To Follow Jesus

To Follow Jesus

The second Sunday of Lent features Jesus speaking openly to the disciples and others who have gathered. He teaches a powerful truth about his future and what it means to follow him. It is a message the Peter has trouble with and for which Peter receives a stern public...

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Imaginary Conversation

Imaginary Conversation

Below is a wonderful poem by Linda Pastan titled Imaginary Conversation. I used it as a sermon illustration a few weeks ago and felt that it deserved to have its own place.  Imaginary Conversation You tell me to live each day as if it were my last. This is in the...

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Lent Begins in the Wilderness

Lent Begins in the Wilderness

Lent begins in the wilderness. John the Baptist's ministry is in the wilderness. Jesus begins his ministry by being sent by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness. A dangerous, forlorn place. Yet, this is where Lent begins. This is where the journey we follow Jesus...

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Annual Meeting & Chili

Annual Meeting & Chili

Annual Meeting A reminder to members of the congregation that the Annual Meeting will be taking place on Sunday February 25, 2018 after worship. Please remember to bring a lunch with you, coffee will be provided.  Copies of the annual report are available at the...

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It’s Good To Be Here

It’s Good To Be Here

Transfiguration Sunday comes just before Lent. A reminder of what has transpired in the ministry of Jesus to this point and to prepare us for what comes next. In Mark's gospel, the Transfiguration occurs in the middle. It is both a climax and a launching point. It is...

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PWS&D Sunday

PWS&D Sunday

PWS&D Sunday is a time when we can reflect on the work done by this agency of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. We situate our understanding of PWS&D in a passage from Mark's gospel. This passage features the call of Simon's mother-in-law.  Text Mark 1:...

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What is This?

What is This?

The passage from Mark's gospel today is the inaugural act of Jesus' ministry. In it he teaches and he heals. However, as is often the case with Jesus things are never as they appear on the surface.  His teaching sets up his authority. His authority is reinforced...

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Belly of the Beast

Belly of the Beast

The Book of Jonah is well known. It's story is able to be told from memory. It is a story about a rebellious child of God. It is also a story about God's expansive, relentless grace. A strong reminder that we are better off deconstructing our images and idea's about...

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Indifference

Indifference

The following poem was handed to me by a member of the congregation. I felt it worth sharing as a reminder of who we are as followers of Christ and what that means for our place in the world.  Indifference When Jesus came to Golgotha they hanged Him on a tree,...

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No Good Can Come From Nazareth

No Good Can Come From Nazareth

Can good come from small, insignificant places? This is the central question of our text from John's gospel. The question is asked by Nathaniel, who shortly after asking would confess Jesus as, 'rabbi, Son of God, King of Israel.' Nathaniel would learn that yes,...

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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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