Preparing for Sunday: Lent

Preparing for Sunday: Lent

Lent is the season which leads up to Easter. It begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. It lasts forty days, not counting Sunday's. The word 'Lent' comes from the Anglo Saxon word 'lencten' which means spring.  The number forty is significant in...

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Preparing for Sunday: Choose Life

Preparing for Sunday: Choose Life

What is the purpose of God's law? What did Jesus mean when he said, "I came not to abolish the law, but to fulfill it." Our passage this Sunday continues our look at the Sermon on the Mount. We find Jesus instructing the disciples on some of the finer points of the...

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Preparing for Sunday: The Beatitudes

Preparing for Sunday: The Beatitudes

The Beatitudes are one of the most beloved passages in scripture. They speak about God's promises, they are uplifting and comforting. But what do they really mean? This is question is one we will explore this week, but first we must agree about what we are...

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Preparing for Sunday: Following Jesus

Preparing for Sunday: Following Jesus

What does it mean to follow Jesus? What does it look and feel like? Is it a simple process or complex? How might we count ourselves a disciples of Jesus Christ? These are questions which many have asked and wondered about. For everyone who asks the question the answer...

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Preparing for Sunday: Where Are You Staying?

Preparing for Sunday: Where Are You Staying?

In our Gospel lesson from John this Sunday there are a variety of interesting things going on. Jesus is identified by John the Baptist, he recruits his first disciples and he even renames one of those disciples.  However, what I find to be one of the most...

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Preparing for Sunday: Prepare the Way

Preparing for Sunday: Prepare the Way

The appearance of John the Baptist tells us that we have reached the Second Sunday of Advent. John arrives as a voice out of the wilderness, proclaiming that we need to repent and to prepare for the one who will come after him. It's a shocking message, delivered by...

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Preparing for Sunday: If

Preparing for Sunday: If

Sometimes the biggest words are the smallest. Big words might convey a complicated thought or idea, but little words often contain a depth and range of meaning. This Sunday we will look at the little word 'if' and consider the implications that this word had on the...

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Preparing for Sunday: We Remember

Preparing for Sunday: We Remember

This Sunday we will observe Remembrance Sunday. Traditionally, this is done on the Sunday before Remembrance Day. It is an opportunity to remember those who served in the Canadian Forces, for the sacrifice that they made on our behalf.  Though we stand a century...

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Preparing for Sunday: Opposites

Preparing for Sunday: Opposites

They say that opposites attract. In our parable for this coming Sunday the Tax Collector may want to have the Pharisee's pious religious observance. However, I am not sure that the Pharisee is comfortable with the Tax Collectors honesty and humility before God. Let's...

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Preparing for Sunday: Prayer

Preparing for Sunday: Prayer

Prayer is a challenging aspect of Christian devotional life. Challenging because it can often feel like a one way conversation. We don't benefit from an active voice from God responding directly to our prayers in the same way that a spouse, child, parent or friend...

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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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