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The Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year A

This is the first Sunday of FaithWorks, our annual Outreach campaign. I am not preaching. I am turning the pulpit over to our Outreach coordinator. I look forward to hearing her message.

The Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year A

Following the Way
Readings: Acts 7:55-60; Psalm 31:1-8, 15-16; 1 Peter 2:2-10; John 14:1-14
Growing up as I did in a large family had its challenges.There were anxious moments where we felt that we were being treated unfairly.There were always five children vying for a window seat in our little Morris station wagon.Dinner at the dining room table meant that someone sat on a corner with the leg in their way.Seven people lined up to use one bathroom in the morning meant total chaos.But we lived in a mansion.At least that was how it seemed to our friends.The inner city rectory I grew up in was a grand old house.The entry opened into a large hall with a central staircase.There was a huge living room with an alcove and fireplace.Each child had his or her own bedroom.There was even a spare room for guests.Until it too became a bedroom, we had a playroom in the attic filled with toys.There was a wonderful backyard, an oasis in the inner city that attracted all the neighbourhood children.
Yet th…

The Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year A

Living Under the BlessingReadings: Acts 2:42-47; Psalm 23; 1 Peter 2:19-25; John 10:1-10
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers,” the writer of the Acts of the Apostles writes.It is a passage that typifies life in the early church with its exuberant mood, and spiritual vitality.These are people who applied their faith to their everyday lives.They were convinced that they were equipped with the Holy Spirit.They set about in their daily lives to live it out.
Not that it was an easy task! We need to remember that this was a persecuted church.Peter’s letter is obviously written to people under siege. “If you endure when you do right and suffer for it,” he writes, “you have God’s approval.”He is speaking to some early converts, servants, slaves in local households who have converted to Christianity. He is not saying that suffering is right.He is not saying that it is necessary.He is attempting to bring meaning to the persec…

The Third Sunday of Easter, Year A

On the Road AgainReadings: Acts 2:14a, 36-41; Psalm 116: 10-17; 1 Peter 1:17-23; Luke 24:13-35
On Easter evening, two of Jesus’ disciples were returning from Jerusalem to their village of Emmaus.It was a journey of seven miles, but with the terrible events of the last few days it seemed much further.The death of Jesus had plunged them into an impenetrable gloom.Their dreams about him being the long-awaited Messiah had been reduced to rubble.As they walked along they talked about his death.They went over it again and again.Looking at it from every possible angle, they still could not make sense of all that had happened.Especially they could not make sense of the rumours that had started to circulate, rumours about an empty tomb, about resurrection appearances.
Then a stranger joined them on their journey.And they found themselves opening up to this man, pouring out their grief to him.How easy it is sometimes to open up to someone you have never met before! They spoke about their deep lon…