It was my pleasure and privilege to lead a memorial service yesterday for Sean, Tom and Linda’s oldest son. He died a few weeks ago suddenly and unexpectedly. He was only 49 years old. Now, I didn’t know Sean but after listening to wonderful stories shared by Tom and Sean’s brothers and sisters it was obvious that I missed an opportunity to know a wonderful man, a great friend and a compassionate human being.
Sometimes it is easy to love, the baby that is first placed in our arms, that has been planned for and has grown within us for nine months and waited with wonder and anticipation to arrive. But what if they cry all the time and require constant care, or do not turn out the way we had hoped they would or make choices as they get older that we abhor. Is it easy to love then?[…]
The sermon time this morning is different today. Although I will be speaking, this is also a time for you as a congregation to process what it means to be celebrating another year of being a congregation – it is a time to look back at where you have been – but looking back not for nostalgia sake, but to see the foundation from which you grew. For being the church is not about what we were – it is about who we are now and where we are going[…]
In 1968 something happened to change the world. Well the world did not actually change, how we perceived the world changed. What shifted was how we looked at the world – up until then we saw the earth as an infinite object that could continue to provide new resources to fuel our human consumption. […]
Jesus was walking through heaven one day, a little bored, when he passes the Pearly Gates and sees St. Peter talking with an elderly gentleman and decides to go over and hear the man’s tale.
“Where are you from, old man?” Jesus asks.
“Well, I lived my life on the shores of the Mediterranean,” the old man replies. […]
“Christ is Risen” – That’s good news people. Christ has risen! – did you notice that when I say ‘Christ is Risen’ I did not use one single qualifier – I did not say “Christ is risen for Christians”, […]
Well here we are it Easter morning– here at this early hour to begin our celebration – a funny way to celebrate – to gather outside in our winter coats and boots around a fire to sing songs, pray prayers, and listen to Heather speak and welcome this dawning of Easter morn – 2015 […]