easter

Scripture:  John 20:1–18

On this Easter morning, we pause to join our hearts and minds together in the spirit of prayer:

Gracious and loving God,
we have been faithful companions 
as we’ve travelled together
on our journey with Jesus.
We’ve been through the wilderness
and pondered stories of faith and wisdom.
We’ve gathered with palms and acclamations
and travelled to the foot of the cross.
With followers, from an earlier time,
we’ve grieved Jesus’ suffering and death.
And here we are, gathered again, 
with hope and expectation
to bear witness to the miracle of new life 
and the celebration of the living Christ in our midst.
Holy One, this day and every day 
may we walk in the Way of Jesus. 
Amen

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Reflection: March 29 – Lent 6, Palm Sunday

lent6We’ll begin with an invitation to Holy Week from Seasons of the Spirit:

Steadfast God, it has been a long journey.
We have been with ancestors in the desert
and sought you in unexpected places.
We have left footprints in the sand
and our souls in the wilderness.
The pilgrimage has been long
but promise and hope run deep in our faith tradition.
Now the long shadow of the cross
and the footsteps of Jesus
find us waiting at the gates of Jerusalem.
We have arrived.
Yet it seems the journey is still not complete;
there is a deeper journey still to make.
This Lenten wandering has been just the beginning.
The greatest story is still to be told.
Come let us gather at the gates of the city;
the crowds are preparing to enter.
     (Adapted from Seasons of the Spirit, Lent/Easter 2013, pg.96) more —>

Reflection: March 22 – Lent 5

lent5There is a wisdom story that says that at the beginning of time, God resolved to hide within creation. As God was wondering how best to do this, the angels gathered around. ‘I want to hide myself in my creation’, God said. ‘I need to find a place that is not too easily discovered, for it is in the search for me that my people will grow in spirit and in understanding.’
‘Why don’t you hide yourself deep in their earth?’ the first angel suggested. God pondered for a while, then replied, ‘No. It will not be long before they learn how to mine the earth and discover all the treasures that it contains. They will discover me too quickly, and they will not have had enough time to do their growing.’
‘Why don’t you hide yourself on their moon?’ a second angel suggested. God thought about this idea for a while, and then replied, ‘No. It will take a little longer, but before too long they will learn how to fly through space. They will arrive on the moon and explore its secrets, and they will discover me too soon, before they have had enough time to do their growing.’

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