17 Sep 2010, Posted by Christ Church Cathedral Vancouver

Sermons

You will find here an archive of recent sermons (audio recordings and text) from clergy and guest preachers at Christ Church Cathedral.  If you’re looking for earlier sermons, let us know, we have them archived in the office for you!  When AUDIO MP3 versions are available, they are included at the top of the sermon page.  Please note that sermon texts are not always available.

Sermons:

Sermon by Alisdair Smith on September 18, 2011

The Reverend Alisdair Smith - Christ Church Cathedral VancouverI was snorkelling along the edge of the Great Barrier Reef.  And I mean the edge.  To one side, the coral, the colourful fish, the safety of shallow water.  To the other side, the abyss…

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Sermon by Peter Elliott on September 11, 2011
The Very Reverend Peter Elliott, Dean of Christ Church Cathedral VancouverThe violence of the terrorists on September 11th 2001, fed by religious extremism cycled round to even more violence fed by a thirst for revenge. And when will it stop? It seems to be the way of the world, and even more troubling, for those who value the goodness that religion can offer, violence seems to often to be condoned in our sacred texts…

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Sermon by Brian Heinrich on September 4, 2011
Brian Heinrich Christ Church Cathedral VancouverSorry, a text version of Brian’s sermon is not available (Brian does not use pre-prepared notes – a part of his unique and great sermon style!). An audio version is available if you would like to listen to his his sermon.

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Sermon by Peter Elliott on August 28, 2011
The Very Reverend Peter Elliott, Dean of Christ Church Cathedral Vancouver“An encounter with God can be disorienting.  We’ve heard two examples of this in today’s texts (EXODUS 3:1-15 & MATTHEW 16:21-2) Moses and Peter both have a close encounter with God: for Moses it’s a solitary experience in nature; for Peter it’s a community experience in conversation—for both it changes the direction of their lives and their thinking.  Let’s take a moment to look at them.”

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Sermon by Dixie Black on August 21, 2011
The Reverend Dixie Black, Deacon at Christ Church Cathedral Vancouver“This past week I went to see the movie The Help.  It is a story set in Jackson, Mississippi  in the early sixties just at the beginning of the civil rights movement.  Without being a ‘spoiler’, the movie is about the real risks involved in changing community norms and values to overcome oppression, and the courage, love and faith required to take on that task.”

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Sermon by Chris Dierkes on August 14, 2011
“Some of you know that I spent my early twenties in the spiritual formation process of the Jesuits–the Jesuits are a group within the Roman Catholic Church. As part of my training I was sent one summer to the beautiful country of Peru. The Jesuits in Peru (and Latin America generally) were a major force behind the movement known as Liberation Theology.”

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Sermon by Ellen Clark-King on August 7, 2011
The Venerable Dr. Ellen Clark-King“Most of the time I can sit quite lightly to the patriarchal nature of the scriptures that we read every week. I can remind myself that they come from a different culture, that there are places in which female language is used of God, that the Holy Spirit is gradually leading us into a more female-friendly age. And then there are days like today when I read the Bible passages and I can hardly see the meaning for the men…”

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Sermon by Peter Elliott on July 31, 2011
The Very Reverend Peter Elliott, Dean of Christ Church Cathedral Vancouver“Today’s story of wrestling with an unknown stranger and being wounded has found particular resonance amongst homosexual people for somehow it captures a particular aspect of what’s it’s like to come out, to be open about our sexual identity. Maybe, as this society, grows in tolerance and respect for gay people this may not be the story of the next generation but for those of us of a certain age…”

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Sermon by Lois Boxill on July 24, 2011
Lois Boxill“How do the words about the Kingdom of Heaven from the Gospel text from Matthew sit with you? How do they fall? Where do they register? Do they stir anything up or do we each add one more chalk mark to the “familiar gospel texts” column, congratulate ourselves for the fact that we’ve heard this one before, even like the text, and nothing more?”

