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Next Sunday March 18th, 2018 at 10:30 am –  Rev. Karen Bowles Preaching

Sermon : ‘Two Story House’

Doug Norris and Corey Copeland reflect on the work of the congregation on the Sunday we gather to conduct our annual meeting.  The audio track has both, Corey’s remarks are printed here.


It was the kind of spring morning that was perfect for riding bicycles or playing ball hockey or breaking in my new softball mitt: anything but going to Sunday school. My grey flannels were itchy and the plaid bow tie clipped onto my white collar was too tight. My blazer felt stiff and boxy around my shoulders. My brothers didn’t like it any better than I did: we were all grumbling as we climbed into the back seat of our dark red Buick.

“Why do we always have to go to church?” I asked my mom as she got into her seat in front of me. Sun poured in through the car windows and the driveway was covered in bright green buds.  read more…

Sermon: Best Beloved

Rev. Karen Bowles, Lent 1, Ashes and Assurance

Genesis 9:8-17, Mark 1:9-15

All religious language is by necessity metaphorical or allegorical.  I didn’t say this though I wish I had – but I believe it.  And it is not metaphor because it describes things are too amazing to believe – too ‘out there’ to be fact, but because it describes things that are not understandable through words but are only made evident through the emotions the words invoke -or the experiences that lead us to nod with intuitive knowing when we hear the words.    Many of you know these metaphors – comparisons using like or as:  God’s love is like a hen gathering her chick under her wings, God’s love is like a branch and we are the vines, God’s love is like a potter and and we are the clay.

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We are a dynamic and Affirming congregation of the United Church of Canada, with a tradition of strong preaching, fine music, and compassionate outreach.

There is a welcome here for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, racial and ethnic backgrounds, family configurations, abilities, and economic status to attend, join, celebrate life passages, and participate with us in the call to learn, grow and serve as disciples of Christ.

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Rosedale United Church

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