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The Temple All Around Us: Sunday, March 3, 2024

The Third Sunday in Lent: Exodus 20:1-17 Psalm 19 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 John 2:13-22 Through high school and part of university I worked at the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market. Once I was even on the cover of the Toronto Star in some story about the Market. It remains one of the more famous features of […]

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The Way of the Cross: Sunday, February 25 2024

The Second Sunday in Lent: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 Mark 8:31-38 I remember years ago, I think changing for karate class, an acquaintance of mine saw I was wearing a cross around my neck. He remarked: “What a weird thing, to wear a cross, and hang them up everywhere. If Jesus had died in an electric […]

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Lent and Lengthening Days: Sunday, February 18, 2024

The First Sunday in Lent: Mark 1:9-15 At his baptism, “[Jesus] saw the heavens torn apart.” At his death, “the curtain of the Temple was torn in two.” At his baptism, “the Spirit descend[ed] like a dove on him.” At his death, he exhales the Spirit when he breathes his last. This is a likely […]

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Finding Joy(!) in Lent: Ash Wednesday (evening)

Wednesday, February 14, 2024 (evening) Joint service with The Church of St. Columba, Waterloo Joel 2:1-2, 12-17; 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 I’ve gotten in the routine of making our ashes with the Sunday School kids on the Sunday before Lent. Last year, as we were burning the palms outside I tried to explain […]

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Last After Epiphany-The Transfiguration of the Lord; Mark 9:2–9

Roughly 40 years ago I was debating, struggling within myself about giving up engineering teaching and research, and starting seminary studies. At the time I didn’t dare call it what I now do; wrestling with the call of God to ordained ministry. On the one hand I recognized this urge didn’t come totally from within […]

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