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July 5 Into the Great Wide Open – Russ Daye

Into the Great Wide Open – Together: The whole world has changed since we last gathered in person. In fact, it’s changing every day in ever more surprising ways. The Bible has much to say about how to live – and how not to live - in such times. Sunday we’ll use the...

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The Great Communion Thanksgiving!

What's goin' on? That's a question the first Jesus followers must have been asking after the resurrection and then the stunning period of Jesus' ascension and the birth of the church, the coming of the Holy Spirit in wind, fire, language?  In today's strangely...

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Resurrection and Temporal Horizons – Russ Daye

We often forget that the resurrection didn’t involve Jesus alone but included his followers, his friends, and even people who had died before Jesus. In fact, the resurrection was not a one time event, but is an ongoing and sometimes explosive process. With memories,...

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New World Brave – Susan Chisholm

It’s week 8 of isolation and online worship – and our world is turning. People are starting to look toward the what next. Do you find that encouraging or unnerving ... or both? It’s difficult to grasp the impact of the coronavirus a global scale and a personal scale....

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The Resurrection Carries On – Russ Daye

This Sunday we continue to let resurrection stories speak to our lives in this strange and tumultuous time. This week we look at Matthew’s resurrection story and get some help from Buffy Sainte Marie, Mostly Righteous, and a Wabanaki spiritual leader as we open the...

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Grief and Meaning: A Portapique Vigil – Susan Chisholm

Reflections on grief and meaning, in the beauty of song, prayer, scripture and loving community. If you have a candle, keep it close, and together we will keep vigil and solidarity with those who have experienced profound loss this week. https://youtu.be/gUfVhRhIfLY

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A Holographic Resurrection? – Russ Daye

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Psalms of Trust – Russ Daye

PSALMS OF TRUST: Psalm 23 is one of the best known chapters of the Bible, and has given comfort to billions of Jews and Christians for more than 2000 years. This Sunday we will explore its deep message and discover that some very contemporary leaders (including some...

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Learning About Crisis from a Prophet – Russ Daye

Our second Sunday of virtual worship during Covid19. Learning about Crisis from a Prophet: The Bible is filled with stories of dangerous times: plagues, floods, droughts, wars … In all of these narratives, key figures emerge and model how to navigates crises. One of...

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Gospel, Land and Pipeline Protests – Russ Daye

Gospel, Land, and Pipeline Protests: once again protests have erupted across the country, seemingly out of nowhere for those of us who do not have a good grasp on the ongoing relationships between Canada, our Indigenous Peoples, our economy, and the land. What does...

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Encountering the Other: A New MonoMyth – Russ Daye

Encountering the Other: A New Monomyth? Does the world need a new myth that will speak to every culture, that will guide us in saving the planet? Or would such a myth just be a new form of oppression? How could people of different faiths – and no faith – participate together in being guided by such a myth? How would this change our worship? Russ sermon begins at 25:24. Mostly Righteous performs Rush, Closer to the Heart (Shelley Meisner channels Geddy Lee)

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Conversations Not Conversions – Roberto Montiel

We kicked off World Interfaith Harmony Week (Feb 2-9, 2020)with worship involving members of our Centre for Spiritual and Social Innovation (SASI) Roberto Montiel presents “Conversations not Conversions”, riffing off Rev Russ Daye’s exegesis of the Acts 8 encounter between Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch. Special music from George Woodhouse joining with our house band The Mostly Righteous.

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Battle of Angels – Russ Daye

This week we dive into our Epiphany theme ‘Encountering the Other’ with a sermon called ’The Battle of Angels’. This theme came out of a fantastic brainstorming session with our ministry team and Mostly Righteous. Through the season we will follow stories from the...

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Everybody Wants to Rule the World – Russ Daye

Losing yourself in the body of Christ. We wrap up Advent with another paradox, perhaps the most hopeful one. Christians become most fully themselves, most fully whole, when they lose themselves in something larger - the love, strength and joy of Christ. This can...

