Flights of the Soul

Posted by on Apr 29, 2018 in Sermon | 0 comments

Sermon for Sunday, April 15, 2018       Paula Papky for MacNeill Baptist Church Acts 3:12-19           Psalm 4               1 John 3:1-7                 Luke 24:36b-48   I chose the title, Flights of the Soul, because it is the title of a book by theologian John Pilch.  I think flights of the soul is a particularly apt phrase to ponder during these weeks of celebrating the resurrection. Do you get the feeling that the disciples are stuck?  They seem that way:  stuck on the terrors of the cross, the death of Jesus, their powerlessness, their...

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A Void Dance

Posted by on Apr 8, 2018 in Sermon | 0 comments

  April 8, 2018    Easter II Bob Tees   John 20:19-31 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy...

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Dying to be Understood

Posted by on Mar 25, 2018 in Sermon | 0 comments

Service for Palm Sunday 2018 by Bob Bond. Children’s Time Have you ever seen someone get picked on?  What was going on? … Why were they getting picked on? Usually, it involves someone being seen as ‘different’ for some reason. I have witnessed people get picked on / put down / kept apart because of skin colour, because of language and culture and religion, because of developmental disability, because of physical size (i.e. being short, or big). Also required, on the part of those doing the picking, is a need to feel superior (‘better than’)...

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Where Divine and Human Meet

Posted by on Mar 4, 2018 in Sermon | 0 comments

Sermon by Garry Blinch for Mar 4 2018 The story of Jesus clearing or cleansing the temple is likely a familiar one. It tends to stand out because it seems so out of character for “gentle Jesus, meek and mild”, to quote the hymn title by Charles Wesley. How does it hit you? Preachers have used this text to talk about the wrath of God against the unscrupulous and against “defiling the temple”, which quickly becomes a invective against buying and selling in the church building. This outburst has made some Christians quite...

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As it was in the Days of Noah

Posted by on Feb 18, 2018 in Sermon | 0 comments

by Bob Bond Children’s Time:  The Story of Noah – Have/help the young people tell the story, and use the song “Rise and Shine”. Introduction to Genesis 9:8-15 When the ark finally came to rest on dry ground, and everyone had disembarked, God charged Noah and his sons to be fruitful and multiply, and then we read as follows: … Introduction to Isaiah 54:6-10 The writer of this passage – “Second Isaiah” – was among those people taken into Babylonian exile following the destruction of the major cities of Judea (including Jerusalem and the Temple...

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As One Newly Awakened…..

Posted by on Jan 28, 2018 in Sermon | 0 comments

January 28, 2018 MacNeil Baptist Church Bob Tees   Mark 1:21-28 They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.  Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of...

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A Wake-up Call

Posted by on Jan 14, 2018 in Sermon | 0 comments

Sermon for January 14, 2018            Paula Papky for MacNeill Baptist Church 1 Samuel 3:1-20                   Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18                   John 1:43-51 I want to begin my sermon today by talking about knitting.  At MacNeill we seem to have a dozen or more people who are passionate about knitting.  I suspect that if we were given a choice between knitting and God it would be a hard one.  Some might say we have a cult here.  On occasion, alone or with others, we knitters make the pilgrimage down Highway 99, to the Shrine of St....

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Identity and Acceptance

Posted by on Jan 7, 2018 in Sermon | 0 comments

Gospel Reading:  Mark 1:7-13 Meditation:  Identity and Acceptance By Bob Bond Our Gospel Reading starts with verses we heard back on the second Sunday of Advent … the last time I preached here:  We find ourselves standing on the bank of the Jordan River, facing John the Baptizer.  I’ll remind you that the author of this work, Mark, is writing in Rome, to Gentile Christians facing sporadic arrests and violent martyrdom, having been blamed as a group (wrongly blamed!) for the fire that had destroyed much of the city.  He is writing out of the...

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Sermon for Advent 2

Posted by on Dec 10, 2017 in Sermon | 0 comments

By Bob Bond Children’s Time – on this Advent Sunday of Peace What is required for a person to have peace?, to feel peace?  [safety, satisfied needs, fulfilled relationships, ‘meaningfulness’] I have said before, but it bears repeating, that it is quite easy for you or I to be with people in ways that destroy peace … to act out on the basis that “I am powerful because I can disturb the peace” or “because I can do harm”.  What is truly impressive, and powerful is when someone or some group works to build peace, and sustain peace.  It takes...

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Communion Meditation

Posted by on Nov 5, 2017 in Sermon | 0 comments

By Bob Bond The Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Matthew presents Jesus-as-Teacher delivering five large sermons (the Sermon on the Mount is the first and most famously recognized of these), which five sermons are supposed to sound an echo in our minds and hearts, because they parallel Moses and the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible), and – for Matthew – Jesus is to be understood as the new, ultimate Moses.  Today’s Gospel reading is at the opening of the fifth of Jesus’ sermons.  It takes place in Jerusalem just...

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