What does the Lord bless that we do not? Easter Time Pastor Mitch Coggin May 15, 2022 Easter 5C Let me tell you a story. As I was leaving a parking garage in the city where I lived a number of years ago, I came up behind an SUV stopped at the exit gate. Standing… Continue reading What does the Lord bless that we do not?
BEAUTIFUL LOOSERS Easter Time Wayne Stretch May 8, 2022 Easter 4C The St. Andrew’s book club is studying Mark Buchanan’s inspiring devotional God Walk. Mark, a Canadian who lived right here on Vancouver Island, in one of his earlier books, The Rest of God, describes a riverside park in Guelph Ontario landmarked with large intricate… Continue reading Beautiful Loosers
AMAZING HATE , GRACE AND TRANSFORMATION Easter Time Dirk Ryneveld May 1, 2022 Easter 3C The Lectionary suggests a message based on Acts 9 1-20 this morning. That passage deals with what is often referred to as Saul’s conversion on the Road to Damascus. At the outset I want to acknowledge that I have based… Continue reading Amazing Hate, Grace and Transformation
Three Meditations Easter Time Pastor Mitch Coggin April 24, 2022 Easter 2C HOLDING ON TO DEAR LIFE The Easter hymn, “Thine is the Glory”, is often used in Easter church services involving the British Royal family. It was also played during a service of thanksgiving in commemoration of Queen Elizabeth II’s 80th birthday. The tune… Continue reading Three Meditations
Practice Resurrection Easter Message Pastor Mitch Coggin April 17, 2022 Easter Reverend Laura Kavanagh, pastor of Knox Presbyterian, is part of this worship service even though she is not able to be with us in person. It would be a shame to miss the significance of today’s worship. The sense of what we are about… Continue reading Practice Resurrection
Stories of Horror and Hope Innocent Bystander or Participant Pastor Mitch Coggin April 10, 2022 Palm Sunday Palm Sunday is a day of contrasts pivoting between happy triumph and inevitable crucifixion. Palm Sunday is a convergence of stories of people, many of whom were closest to Jesus. Each person in these stories brings his or… Continue reading Stories of Horror and Hope
Knowing what to keep and what to throw away The introduction to the St. Andrew’s Lenten Reader states that Lent is a journey from old visions of our lives that may have outlived their usefulness toward being surprised by new possibilities. Each person who contributed witnessed to their own personal story of faith formation. Earlier… Continue reading Spring Cleaning
Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. 2 And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.”3 So he told them this parable: 11 Then Jesus said, “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give… Continue reading The Beauty of Forgiveness
At that very time there were some present who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 He asked them, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans? 3 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as… Continue reading Let it Alone, let it grow!
The Presbyterian Church in Canada joins in prayer for the people in Ukraine as they face war, danger and uncertainty. We pray for safety and peace, comfort for those now in mourning, and humanitarian aid for all in need. “God of the Powers, and Maker of all creation; God of justice, and Lover and Maker… Continue reading Plea for Prayer