Preparing for Sunday: The Temple

Preparing for Sunday: The Temple

What does it mean to go to church? Ask 100 people and receive 100 answers. The responses might be similar and full of overlapping themes, but most of us have a different idea of what it means to attend church. As we have journeyed through Lent we have reflected on our...

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Faith Seeking Understanding

Faith Seeking Understanding

Doubt. It is the nagging question. The uncertain factor, the unknown. The tickle at the back of your throat. It keeps you up at night, wondering if you have made the right choice. If you've been played the fool. Doubt, often seen as the antithesis of faith. If you...

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Preparing for Sunday: The Tipping Point

Preparing for Sunday: The Tipping Point

The story of the Flood narrative in Genesis deals with God's divine wrath and anger at humanity. So angry is God that a decision is made to start over. To flood the Earth and wipe everything out except for one small family and a handful of each living creature....

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Actions Speak

Actions Speak

You've heard the expression before: Actions speak louder than words. It is an expression about getting the job done, rather than sitting around and talking about the jobs that need doing. What would life be like if we were told not to talk about what your plans are or...

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Preparing for Sunday: A Day’s Work

What does a day's work look like? Perhaps if you are a doctor it is arriving at your practice, seeing patients, and prescribing remedies. A contractor might follow plans drafted up by another individual and ensure that a building or other project is completed. A...

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Primer for Sunday: John was Arrested

Primer for Sunday: John was Arrested

This week we are looking at Mark's gospel. In the first verse of our reading this week we have the following line, "Now after John was arrested..." It is an ominous way to begin a reading and a difficult one on which to build a ministry. We are only fourteen verses...

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Primer for Sunday: Seen, not Heard

Primer for Sunday: Seen, not Heard

We have all heard the expression, 'Children should be seen, not heard.' I am fairly certain that as a child that was spoken of me at more than one point. It is a tragic expression in many ways. It assumes that children do not have anything of value to say. That the...

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Water and Spirit

Mark's gospel account is very different from Matthew and Luke's. Where Matthew and Luke take time to establish who Jesus is Mark rushes head long into the narrative. Mark begins with the baptism of Jesus which is prefaced with an introduction to John the Baptist. A...

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Primer for Sunday: The Light Shines

Primer for Sunday: The Light Shines

What does it mean to live in the light? In John's gospel Jesus is introduced to us three ways: As the Word As the true light As the father's son, full of grace and truth What is our relationship with light? How does it affect our living? Do we seek it out? As we enter...

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Preparing for Sunday: Humpty Dumpty

Preparing for Sunday: Humpty Dumpty

We all know the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty. A simple rhyme told to children at bedtime. Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king's horses and all the king's men, Couldn't put Humpty together again. This week I did some reading about...

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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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