The Riddle of Mercy

The Riddle of Mercy Pentecost Pastor Mitch Coggin October 23, 2022 Pentecost 20 The parables that Jesus were in fact riddles containing multiple layers that must be peeled like an onion. At first, the story seems simple and you think you understand, but then another possibility occurs as to what this story might potentially mean.… Continue reading The Riddle of Mercy

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Persist, instead of a black eye

Persist… Instead of a Black Eye! Pentecost Pastor Mitch Coggin October 16, 2022 Pentecost 22C Jeremiah the prophet wrote to people who were in despair of their life and faith. Their nation and their temple had been destroyed and with it any hope that God remembered them. Once again, we hear what was said to… Continue reading Persist, instead of a black eye

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Your faith has made you well

Your Faith Has Made You Well Harvest Sunday Pastor Mitch Coggin October 9, 2022 Pentecost 18 St. Andrew’s paid particular attention to our reasons for thanksgiving in October 2021. Under the guidance of Sheelagh Garson, the Blessings Box was created that gave us an opportunity to write our blessings on orange sticky notes and attach… Continue reading Your faith has made you well

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The Miracle of a Seed

The Miracle of a Seed World Communion Sunday Pastor Mitch Coggin October 2, 2022 Pentecost 17 One of my favourite things to grow is birdhouse gourds. Last spring, I found a packet of seeds at a local hardware store. I’ve only grown gourds successfully one time so my internal doubts began to surface. Where will… Continue reading The Miracle of a Seed

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Alternatives to Fear

Alternatives to Fear Pentecost Pastor Mitch Coggin September 18, 2022 Pentecost 20 In his teaching in Luke 16, Jesus was speaking to the Pharisees whom he had characterized as “lovers of money.” The Pharisees considered themselves “keepers of the treasure of God” but, unfortunately, they had lost their vision of who God had called them… Continue reading Alternatives to Fear

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Lost and Found – Rejoice!

Lost and Found – Rejoice! Pentecost Rev Laura Kavanagh September 11, 2022 Pentecost 14 This is a special Sunday because of the pulpit swap and because of the multi-congregational picnic at Esquimalt Gorge Park following the service. I hope this will be a time to deepen, renew and ignite relationships among those who worship at… Continue reading Lost and Found – Rejoice!

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Hospitality and Humility

Hospitality and Humility Pentecost Pastor Mitch Coggin August 28, 2022 Pentecost 12C I keep finding powerful examples of our scripture lessons in the mystery stories I’ve been reading. The main character Peter, came to the scene I will share, was able to put aside his agenda of self-interest and recognize deep levels of human need.… Continue reading Hospitality and Humility

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A Sad Tale to Tell

A Sad Tale to Tell Pentecost Pastor Mitch Coggin August 14, 2022 Pentecost 10 When I first read the lectionary passages for today, all I saw was failure. Many important things, however, cannot be said simply and directly. The stories in the Bible use images, metaphor, and poetic language to convey meaning. Such is the… Continue reading A Sad Tale to Tell

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