Harvest Thanksgiving – 2018

Deuteronomy 26:1-11; Psalm 100; Philippians 4:4-9; John 6:25–35

Rev. Dr. Tim Connor

As urban dwellers we may be removed from the work of the harvest but we are still moved by its celebration. Our lives depend on the harvest to provide food to sustain life. We enjoy food as a source of delight through which we can learn of other cultures and mark special occasions. In the midst of giving thanks we are also reminded of the reality of food insecurity, both at home and abroad, and the destructive force it can be. In the midst of plenty we are brought to ask how we can use the abundance available to us for the good of others.

Proper 24 – Year B (2018)

Proverbs 1:20–33; Psalm 19; James 3:1–12; Mark 8:27–38

Rev. Dr. Tim Connor

James reminds us of the power of the tongue to do good or harm, how what we say can either validate or deny who we claim to be as Christians. To be true to our faith we need to form the habit of speaking in ways that build up others. The language of the liturgy teaches us through repetition to speak of praise and thanksgiving, and to be silent, listening for God’s voice.

Proper 21 – Year B (2018)

1 Kings 8:1,6,10–11, 22–30, 41–43; Psalm 84; Ephesians 6:10– 20; John 6:56–69;

Rev. Dr. Tim Connor

Paul concludes his letter to the Ephesians with a series of exhortations that makes us uncomfortable. They are set to both challenge and encourage us as we take on our identity as faithful followers of Jesus Christ. We are challenged to be strong in the Lord, to put on the whole armour of God and to pray in the Spirit at all times.

Proper 13 – Year B (2018)

2 Sam 1:1,17–27; Ps 130; 2 Cor 8:7–15; Mk 5:21–43

Rev. Dr. Tim Connor

Gathering for worship on Canada Day, we reflect on God’s presence in our lives as Christians living in Canada. St. Paul tells us “…you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich yet for your sake he became poor so that you by his poverty might become rich.” As recipients of his inexhaustible generosity, we seek to act on His grace in acts of compassion.

Proper 10 – Year B (2018)

1 Sam 4:1–20; Ps 138; 2 Cor 4:13-5:1; Mk 3:20–35

Rev. Dr. Tim Connor

In the midst of of disheartening new in events around us we receive the words of encouragement, “We do not lose heart.” It is an affirmation deeply rooted in Paul’s experience, overcoming great obstacles in his life and ministry. Day-by-day, even as we experience the simple afflictions of ageing is offers the promise of renewal from within. That inner renewal rests on the gift of the Holy Spirit working in us, a gift that instils an inner strength to face what troubles us. A thankful heart is the mark of our response.