Reflecting on Rest

Reflecting on Rest

Reflecting on Rest Our passage today doesn't feature Jesus at rest. In fact, it display's the opposite. Jesus is rather busy during his visit to the temple in Jerusalem. In some respects we don't even recognize Jesus, as his behaviour is very aggressive when he sees...

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Lent Begins in the Wilderness

Lent Begins in the Wilderness

Lent Begins in the Wilderness Welcome to the first Sunday of Lent. Today's service features a communion service. Before you begin the video you may want to prepare a slice of bread or bun along with some juice. Lent is the time before Easter. It is a period of deep...

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Six Days Later

Six Days Later

Six Days Later Transfiguration Sunday marks the beginning of Lent. It indicates that we will now travel with Jesus to Jerusalem for the events of Holy Week. Our passage from Mark which describes the transfiguration event is found halfway through the gospel, it neatly...

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The Hours of the Day

The Hours of the Day

The Hours in the Day An important question that our passage today considers is how do we care for other people and ourselves? In his gospel account, Mark doesn't identify these two issues with these words, but they are embedded within the text. It is important to...

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Something Life Giving

Something Life Giving

Something Life Giving What do you expect to happen when you come to church? Do you expect to encounter the divine? Do you expect your life to change? Do you expect to sing hymns and read from scripture?  Do you believe that something life giving will occur? Scripture:...

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Thinking Through Discipleship

Thinking Through Discipleship

Thinking Through Discipleship On the surface our passage from Mark once again looks like a straightforward call of discipleship. However, as we have learned we should never assume that things are straightforward. This morning we look at the call of four disciples, two...

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Chance Encounters

Chance Encounters

Chance Encounters Sometimes a passage of scripture is more than a passage of scripture. So often when we read scripture it is in very small amounts, almost episodic in nature. This happens at church, in devotionals and bible studies, so it isn't a criticism of the way...

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In the Wilderness

In the Wilderness

In the Wilderness Have you ever read a book, watched a television show or movie and wondered why it begins where it does? Wonder what the writer is trying to tell us about the story by where the story it begins? Perhaps you've done it yourself when someone has asked...

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Point Towards Jesus

Point Towards Jesus

Point Towards Jesus We are still in the Christmas season. Our gospel passage today is a retelling of the nativity from John's gospel. A prominent figure in this version of the nativity is John the Baptist, who urges us to point towards Jesus. Scripture: John 1:...

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The Faithful Ones

The Faithful Ones

The Faithful Ones As we close out the calendar year our gospel passage takes us to the temple in Jerusalem, where in accordance with tradition Jesus was presented at the temple. During this encounter two faithful individuals encounter the holy family. How does their...

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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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