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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The Just Shepherd

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

Sermon by Garry Blinch Luke 1:68-79 68 “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has looked favorably on his people and redeemed them. 69 He has raised up a mighty savior for us in the house of his servant David, 70 as he spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old, 71     that we would be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us. 72 Thus he has shown the mercy promised to our ancestors, and has remembered his holy covenant, 73 the oath that he swore to our ancestor Abraham, to grant us 74 that we, being...

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Justice and Joy

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

Sermon by Paula Papky for MacNeill Baptist Church Isaiah 65:17-25             Psalm 98                  2 Thess. 3:6-13                   Luke 21:5-19   I realized recently that it’s been 50-some years since I came to live in Hamilton to go to McMaster.  And wow!  Hasn’t this city changed?  Remember when you shopped at Eaton’s and got on the elevator that served five floors plus the bargain basement?  There was an elevator operator back then, wearing one white glove to open that metal grate, and at each stop she announced the floor: ...

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Zaccheus the Tax Collector

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

Sermon by Bob Bond   Gospel Reading:  Luke 19:1-10 He entered Jericho and was passing through it. A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way. When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.” So he hurried down and was happy...

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MacNeill’s 89th Anniversary

Posted by on Oct 27, 2019 in Photo Album, Sermon | 0 comments

Our guest preacher was LeeAnn McKenna, founder of Partera International.  She spoke Saturday evening on “Confessions of a Settler on Stolen Land”.  Her sermon on Sunday was about her work in conflict resolution that she does all over the world.   LeeAnn McKenna is the founder of Partera International. LeeAnn spoke about her work in conflict resolution that she has done all over the world. LeeAnn with the statuette of a kneeling pregnant woman. LeeAnn told us of her work in South America and Africa. The band played the...

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Blessed That We Might Bless the World

Posted by on Oct 20, 2019 in Sermon | 0 comments

Sermon by Paula Papky Genesis 32:22-31           Psalm 121          2 Timothy 3:14-4:5               Luke 18:1-8   Making a study of prayer this last week, I found prayer in the most surprising places.  Take that famous Christian rock band, The Holy Rolling Stones.  Surely that song by Brother Mick is about persistence in prayer:  “You can’t always get what you want, you can’t always get what you want…but if you try sometimes, you just might get what you need.” Isn’t that just like that widow in Luke 18?  Jesus holds the widow up as an...

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The Heavens Declare the Glory of God

Posted by on Sep 30, 2019 in Sermon | 0 comments

Sermon by Bob Bond Proverbs 8:22,27-30, Psalm 19:1-4b, Romans 1:20, Colossians 1:15-20   There are few specific days I can recall-with-detail from Public School.  One of them – and I could walk into that Kitchener Senior Public building today, take you to the room and the desk I was sitting in, and tell you about the teacher at the front – [this] was an English class, with me precociously longing to hit high school where I’d finally get to study biology which was to be my next step towards a world renown career in marine biology(!). ...

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