Encountering Shattered Lives

Posted by on Jun 23, 2019 in Sermon | 0 comments

Sermon by Bob Bond A question … this sermon’s question! … a serious question seeking a meaningful answer from you, and for you:  What is the difference between spirit and soul? We’ve just come through Pentecost which is all about Holy Spirit, and then through Trinity Sunday which annually parses God into three, the third-named aspect being Spirit.  “Spirit”, if you’ll allow me to lead (on the basis of longstanding usage), is something we intuitively search out by ‘looking upwards’.  It is pure and soaring, disentangled and unrestricted,...

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Come Know My Joy

Posted by on Jun 9, 2019 in Sermon | 0 comments

Sermon for Pentecost by Paula Papky for MacNeill Baptist Church Genesis 11:1-9                     Psalm 104:24-34, 35b                               Acts 2:1-21   I have a poet friend for whom poems seem to write themselves.  She tells me that words just pour out of her onto the page.  Sometimes I wonder if the Holy Spirit, like my friend at her desk, just can’t hold back; if, as for a poet, words just burst out.  I wonder if, like an artist, the Spirit expresses herself in colour and form, in fire and dove, because she must; if like a...

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The Call

Posted by on May 19, 2019 in Sermon | 0 comments

Sermon by Paula Papky Acts 11:1-18          Psalm 148          Revelation 21:1-6          John 13:31-35   At our family dinner on Mother’s Day, some members of my family laughed at what they consider my obsession with hand-washing and clean food preparation.  I guess I am a bit obsessive.  When I bring home a cantaloupe, I put it straight into the sink and then wash my hands.  When the cantaloupe’s washed and scrubbed, I sometimes wash the sink, too.  To be on the safe side, I re-wash supposedly “ready-to-wash” carrots and salad greens. ...

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Grace’s Restoration

Posted by on May 5, 2019 in Sermon | 0 comments

Sermon by Garry Blinch  John 21:1-19 The gospel we read today is incredibly detailed and specific. There were 7 disciples, 5 of them named. Jesus had a “charcoal fire”, not just a fire. There were 153 fish- who counted and wrote that down?? Sounds like a Matthew kind of thing – tax collector- always counting. The author says “and he showed himself in this way”, prefacing the very detailed account that follows. Each of Jesus’ post-resurrection appearances had very specific purposes. This appearance displays grace,...

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Posted by on Apr 14, 2019 in Sermon | 0 comments

Sermon for Palm Sunday 2019 by Paula Papky Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29        Luke 19:28-40   In 1939, John Ford’s movie Stagecoach was released.  It made the careers of John Ford and John Wayne, who was then still called Marion Robert Morrison.  I’ve been thinking that if Ford had made a movie loosely based on this Palm Sunday story, he might have set it in the time and place of the wild west.  Two gunslingers, facing each other down in front of the only saloon in town.  Maybe John Wayne could have played Pontius Pilate.  Not sure who could...

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The Sacred Field

Posted by on Apr 7, 2019 in Sermon | 0 comments

Communion Meditation by Bob Tees   John 12:1-8 Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead.  There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him.  Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.  But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said,  “Why was this perfume not sold for...

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Father and Two Sons: Forgiveness

Posted by on Mar 31, 2019 in Sermon | 0 comments

Sermon for March 31, 2019       Lent 4       Paula Papky for MacNeill Baptist  Church Joshua 5:9-12        Psalm 32          2 Corinthians 5:16-21          Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32   A girl I know was perhaps ten years old when she phoned me for help and advice.  Sobbing, she told me she had acted so badly that day toward her nanny, so loud and rude and defiant, that her nanny had quit.  “What should I do?”  she wailed. As I recall, I first told her yes, she had acted badly but she hadn’t murdered anyone.  People mess up, sometimes – everyone...

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From Holy Space Onward

Posted by on Mar 24, 2019 in Sermon | 0 comments

Sermon and service by Bob Bond   Opening Acknowledgement (before ‘the announcements’) I begin by reminding you that long before today-as-we-gather-here, there have been aboriginal peoples who have been the stewards of this place. As settlers, we are grateful for the opportunity to meet here and we thank all the generations of people who have taken care of this land, for thousands of years. In particular, let us acknowledge that we are meeting within the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabeg.  This territory is...

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The End of the Beginning

Posted by on Mar 17, 2019 in Sermon | 0 comments

Luke 13:31-35 At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” He said to them, “Go and tell that fox for me, ‘Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work. Yet today, tomorrow, and the next day I must be on my way, because it is impossible for a prophet to be killed outside of Jerusalem.’ Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often...

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Communion Meditation: Transfiguration Sunday

Posted by on Mar 3, 2019 in Sermon | 0 comments

Paula Papky for MacNeill Baptist Church Exodus 34:29-35        Psalm 99          2 Corinthians 3:17-4:2           Luke 9:28-36 Did you see the Moses cartoon in The Globe and Mail the other day?  Sometimes I think the Globe is using the lectionary, too.  Anyway, Moses is coming down the mountain with two tablets – not stone tablets but computer tablets.  The people catch sight of him and one says, “Looks like Moses is getting a bit ahead of himself.” Moses had powerful visions up on that mountain.  He heard God’s voice and likely saw God’s...

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