Next Service : Sunday December 11, 10:30am, Doug Norris will be preaching : ‘Go tell John What You Hear’ . It is the third Sunday of the season of Advent, and the teachings for this day will feature the tradition of John the Baptist, and the ‘Sing of Mary’. Special music with our choir, Bri-anne Swan, and guest musicians.
Sunday School and nursery care are offered each week.
Here’s a starting point. I see God all the time. And I have never once seen God. And this is perhaps the entire working material of my religious life. Living in the tension between these two things. Always see God, never see God. What kind of day is it going to be today?
I wake in the morning and find myself in a world completely and ineradicably full of divine presence, and I wake in the morning and the world is barren rock cold water and grey air and there is no magic in it. And the entire spiritual project of humanity is about making our way through this dance of polarities. Read more ›
Sermon delivered Sunday November 20, 2016 Luke 1:68-79, Reign of Christ By Rev. Kristin Philipson
What word would you choose if I asked you to choose one word to define what we are about when we get together here? What word would you choose to describe each of us who walked into church this morning? How would you sum up the Christian tradition in a word? There’s a challenge. We could apply this challenge to other great faith traditions as well: what word do they offer for humanity that is both a gift and a challenge to the human condition. For Buddhism we might choose the word “detach.” Hinduism gives us “karma.” Judaism counsels “faithfulness” to covenants and commandments. For Islam we might go with “alignment” to Allah and Allah’s way of peace. Perhaps we’d go so far as to say this is one of the tasks of religion, to elevate a word that blesses and inspires, a word that encourages us to strive for what’s best in ourselves. Read more ›
Let me start this way – an idea, and a story – the idea is not mine, it is an old one. The story is mine.
The idea is that the main or perhaps the only characteristic of a community of faith, the thing on which we should be tested, the thing without which we are just a club with cool windows, is the conviction that an alternative future is available, we carry in our DNA a counterpoint to the prevailing status quo, and the principal verb in this conviction is sight. We regularly announce what we cannot yet see. The season of Advent will begin in two weeks, and this is the principal motif – A day is coming – can you see it? The time is near ! The lame will dance and the blind will see and there will houses and food and peace with justice. Stay awake ! Be ready. An alternative imagination. Read more ›
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: Martin Myers
Martin Myers grew up North of Toronto in the Albion Hills and has received art instruction from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Architecture and from Ontario College of Art Summer courses. He receives inspiration from spending time on farms and at cottages for his landscapes, birds, & aviation watercolours.