Here’s a podcast about three travellers who came a long way to find and honour a new born, a new King. It totally disturbs Herod and his crowd but with the help of some of Herod’s own scribes they are redirected to Bethlehem, a small village of seemingly no importance. Here are some insights that we can learn from this story, given to us by Matthew.
Peace is such an elusive thing.
It has never been a common occurrence between the nations of our world and very seldom something we get to enjoy as individuals.
And yet, we like to quote the angelic announcement to the shepherds of the promise of “peace on earth”.
I share an idea about peace and how it connects to our giving God a place in our lives in this Advent podcast.
This may be the strangest Advent and Christmas season we will experience for hopefully a long time.Hope is the subject of our first Advent service and it is truly a good way to begin.
It’s been a week to remember the price paid by so many to give us the lives we enjoy. In the midst of this pandemic that is just getting worse by the day, it’s good to remember what others have endured and come through stronger. That has to be our prayer as we look forward with hope and optimism.
It’s not too often in church that we share the beliefs of other theologies. Not too often we consider those who believe in “The Great Pumpkin”. There aren’t many, as there may only be Linus Van Pelt of Peanuts fame, but
he holds to his convictions even in the face of ridicule and confrontation.
At the least he’s to be admired for that.
We’re 131 years young at College Ave.
We started out in 1898 as a Methodist Church and then became a United Church in 1925.
The name hardly matters.
We have remained faithful to our calling to represent Jesus Christ as a loving, accepting and gracious community.
We look forward to the next 130 years although it will be for others to carry on the legacy.
Our message last week was about stuff: All the stuff we accumulate; all the stuff we have a hard time getting rid of.
There are two fascinating lessons in giving thanks. One from a Syrian and another from a Samaritan.
There are hundreds of years separating their stories but they both share in the need to go back and seek out the one they need to thank.
That’s the focus of this podcast, making the effort to say “thanks” even if it takes some extra effort to do so.
We begin the month of October anticipating the changing of the season with leaves turning colour. It’s a beautiful panorama, especially beautiful when we get to travel into the country side and witness the display. Perhaps not so beautiful for those who have days of raking leaves ahead, but I guess that’s the price we pay to enjoy nature.
Other things we look forward to are Thanksgiving and Halloween, both celebrations tempered by the virus that has brought so much challenge to our lives. The best we can do is be joyful and optimistic as we support each other and patiently look toward to the day when we will talk about this experience in the past tense.
Sunday was the final service of summer with autumn beginning just a couple days later.
Autumn was the incentive for the service with hymns chosen that reflected the wonder of the world in which we live.
The message didn’t quite follow suit as you will discover should you take the time to listen.