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Sermon by Peter Elliott on July 17, 2011
The Very Reverend Peter Elliott, Dean of Christ Church Cathedral Vancouver“If the question is this: “Of what use is religion in a violent world?” then today’s readings lead us in an interesting direction. Or if the question is, as Walter Wink puts it, “How can we oppose evil without creating new evils and being made evil ourselves?” (1) then the parable of the wheat and the weeds offers a counter cultural suggestion. So let’s get right to the text.”

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Sermon by Chris Dierkes on July 10, 2011 (Sarx and Pneuma)

The Reverend Chris Dierkes, Curate at Christ Church Cathedral Vancouver

“When Paul talks about the law (or the pattern) of sin and death, he means we are conditioned. We’re conditioned by our biology, by our childhood, by our choices in life, where we grew up, the social class we exist in, on and on. There is nearly infinite amounts of conditioning. It’s not for nothing that Paul uses the word slavery. Opposed to the slavery of the sarx stands the freedom of the pneuma….”

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Sermon by Brian Heinrich on July 3, 2011

Brian Heinrich Christ Church Cathedral VancouverSorry, a text version of Brian’s sermon is not available (Brian does not use pre-prepared notes – a part of his unique and great sermon style!).

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Sermon by Dixie Black on June 26, 2011

The Reverend Dixie Black, Deacon at Christ Church Cathedral Vancouver“There was another riot in Vancouver that had a big impact on my life at the time. It was called the Gastown Riot and it took place on August 7, 1971. There is a large photograph from that riot in the atrium of the new Woodwards complex. Every time I go in there to the pharmacy or the grocery store and see it I feel a visceral tug in my heart and stomach and it brings back that hot dusty summer like it was just last year…”

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Sermon by Ellen Clark-King on June 19, 2011

The Venerable Dr. Ellen Clark-King“I know the sermon I was hoping to preach this Sunday. It was to be a theological romp through one of my very favourite church teachings – the Trinity – continuing the theme of dancing that Clare so beautifully opened up for us – and Peter and I so ineptly performed! However, that was before Wednesday night. Before seeing our beloved city tear itself apart over the loss of a game”

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Diana Butler Bass Sermon on June 12th, 2011

On Saturday, June 11, 2011, celebrated author Diana Butler Bass led an all-day session at Christ Church Cathedral on her next book: After Religion: The Three Questions Shaping a New Spiritual Awakening. The Cathedral’s own Neale Adams took notes.

On Sunday June 12, 2011, Diana preached at the Cathedral. You can listen to the audio MP3 version of her sermon or read Neale’s lecture notes by clicking the link below.

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This is What We Live For? Peter’s Sermon about the Cup

So, the Vancouver Canucks have won the first two games of the Stanley Cup finals: one of the tag lines used to promote the 2011 playoff season is “This is what we live for”. It’s a clever slogan, and at one level it’s all in good fun, but I must confess that when I first saw the line my response was, ‘Really?’ Is this what we live for…

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Sermon by John Fairbrother – May 29, 2011

“Knowing one belongs within a company or community of others is at the root of human health. One cannot flourish without others. Healthy relationships are the energy source of a person’s identity, integrity and wellbeing. Where love is the norm, relationships flourish…”

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May 22, 2011 – Sermon by Chris Dierkes on the Fifth Sunday of Easter

“Philip said to Jesus, ‘Lord show us the Father and we will be satisfied.’ This short interaction between the disciple Philip and the Teacher Jesus points to what I think is the central story of our time. It speaks to the central theological questions, dilemmas, pursuits, worldviews, and perhaps even mistakes that influence the way in which we approach the spiritual life….”

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May 15, 2011 – Sermon by Ellen Clark-King on the Fourth Sunday of Easter

“There are some wonderful verses in the Bible – verses full of inspiration and hope and promise – open any Gideon Bible in any hotel across the world and you’ll find a comprehensive selection for any need and occasion. Like the Gideons I have some favourites of my own – though not many of them happen to coincide.  There is the most unlikely compliment which comes in the Song of Solomon: ‘Your hair is like a flock of goats, moving down the slopes of Gilead….’. And there is John 10.10, my all time favourite: ‘I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.’”

