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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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Turning the Tables

Today’s sermon was to be third in the series of explorations of Rev. Janet Gear’s Theological Banquet. Preaching on John 2:13-22, Rev. Cari was all set to engage with the congregation around the “ecumenical” stream of the banquet. However, the tables were turned significantly in our world this past week, as the Coronavirus was declared…

Jesus, You Say Hard Things

For the second Sunday in Lent, Rev. Cari preached in response to Mark 8:31-38. The stream of the Theological Banquet that she’s focussed on today is the “Missional” stream. So she tries to embody the missional identity as she dialogues with Jesus. She imagines herself standing right by his side, responding to his call.  

The Fountain in the Wilderness

For the first Sunday in Lent, Rev. Cari preached on Matthew 4:1-11, the story of Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness. She preached in the style of the “Spiritual” stream of the Theological Banquet, because the text itself is so consonant with the “Spiritual” themes of prayer, struggle with temptation, inner sorting, and intimacy with God….

Transformed

For Transfiguration Sunday, the last Sunday before the season of Lent begins, Rev. Cari preached on Matthew 17:1-9. She followed this story of Jesus on the mountaintop with his three disciples, Moses (the Torah) and Elijah (the Nevi’im). She marked the “opaqueness” of Jesus’ identity as “Messiah” to his followers, who certainly wouldn’t be expecting the Messiah…

Reconciliation

Guest preacher the Rev. Janice Young from Peninsula United Church takes on the timely task of addressing the issue of Reconciliation among Indigenous people and settlers in this very topical sermon. Janice shares two stories in this sermon: 1) a family story about her grandfather’s work, a combination of purchasing and taking indigenous artifacts from…

Outside the Tradition?

The fourth sermon in our “Take your faith outside!” series grows out of the text from Matthew 12:1-8. This is a controversy story: a narrative depicting Jesus in a “wrangle” with the Pharisees. Though they are apparently arguing about the disciples picking and eating grain on the Sabbath, as is common in conflict, the issue…

Outside Convention

For our third sermon in the “Take Your Faith Outside!” series, Rev. Cari preached on Matthew 10:1-14, the story of the sending of the Apostles to the “lost sheep of Israel.” Jesus’ instructions are precise, and to our 21st Century ears, sometimes a little surprising. Given that Jesus didn’t instruct those first twelve to “get…

Outside the Institution

In this long (but worth listening to) “sermon,” guest speaker and Transgender educator, person of faith, and pastoral caregiver Lisa Salazar shares her story. Combining reflection on Matthew 9:18-26, personal storytelling, and closing with a compelling invitation to the Crossroads congregation as an Affirming Ministry, Lisa continues the “Take your faith outside” theme.

Outside Our Comfort Zone

The first sermon in the new series, “Take Your Faith Outside!” was in response to Matthew 8:18-27. Rev. Cari jumps off from the often-heard quote about God’s purpose being to “comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable” and this text really contains both! No matter whether you consider yourself “comfortable” or “afflicted” (or have a…

A Letter to Emerald and Heath

Today we baptized two young souls at Crossroads, and for the sermon, Rev. Cari shared a letter to these two little ones. Her text was Matthew 3:13-16, the story of the Baptism of Jesus, and so she shares thoughts about what baptism means, and how we respond to God’s “I love you” in baptism, with…