A Highland Prayer

In my devotionals this week I came across the following reading: In Highland tradition God is regarded both in Himself and in His Three Persons as a Chief and Ard Righ, with personal tied to His people. It is after the manner of a chieftain, of a hero, or of a prince...

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God’s Grace for All

The Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard is one that is often difficult to swallow. There is an inherent sense of unfairness to the parable that we have difficulty dealing with. North American society and culture is one which prides itself on hard work to earn a...

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A Prayer on Grieving

Into my grieving I weave the strength of the Father. Into my grieving I weave the compassion of the Son. Into my grieving I weave the comfort of the Spirit. Into my grieving I receive the presence of the Three in One. Into my anger I invite the patience of the Father....

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Forgiveness is Second Nature for Christians

In his memorable sermon “The Gospel as Hyperbole,” Fred Craddock points out that Jesus most assuredly had a way with words and with exaggeration as a way to get his points across. When it comes to conveying the sheer size of the gospel and of faith, Jesus refused to...

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A Pub Blessing

Prayer comes in many forms. When we look at traditional prayers that have been offered in the past we might shake our heads about the sensibilities. One such prayer is 'A Pub Blessing' attributed to St. Brigid. Here the prayer tends to illicit thoughts of drunkenness...

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Bind and Loose

Text: Matthew 18: 15-20 Growing up I was a fan of the TV show Law & Order. I enjoyed the format of the show, spending the first half with the detectives who investigate crimes and then the second half with the lawyers who prosecute the criminals. As I...

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Let Love be Genuine

Let love be genuine is how Paul opens this section of Romans. Hold fast to what is good.  He completes this section by encouraging us to overcome evil with good. In a culture that is enthralled with violence who do we accomplish this? How do we demonstrate love...

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Prayer in Times of Crisis

Today the world is experiencing a variety of different crises. In British Columbia wildfires have been burning for weeks. Hurricane Harvey has dropped a deluge of rain on Texas. Within these and many other situations people are in dire need of help. In situations such...

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True Worship

Worship can take a variety of forms. In his letter to the church in Rome, Paul writes about worship that is pleasing to God. His dialogue expands to include a discussion about what makes a community of faith distinct from the culture surrounding it. This passage...

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St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church

St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Cobourg is part of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. The congregation was established in 1833 and continues to serve the community.

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