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No August services at Rosedale United – next service here will be September 7

 

 

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Sermon: Seed to Stalk

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Rev. Karen J. Bowles

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Seed to Stalk

This morning we heard the story of the birth of Jacob and Esau – twin brothers and the story of how Jacob tricked Esau out of his birthright. and we will hear portions of the story of Jacob for the next 2 Sundays – next week will be Jacob’s ladder and the week following Jacob will wrestle with a mysterious stranger.

Genesis traces the early stages of the human relationship with the divine.  Genesis after all means the origin or coming into being of something.

“It is a story of beginnings – the beginning of the world, the beginning of the human race, the beginning of the people of Israel and the beginning of the experience of the reality of God.”  Karen Armstrong, In the Beginning

The writers of Genesis do not give us history – they do not write or even pretend to write first hand accounts of life in Palestine 2,000 years before the common era.  In fact they did not know anything about that time.  They were writing 1500 years later.   Read more ›

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Sermon : ‘Tough Crowd’

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Doug Norris      July 6, 2014

I had an exciting moment last week.  Not long after preaching the sermon here on Sunday I saw an email in my inbox, titled ”please remove offensive comments in Rosedale United sermon”.  An email address in the UK. I was giddy!  This meant that not only had someone somewhere else in the world read the sermon, but had been offended!  Double gold.  Not that we set out to offend, but the gospel is very often going to say things and ask things of us that will disturb our comfort. Always, of course,  held in tension with saying other things that might comfort our disturbances. Read more ›

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Sermon : ‘Canada, Eh?’

Doug Norris

How to be a country and not be a country.  Here is, I believe, the great spiritual/existential challenge: to be awake to one’s identity, ones rootedness, one’s specific place, and also, or perhaps even more fundamentally, to be part of the whole.

To live at a scale that is attainable real, we live local, we need to understand and love the fact of being Canadian.  And, to live fully as humans on the fragile and limited planet, we need to set aside the fact that we are Canadians, or anything at all.

How to be a country and not be a country. Read more ›

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