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A Part In All Of This – Russ Daye

Finding Peace Between Genders - Our Role in All of This. (Russ' sermon begins at 22:26) We gather in the midst of the Sixteen Days of Action Against Gender Based Violence. How does the message of Advent speak to this action, and to the great pain that provokes it? How...

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The Paradox of Perfection and Brokenness

Another Paradox! The World is Perfect. The World is Deeply Broken: How do we live into these contradictory truths? How Could God have created such a world? Russ Daye lays it all bare, beginning at 21:44. The recording contains the entire service, including a stunning...

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The Paradox of Love and Power

In both the Bible and Christian history there is a great debate about the nature of God. Some voices argue that God is pure love. Others argue that God is pure power. Some describe God as the one who blesses kings, presidents, and other authorities. Others say God...

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We’re All In This Together – Susan Chisholm

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Who by Fire? – Russ Daye

All Saints’ Sunday … Who By Fire? Did you know that Leonard Cohen’s song is based on an ancient Jewish prayer? The prayer relates our lives and deaths to the larger dynamics of politics, power, living and dying at a societal, even global level. So does the Book of...

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Year of Conversation – Tongues of Fire

With big questions and decisions looming about our continued relevance at the corner of Coburg and Robie, we have devised an ingenious plan to discern the Sprit's call and hear the many voices that make up our community. Hear about the ordering of chaos at Pentecost...

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Dorian, God, Climate Change and Us – Russ Daye

Extreme weather like hurricanes or “once a century floods” are becoming more and more common.  We need to reach deep into the wisdom of the scriptures and Christian tradition to know how to respond. https://soundcloud.com/saintandrewshfx/dorian  

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Prayer: The Deeper Reality Within – Russ Daye

Perhaps prayer is simply surrendering to a deeper reality within. This week’s gospel reading is about prayer, something that contemporary Christians often struggle with. Is prayer begging? Is it an attempt to convince God to give us what we need? Do we have to be holy...

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World of Wonders – Russ Daye

World of Wonders - In our culture we tend to think of the different realms of life - the ecological world, the economic world, the cultural world, the world of emotion in our hearts - as distinct and separated from each other. With some help from from a fierce, old...

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Inclusion is Not the Finish Line

Sermon by Russ Daye: In Matthew 15 there is a remarkable tale of Jesus meeting a Lebanese woman and receiving a major attitude adjustment. This is a story of how the grace, strength, and wit of a woman changed a powerful man. It has a lot to teach about connecting...

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The Radical Queer Gospel – Tamsin Michael Robson

The United Church of Canada designates the first Sunday in June as Pride Sunday. Gender-queer ministry hopeful Tamsin Michael Robson preaches a powerful message that shows the radical, inherent Queerness of the Gospel of Christ, and what it would mean for the world if...

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Finite and Infinite Games: Under Pressure

Saint Andrew’s is at a crossroads with enormous potential and a few dangers. We have grown to be one of the most impactful faith communities in Atlantic Canada, and, like all churches in this time, we have to build a new model for sustainability. In our best moments,...

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You Want It Darker – Russ Daye

This Sunday we move into the holiest week of the Christian year. Be moved by the power of the organ the voices of our youth leading scripture and prayer the reflections of Russ the prophecy of Cohen, channelled by Peter Baylis, the Choir, and The Mostly Righteous...

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Poet or Prophet, Their Words are For You – Susan Chisholm

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Sin, In a Word – Russ Daye

This week we celebrate baptism, and welcome special musical guests, The Message. Russ' sermon deals with the word ‘sin’ - what it really means, why we’re confused about it and how it was never meant for a guilt trip until religious authorities discovered how to turn...

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The Body and Revelation – Susan Chisholm, with Marion Brown

This Sunday Epiphany Revelations continue as: Susan rips through the cliché “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”; Marion Brown shares revelation a year after a car accident ripped through her life; and The Mostly Righteous riff – not rip - through a Beatles...

