“Bad Jokes and Good Quotes” June 7, 2020

Notes from the pastor ~    “’Understanding’ art is like having a sense of humour- if you don’t have one, no amount of      explanation is going to make you laugh.” ~ Michael Craig-Martin Jokes and quotes – I have to admit, I’m a sucker for both of them. Now, I’ll leave it to the experts to analyze why that is so, but let’s just say that these two things tickle my fancy; always have, always will. If you don’t count “dirty” and “clean,” then we could say that jokes come in...

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“You Don’t Need to Have It All Figured Out or Why We Need the Trinity” June 7, 2020

“You Don’t Need to Have It All Figured Out, and Why We Need the Trinity”   “You don’t need to have it all figured out. Just be with me.” ~ ‘Jesus’ from ‘The Shack’ by Wm. Paul Young   A bishop was at a church for a Confirmation ceremony. In front of the congregation, 9 young people from the ages of 13 to 16 were lined up waiting to be confirmed. This was a big event; a solemn occasion. Now, the Bishop had decided that in his homily he would quiz the teenagers he...

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“To Do What We Cannot Do” May 31, 2020

“To Do What We Cannot Do” A sermon based on the writings of Luke the Apostle from the 2nd chapter of Acts Wow – Pentecost Sunday. To some, it’s just another religious holiday where everyone brings out their red clothes. But to others the season of Pentecost marks a turning point in the Christian calendar. It is a change; a change much in the same way that the moment the Apostles were filled with the Holy Spirit, something happened. Something happened that we are still a...

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“Enough of This Silliness” pastor notes May 31, 2020

Notes From the Pastor ~ I’ve had enough of this silliness. It has to stop. In the part of town where Margie & I live, Monday is garbage pick up day. Just like clockwork, garbage cans appear from out of nowhere and are lined up like little soldiers on the street awaiting the moment that the trucks come roaring in to empty them out. It happens every week and it’s a sight to behold: tidy, neat, and uniform – that is, until yesterday. From a distance, I thought that someone...

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“The Gospel Is All About Jesus” May 24, 2020 with Jonathan Booth

“The Gospel Is All About Jesus” A sermon on John 17 by Jonathan Booth Friends from McCabe, Sheridan, and Amity – greetings. It is so good to be “with you”. It is a privilege to preach in the Easter season because much of what we hold dear and foundational to our faith is contained within the Easter narrative. Our lectionary reading gives us just the first eleven verses of John 17, but I would encourage you to read all 26. The whole chapter is precious. There are parts...

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“You’re Gonna Get It!” May 17, 2020

“You’re Gonna Get It!” John 14:15-21   “Oh, you’re gonna get it! You’re in so much trouble right now!” How many of us can remember hearing words like these from adults when we were kids? It’s part of growing up; if you mess up, there will be consequences. We even used these treats of pain and suffering ourselves as kids. “You’re gonna get it,” seemed to be the all time favorite on the playground or in the backyard. It was even fun to say. The words seemed to fly off...

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