Dead Man Walking

Who doesn’t love a parade? I do – I remember when I was a little girl we used to put on a parade just for the sake of having a parade – we have a pictures of me and my sisters and the neighbourhood kids all decked out in our fancy duds with our bikes all decorated to parade down the streets of our subdivision singing and dancing having a wonderful time – a parade just because it was fun – who doesn’t love a parade?

Facing Fear

CBC had a facinating program on Doc Zone a while back.  It was called the ‘Age of Anxiety’.   It was a program that examined our society’s leanings towards anxiety and how Anxiety is becoming one of the fastest growing medicalized treated disorder in our culture –it also looked at the pharmisical companies and how fast…

Ticked Off

The Gospel reading this morning struck a chord with me this week as I struggle to find a way to harness and constructively funnel an anger that continues to grow inside of me. Many of you know that I work in the office at Trinity United downtown. For the most part, I have to say…

Free Falling

There was once small plane with 5 passengers on it. Halfway to their destination, the engines started sputtering and failing. The pilot came out from behind the curtain wearing a parachute pack on his back. He said, “Friends, I have some bad new and some good news. The bad news is we have an engine…

Celebrating 60 Years of Scouting

Following the Opening Prayer How many of you here this morning can count to 60? How many of you here this morning could eat 60 pieces of popcorn in one sitting? How many of you here this morning remember what it felt like to drive for 60 MILES? ..at 60 MILES PER HOUR … when…

Have you not seen?

I should be used to it by now but it amazes me each time this happens – when my life and the scripture readings coincide.  I am Simon this week.  My mother-in-law is sick, she is dying.  She is lying in a hospital bed in Smith Falls with Pneumonia, Pulmonary Fibrosis, and dementia and in…

I’d Rather Not

All of us here know that God calls – we hear it over and over in scripture – we listened to two such stories last week  – when God called Samuel – and when God called Phillip and Nathaniel – we heard it today when God called Peter and Andrew and of course – God’s…