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Thinking Fast and Slow – Susan Chisholm, with Ian Sutherland

This Sunday our Epiphany Revelations series continues, as Susan puts a theological spin on nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman’s bookThinking Fast and Slow. The sermon begins at 30:45. Ian Sutherland shares a revelation encounter with Autism, which begins at 13:45. The...

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African Heritage Month – Dr. Henry Bishop

The full service from today, including drumming call to worship, an inspiring sermon on the Spirituality of the Drum from Dr. Henry Bishop and a special anthem for African Heritage Month, Yakanaka from EthnoMass for Peace by Lorenz Maierhofer. Dr. Bishop's sermon...

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Feed Your Demons – Russ Daye

We all have demons. What do we do with them? Ignore? Suppress? Acknowledge? Feed? Cast out? There’s wisdom in Jesus teachings and Buddhist teachings, for us and our demons. Today's recording begins with a contemplative prayer based upon 1 Corinthians 13, by Susan...

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Revelation Encounters – Russ Daye

Human beings find meaning in so many different ways. The hidden world of light, love, and creative power reveals itself to different cultures, different religions, and different individuals in myriad manifestations....

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4pm Christmas Eve

Complete Family Christmas Eve Service. Sermon by Susan Chisholm begins at 27:30 Band: Chris Mitchell, alto sax; Jackson tenor sax; Paul St-Amand, trumpet; Brendan Melchin, drums; Steve Tugwell, bass; Kevin Parks, piano. Christmas Eve 4pm - Order of Service Gathering...

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10pm Christmas Eve – Carols, Communion, Candlelight

The full 10pm service.  Here is the bulletin so you may follow along with the order. Bulletin December 24, 2018, 10 pm The sermon, A New Incarnation, by Russ Daye begins at 26:20. https://soundcloud.com/saintandrewshfx/10pm-christmas-eve-2018

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Islands of Sanity – Russ Daye

We continue with our Advent Series, Clarity in Confusing Times. This Sunday's theme will be: Becoming an Island of Sanity. With the world changing at such breathtaking speed, and so many seemingly crazy things happening, the need for places like St. Andrew’s to be...

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The Tao of Insomnia – Russ Day

Throughout December we continue with our Advent task of Finding Clarity in Confusing Times. This Sunday we work with the theme of peace, turning our hearts, minds, bodies and relationships into places of harmony - places for the very incarnation of Christ’s peace - in...

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Living with Hope, Living without Hope – Susan Chisholm

Susan Chisholm preaching:  Advent, we are told, is a time of waiting; an invitation to a different order of being, involving patience, anticipation, and expectation. It is a lovely thought, but our experience in the world - as parents, city dwellers, workers,...

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I am Who I Am –Russ Daye

The recent end to a long process of inquiry into the fitness for ministry of self-declared atheist, Rev. Gretta Vosper, which she and her supporters wrote about with the hashtag #heresytrial, brings to the fore questions like these: *What is faith? *What is belief?...

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Living In the Future

For generations, most liberal Christians accepted the notion of inevitable progress. With technological, economic, and social scientific advances, life would get better for every generation, perhaps with some bumps along the way. Today, it often seems that the bumps...

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Remembrance and a Wedding…

The entire service, including a remembrance observance on the 100th Anniversary of the signing of the WWI Armistice. We laid the wreath, witnessed the marriage of Margaret MacKay and Bob Sheperd, and it was all wrapped in spirit and community. Music includes the...

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A Bible Zombie Story – Russ Daye

As we do every year at the time of All Saint Day and All Souls Day, we remember the loved ones we’ve lost in the past year. In the sermon, Russ explores the place of death in life and life in death, using a rarely explored story at the end of the gospel of Matthew--...

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Crashing Waters At Creation – Russ Daye

Water is such a powerful metaphor for life - and for God. It has so much to teach us. We grow in water in our mothers’ wombs. Water flows through our veins and keeps all living things alive. It provides inspiration and beauty in oceans, lakes, and rivers and is used...

