Heirs To The Spirit, Heirs To Freedom

December 28, 2014
Luke 2:22-40; Galatians 4:4-7; Psalm 148

Good morning. Happy Christmas! ¡Feliz Navidad! Joyeaux Noël! Fröhe Weihnachten! Selamat Hari Natal! I would like to take about 30 seconds and have everyone greet those around them in the spirit of the season. If you’re on Facebook, you’ve probably seen the little slideshows floating around, showing off your friends’ 2014 in review. Facebook asked […]

Where Does God Live?

December 21, 2014
II Samuel 7:1-11, 16; Luke 1:26-38

The church in which I grew up, Broadway Mennonite Brethren in Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada was a plain building, white stucco walls inside and out, very small separate entryways for men and women, space for the choir behind the pulpit, a mother’s room at the back between the entryways, accessible only from the women’s side, […]

The Joy Journey

December 14, 2014
Luke 1:46b-55

On this, the third Sunday of Advent, it feels like we have reached a turning point in the season; the waiting and preparation transitions into a more active state of anticipation as we begin to contemplate the joy that is wrapped up in this season. Joy, delight, great pleasure, jubilation, exhilaration, all powerful expressions of […]

The Beginning Continues…

December 07, 2014
Isaiah 40:6-11; 2 Peter 3:8-15

“There is a beginning. There is a not yet beginning to be a beginning. There is a not yet beginning to be a not yet beginning to be a beginning. There is being. There is nonbeing. There is a not yet beginning to be nonbeing. There is a not yet beginning to be a not […]

Alert and Awake to Hope

November 30, 2014
Mark 13:24-37; Isaiah 64:1-9; I Corinthians 1:3-9

On this first Sunday of Advent – and this last Sunday that I am with you for three months, I want to say something joyful and profound, memorable and inspiring. In fact, I almost had the perfect sermon prepared, in my mind, a sermon that I hoped would uplift and comfort. Then the announcement came […]

The Good Stuff

November 16, 2014
Matthew 25:14-30; Jeremiah 13:1-11

Here were are in mid-November.  It has been a little over two weeks since All Hallows’ Eve. I don’t know how many of the families in this community participate in the tradition of trick-or-treating, but if you do – I am wondering how many (if any) of you kids out there have any candy still […]

Waiting and Watching

November 09, 2014
Amos 5:18-24; Matthew 25:1-13

As often as I have wrestled with this text, I have never really identified with these ten bridesmaids. When it comes to weddings I have always been the soloist, and now the officiant, never been a bridesmaid. But these days I find myself waiting and watching (and counting) with the bridal attendants. Please don’t take […]

Entrusted With The Message

October 26, 2014
I Thessalonians 2:1-8; Matthew 22:34-40

Last week at the church retreat we practiced looking at the biblical text from different perspectives. We looked at the story of Jesus feeding 5000 people with five loaves and two fish. We acted out the story from the perspective of the fish; from the perspective of a confused but in charge disciple; from the […]

A Discerning Ear

October 12, 2014
Matthew 22:1-14; Exodus 32:1-14

If you have been worshipping here regularly the past few months you may have noticed that we have been working our way through the book of Matthew. It is not that Matthew is more important than the the rest of the bible or even the other gospels. It is just that Matthew is the featured […]

A Generous Daily Wage

September 28, 2014
Matthew 20:1-16

“The first shall be last and the last shall be first.” At a quick glance one wonders if this is Jesus’ version of the tortoise and the hare. But that fable has a winner and a loser. And Jesus’ story doesn’t have a winner or loser, just the first and last being reversed. At the […]