Today is the Third Sunday of Advent. Today's Sermon is focused on the Magnificat. The Text of today's Sermon is below the photos from today - More or Less! The other day a friend and I were reminiscing about this time of year in Newfoundland. We were recalling that trees were real, were cut hear... Continue Reading →
Eucharist is more than ‘A Piece of Cardboard and a Shot of Grape Juice’
https://twitter.com/ycnewfoundland/status/520981816304738304 Quoting one of their speakers, YC Newfoundland - a Youth Conference held this past weekend in my natal province, offered this gem on twitter. Coming from a Eucharistic and Sacramental Church, I found this to be just a little bit trite and slightly insulting. While I admit that I am quoting a tweet from a... Continue Reading →
Love is Larger Than the Walls Which Shut it in
It is unspeakable. The violence that we have watched on our screens in these past few weeks is heartbreaking and leaves us all bewildered and really at a loss for words. In the Middle East Israel and Palestine are warring. The number of civilians dead in Palestine is now north of 400. The images of... Continue Reading →
Jealousy arises easily in our hearts. In the parable of the prodigal son, the elder son is jealous that his younger brother gets such a royal welcome even though he and his loose women swallowed up his father's property (Luke 15:30). And in the parable of the labourers in the vineyard, the workers who worked the... Continue Reading →
Giving up Judgement
Lent allows us the opportunity to engage in an honest self-appraisal. We are afforded in Lent, both in time and space (through worship) to check in as it were with how we are doing in our quest to follow Jesus. Because we are assured of the love and embrace of a God who is just... Continue Reading →
London Clericus – A Place of Grace
Today I was honoured to chair the Clericus Meeting for the Deanery if London. Ours is a large Deanery, with a total of 47 clergy on the roster. Looking around the table today at the 30+ clergy who came to our meeting, I was deeply aware of the wealth of experience, love, compassion, and pastoral... Continue Reading →
You are Beloved!
Sarah McGrath McKinley, our Student Minister at St. Aidan’s, shared this quote of Edmund Lee on Facebook today: “Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and the thinkers, but most of all surround yourself with those who see the greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself.” This is powerful... Continue Reading →
Do not Disturb – Closed for Religious Services
In a rare moment of weakness I ventured into the mall a few days ago. At a T-Shirt kiosk I saw a shirt with this logo on it.... Do not disturb! I'm disturbed enough already I almost bought it, but I thought it might be overstating the obvious for me to wear that t-shirt. I... Continue Reading →
Is Facebook a Place for Consolation?
Every day I receive another email reflection from the Henri Nouwen Society. It is a great way for me to start my day. The words are often, if not always, useful and instructive. Consolation is a beautiful word. It means "to be" (con-) "with the lonely one" (solus). To offer consolation is one of the... Continue Reading →