Meet me…….. at the cross

Posted by on Apr 3, 2020 in Sermon | 0 comments

MacNeill Baptist Church Palm/Passion Sunday, April 5, 2020   Preamble:  Welcome to MacNeill Baptist Church. This service is the culmination of our Lenten theme – “Meet me here….”    We have been planning this service since early February (eons ago!!) and have endeavoured to transfer it meaningfully to the on-screen edition. Initially, various speakers and participants were asked to join in the service by reading, carrying the symbols and making music.  Now, you can read the text in your own home, view photos of the symbols and listen to...

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Lent Five- Meet me…… in the valley

Posted by on Mar 28, 2020 in Sermon | 0 comments

    Prelude      Wachet auf (Sleepers Awake)                    J.S. Bach   The Lighting of the Christ Candle (perhaps you wish to light one your own in your home)   Together, We Come to God   Call to Worship When we are living, it is in Christ Jesus And when we are dying, it is in the Lord. Both in our living and in our dying We belong to God. We belong to God.     Hymn # 671     Guide me O thou great Jehovah      Prayer of Approach Enlivening God, you bring life to dry bones and weary hearts. We cry out...

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Lent Four- Meet me….. in the need of healing

Posted by on Mar 22, 2020 in Sermon | 0 comments

Prelude        O love that will not let me go    The Lighting of the Christ Candle (perhaps you wish to light your own in your home)   Together, We Come to God   Call to Worship   Once we were in darkness but now we live in the realm of light. Once we were in death, but now we live in the gift of life. Once we were in bondage but now we live in the truth of freedom. Once we walked in the valley, but now we walk in green pastures We come to worship the love that knows no limits and opens our eyes to focus on the light.  ...

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Chasing Away the Shadows

Posted by on Mar 8, 2020 in Sermon | 0 comments

Sermon by Paula Papky Genesis 12:1-4a         Psalm 121           Romans 4:1-5, 13-17               John 3:1-17   So, you find your seat on the airliner, get settled with your paperback mystery, and then your seatmate asks you, “Are you born again?”  It’s not the sort of question you welcome at the beginning of a long flight, seated beside a passenger who’s clutching her New Testament.  She looks like a serious proselytizer, determined to convert you.  She notes your book, a Nordic noir crime novel called, The Maniac Knife-Sharpener. ...

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The Church of Salt and Light

Posted by on Feb 9, 2020 in Sermon | 0 comments

Sermon by Paula Papky Isaiah 58:1-9a          Psalm 112:1-9        1 Corinthians 2:1-12         Matthew 5:13-20   In today’s story, Jesus does what he is so good at:  he peppers his stories and descriptions with images from everyday life.  Just think of the images that turn up over and over in the gospels:  bread, water, wells and wellsprings, sheep and shepherds, lilies of the field, birds of the air.  And perhaps the most commonplace are these images:  salt and light.  “You are the salt of the earth,” he tells his disciples.  “You are...

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Posted by on Feb 2, 2020 in Sermon | 0 comments

Sermon by Bob Bond We are in Year A of the lectionary cycle; Matthew is the Gospel account we’ll pretty consistently be focused upon; so today we’ve heard the Beatitudes (the blessings) from Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount.  This text’s main parallel is Luke’s Sermon on the Plain.  Remembering that both accounts were penned some 2 generations after Jesus:  in our listening for what Jesus taught, it is imperative to hold the accounts up together.  Now, scholars agree with what we know from everyday experience: a story-teller influences their...

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Posted by on Jan 19, 2020 in Sermon | 0 comments

Sermon by Garry Blinch John 1:20-42 29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’ 31 I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel.” 32 And John testified, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. 33 I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with...

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The Journey to Joy

Posted by on Jan 5, 2020 in Sermon | 0 comments

Sermon by Paula Papky Isaiah 60:1-6          Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14       Ephesians 3:1-12       Matthew 2:1-12   The poet, T.S.Eliot, in telling the Magi story, begins this way: A cold coming we had of it, Just the worst time of the year For a journey, and such a long journey: The ways deep and the weather sharp, The very dead of winter. And the camels galled, sore-footed, refractory, Lying down in the melting snow. There were times we regretted The summer palaces on slopes, the terraces, And the silken girls bringing sherbet. Then the...

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Are You Ready to Persevere?

Posted by on Dec 15, 2019 in Sermon | 0 comments

I’m sorry, people!:  This is Gaudete Sunday … a day of (in Latin) Gaudium! / (in English) Joy! within a Church season that is otherwise to be about penitent preparation for the coming of the Christ.  The candle we light is pink; the music we sing is bright.  But the scriptures for this day – okay, they speak with great promise of joy, but they point to one lived experience after another for which we best heed the counsel of James (in the last verse we heard read from his letter):  “As an example of suffering and patience, beloved, take the...

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Good News from the Margins

Posted by on Dec 8, 2019 in Sermon | 0 comments

Sermon for Advent 2, by Paula Papky Isaiah 11:1-10        Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19       Romans 15:4-13       Matthew 3:1-12 One of the shortest poems ever written popped into my head last week.  It’s by the American poet, Carl Sandberg and it’s called, simply, “Fog”. The fog comes on little cat feet. It sits looking over the harbor and city on silent haunches and then moves on. Compared to the frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, wouldn’t it be good if Advent came on little cat feet?  It might curl around us offering comfort and peace; look...

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