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 Centennial Events

Sunday October 26, 10:30 am  Centennial Service, Doug Norris preaching : ‘Like The Days of a Tree’.  Light lunch to follow.  (RSVP here)

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Sermon : ‘Like the Days of a Tree’

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A sermon for Centennial Sunday, by Doug Norris

From Psalm 27 : One thing I have asked from the LORD, this I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD and to meditate in God’s temple.

This is a very beautiful idea, though it is a bit unrealistic.  I know a lot of very religious people and I don’t know any who actually want to dwell here in the house of the Lord all the days of their life.

Some of our people dwell in the house of the Lord mostly at Christmas and Easter.   And this is lovely !   Some people actually end up dwelling all the days of their life on a committee of the House of the Lord, which is not the same thing.  The local congregational culture here is very understanding and comfortable about not dwelling in the house of the Lord all the time.   There’s a lot going on, people are busy, we like you to come here when you can. Or when you need to.  There will always be somebody singing, somebody praying, somebody preaching a good Word… Read more ›

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Sermon : “Light Through Yonder Window Breaks

October 19, 2014       Doug Norris

– We stand on the shoulders of giants – so as to see further…  We have this week, now to honour the giants of this place.  What a delight.

‘I have looked far and wide…’  Malcolm Muggeridge wrote : “I have looked far and wide, inside and outside of my own head and heart, and I have found nothing other than this man and his words which offer any hope for our tragic and troubled times.  If his light has gone out then there is no light…”
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Sermon : ‘Renew Our Minds to Choose’

October 12, 2014               Doug Norris

So here are the moving parts I see today, Thanksgiving Sunday : scarcity – abundance – relationship.  These are not specifically religious ideas, of course – they are the building blocks of any system of human thought – spiritual, political , economic…  Some alignment of these three things is the core of every human community.  Scarcity-abundance-relationship.

Since we’re part of a religious system here, let me begin with some basic Bible study.  Over the past number of weeks we’ve been hearing the Book of the Exodus, the early part of the story.    I’ll recap. Read more ›

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