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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God in the Oceans

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

Sermon for Ocean Sunday by Paula Papky Job 38:1-18            Psalm 104:24-26           Ephesians 1:3-10           Luke 5:1-11   This fishing story is a key story in Luke’s Gospel, but first I want to take another look at our Job reading.  I love this part of the story of Job, chapter 38.  This is where God takes exception to Job’s attitude, to Job’s certainty that he is right and that he doesn’t deserve the misfortunes he has suffered.  And God points out at great length – but poetic length – Job’s lack of wisdom, saying, “Who are you...

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The Healing Spirit of God

Posted by on Aug 25, 2019 in Sermon | 0 comments

Isaiah 58:9b – 14          Psalm 103:1-8             Hebrews 12:18-29          Luke 13:10-17 Sermon by Paula Papky I brought along some pottery today because I’ve been thinking about shaping things, re-forming things.  Everyone in my family except me has some experience in shaping pots, even sculpting.  Last week my three youngest grandsons were doing pottery classes at the Dundas Valley School of Art.  One made a tea cup shaped like a boat with marine creatures around the rim.  My daughter, Heather made these vases for me in pottery class...

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God’s Pleasure: to give you the kingdom

Posted by on Aug 11, 2019 in Sermon | 0 comments

Sermon by Bob Bond   I want to talk with you, this morning, about the sweet spot of Christian faith. You know what I mean by a ‘sweet spot’, right?  It’s that point where there is true fit, balance, comfort, strength(!) … all together, all at once.  When you are hammering a nail, if you hold the hammer too far up or too far down then every blow hurts and it doesn’t do a very good job; but when you hold it in the sweet spot all the energy is delivered to the nail and your hammering even sounds good.  When you sit in a well used chair, it...

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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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