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...

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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...

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A Cat Among the Pigeons

Posted by on Jun 10, 2018 in Sermon | 0 comments

Sermon by Garry Blinch   Mark 3:20-35 *Some wording changed from NRSV to better reflect the Greek words and phrases   The crowd came together again, so that they could not even eat. When His own people heard of this, they went out to take custody of Him; for they said, “He has gone out of his mind.” The scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He has Beelzebul, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons.” Jesus called them to him, and spoke to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan?...

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Moral Sabbath

Posted by on Jun 3, 2018 in Sermon | 0 comments

Communion meditation for June 3 2018 by Bob Bond. Old Testament Reading:  Deuteronomy 5:12-15 Responsive Psalm:  Psalm 81: 1-10 A word of introduction about this Psalm in response to our Deuteronomy passage. Did you hear, in Deuteronomy’s report, how first the commandment is given, “the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God; you shall not do any work”.  Then this commandment is given a moral purpose:  there is a listing of those in one’s household [even the oxen, donkeys and livestock!] who are to be at rest, and then comes this...

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This Inexhaustible Christ

Posted by on May 20, 2018 in Sermon | 0 comments

Sermon for May 20 by Garry Blinch John 15:26-16:15 Introduction  The scriptures before us today speak of the work of God’s Spirit, especially in bringing forth life from that which was dead. Ezekiel and Acts show us reversals- death cannot stop God’s purposes from being fulfilled. We need Holy Spirit to become all God intended in the face of impossible odds. In the vision in Ezekiel Israel is raised, resurrected to live, to inhabit the land, to fulfill her purpose. In Acts, Jesus was raised, and a new people raised with him to love and...

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Believe, Behave, Belong

Posted by on May 6, 2018 in Sermon | 0 comments

Or: Learning to Love Sermon for May 6 by Garry Blinch I watched a film recently called “Come Sunday”. It’s on Netflix. It’s the real life story of Bishop Carlton Pearson, a man who was mentored by Oral Roberts. I like looking at IMDB, the online movie database, for summaries of movies to get an idea of what the particular movie is all about. For “Come Sunday”, there was this very terse summary: “Evangelist Carlton Pearson is ostracized by his church for preaching that there is no Hell.” That...

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Flights of the Soul

Posted by on Apr 29, 2018 in Sermon | 0 comments

Sermon for Sunday, April 15, 2018       Paula Papky for MacNeill Baptist Church Acts 3:12-19           Psalm 4               1 John 3:1-7                 Luke 24:36b-48   I chose the title, Flights of the Soul, because it is the title of a book by theologian John Pilch.  I think flights of the soul is a particularly apt phrase to ponder during these weeks of celebrating the resurrection. Do you get the feeling that the disciples are stuck?  They seem that way:  stuck on the terrors of the cross, the death of Jesus, their powerlessness,...

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