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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