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Jesus brings a new way of relating to God and it is the way of love.
August 23, 2016 01:23 PM PDT
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RECORDED, Sunday, August, 21/16
The relationship is very close to us, close enough to touch. It is in that touch that the prophet Jeremiah realizes he is to proclaim God's word. It is in that touch that the women bent by the burdens of life, is able to stand straight after Jesus touches her. Let us pray to be touched by God.

The Rev Bill Tarter OSF
Associate Priest
The Church of St John the Divine
1611 Quadra St, Victoria BC

Peace and Division
August 14, 2016 12:43 PM PDT
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In our gospel, Jesus' challenges us with the words "Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division!" Is peace really the opposite of division? As we consider the peace that Jesus brings versus the peace that came from the military might of the Romans, we see that Jesus' peace is not the world's peace and that peace and division can coexist. It becomes how we disagree with each other that determines whether there is peace, not whether we disagree. Because Jesus does not give peace as the world gives peace, but rather promises the peace that passes all understanding.

Curate
The Rev Gillian Hoyer
The Church of St John the Divine
1611 Quadra St
Victoria BC

"How to receive a Kingdom"
August 10, 2016 12:43 PM PDT
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RECORDED, Sunday, August, 07/16
In today's Gospel from Luke, we find Jesus telling his friends that God wants to give them a kingdom. But what sort of a kingdom could this be that isn't obtained through violence, warfare or royal bloodline -- the usual ways one received a kingdom in Jesus' day? Tune in to consider how the Kingdom of God differs from worldly kingdoms, and how we, too, can receive this kingdom today.

The Rev Canon Kevin Arndt
Associate Priest
The Church of St John the Divine
1611 Quadra St Victoria BC

"A Fool and his Money"
August 03, 2016 11:32 AM PDT
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RECORDED, Sunday, July, 31/16
In today's Gospel, Jesus reminds his companions that the accumulation of wealth, riches and possessions is not the measure of a life. In fact, extreme personal wealth and riches can actually be hazardous to our soul, and fool us into de-valuing our personal relationships and qualities of character. Money isn't bad or good, it's just dangerous.

The Rev Canon Kevin Arndt
Associate Priest
The Church of St John the Divine
1611 Quadra St, Victoria BC

Teach us to pray
July 24, 2016 02:26 PM PDT
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Jesus gives his friends a pattern for prayer in what we refer to as 'The Lord's Prayer' - but it is a broader, more expansive prayer and model for prayer than we often give it credit for - especially when we find ourselves reciting in parrot fashion in our Church services. the Rector considers the prayer and how it might inspire our wider discipline of prayer and living.

The Ven Alastair McCollum

Archdeacon, Diocese of British Columbia, Tolmie Region
Rector, St John the Divine Anglican Church
1611 Quadra Street
Victoria, BC V8W 2L5

"Sermon For Pride Sunday"
July 23, 2016 10:19 AM PDT
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RECORDED, Sunday, July, 10/16
In the letter to the church in Colossae, Paul's call to "endure everything with patience" is challenging to hear for those of us who seek full inclusion of all: lesbian, gay, straight, bisexual, transgender, and queer, within the church. We lament, with the Psalmist, "How long O Lord?" must this take? However Paul also commends the Colossians for their faith in the gospel. In the gospel, we hear the summary of the law: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength and love your neighbour as yourself. So in the context of Pride Sunday in Victoria, we explore what loving our neighbours means for those of us who are a part of the beautiful, multi-gendered, broken Body of Christ.

Curate
The Rev. Gillian Hoyer
The Church of St John the Divine
1611 Quadra St. Victoria BC. V8W 2L5

"Maybe this scripture isn't meant tor you?"
June 28, 2016 12:59 PM PDT
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Recorded, June, 26/16

Today we find our preacher caught in the same dilemma as the person Jesus encounters in Luke's gospel -- wanting to follow Jesus, but needing to bury his father. With some interpretive insight from the men on the margins, we are led to consider the larger, more risky question of whether every scripture is meant to apply to every person, in every situation, for all time. Perhaps the Gospel is more personal, intimate, and particular in some cases? And if so, we need a community of faith to help us discern wisely, so we avoid simply picking and choosing the scriptures we like. Lastly we conclude with an expression of gratitude marking the twentieth anniversary of our Rector's ordination.

The Rev Canon Kevin Arndt
Associate Priest
The Church of St John the Divine
1611 Quadra Street
Victoria BC V8W 2L5

Truth, Healing, Reconciliation
June 19, 2016 03:27 PM PDT
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Elijah's on the run for telling the truth, where does he turn? Paul is grappling with Christ's healing the rifts between humanity, what are the principles he calls us to? Jesus casts out demons into swine, what attitudes and prejudices possess us and our society?

On this Sunday before National Aboriginal Day, and a week after the hate crime against LGBT people in Orlando, the Rector offers some reflections, and calling to action in our long and often painful journey of truth-telling, shared healing, and seeking reconciliation.

The Ven Alastair McCollum

Archdeacon, Diocese of British Columbia, Tolmie Region
Rector, St John the Divine Anglican Church
1611 Quadra Street
Victoria, BC V8W 2L5

"Choosing Faith, Hope and Love"
June 13, 2016 12:32 PM PDT
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Recorded, Sunday, June, 12/16

The story of Naboth's Vineyard describes an all too common and all too brutal scene, repeating itself time and time again throughout history. The framing and murder of Naboth, the theft of his property, and the deadly retaliation that followed is an example of how easily violence can spiral out of control. But what do we do when we don't know what a "justice that heals" would look like? Today, a woman with an alabaster jar shows us what can happen when we choose a future rooted in faith, hope, and love.

The Rev.Canon Kevin Arndt
Associate Priest
The Church of St John the Divine
1611 Quadra St.
Victoria, BC V8W 2L5

Resurrection
June 05, 2016 01:46 PM PDT
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Jesus raises a widow's son and, in doing so, resurrects all those around him, challenging us to see, be moved with compassion, and act.

The Rev Gillian Hoyer
Curate
The Church of St John the Divine

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