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Sermons

 

Most weeks, our worship leader offers a 15–20 minute sermon based on the Scripture texts for the day.

Our regular preacher is pretty versatile. She’ll tell stories, pull together different ideas, lead a meditation, give the congregation an “assignment” to talk about in twos or threes, show a slide show or video, or sometimes even sing to the congregation. The sermon functions to deepen our reflection on the Scripture themes of the day, and often leaves us with a challenge or a question.
 
Scripture texts are outlined in the Revised Common Lectionary.

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Running on Empty

Rev. Cari begins with a story from Rachel Naomi Remen’s book My Grandfather’s Blessings, and uses it as a window into the text for the day: Philippians 2:1-13. How much does our culture’s avoidance of vulnerability and emptiness contribute to our misunderstanding of the meaning of the cross? Our faith tradition offers us a beautiful gift…

More than Just Justice

In this sermon on the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard (which she suggests renaming “The Parable of the Generous Landowner”) Rev. Cari explores our understandings of what is fair. The text is from Matthew 20:1-16 and its impact on us North American Christians is often confusion or even discomfort – because we tend to…

What Do You See?

Today’s sermon on the crossing of the Red (or reed) Sea from Exodus 14 and 15 was an attempt to capture the dynamics of liberation from slavery. It also meets the “favouritism” of God (as reflected in the text) head-on. If you’ve ever wondered, “What about the Egyptians?” then this sermon is for you!

Not So Random Rules For Church

Today was a service for all ages together, so while the children worked on a project in the chancel, Rev. Cari had a moment to talk with the adults about the text for the day. Romans 13:8-14 (which she paraphrased right off the top) guided the work and worship of the community, and by the…

On Asking

The final Stump the Preacher sermon for the summer of 2017 was on the topic of prayer. The requester (or “asker!”) specifically quoted Matthew 7:7 in the request, so that’s the text that Rev. Cari landed on for the sermon. Between asking the congregation to consider their own “story of asking” and ability to ask…

For Love Nor Money

Another “Stump the Sermon” topic – this time the request was for a sermon on “Love” so here’s the result. The text is Mark 10:17-31, a thorny one!

Divine Child Abuse???

The Stump the Preacher request that instigated this sermon was, as Rev. Cari says in the opening moments of it, that she “please talk explicitly about substitutionary atonement” in such a way that exposes it as ‘old paradigm’ – and then offer a constructive theology of God’s love pouring out. So part lecture, part sermon,…

I Doubt It

A team of lay leaders led worship at Crossroads today, and Bruce Holvick was our preacher. Listen as he explores the story of Jesus walking on the water found in Matthew 14:22-33.

Swords to Ploughshares

Our friend (and former student minister) Craig Perry was up for a Stump the Preacher challenge and goes after a funny discrepancy in the prophets in today’s sermon… Why does Scripture say “beat your swords into ploughshares” in one place and “beat your ploughshares into swords” in another? And furthermore, when Scripture speaks out of…

Responding Faithfully

Reflecting on some of the parables in Matthew, Gabrielle raises the question of what might we do as individuals and/or the community of faith to bring us closer to living in God’s Kindom.