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May 8, 2011 – Sermon by Dixie Black on the Third Sunday of Easter

“The encounter with the disciples on the road to Emmaus is a classic story of spiritual recognition. The disciples are so engrossed in their conversation scripture tells us “their eyes were kept from recognizing.” When Jesus asks about their conversation Cleopas answers “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”

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May 1, 2011 – Sermon by Peter Elliott on the Second Sunday of Easter

If you were one of the 28 million people who watched the Royal Wedding you heard a sermon from the Bishop of London which began with the great words from St. Catherine of Siena:  “Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.”  It was a great sermon at a beautiful wedding: and this Second Sunday of Easter is a good time to explore how the death and resurrection of Jesus makes a difference in our lives and how what it means to live into the words of St. Catherine….

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April 29, 2011 – Memorial Homily About David Ian Brenner by Peter Elliott

Although Donald Brenner died over a month ago, his family, for a variety of reasons, have waited until this Easter season to gather with friends to mark his passing and have chosen Easter as a time for his service when this Cathedral Church is still resplendent with the flowers and decorations that celebrate the victory of the one who was wisdom incarnate and whose disciples were propelled into lives of justice, compassion and forgiveness. We have a moment now, to draw these themes together: for today we remember and celebrate Donald Brenner….

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April 24, 2011 – Sermon by Bishop Michael Ingham on Easter Sunday

Bishop Michael Ingham’s Easter Sunday sermon from April 24, 2011. Click the link below to find an audio version of this sermon to listen to. A text version will be posted as soon as it is available…

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April 2, 2011 – Sermon by The Reverend Chris Dierkes on Good Friday

“Our entryway into this meditation on the crucifixion of Jesus will be through the dark, obscure, and confusing statement of Jesus‘, spoken from the Cross: “I am thirsty.” (John 19:28).  The statement “I am thirsty” offers a profound glimpse into the heart of Christian spirituality….”

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April 21, 2011 – Sermon by Kamal Farah on Maundy Thursday

Sermon by The Reverend Kamal Farah, preached at Christ Church Cathedral Vancouver on Maundy Thursday – April 21, 2011 (audio only)…

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April 17, 2011 – Sermon by Cynthia Bourgeault on Palm Sunday

Sermon by The Reverend Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault, preached at Christ Church Cathedral Vancouver on Palm Sunday – April 17, 2011 (audio only)…

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April 10, 2011 – Homily by Ellen Clark-King on St. John’s College’s 500th Anniversary

“Celebrating the foundation of St John’s College – bizarre as such an undertaking may be in a city thousands of miles away from Cambridge – does give the excuse to celebrate at least one of the famous women of the past…”

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April 10, 2011 – Sermon by Alisdair Smith

“I was riding my bicycle to meet two of my buddies, Vernon and Mark. I was riding along the shoulder of Hiway 2&20 in suburban Montreal. Up ahead at the intersection at which I was to meet Vernon and Mark, I saw emergency vehicle lights, police, ambulance and fire…”

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March 27, 2011 – Sermon by Peter Elliott

“There’s been so much in the history of religion to turn people off that it’s not surprising that many in this time identify as spiritual not religious. But for all of those who find religion has been oppressive today’s gospel reading presents a wide-open space. In this amazing story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman we meet a God who pays not attention to tribal, ethnic, religious, gender or national boundaries…”

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Dixie Black’s Sermon – March 20, 2011

“Listen. We who have ears to hear. Listen with our hearts. In the wisdom tradition the heart is seen, not as an orientation towards emotions, but as primarily the organ of spiritual perception…..”

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Sermon on Japan – by Bishop Michael Ingham, March 20, 2011

Bishop Michael Ingham’s sermon from Christ Church Cathedral’s Pray for Japan interfaith service for the people of Japan…..

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Sermon by Ellen Clark-King – March 13, 2011

“That darned sneaky serpent! Everything in the garden was lovely till it appeared. Or maybe it was the woman’s fault – after all she took the first bite. It certainly couldn’t have been the man’s fault – he was only led astray by the seductive machinations of his wife….”