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What if God Was One Of Us? – Russ Daye

A great day of celebration as we re-open our sanctuary with a new floor and seating, and we were blessed to celebrate a baptism in this service.  Using Mark 9:38-50 as his text, Russ speaks to the statement "Whoever is not against us is for us", and explores what...

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Living Questions – Susan Chisholm

There are questions. They come to us in the quiet, as if there all along, patiently waiting to be heard. Using the story of Jesus asking the disciples, "Who do you say that I am?", Susan Chisholm preaches on Questions that can make or unmake a life … your life. The...

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The Spiritual Practice of Disruption – Russ Daye

Disruption as a Spiritual Practice: From Donald Trump to global warming to myriad revelations of sexual misconduct - it seems that every day brings us news that disturbs our sense of security and harmony. There are ways to live into this disruption that foster both...

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A Turn in the Time of a Heartbeat – Susan Chisholm

Susan Chisholm preaches...Hannah Gadsby in her acclaimed special 'Nanette' speaks her truth, which like Paul in his message to the Ephesians calls us to sing to the Evil of our days.   https://soundcloud.com/saintandrewshfx/a-turn-in-the-time-of-a-heartbeat...

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What Will Replace the Church – Russ Daye

The Christian faith has had remarkable resilience and renewability for 2000 years. When society changes, the church changes its form and renews its rituals to match. As western society changes rapidly, it looks like the traditional, neighbourhood church will largely...

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#MeToo, Organized Religion and Speaking Truth – Russ Daye

In the wake of new allegations of sexual misconduct among those leading in spiritual communities, Russ asks why is sexual misconduct so prevalent in organized religion? Why do organizations and traditions that are all about love and justice produce leaders that...

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Mind the Gap – Susan Chisholm

When Summer’s here and you NEED to enjoy, but the world’s a mess an NEEDS you to care.  What’re you gonna do?   https://soundcloud.com/saintandrewshfx/mind-the-gap

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God and the Emerging Future: Energy Follows Attention

The Gospel points us to a deep reality of Divine Spirit, love, and creativity. At St. Andrew’s we honour other traditions that also point to this deep reality. Recently, Russ was very surprised to discover a MIT management professor who’s writings may also be pointing...

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Why This? – Susan Chisholm

This Sunday we really celebrated Confirmation - 9 Confirmands! Artist in Residence - covenanting Penny Bedal! New Members - right hand of fellowship! and...Communion - Rev. Chisholm flies solo! Susan reflects in her sermon on the experience of preparing for...

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The Tao of Suffering – Russ Daye

Having returned from a South American sojourn, Russ Daye preaches on Creation and Christian intersections with the Tao of Suffering. We also welcomed Fountain School of Music graduating student, soprano Rachel Taylor, accompanied by harpist Ellen Gibling. Rachel and...

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Is Blood Thicker Than Water? – Susan Chisholm

Celebrating birth, considering our own close relations and their implications for our lives here on God's creation, Susan Chisholm asks, "Is blood really thicker than water?" The opening section of the recording is the 'Learning with Children' time. Susan shares the...

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Tragedy and Solace – Susan Chisholm

In the week following the the Humboldt Bronchos bus crash, and gas attacks on innocent people in Syria, many are asking "Where is God" in the midst of tragedy. Susan Chisholm offers a hopeful perspective. We were joined by the Saint John High School Choir, directed by...

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The Eye is the Light of the Body – Russ Daye

This Sunday we continue to celebrate the resurrection, looking at the story of Doubting Thomas, and the simple spiritual practice taught by Jesus that helps us to recognize resurrection happening all around us. Fourth Year Dal French Horn major, Mimisu Lee, performs...

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Good Friday Ecumenical Service – March 30, 2018

Ecumenical community Good Friday Service at St. Andrew's United, with St. John's United, Presbyterian Church of St. David and First Baptist Churches. Sermon by Rev. Dr. Rusty Edwards from First Baptist, preaching on the living waters of the crucifixion that flowed...

