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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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Changing Minds and Hearts

  The third Sunday after Epiphany gave us the story of Jesus’ call of the fisher-disciples (Matthew 4:12-23) to wrestle with. Rev. Cari preached, jumping off several key phrases in the text, and with three “convictions” guiding the sermon: 1. People matter; 2. Jesus called us to “fish” for people so we still need to…

Gratitude Feeds Hope

  Five days before the inauguration of a leader of a nation “not our own,” but whose policies will affect everyone, Rev. Cari asks what choices Canadians and particularly Christians can make in response. Her text is the greeting of the Apostle Paul to the church in Corinth, I Corinthians 1:1-9.  

A Sacrament of Love

  On this Sunday when we remembered the Baptism of Jesus, Rev. Cari preached on Matthew’s version of that story, from Matthew 3:13-17. She began with a story originally told (to her) by the Very Rev. Bob Smith, and carried on to discuss what a sacrament is, and even implicitly answered the question, “Why do…

Making All Things New

  Dr. Bruce Harding led worship on New Year’s Day, with a fresh coat of snow and a dedicated worshipping community! Here’s his sermon, in the tradition of John Wesley’s New Year’s Covenant service, on Matthew 25:31-46.  

Incarnation

  This sermon from the late service on Christmas Eve was on John 1:1-18, the poetic and powerful prologue of John’s Gospel. Rev. Cari ended with a poem by Howard Thurman, “The Work of Christmas.”  

Emmanuel – The God in the Manger

  Preacher Craig Perry opened his sermon with the following video, Santa vs. Jesus, produced by “Speak Life” Ministries in the UK. Take a look then listen to Craig’s sermon, which focussed on Isaiah 7:10-16 and Matthew 1:18-25. Both of these texts use the word “Emmanuel” which Craig opened up for the congregation in this…

Blue Christmas Meditation

  Annually, Crossroads hosts an afternoon service called the “Blue Christmas” service, which is intended for those who are sad, grieving, anxious or otherwise “out of sorts” during the Christmas season. This year’s service was held on the afternoon of December 11. Here’s the reflection Rev. Cari shared after five Scripture texts were shared and…

Are You the One?

  Rev. Cari’s sermon for the third Sunday in Advent was on the Gospel lesson for the day – Matthew 11:2-11 – a less-often focussed on text about John the Baptist.   In the sermon, she references the work of John Dominic Crossan, a biblical scholar whose material on violence in the Bible a small…

Cultivating a Hopeful Imagination

  The sermon for the second Sunday in Advent was in response to both Romans 15:4-13, and the state of the world in the week leading up to the day it was preached. Rev. Cari didn’t quite have the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other (as theologian Karl Barth encouraged preachers…

The Heart-Song of Faith

  On this Reign of Christ Sunday, Rev. Cari preached on Colossians 1:11-20, which includes an early hymn to Christ. She asked the congregation to identify their own “heart-song” – a song deep and wide enough to hold their whole life and faith. Later in the service, little James was baptized, so you’ll hear references…