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Christmas Week Services :

Sunday, December 21 – Advent 4

  • 10:30 am – Doug Norris preaching : ‘Houses of Davids

Christmas Eve – Wednesday, December 24

  • 7:00 pm – a service especially for children and families
  • 10:00 pm –  a traditional service of carols, readings, choir, and candle lighting

Christmas Day – Thursday, December 25

  • 10:30 am – a less formal gathering on Christmas morning, come as you are for some carols, hot cider and cookies, brief reflections and conversation with friends

Sunday, December 28

  • 10:30 am – Doug Norris preaching : ‘The Rising Cost of Turtledoves
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Sermon : Already and Not Yet

 A Sermon to begin Advent 2014       Doug Norris  

Let me say a few things here, about membership.  We are poised in between the two great rituals of belonging.  At Baptism we offer each child a candle, a blessing, and a handknit blanket.  Joining the congregation – a flower for your lapel, a handshake, and a stewardship package from Bob Medland.  (One of these seems to be a better deal.)

We’ve celebrated these little ones in baptism, and in a few minutes we will welcome 13 new members to the congregation.  I’m pretty excited about this.  In my very first posting in Pas Trail Saskatchewan that was a whole congregation.  At Easter.

How many members?  How big are you?  How important are you?  How successful are you? Read more ›

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Sermon : ‘Oh, Hell’

“Oh, Hell”        November 23, 2014      Doug Norris

Some day, somebody’s going to come in here and call our bluff.  Maybe today, maybe one of you.

Somebody’s going to stand up in a pew, maybe during the sermon, or a prayer, and say ‘Excuse me!   Excuse me!  This makes no sense.   You want me to follow this Jesus, right ?‘   I’ll say, ‘Yes, that’s right.’
‘To see him as a companion on my journey, right?‘   And I’ll say ‘Yes, that’s right.’
‘Well, I can’t see him!  He’s not here!  Show him to me!‘    And I’ll say ‘I can’t’

And this will expose the gaping hole in our system. Read more ›

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Sermon : Peace is in the Path

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Sermon by Rev Karen J Bowles   (see readings below)
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What,  Jesus? – you say you left your peace with those around you – you say you gave your peace to them. Well, not sure if you know the history of your followers but most did not live and die well. Most were killed by the world around them in particularly painful ways. How peaceful was that?

What Jesus? – you say to not be afraid – you say do not be troubled.

Have you visited lately? Have you seen the destruction we wreak on one another?Have you felt the pain and the anguish and the heartache? Have you heard the cries of the children, the despair of so many on this spinning planet? How can we be unafraid?

There are some mornings, there are some decades, there are some lives, Jesus, when everything simply creaks with fear. Erasmus.

What is this peace you leave with us? What is this peace you give? Read more ›

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