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Sunday May 27th, 2018 at 10:30 am –  Rev. Doug Norris preaching.

Special international guests,  the Prague Choir, will  join the Rosedale Choir and present en masse.

Sermon : ‘Still Trying Easter’

‘Still Trying Easter’     April 22, 2018   Doug Norris     

There are a couple of things circling around for me, this past couple of weeks.  In the middle of the many things going on, these two I want to ponder today briefly, and I think they come together, and offer a message.  Simply put, the losses of the Humboldt bus crash, with the remarkable effect on people across the country, still reverberating.   And the season of Easter.   Loss, and Hope. read more…

Sermon: The Little Engine that Did

April 8, 2018 Easter 2,

 Karen J. Bowles

One of the traditions that grew up in the church around 1500 was a service called in the latin “Risus Paschalis or God’s Joke or the Easter laugh Sunday. It was usually held the Sunday following Easter – on this Sunday – and was a time for turning the established order on it’s head.  Jokes were told, pranks were played.  The roots of this service were in the supreme joke God played on Satan by raising Jesus from the dead.   The practice was outlawed by the church in the 17th century.  Perhaps the joking got out of hand or perhaps it was considered unseemly to laugh in church.  It has been resurrected recently and so I thought it good for our collectively souls to celebrate the release and relief of laughter in the sermon today. 

And so a joke to begin:  A parishioner handed the preacher a note at the beginning of the service.  The minister dutifully read it out to the assembled congregation.  “There will be no BS today.  Will resume tomorrow.”  With a wry smile he noted – I hope that means Bible study has been rescheduled.’

There will be no BS today.

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Sermon ‘Halfway Home’

 Easter Sunday, April 01, 2018   Doug  Norris

(Isaiah 25  ,  John 20:10-18)

This is a startling day.  Easter.  It is the hinge on which the whole package moves.  Everything we know about Jesus up to this day is about the course of his life as a human : his birth and his work and his learning and his teaching and his trouble and his joy and of course the deep trouble of this week, and his death and this is exactly what pins him to us as a fellow pilgrim.  In everything up to this day he is walking so much of what we walk and he is doing it with a power and a grace and a wisdom that make us say ‘I want some of that…’  Can part of me, even part of the time, live like that?  Then I will be OK.  If I can know some of what he knew and see some of his light most of the time then I will be OK on this pilgrimage we share.  That’s what we find right up to this day. read more…

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