Blessings

Blessings

If I were to sneeze right now most of you would probably respond in one of two ways. You would either say Gesundheit which is German and means roughly, “I wish you good health.” The other response you might provide is Bless You. Now saying ‘bless you’ to someone might...

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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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Prayer for Today

Prayer for Today

This mornings prayer is taken from Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals by Shane Claiborne, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove and Enuma Okoro. This prayer book is laid out with ordinary prayer to guide and focus your devotional life. The focus of today's prayer is...

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Sabbath

Sabbath

Text: Luke 13: 10-17 My boys have a paper route and as a result of that they are required to go and collect from their customers every three weeks. Normally, we go out and do this collection on a Saturday afternoon. However, on occasion this doesn’t work...

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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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Prayer: The Glory in the Grey

Prayer: The Glory in the Grey

Almighty God, Creator: In these last days storm has assailed us. Greyness has enveloped and mist surrounded our going out and our coming in. Now again Thy glory clarifies, Thy light lifts up our hearts to Thee, and night falls in peace. But through mist and storm and...

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Jesus is Good, Not Safe

Jesus is Good, Not Safe

Text: Luke 12: 49-56 “Aslan is a lion - the Lion, the great Lion." "Ooh" said Susan. "I'd thought he was a man. Is he-quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion"... "Safe?" said Mr Beaver ..."Who said anything about safe? 'Course he...

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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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Prayer for Justice

Prayer for Justice

Jesus, you call those who follow you to look and act different from the rest of the world. You call us to be a just and loving culture. you call us to live in a way that shows we follow these two rules: "Love God" and "Love your neighbour." Help us to live a life of...

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Little Things

Little Things

Little Things Text: Luke 12: 32-40 This week I sat down to start working on today’s sermon. I was looking forward to flexing some mental muscles after a month’s vacation. It can be hard to get back into the routine of reading and writing. I was concerned...

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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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