One Who Stands Among You

One Who Stands Among You

One Who Stands Among You It is the third Sunday of Advent and we once again find ourselves with John the Baptist. It is odd how the lectionary has us encounter John two weeks in a row. What new insights might we glean from this encounter? Scripture: Isaiah 61: 1-4,...

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Born Out of Protest

Born Out of Protest

Born Out of Protest How did the church start? Where did Jesus find the roots of his ministry? What is the tradition that we continue in? These are important questions that inform us about our faith. Often when we ask how the church started we will get a very academic...

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Keep Awake

Keep Awake

Keep Awake We have entered a new church year and the frist week of Advent. Today we light the candle of hope which takes on renewed significance in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. What does it mean to be a people of hope in a time of increased uncertainty and anxiety?...

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It’s About Grace

It’s About Grace

It's About Grace Grace, it is that most enigmatic part of our walk of faith. We are grateful for it, we need it, but sometimes we struggle to share it, especially with those we find to be difficult. That Parable of the Talents is about abundance, multiplying one thing...

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Be Watchful

Be Watchful

Be Watchful  As we come to the end of the church year we have several parables about watchfulness. Today's passage comes from Matthews gospel and is the parable of the ten bridesmaids. The reminder at the end of the passage is to 'keep awake, for we know neither the...

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#blessed

#blessed

#blessed What dos it mean to be blessed in a scriptural context? If Jesus calls a group of people blessed, as he does in our passage from Matthew today, what does it mean? What is the implication on our lives and how has the sacred concept of blessedness changed in...

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Love

Love

Love Jesus teaches a simple truth about love and the heart of God in this passage from Matthew. It comes in the form of a test from the Pharisees as they seek to trap him and find cause to arrest him. The answer Jesus provides is complex, but it can be distilled down...

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Living in Two Worlds

Living in Two Worlds

Living in Two Worlds As followers of Christ we can often find ourselves navigating living in two worlds. We recognize that we live in a secular society, that not everyone else thinks as we do or believes as we do. As people who celebrate the Good News, how do we...

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Garments of Grace Revisited

Garments of Grace Revisited

Garments of Grace Revisited Rev. Ellis is off this week recovering from surgery and we felt that this would be a good time to dip into the sermon archive on the website. The sermon below, Garments of Grace, was originally preached on October 16, 2017 and shares the...

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Called to the Vineyard

Called to the Vineyard

Called to the Vineyard This Sunday as I recuperate from surgery, I am happy to share with you a service prepared for Presbyterian Sharing Sunday by the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Amanda Currie. I pray that as you read the prayers, scriptures and...

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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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