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Sunday, March 1  – Doug Norris preaching : ‘A Silver Lining Playbook’   On suffering, kindness, and navigating the journey…    (Lunch and family skate following the service !)

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Lent 1: Sermon: “You Only Live Once…”

Rev. Kristin Philipson


Mark 1:9-15  In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. 11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” 12 And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 13 He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”


“The Rest of Your Life”

 Dear Adrienne:

I’m calling you up tonight

as I might call up a friend

as I might call up a ghost

to ask what you intend to do

with the rest of your life.

Sometimes you act

as if you have all the time there is.

I worry about you when I see this…

I hope you’ve got something in mind.

I hope you have some idea

About the rest of your life.

In sisterhood, Adrienne.

 ~ Adrienne Rich


Saturday morning I went on a pilgrimage – something I’ve never actually done before. I took the subway to Bathurst Station, and then boarded the #7 bus northbound for a slow and lurching ride, through snowflakes and slush, to the intersection of Bathurst Street and Neptune Drive. That’s as much direction as I had; I had no map, and no real address – I was just counting on knowing my pilgrimage site when I saw it. The neighbourhood around Bathurst and Neptune is a mix of tiny bungalows, low-rise apartments and strip malls. At the southwest corner of the intersection is synagogue and walking out and about on this particular Saturday morning were mainly Orthodox Jewish women; they pushed baby carriages through the snow and had three or four or five other kids following behind them. I imagined all the children there must be in this neighbourhood; children who roam between cousins on this street and aunts and uncles on that street and good friends that live in the building across the park. I imagined these children – in warmer months – cutting through backyards and staying out at the playground until sunset; children used to being seen by the eyes of a wide and watchful community. Read more ›

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Sermon : ‘Show Your Face’

Doug Norris  based on Mark 9:2-9

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I will get to Jesus in a minute or so.  Jesus and Peter and James and John and Moses and Elijah.  It’s great story – connects all kinds of dots in the Biblical narrative.  A story at the intersection of ancient Judaism, the prophets, and the Jesus movement.   We should hang out with it for a bit. Read more ›

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Sermon : ‘Up For Serving’

Doug Norris       Isaiah 40 : 25-31 , Mark 1 : 29-39 (see readings)

‘This is what I came out to do.  Let’s go.‘   There is a moment of clarity for Jesus, who is lying in the tall grasses outside the village of Capernaum when the others come stomping around looking for him.  ‘This is what I came to do.  Let’s go.’

It is the first stop on the first stage of his work – Jesus is 30 and he has just spent the prior day in the village speaking about hope and – mysteriously – touching with a healing hand – and he could hardly keep up – and now he has risen early in the morning and gone out of the village to wait upon the Lord – to seek God in prayer, in contemplation.  I’ve been there – to Capernaum – lots of tall grasses and small hills, places to hide for a time.  Read more ›

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