Looking Deeper

Looking Deeper

Looking Deeper Looking into a mirror only takes us so far. Sometimes we have to look a little deeper, dig a little further in order to expose light to a situation. Our scripture text for today is grim. When I was recording the scripture reading, I may have grimaced...

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What is an Adequate Response to Despair?

What is an Adequate Response to Despair?

What is an Adequate Response to Despair? What should we do when nothing is going right? Not just in our own lives, but in society in general. When things don't make sense and are wildly out of control. When despair sets in all around, how should the Christian react?...

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Who is This?

Who is This?

Who is This? How do we describe God? Should we encounter God, what might we expect? In Jesus, we encounter God in human form. God is relatable, until God is not. Our two encounters of God in scripture today do not go the way anyone else involved would anticipate. Not...

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Declare God’s Love

Declare God’s Love

Declare God's Love This past week Rev. Ellis attended the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. General Assembly ran from Sunday through Wednesday evening, full days of debate and discussion about the church and its mission in the world. As a result...

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God’s Family

God’s Family

God's Family Our passages today focus on reconciliation, the hard work of forgiveness. It might not look that way at first glance, as the passages have more finger pointing in them than words of forgiveness.  However, if you dig deeper you will find that the theme of...

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The Greatest Promise of All

The Greatest Promise of All

The Greatest Promise of All Today is Trinity Sunday, where we celebrate the Triune aspect of God: Father Son  Holy Spirit Our passage dealing with the Trinity comes from the words of Jesus as we find them in John's gospel. Jesus is speaking with Nicodemus, a leader...

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The Pouring Out of God’s Spirit

The Pouring Out of God’s Spirit

The Pouring Out of God's Spirit Today is Pentecost Sunday, when we recognize and acknowledge the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is referred to by Jesus as the Advocate, that which will come and remain with us after Jesus himself is gone. In the dramatic reading from...

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A Dangerous Place

A Dangerous Place

A Dangerous Place One of the most reassuring aspects of scripture is the knowledge that Jesus prays for us. Our passage from John's gospel today features such an occassion. It is the reason that Jesus is praying for the disciples and us that is more concerning. The...

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Abide in God’s Love

Abide in God’s Love

Abide in God's Love What does love look like? In many ways love as Jesus describes it in our passage today is love in action. Less an emotion and more a tangible act that we undertake. What the passage makes clear is that God's love is important, central to the...

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Trust in God

Trust in God

Trust in God Today St. Andrew's celebrates it's birthday and it is fitting that our gospel passage focuses on trust. Not just our trust in God, but God's trust in us. The Psalmist proclaims it and Jesus tells us that he is the true vine and that so long as we dwell in...

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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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