Mercy Me!?!

Posted by on Dec 23, 2018 in Sermon | 0 comments

Sermon for Advent 4 by Bob Bond Gospel Reading:                  Luke 1:39-55 The first movement of our reflections, this morning, must be to acknowledge the strength and intelligence of the women front-and-centre in this morning’s Gospel reading.  Concerning Mary we may have to rethink a few things.  Particularly on account of the Greek word concerning her, ‘parthenos’, generally translated simply ‘virgin’; it has been taken to suggest youth, but scholarly criticism sheds a different light.  “Parthenos” means one who has not yet born a...

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Prepare ye the way- within yourself

Posted by on Dec 9, 2018 in Sermon | 0 comments

Sermon – December 9, 2018 by Garry Blinch Luke 3:1-6 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the...

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A Dialogue with Jesus

Posted by on Dec 2, 2018 in Sermon | 0 comments

Communion Reflection for December 2, 2018             Paula Papky for MacNeill Baptist Church Jeremiah 33:14-16              Psalm 25:1-10                    1 Thess. 3:9-13                  Luke 21:25-36   Jesus:  What’s up, Paula?  You’re lookin’ a little glum, there. Me:  Well, Jesus, you’d be glum too if you had to spend any time at Limeridge Mall.  You can’t even find a parking spot up there. Jesus:  You’re complaining about crowds of people?  I had people following me all the time, day after day, wanting me to heal them, rescue them,...

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More Than Meets the Eye

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

Sermon – November 25, 2018 by Garry Blinch   John 18:33-37  (NRSV) 33 Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, “Are you the King of the Judeans?” 34 Jesus answered, “Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?” 35 Pilate replied, “I am not a Judean, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?” 36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed...

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Counting the Cost

Posted by on Nov 11, 2018 in Sermon | 0 comments

Sermon for November 11, 2018          Paula Papky for MacNeill Baptist Church Genesis 4:1-16     Psalm 89:5-18   Ephesians 6:10-17     Luke 14:25-32   As far as I know, those in my family who went overseas in World War I came back home.  My mother used to tell an amusing story about one of her uncles who had fought in that war.  While he was away, he met a woman in London and married her.  But when the war was over and he was heading home, she decided she didn’t want to go to live in Canada.  Mom’s uncle arrived home and told everyone his new...

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

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

Sermon for Sunday, Oct, 28, 2018              Paula Papky for MacNeill Baptist Church Jeremiah 31:7 – 9            Psalm 126           Hebrews 7:23-28         Mark 10:46-52 This past week as I pondered this gospel lesson about Jesus and a blind man, up popped the title of one of my favourite novels:  Their Eyes Were Watching God.  The author is Zora Neale Hurston, an African American anthropologist and writer who studied Southern culture, its stories and music and   lifestyles.  This novel was first published in 1937.  Years later, it was...

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The Gospel of Limited Goods

Posted by on Sep 23, 2018 in Sermon | 0 comments

Preacher:  Rev Bob Bond Readings:           Isaiah 65:17-25   Revelation 21:1-6,22-26 Responsive Psalm:     Psalm 65:1-8 Introduction to the Gospel Reading What we are going to hear are Jesus’ words, according to Mark, about the end of the present age (the end of history as we know it). Gospel:     Mark 13:5-8, 17-27, 30-32 Introduction to Romans 8:18-23 Our final reading this morning is our Epistle passage.  In it, Paul reflects on the end of the present age.  He does so with an oh-so-strong focus on not humanity but rather on the rest of...

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She Who Makes All Things New

Posted by on Sep 16, 2018 in Sermon | 0 comments

by Paula Papky  Proverbs 1:20-33;  Wisdom of Solomon 7:26-8:1;    James 3:13-18;  Mark 8:24-30   A Dialogue with Wisdom   me (reading to myself):  Wisdom cries out in the street; in the squares she raises her voice.  At the busiest corner she cries…Wisdom… Wisdom:  Did I hear my name?  Did I hear someone mention Wisdom? me:  Who are you? Wisdom:  I am Wisdom.  That’s Wisdom with a capital W. me:  Ma’m, I’ll need to see some identification, as they say on TV.  What is your full name and where are you from? Wisdom:  My name is Wisdom/Spirit Of...

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The Wonder of it All

Posted by on Sep 2, 2018 in Sermon | 0 comments

John 1.1-14 ‘The Word becomes part of Earth’ The Word, that is before all things and is God, is the source of all creation.  And that Word becomes flesh and blood, the very stuff of creation. The Word of life becomes part of the living planet called Earth.   The picture of earth taken in 1968 by astronaut Bill Anders is called “Earthrise”. My granddaughter, Aurora, had an interesting experience with sunrise recently. She had woken too early and it was still dark outside. Her mother, knowing her two-and-a-half year old well...

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All Our Puny Wisdom

Posted by on Jun 24, 2018 in Sermon | 0 comments

Sermon for June 24, 2018                  Paula Papky for MacNeill Baptist Church   Job 38:1-11                     Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32                    Mark 4:35-41 When the Old Testament God communicates with creation – or with the chaos that was before creation – it’s always in a breath-taking way.  Or maybe I should say, a breath-giving way, for often the Divine acts as powerful breath or wind, the wind that in the beginning sweeps over the face of the waters.  To Moses the Divine speaks in a burning bush.  To the Israelites fleeing...

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