The Grace of Blessing Received and Blessing Shared

The Grace of Blessing Received and Blessing Shared Epiphany Pastor Mitch Coggin January 29, 2023 Epiphany 4A I felt extremely blessed this week by significant conversations with members in homes, care facilities and even in meetings with those who shared their stories of faith. They told of their connection to St. Andrew’s, past and present… Continue reading The Grace of Blessing Received and Blessing Shared

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A Higher Calling

A Higher Calling Epiphany Pastor Mitch Coggin January 22, 2023 Epiphany 3A In the gospel story, Jesus comes upon Peter, Andrew, James, and John as they prepared their nets and fished, going about the routine of their daily job that was comfortable and familiar. We, too, get caught up in routines that are comfortable and… Continue reading A Higher Calling

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The Basics of Service

The Basics of Service Epiphany 2A Pastor Mitch Coggin January 15, 2023 Epiphany Psalm 40 begins: “I waited patiently for the Lord.” Don’t you hate it when a scripture, a boss, a parent, or a teacher asks you to be patient? I know that being patient is difficult for me. Just be patient. Just wait… Continue reading The Basics of Service

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The Benefit of Baptism

The Benefit of Baptism Baptism of Christ Pastor Mitch Coggin January 8, 2023 Baptism of Christ This Sunday, referred to as Baptism of the Lord, is one of my favourites because we commemorate our own baptism when we were sealed with the name of Beloved and we mark our belonging to the family of faith.… Continue reading The Benefit of Baptism

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Christmas Day Service

Service of Lessons and Carols Pentecost Pastor Mitch Coggin December 25, 2022 Christmas Christmas Day Readings First Lesson Micah 5:2-5 But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah, who are one of the little clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to rule in Israel, whose origin is from of old,… Continue reading Christmas Day Service

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Let’s keep Christmas

Let’s Keep Christmas Christmas Pastor Mitch Coggin December 24, 2022 Christmas My favorite holiday story is “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Every year I hear the Grinch’s discovery that Christmas is not in the ribbons and boxes and bags and that Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more. Christmas must come from a deeper place… Continue reading Let’s keep Christmas

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Birth of the Unexpected

Birth of the Unexpected Advent Pastor Mitch Coggin December 18, 2022 Advent 4A On the first week of Advent, we wondered what do we do in our waiting? I offered two choices: to live in the anxiety of the future or to choose to trust the unknown future and lived in the light of God.… Continue reading Birth of the Unexpected

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Waiting for Peace

Waiting for Peace Advent Pastor Mitch Coggin December 4, 2022 Advent 2A Oddly when I think about peacemakers, Bruce Thompson comes to mind. He didn’t work toward global peace, he worked in a hardware store in the rural area where I pastored. But, he did forge peace in his own heart and mind. Bruce was… Continue reading Waiting for Peace