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What stories do we tell?
October 12, 2017 12:10 PM PDT
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This thanksgiving we hear the story which formed the Jewish people, we hear of the bread of life, we hear where our focus should be from St Paul's letter the Philippians. So the Rector asks - what stories do we tell that form and shape and guide and inspire us in our own walk of faith, and our service to one another and the world?

The Ven Alastair McCollum
Rector

Is God among us or not?
October 01, 2017 05:55 PM PDT
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As we continue to follow the Israelites’ journey through the wilderness, this week we find them without water and wondering if God is among them or not.
What do we do when God seems absent in our lives? When things happen that make it hard to believe God is with us?
While we do not have all of the answers to those difficult questions, we can learn from the experiences of Moses and the Israelites in the wilderness about how we can journey together.

The Reverend Gillian Hoyer
Assistant Curate

Learning to be free
September 26, 2017 01:59 PM PDT
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The Biblical story of the Exodus has inspired and nourished God's people for millennia in our struggles to break free from the things that enslave. It recounts how Hebrew slaves escaped bondage and captivity in Egypt, and journeyed into the unknown, in search of a new life in a new place. But judging from their complaining and conflict in the wilderness, freedom has a learning curve. Perhaps God's gift of "manna" can teach us a bit about learning to be free and trusting God to sustain us.

The Reverend Canon Kevin Arndt
Associate Priest

The challenge of forgiveness
September 18, 2017 12:03 PM PDT
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Forgiveness cannot always be easy. Sometimes it is a matter of letting go and moving forward rather than speaking the words. When the situation does not allow for resolution, it's still OK to let go and move on.

The Rev'd Patrick Sibley
Deacon

Owe Nothing But Love
September 13, 2017 02:28 PM PDT
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Romans 13:8-14 & Matthew 18:15-20

What can two writings, written by two different people, to two different communities over 2000 years ago tell us about how we live today? Through exploring the context of these writings, we can come to understand a little more about what they might mean in our context today as we struggle to respond to change and uncertainty in the world and in our community.

The Reverend Gillian Hoyer
Assistant Curate

Moses steps aside from his normal path to encounter the burning bush. That flame revealed the Presence of God. Moses opened himself to the path that God gave him.
September 04, 2017 07:44 PM PDT
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As Jesus walked his own path he asked his disciples and friends to follow him by taking up their cross as he took up his own. That cross is a daily decision to love other people and love God. The cross is found in small actions of kindness and grand actions of deep friendship. It is found in mercy, forgiveness, reconciliation, and peace. It is found in difficult times and gentle. To take up our cross is to take up the daily work of love.

The Rev'd Bill Tarter, OSF
Associate Priest

Who do you say that I am?
August 30, 2017 11:06 AM PDT
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Gospel: Matthew 16:13-20
In today's gospel, Jesus takes the disciples to an unusual and
uncomfortable place before probing them with a question that we are all
challenged to answer: "Who do you say that I am?"

The Reverend Gillian Hoyer
Assistant Curate

Racism, Privilege, and a strong Canaanite Woman
August 20, 2017 05:54 PM PDT
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The Rector offers some of his own experience of confronting racism and white privilege in his life, and how Jesus' cross-cultural encounter in today's Gospel reading challenges Jesus, and us, to think again.

The Venerable Alastair McCollum
Rector

Heirs of God
August 20, 2017 05:27 PM PDT

As we celebrate the holy mysteries of Christ's eucharistic table - with Gillian+ presiding for the first time! - St. Paul reminds us that we are "heirs of God", and that means fellow-heirs with Christ - which means that we get everything he gets. Thanks be to God that we who were poor have been made rich - with God's kind of riches!

The Rev'd Dr Canon Todd Townshend
Dean of Theology, Huron College

Get Out of the Boat
August 15, 2017 03:25 PM PDT
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The story of Jesus walking on water, and inviting Peter to join him outside the boat, is among the best known of all scriptures. The leap of faith required to "get out of the boat" is no small thing, but Jesus is there to catch us if we sink, and to encourage us when we trade our fears for a chance to be brave with God.

The Rev'd Canon Kevin Arndt
Associate Priest, The Anglican Church of St. John the Divine

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