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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Flattening False Privilege

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

Old Testament Reading:  Genesis 45:3-11,15 Gospel Reading:  Luke 6:27-38 Sermon by Bob Bond for Feb 24 2019.   You people (other than visitors) know me and my preaching pretty well.  You surely know I do a lot of work on tangents.  True to my nature, then, I’m going to come at today’s Gospel reading on a tangent. This particular tangent has the ring of testimonial about it … a good old-time Baptist practice! My practice (or discipline) of prayer, over Advent and Christmastime and Epiphany, was particularly rich and life-giving because –...

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Crossing Over

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

Reflection on Communion, Feb. 3, 2019    Paula Papky for MacNeill Baptist Church Malachi 3:1-4           Psalm 84           Hebrews 2:14-18           Luke 2:22-40   I forget what I was trying to do on that day a few years ago.  Maybe I was trying to open a jar; or calculate the amounts for tripling a recipe; or negotiate a hilly path in the woods.  Whatever it was, I asked my granddaughter, Charlotte, “Why can’t I do this?”  Her response was, “It’s because you’re old, Grandma.”  We laughed.  But it wasn’t really all that funny.  After...

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Recovering Sight

Posted by on Jan 27, 2019 in Sermon | 0 comments

Sermon by Bob Tees   Luke 4:14-21 Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone. When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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