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The Sharing Community
September 26, 2016 12:32 PM PDT

Recorded September 25, 2016

This morning we consider whether Luke's parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus is only about wealth, or perhaps also implies something about other obstacles that isolate us and lead to the breakdown of our relationships. With a little help from Clement of Alexandria (circa 200 CE), we recall our Christian calling to foster relationships rooted in "koinonia" -- that is, the generous sharing of our love and our lives with one other and the needs of the world

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

The Dishonest Steward
September 26, 2016 10:49 AM PDT

Recorded September 18, 2016

The Rector has a 'head meets desk' moment whilst pondering, again, a perplexing parable. But it leads, via the complexities of liturgical dance, to considerations of how we read Scripture, and how we try to find meaning in Biblical texts, and whether we allow our Scriptures to challenge and disturb us.

The Venerable Alastair McCollum
The Church of St John the Divine
1611 Quadra St Victoria BC

Get Found!
September 14, 2016 11:22 AM PDT

Recorded September 11, 2016

Few human experiences are as universal as the feeling of being lost. In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells a couple parables about being lost, found, and celebrating to invite us into thinking about where we are in our own lives. When we do get lost, Jesus suggests the way to get found is to face the truth of our situation, and to turn another way. 

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

The Potter and the Clay
September 07, 2016 11:04 AM PDT

Recorded Sunday, September 4, 2016

Jeremiah 18:1-11 & Psalm 139

Come, go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words…

In watching the potter at work, we are to see the care of the hands of the potter in forming the clay and feel the response of the clay to the hands. It is, God tells Jeremiah, an image of how God relates to Israel as Israel relates to God. We are not to be dry and hardened clay that has been fired, but living, breathing, unfired clay full of possibility. Drawing on the psalm of the day, we are encouraged to see how this dynamic might be at work in our lives as God responds to us responding to God.  

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

Worthless?
August 29, 2016 09:46 AM PDT
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The prophet Jeremiah accuses Israel of trading that which is valuable, and meaningful, for that which is worthless. What does that mean and what does that say to us today? What is real value - and where do we find that in today's mixed up world? And does Jesus really want us, as today's parable seems to suggest, to put ourselves at the bottom of the pile? The Rector considers...

The Venerable Alastair McCollum
Archdeacon of Tolmie & Rector St John the Divine
1611 Quadra St
Victoria BC V8W 2L5

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

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