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This Sunday, October 11, Thanksgiving Sunday, Kristin Philipson preaching.

Syrian Refugee Crisis : The Refugee Committee of the congregation continues to work with members and the larger community to facilitate sponsorships.   More info here.

Volunteers needed !  We will again be sending a one day building team out with Habitat For Humanity (Toronto), Saturday October 24.   Contact Aaron to sign up.

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Sermon : ‘He Is Heavy. He’s My Brother’

October 4, 2015     Doug Norris

“The rabble among them had a strong craving; and the Israelites also wept again, and said, “If only we had meat to eat!   Moses heard the people weeping throughout their families, all at the entrances of their tents. Then the LORD became very angry, and Moses was displeased.   So Moses said to the LORD, “Why have you treated me so badly? Why do you lay the burden of all this people on me?     I am not able to carry all this people alone, for they are too heavy for me.”   (Numbers 11)

“John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.”  But Jesus said, “Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me.   Whoever is not against us is for us.  For truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will by no means lose the reward. ” (Mark 9)

Two questions : How can we not just give up?      Who is with us?

First thing to note : I may need to apologize to my brother.   He may see the sermon title today.  He’s a big burly guy.   He’s like most members of my family – none of us ever met a doughnut we didn’t  want to embrace.     But it’s not about him.   It’s a riff, of course, on an old song.

The road is long, with many a winding turn, that leads us to who knows where
But I’m strong – strong enough to carry him – he ain’t heavy, he’s my brother…
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Sermon : ‘Point. Click. Edit. Save.’

click to access audio recording of this day’s Gathering Prayers and Prayers of the Community

Doug Norris   September 27, 2015

‘Behold, I do a new thing…  Can you see it ?’

Jason is going to be speaking a bit, shortly, about the major changes and new ways for our denomination  – so I won’t cover that right now.   I hope you’ll tune in with him – there are important things going on, with very fine people involved.

Let me begin with a comment on the riskiness of baptism.  It has several levels.

The first risk can be put in the category of housecleaning.  We hold a baby, and sometimes they yell at us, or we get peed on, barfed on, facial hair yanked…  This is all low risk and easy.  Even entertaining. Read more ›

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Sermon : ‘Living Wisdom’


The-Garden-of-the-Torah-smallRev. Karen J. Bowles

Readings:  James 3:13 – 4:3, 7-8a, Mark 9:33-37

Sign on a church board – and this is the wisest thing I will say to you this morning:

Make God your first priority,  not your last resort. Read more ›

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We are a dynamic congregation of the United Church of Canada located in a quiet neighbourhood in the heart of Toronto. We currently share ministry with some 400 households from both our immediate neighbourhood and across the city.  We have a tradition of strong preaching, fine music, a welcoming environment, and compassionate outreach. Whether you are a long-time member or considering a first visit, we hope you will be at home among us.

Artist of the Month for Oct: Nancy Longeway

Nancy Longeway, a Canadian Artist living in Wheatley, Ontario, was born and raised in the Waterloo Region where during her working career she painted on canvas and did bedroom murals for her 2 children, nieces and nephews. She is mainly self-taught but has participated in art classes at the Leamington Art Gallery. She paints with acrylics and draws inspiration from her home on the shores of Lake Erie and the nature around her on her travels.

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