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We gather on Sunday April 28 at 10:30am
Rev. Dr. Paul Scott Wilson preaching, Professor of Homiletics at Emmanuel College
Rev. Kristin Philipson, Luke 24:1-12
A couple of weekends ago I got a text from a friend, it was Saturday afternoon. “I know it’s short notice,” she wrote, “but do you want to come to a concert tonight? The composer is our friend.” My husband and I didn’t have any plans so I texted her back, “Sure! Why not!” “Great,” she wrote, “the composer has cancer and he’s written a kind of opera about it.” “Excellent!” I texted back, beginning to feel a little nervous about what we had gotten ourselves into. I know how this is going to make me sound, but I wasn’t all that excited about spending my Saturday night at an opera about cancer. I went online to purchase our tickets. “There are 639 seats available,” it said on the website. The composer had rented out the Trinity St. Paul’s Centre and here it was now just a few hours before the show. “Oh my gosh,” I said to my husband, “no wonder they invited us.” No one, it seemed, wanted to hear this story. Over dinner our friends gave us some background. This friend of theirs had studied composition in University but had never made a career of it, and then a couple of years ago he’d received this diagnosis and it had given him the impetus to try to write again, to realize a dream. This was going to be a hard story to hear. I’m embarrassed to report what I said next, whispered to my husband as we walked up the steps to the concert hall: “Well, at least we’re getting out of the house, and we got this chance to have dinner with our friends.” read more…
By Corey Copeland, Rose Mina Munjee, and Rev. Dr. Anne L. Simmonds, Luke 19:28-40
A Reflection by Corey Copeland:
If I had to focus on one conviction at the very bottom of my faith it would be simply this: nothing is more powerful, or more important, than love.
I came to understand that during the time my wife Betsy was struggling with terminal illness. The fear and suffering she felt were truly awful, in ways I’m not really equipped to describe. And yet they also gave rise to a current of love and affirmation so deep and so strong that we could never have imagined it. read more…
Rev. Kristin Philipson, John 12:1-8, Lent 5
So I googled “keys to successful relationships” this past week and got all kinds of insight. People in successful relationships are affectionate and appreciative; they prize communication and commitment, quality time and shared interests; successful relationships are equitable and loyal, trusting and realistic, honest and respectful. People in successful relationships laugh and forgive and compromise – all kinds of traits were listed except this one that I consider to be just as key: and that is noticing how your partner is changing. read more…
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