Advent I – Year B (2017)

Isiah 64:1–9; Psalm 80:1–7, 16–18; 1 Corinthians 1:3–9; Mark 13:24–37

Rev. Dr. Tim Connor

We seek the certainty of God’s presence to lift us up as we see suffering in the world around us. When we find ourselves stuck in dark places we want God to roll the darkness back and give us sweetness and light. Author Ruth Burrows remind us that God’s is present even when the darkness persists. Lighting a candle reminds us to be vigilant in seeking Him in prayer. Our hope is tied to the image of the potter, which reminds us that God’s work in shaping our lives is ever present.

Reign of Christ – 2017

Ezekiel 34:11-17,20-24; Psalm 100; Ephesians 1:15-23; Matthew 25:31-46

Eric Prachar

As we end the church year we look at themes of Christ’s saving work. The gospel calls us to feed the hungry and care for those in need. It poses a different world view: that those in need are valuable, not just those who are productive members of society. Our goal in service is to be a visible sign of Christ at work in the world.

Proper 33 – Year A (2017)

Judges 4:1-7; Psalm 123; I Thessalonians 5:1-11; Matthew 25:14-30

Rev. Dale Nikkel

Sometimes when life seems dark we experience moments of wonder and peace at God’s presence. We seek certainty about life and death. When we learn to let go and live by trust and hope, we find signs of peace joy in knowing that we are not alone in the journey.

Proper 32 – Year A (2017)

Joshua 24:1-3a,14-25; Psalm 90:1-7; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 25:1-13

Rev. Dr. Tim Connor

We are called to be awake, alert and vigilant as we wait and watch for the coming of Christ. Too often we find ourselves preoccupied with things that are of secondary importance. To be watchful is to recognise Christ in the needs of those around us and to respond by attending to the needs of the poor, the stranger and those who are burdened.

All Saints – 2017

Revelation 7:9-17; Psalm 34:1-10,22; I John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12

Rev. Dr. Tim Connor

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” To grieve is to carry a weighty burden from which we may long to be liberated, so how can it be called blessed? To feel the burden of mourning is also to be open to comfort that begins in acts of restoration. Jesus himself is the comforter, the long expected one, who has experienced suffering and sorrow and who delivers relief in the form of healing, in restored relationships and the promise of release from pain. The hands of God that hold us in the midst of grief are a place of safety and protection that hold us safely until His purposes are fulfilled.