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Sermon by Peter Elliott – Ash Wednesday March 8, 2011

“Ash Wednesday is not a time for us to wallow in sin but to celebrate the God whose very nature it is to forgive. It is a time to acknowledge that we’re all in this thing together—each one of us with our times of missing the mark and all of us from time to time missing the mark together…”

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Sermon by The Reverend Chris Lind – March 7, 2011

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Sermon – on February 27th by the Very Rev. Peter Elliott

“You remember in Mary Poppins, how in the scene when with Jane and Michael Banks she tidies the nursery and with a finger snap Mary Poppins and the children can make unmade beds, can make clothes on the floor jump into the dresser drawers, and watch as toys scattered all over the nursery march tidily into their boxes…”

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Sermon – on February 20th by the Rev. Chris Dierkes

“And then the person gets to the third book of The Bible, the Book of Leviticus and bam, they hit a brick wall.  They get bogged down and then give up.  Or at least skip this book altogether and move on to Numbers. Let’s be honest, the Book of Leviticus is pretty weird…”

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Sermon – on February 13th by the Ven. Dr. Ellen Clark-King

“How can I – and any of us who admit to being less than perfect – read these verses from Matthew as anything other than bad news and condemnation? How can they help us choose life rather than freezing us in guilt and self-doubt?…”

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Sermon – on February 6 by the Canon Herbert O’Driscoll

Sorry, a text version of the Rev. O’Driscoll’s sermon on February 6, 2011 is not available.  The audio version is available here.

Sermon – on January 30th by the Rev. Nick Parker

Sorry, a text version of Nick Parker’s sermon on January 30, 2011 is not available.  The audio version is available here.

Sermon – on January 23rd by the Rev. Alisdair Smith

“I think sometimes that brand new people can be overwhelmed coming into this place; kind of like going to your first yoga class, or your first marital arts class. You see all these ‘black belts’ at the front of the class and think, man, I’ll never be able to do that. If you’re feeling like that, then here’s a thought that may help…”

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Sermon – on January 16th by the Rev. Paula Sampson

“Some years ago, when I arrived in the Nass Valley among the Nisga’a Anglicans, I learned about another parade, a liturgical one, not present in any prayer book or service leaflet, but a strong tradition in the parishes there. This is the “church parade…”

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Sermon – on the Baptism of the Lord Sunday by the Rev. Lori-Anne Boutin

“Take from me my garment of what was. Hold my flame of life in your hand.
Clothe me in a new robe of what will be. For in your love, I am born again, I am blessed, I am free.”

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Sermon – on the Second Sunday After Christmas by the Rev. Helen Worley

“Something’s awry. The title for today on our bulletin is the Second Sunday of Christmas. It’s only the ninth day of Christmas by another reckoning and nine drummers are drumming somewhere. Even more puzzling, the gospel for today is the same gospel we heard on Christmas Eve. What is going on?”

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Sermon – on the First Sunday After Christmas by the Rev. Chris Dierkes

“This morning’s gospel story involves a rather bizarre sequence of events. There is a great deal of rich theological symbolism packed into a very short space in the passage from The Gospel of Matthew. The key to grasping the meaning of all this is the character of Joseph…”

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Sermon – on Christmas Eve by the Very Rev. Peter Elliott

“The substitute teacher began her lesson on ‘borrowing’. On the blackboard she showed us how you could, when a number was 0, go to the next number, cross it out and move one over. I still remember my response: I thought she was making this up. I couldn’t believe it….”

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Sermon – on the Fourth Sunday of Advent by the Venerable Dr. Ellen Clark-King

“Christmas is not a season for restraint or stuffiness – it’s a time for embellishment and decoration and stories and a little holy chaos. However there is always the danger that the sacred message of God’s truth at the heart of the festival may get drowned out…”

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Sermon – on the Third Sunday of Advent by the Very Reverend Peter Elliott

“A journalism student at a local school left a message for me last week: she was doing a radio story on the new atheist bus campaign…”

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Sermon – on the Second Sunday of Advent by the Reverend Alisdair Smith

“The wolf shall live with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them” (Is 11:6)

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Sermon – on the First Sunday of Advent by the Reverend Dixie Black

“Not only is something about to happen in God’s creation, but we are admonished to ‘stay awake,’ to be present for what is coming…. but what does it mean to be awake?”