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The Spirituality of Empire – Russ Daye

This Sunday, Passion Sunday, we continue to look at other spiritual pathways, this time turning to the dark side of spirituality and remembering how Jesus’ confrontation with the ‘spirituality of empire’ took him to the cross.  The worship of imperial power continue...

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Honouring Other Pathways – Russ Daye

This Sunday we launch our Lenten theme: Honouring Other Pathways. We are exploring how our faith meshes with a global fabric of faith and spirituality. The choir sings Stephen Paulus Kyrie to conclude the recording....

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Where Temporal and Eternal Meet

Susan and Kevin team up to illustrate the synchronous and transformative power of music for our souls. Then we are graced by a superb performance by our community partner, Polaris from the Choirs for Change Collective.  ...

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Try as they might, they can’t kill the light – Russ Daye

…we continue with our Epiphany Theme, The Inextinguishable Light in Being. Russ’ sermon, Try as They Might, They Can’t Put Out the Light, will respond to all the ugliness in the news these days with a message of hope. We welcomed back Campbell Woods who performed...

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Listen to: Carols and their Stories, from December 31, 2017

On the Sunday following Christmas we enjoyed mulled apple cider, shortbread and carols. There was no sermon today, but each carol was introduced with some background information about its origins. What were the Three Ships? Did you know “Do you Hear What I Hear” was a...

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Waiting for Sex and Religion to Make Up – Russ Daye

Sunday December 17, 2017 - Advent 3 - Russ Daye, preacher. This Sunday we continue our Advent Waiting for a Miracle series. We will be exploring the stories of Jesus' conception and Mary's pregnancy and reflecting on how the over spiritualization of these stories had...

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Waiting on the World to Change – Ian Fraser

We continue with our Advent theme, this week we are Waiting... For The World to Change. Expect great music along with words and reflection time as we consider what difference this Advent could make in our lives. Too many of us end up cynical by the time Christmas...

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Waiting…for the sky to fall – Ian Fraser

Advent 2017, we're waiting for a miracle. There is a miracle coming, and it is coming though us! Through Advent, Sunday mornings at 10:30 am, we seek hints of light...sparks of divine potentiality...in these dark days. Ian Fraser presents the first sermon in the...

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This Little Prayer – Peter Short

Anniversary Sunday, guest preacher Peter Short, former Moderator of the United Church. The sermon is followed by the choir anthem, Hymn to Freedom by Oscar Peterson https://soundcloud.com/user-979953003/this-small-prayer

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Doing the Wrong Thing For The Right Reasons – Ian Fraser

Ian Fraser preaches on Remembrance Sunday. The sermon was preceded by a video "Some Kind of Blue" by Sam Baker. You'll see the sermon recording below the youtube video. The recording concludes with the choir's anthem, "Lord, Keep Us Steadfast In Your Word". Text:...

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Crossing the River – Again — Russ Daye

https://soundcloud.com/user-979953003/crossing-the-river-again Why are you here What are you passionate about? What is St. Andrew's uniquely placed to be? * * * OUR VALUES, OUR MISSION, OUR FUTURE* * * You can follow the slide presentation for this sermon by clicking...

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Under Vine and Fig Tree – Ester Epp-Tiessen

Ester Epp-Tiessen speaks about "bearing witness" to what the Palestinian Christian church and Palestinian and Israeli partners have called us to -- solidarity with them in their suffering, advocacy with them for a just peace, following the scripture text from Micah...

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Gratitude in a Time of Entitlement – Ian Fraser

Ian Fraser preaches on Thanksgiving Sunday. The recording concludes with a performance of Natalie Merchant's 'Kind and Generous' by Dana-Lynn Farrell. https://soundcloud.com/user-979953003/gratitude-in-a-time-of-entitlement

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When The Tap Is Dry – Ian Fraser

Ian Fraser reflects on the holy gift of water and our uses and misuses of it. This recording begins with an a cappella renditions of Leadbelly's 'Bring Me a Little Water, Sylvie' sung by Dana-Lynn Farrell. Our apologies for a high pitched hum in the sound for the...

