Everything Happens For a Reason… Or Does It?

Dr. Kate Bowler wrote: A neighbor knocked on our door to tell my husband that everything happens for a reason. “I’d love to hear it,” my husband said. “Pardon?” she said, startled. “I’d love to hear the reason my wife is dying,” he said, in that sweet and sour way he has.

Monday Message – May 17, 2022

Well, I’m actually a day late… it’s Tuesday. I switched my days off this week and spent a wonderful 24 hours in Debert with a group of colleagues around the theme: Come, Let Us Laugh. We had some great storytelling, an engaging keynote speaker, the Rev. Susan Sparks, who zoomed in from New York, anContinue reading “Monday Message – May 17, 2022”

Monday Message – May 9, 2022

I don’t know if you noticed yesterday, but we had FOUR visitors! As people get accustomed to living with Covid, we can look forward to this happening more often again. I’m glad that I had the sense to update the Visitor’s Packages last week! So this week, if you see someone you don’t recognize, makeContinue reading “Monday Message – May 9, 2022”

A Woman’s Place

As a young woman and mother I was careful to raise my son to be both nurturing and adventurous. He got dolls as well as trucks. He wore the rainbow of colours, not just ‘boys’ colours. His father shared equally in household chores and childcare. This was the late seventies; the woman’s movement had inspiredContinue reading “A Woman’s Place”

Monday Message – May 2, 2022

What a glorious day today! The sun is shining, it’s still chilly out, but temperatures are supposed to rise and we are supposed to get a few days like this! We continue with our series Terms of Resurrection in worship this coming Sunday as we explore ‘A Woman’s Place!’ Last week we heard about Paul’sContinue reading “Monday Message – May 2, 2022”

Call, Conversion, Community

I sat in my study at home yesterday and pictured myself as a parishioner, not necessarily at Stairs, and pondered what I might need to hear on a Sunday morning. As a preacher, I am conscious that most weeks, there are a variety of needs and desires on a Sunday morning, depending on circumstances, personalityContinue reading “Call, Conversion, Community”

Monday Message – April 25, 2022

What a great day of celebration we had yesterday! Baptized Ella Sitland-Kasujja, with Linda Sitland, her Nanny, singing a solo to celebrate that. We also marked the formal end to our relationship with Jessie Crabtree, whose 18 months of Supervised Field Education came to end. Both milestones, but markers on journeys of faith! You’ll noticeContinue reading “Monday Message – April 25, 2022”

Doubts & Beliefs

A newly discovered letter from Thomas to Mary Magdalene!

Music and the Easter Message

Written by Byron Hermann We are soon celebrating Holy Week and Easter, our most sacred time of the year. In the many special services and observances that take place during Holy Week, music plays a crucial role in setting the mood of the worship and in helping to convey the Easter message. Easter is theContinue reading “Music and the Easter Message”

Love, Courage, Witness

I want you to think of moments that are awesome, and full of joy. When the presence of God was so apparent you could touch it and taste it and feel it… Perhaps the birth of a child or a grandchild… perhaps sharing a special moment with a soulmate… perhaps a walk in a favouriteContinue reading “Love, Courage, Witness”

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