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Sermon – on Reign of Christ Sunday by the Reverend Canon Cheryl Palmer

Sorry, a text version of the Cheryl’s sermon on November 21, 2010 is not available.  The audio version is available here.

Sermon – on the 25th Sunday After Pentecost by the Ven. Dr. Ellen Clark-King

“It is up to each one of us to make the choices which lead towards the vision of Isaiah and away from the current reality of violence, suffering and pain…”

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Sermon – on All Saints Sunday by Archbishop John Privett

“At the heart of our Christian story is the conviction that God is deeply involved with the whole of creation. From the very beginning all of creation is infused with the energy of God…”

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Sermon – on All Hallow’s Eve 8:00am, by Ellen Clark-King

“The wall between this world and the next may sometimes feel very thin, but it is always too high for any of us to see over. We are all left with the question what lies on the other side…”

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Sermon – on Stewardship Sunday, by Bishop Hambidge

Sorry, a text version of the Bishop’s sermon is not available.  The audio version is available here.

Sermon – on St. Luke the Physician, by Peter Elliott

“Who could, this past week, fail to be moved by the recovery of the miners in Chile. Millions of people around the world watched their TVs or computer screens as one by one 33 miners were brought up from the depths of earth back to be reunited with their families and communities. That it happened at all is miraculous in a time when too often human life is regarded as expendable…”

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Sermon – on Harvest Thanksgiving, by Chris Dierkes

“Thanks is an overriding theme of our worship. Gratitude, graciousness, generosity, these should be primary values brought about by the practice of Eucharistic public worship. Just listen for all the times phrases like giving thanks, thanks, offering thanks shows up in the liturgy. For example….”

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Sermon – on the Feast Day of St. Francis and St. Clare, by Dixie Black

“St. Clare was a powerful woman in her time; overcoming limitations that constrained women religiously and was much respected by church authorities, including her pope, Innocent IV. When she was not threatening to them…”

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Sermon – on the Feast Day of St. Michael & All Angels, by Alisdair Smith

“Some years ago the comedian Arsenio Hall walked out on stage and said, “Black people talk amongst yourselves, White people listen up; Elvis is dead!” Well this morning, thinking about the Book of Revelation, I feel much the same as Mr. Hall. ‘Christians, listen up; no one is to be “left behind…”

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Sermon – on the Feast of Holy Cross, by Jonathan Clark

“But even in Canada, the potential for violence is there in each of us, and the cross demonstrates it to us. No wonder the cross is an offence; ‘what do you mean? I would never think of doing a thing like that? what sort of person do you think I am?’ The cross cuts through all of that. It is offensive, and it is true…”

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Sermon – on Pentecost 16, by Ellen Clark-King

“The image of God as the careful housewife doesn’t make it into a lot of church iconography. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a stained glass window that contains this image – though I’ve seen a number that show the shepherd carrying his lost sheep. The reason for this isn’t just that sheep are more photogenic, and cuter, than coins…”

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Sermon – on Pentecost 15, by Brian Heinrich

Sorry, a text version of Brian’s sermon is not available (Brian does not use pre-prepared notes – a part of his unique and great sermon style!).  The audio version is available here.

Sermon on Pentecost 14 – by Alisdair Smith

“The text we’ll explore together this morning is from Luke’s Gospel, specifically the story of the party at the Pharisee’s house where Jesus provides some sage advice about where to sit at a dinner party. And at a much deeper level, explores what it means to be “honoured” from a human perspective and in contrast, what it means to be honoured from God’s perspective…”

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Sermon on Pentecost 13 – by Peter Elliott

“Today’s gospel reading from Luke 13 (10-17) is a great example of a variety of points of view colliding in the story of the healing of the bent over woman. So let’s enter it, for a few moments, with our imaginations…”

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Sermon on Pentecost 12 – by Chris Dierkes

Topic: St. Mary the Virgin

“I can only imagine in what our evangelical forefathers and foremothers must be thinking at this very moment as a former Roman Catholic turned Anglican preaches in this church on the feast day for Mary. If they are tuning in, now might be a good time for them to stop their ears and/or sing an old time evangelical humdinger so as to drown out the following sermon…”

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