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Where Spirituality and Justice Meet – Russ Daye

Sunday Sept 24, 2017: Mother Theresa, Martin Luther King Jr., Gisitanimuk, the Delai Lama: How do we claim their example of Spiritual practice forming and informing our outlook for Justice? This recording begins with a cover of Mary Chapin Carpenter's song 'Stones in...

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It’s Just Not Fair – Kids and Justice – Ian Fraser

As children return to school for another year, our September theme is "Children and Justice". This week we will look at the inherent sense of fairness that children understand and how it relates to the larger issue of justice. This sermon concludes with a hymn from...

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How Poetry Saves The World – Ian Fraser

Sunday June 25, 2017. Ian Fraser is a poetry buff. More than that, he believes that poetry can save the world. This recording begins with a cover of Leonard Cohen's 'Villanelle For Our Time', performed by Russ Daye, with Kevin Parks, piano and Chris Churchill, bass....

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Mother God, Mother Earth – Russ Daye

Sunday May 14, Mother's Day. On this Sunday we transition from our post-Easter series on the Feminine Divine to a coming season of creation for the rest of May. Today's sermon offers a chance to engage in spiritual practice and contemplation of our relationships with...

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She Is Risen Indeed! — Ian Fraser

As we continue our post-Easter series on the theology, wisdom and power of the feminine divine, Ian Fraser asks "What if Jesus was born a girl? https://soundcloud.com/user-979953003/she-is-risen

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Women, God, The Body and the Earth – Russ Daye

This Sunday was Earth Sunday. The sermon is the first in a series on the theology, wisdom and power of the feminine divine. The recording concludes with a performance by the Celtic Harp and Flute duo, Ragged Robin, featuring Ellen Gibling and Erin Dempsey Our...

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Shocked Into New Life – Russ Daye

Easter Day reflection taking a look at Mary Magdelene and the risen Jesus' interaction at the tomb... Resurrection in recognition..."Mary? Mary!"; "Teacher? Teacher!" https://soundcloud.com/user-979953003/shocked-into-new-life

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What Killed Jesus – Ian Fraser

April 9, 2017 - Palm Sunday Reflection, Ian Fraser. This Sunday we move from the parade of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem to the parade that led him to the cross. For many, this is among the most important services of the year as we are led into the heart of darkness (to...

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Let the Dead Bury Their Dead – Russ Daye

Sunday April 2, 2017, Lent 5 - Reflection, Russ Daye. As we continue our walk through Lent, and our focus on letting things go, this week we will look at two Bible stories about death being replaced by life. Sometimes it’s hard to let go of the parts of our lives that...

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The Market As God – Russ Daye

Sunday March 26, Lent 4 Reflection, Russ Daye. We continue our walk through Lent, and our focus on letting things go. This week we examine the ways we see the world and our blind spots. How does our history, our social location, and our privilege (or lack of...

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The Slippery Slope of Secrets and Shame – Ian Fraser

Sunday March 19 Reflection, Lent 3, Ian Fraser. This is the third sermon in a series on "Leaving it Behind". As we continue our walk through Lent, we will focus this week on secrets - those parts of our story that we hide and don’t want others to know. Are secrets...

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OS 8.2 Available…Download Now? – Ian Fraser

Sunday March 12 Reflection, Lent 2, Ian Fraser. This is the second sermon in a series on "Leaving it Behind". This is the question that we will continue to explore through Lent. It is especially important in our era of planned obsolescence when we are overwhelmed...

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Night – Ian Fraser

https://soundcloud.com/user-979953003/night-ian-fraser Worship on this day was formed as a vigil in solidarity with our Muslim neighbours and friends in the wake of shootings at the Islamic Cultural Centre in Quebec City on Jan 29, 2017. The first part of the...

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Arse Over Teakettle – Russ Daye (video sermon)

This video was taken for distribution via www.preacherportal.ca. From their website: Preacher Portal is a site that makes engaging and powerful preachers available to all congregations- live or on demand. The mainline church is going through a time of change and...

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