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Next service June 25th, 10:30 am, Doug Norris preaching

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Reflections – AFFIRM Sunday

 

Audio recording of reflections by Kristin Philipson, Alexander Lawson, Kaylyn Munro, and Brandon Carter, on the occasion of Rosedale United being certified as an AFFIRMING congregation. (**)

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Sermon: Seven Generation Thinking: Weight and Wisdom

Karen Bowles

On this past Friday night I went to the movies with my boys – although it was far past my bedtime – the movie did not start till 10:30 –  I was pleased to spend some time with them and even consented to see a super hero flick.  We went to Wonder Woman (‘WW’) – and as I sat muching popcorn in a full theatre at 11 at night – the thought occurred to me – no need to preach on Sunday – just send everyone to watch this movie. It had everything – fallen angels, heroes, love your neighbour, sin and retreat from wholeness, cross symbolism, epiphany, redemption and sacrifice.  It answered the question of whether you are your brother’s keeper in a very dramatic fashion.  This was no Linda Carter – the wonder woman of my youth with full bust and brilliant blue eyes.  This was a full blown superhero kick butt female determined to rid the world of the god of war.  It was entertaining and refreshing, smaltzy in places and quite profound in others.

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Sermon ‘You Shall be My Song’

Doug Norris & Julie Wildgoose

At the last minute, I was unable to attend the ordination service in Midland last night, so I don’t know what they sung, to celebrate and to inspire.   If it was like a few decades ago, there was one hymn that was a shoe-in at pretty much every ordination.  A song of sending, a noble commissioning.

Here I am Lord!  Is it I, Lord?   I have heard you calling in the night!

I will go, Lord, if you lead me,  I will hold your people in my heart.

After years of study, words piled on words, there was something about the music that was stirring.  Some of us wept.  Some of us wept because we were eager to serve God and some of us wept because we were being shipped off to Pig’s Knuckle Saskatchewan, but that’s another story.

When we have something to say, putting it to song lifts it and engraves it on the heart in a new way.  Read more ›

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Brigitte Nowak lives in Toronto and spends summers on an island in Georgian Bay. Her paintings, in oils and in egg tempera, explore the nature of reality and illusion, the interface between the human and natural worlds and the line between observation and comment.

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