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Join us for our Sunday Service – February 17th, 2019 at 10:30 am. Doug Norris preaching : ‘Please Do Not Disturb‘. On pausing for recalibration, then going out again to live beautifully.
Doug Norris (Is.40 : 27-31 , Mk 1 : 29-39)
I’ll begin with a confession. I have been caught sleeping on the job. Among the various odd items sitting around my office – there is a 4 foot long pencil, 2 guitars that I never use, a shovel, my bobble-head Jesus statue – and there are a couple of pillows.
I tell people that the pillows are there in case while working on a sermon I put myself to sleep. This is a reliable sign that it’s not going very well. In fact, the pillows are for the practice of meditation. I was partway through a course in mindfulness meditation. And part of the process was an ongoing and regular schedule of meditation. 30 minutes, 15 minutes, 3 minutes, various intervals several times each day. I was not keeping up. read more…
Gibimishkaadamin is a yearly canoe trip of Indigenous and Non Indigenous Youth from across the country held in August. The youth gathered in Toronto this past weekend and we shared in worship together. What follows is remarks from trip leader Joe McGill, trip participant William Miller and Rev. Karen Bowles.
A couple of weeks ago I asked for some themes to discuss, here in my last set of sermons. – I got a very fine and challenging response – from Jocelyn.
I’ll paraphrase but just slightly : Can I be committed to both the practice of my Christian faith, and to the authenticity of others who practice other faiths? It seems that to identify myself as a Christian is to identify myself in the eyes of others as believing that only Jesus has any authenticity. And so it is often easy to not say anything… Can a ‘real christian’ be this open? Two critical questions in our day : read more…
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