Preparing for Sunday: Gratitude

Preparing for Sunday: Gratitude

How do we express gratitude and thanksgiving? This Sunday we look at a story from Luke's gospel that teaches us about gratitude and thanksgiving. The story is of ten lepers who are healed by Jesus, however only one returns to say 'thank you.' In response Jesus tells...

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Preparing for Sunday: Some Sayings of Jesus

Preparing for Sunday: Some Sayings of Jesus

On Sunday we turn our attention to Luke 17. A section of the Bible which the NRSV sub-titles 'Some Saying of Jesus and which the Good News Translation breaks into three sections: 'Sin, Faith and A Servant's Duty.' Are these verses in Luke's gospel just some sayings of...

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Preparing for Sunday: A Name

Preparing for Sunday: A Name

What's in a name? A name means a great many things. It is what we are called, how we identify ourselves. Parents bestow names on their children which they hope will have meaning or perhaps to honour parents. I have seen family rifts develop because grand-parents...

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Preparing for Sunday: The Cost

Preparing for Sunday: The Cost

When we think about what something costs, we usually equate that to price. What is the sticker price of an item and can we afford it? Routine items are generally affordable for most people. It is when we begin to consider items outside of our normal purchases that the...

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Preparing for Sunday: Blessings

Preparing for Sunday: Blessings

In our gospel lesson today Jesus tells the host of a party that by inviting the poor, the crippled, the lame and the blind he will be blessed. As I have reflected on this passage this week I have asked myself a series of questions what does it mean to be blessed? What...

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Preparing for Sunday: Sabbath

Preparing for Sunday: Sabbath

What exactly is Sabbath? Sabbath has often been described as a day of rest. However, this explanation falls short in capturing the nuanced aspects of rest as described by God. We find two different explanations for why we should take a Sabbath. Both are in the Old...

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Preparing for Sunday: Division

Preparing for Sunday: Division

If I am not present on Sunday morning take a quick glance at the scripture lesson and you will have the first clue as to why. This Sunday we deal with perhaps one of the most difficult passages in Luke's gospel. It is a passage that makes us uncomfortable. As a...

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Preparing for Sunday: Little Things

Preparing for Sunday: Little Things

Life is made of little moments that when added together comprise the whole of our existence. We don't live event to event, but moment to moment. We may not often count the time, but as it passes by our life becomes full and rich. Jesus makes a statement to the...

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Preparing for Sunday: The Harvest

Preparing for Sunday: The Harvest

Jesus is heading towards Jerusalem. As he journey's there he will visit many communities. To prepare the people for his visit Jesus gathers some of those who have been following him and sends them out ahead. They are to heal the sick and proclaim that the Kingdom of...

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Preparing for Sunday: Discipleship

Preparing for Sunday: Discipleship

What does it mean to follow Jesus? A simple question which has a multitude of answers. There are a variety of ways which we could approach this question. On Sunday we will approach the issue of discipleship through Luke's gospel. In our gospel text for Sunday Jesus...

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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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