When Was It?

When Was It?

The Church year ends with Christ the King Sunday. Today we have a powerful passage from Matthew where Jesus establishes what is important of the Kingdom of God. The question 'when was it?' becomes a common refrain as we seek to understand God's will and our purpose of...

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Prepared

Prepared

Text: Amos 5: 18-24 & Matthew 25: 1-13 Prepared Please hold. Your call is important to us and one of our representatives will answer you as soon as possible. Please stay on the line, you call will be answered in priority sequence. Next, we cue really...

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Called to Account

Called to Account

The prophet Micah had stern words for the people of Israel and Judah. In our passage today Micah provides a warning about being complacent in the face of material gain, when others are suffering. It is a major call to the way we live our lives and where we place our...

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500th Anniversary of the Reformation

500th Anniversary of the Reformation

This year marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. A time of great change and upheaval in the church. It is interesting to note that Martin Luther never intended to start a new church or to break away from the Roman Catholic Church. He simply wanted to have a...

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Garments of Grace

Garments of Grace

Sometimes we worry about what to wear. As a young person at church I often wondered if other frowned upon my relaxed appearance during worship. Reading the Parable of the Wedding Feast, we might think that God is overly concerned about how we dress. However, when we...

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How is the Vineyard?

The Parable of the Tenants provides us with easy targets to point our fingers at. Whether it be the Chief Priests or the elders from the temple or perhaps even the Israelite's themselves. The targets are easy in light of the ending we know is in store for Jesus. This...

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Challenged by God

Challenged by God

The question regarding the authority of Jesus has as much to do with the answer as it does with the reasons to ask the question. His authority comes from heaven, this is clear to us as modern readers and it was clear to the chief priests and elders even if they didn't...

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God’s Grace for All

God’s Grace for All

The Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard is one that is often difficult to swallow. There is an inherent sense of unfairness to the parable that we have difficulty dealing with. North American society and culture is one which prides itself on hard work to earn a...

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Forgiveness is Second Nature for Christians

Forgiveness is Second Nature for Christians

In his memorable sermon “The Gospel as Hyperbole,” Fred Craddock points out that Jesus most assuredly had a way with words and with exaggeration as a way to get his points across. When it comes to conveying the sheer size of the gospel and of faith, Jesus refused to...

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Bind and Loose

Bind and Loose

Text: Matthew 18: 15-20 Growing up I was a fan of the TV show Law & Order. I enjoyed the format of the show, spending the first half with the detectives who investigate crimes and then the second half with the lawyers who prosecute the criminals. As I...

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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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