Category Archives: Worship

Righteous Resisters

Today, as we approach a week of remembrance, as we consider loved ones lost on this All Saints Sunday, we are presented with the Beatitudes in our Gospel. We are given a divine version of what makes a person powerful … Continue reading

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Thanks and Giving

Sitting here this morning, I imagine we all have a lot of reasons to be grateful. That we are able to enjoy this morning. That we have family or friends to spend time with. That we live in Ottawa, in … Continue reading

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Do not let hate hide in the shadows to whisper.

This week, in Ottawa, in six separate incidents, a teenager spray- painted hate graffiti on a United Church, a Mosque, a Jewish prayer house, a Jewish community center, and two synagogues. The rabbi of the Machzikei Hadas Synagogue came to … Continue reading

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Conditions for Judgement

This week, Muslim parents in Toronto told their daughters not to walk home from school alone, for fear they would be harassed, or worse. A mosque was set on fire in Peterborough, onehour after a group of families celebrating a … Continue reading

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We might ask, “Why us?” Jesus would answer, “Who else?”

“In St. Petersburg, Russia there was a Lutheran church that was made out of wood—St. Mary’s church. During the siege of St. Petersburg during the Second World War, in the midst of the winter, the eyes of desperate people turned … Continue reading

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Second Sunday in Lent—Mark 8: 31-38

Has there ever been a society so full of temptations and so well-designed to help us slip into them? Judging from the current debt load in Canada, we can see how consumerism has tempted us. Walk down any street, and … Continue reading

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Matthew 22:15-22 October 19, 2014

With an election pending in Canada next year, the plotting has already started. Families especially are being promised goodies left and right by the parties – big money spent on national child care, tax relief on hockey registrations, hints of … Continue reading

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