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Dec. 14 – Give Witness and Rejoice

How do we bear witness, while still waiting? Or can joy in the midst of waiting be that very witness? In Advent we are not called to act as though we do not know how this story ends, as though Jesus’ birth and life, death and resurrection, are still before us. But we¬†doknow that sense […]

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Dec. 7 – Prophecy, Patience & Promise

Advent is a season of expectation, the word itself meaning “coming.” The arrival scripture speaks of is both profound and more sublime. It is the coming end of a way of being that has seemed like exile, like imprisonment. It is salvation from all that has torn us and our world apart. As we wait […]

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Nov. 30 – Advent begins (again)

The promise of Advent is that God is always at work in the world, bringing new beginnings and a new creation to people and powers long bent on destruction. Yet, because we live in the generation that exists between the “already” of Christ’s resurrection and the “not yet” of God’s full restoration of the creation, […]

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Nov. 23 – Becoming the presence of Christ

On this final Sunday of the liturgical year, we receive a parable from Jesus challenging and inspiring our imaginations to grasp our whole vocation that is celebrated in baptism: to embody Christ in every moment and to engage every part of our world as Christ’s redeemed creation. The parable of the sheep and the goats […]

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Nov. 16 – Awake to the grace of God

Jesus’ parable of the talents invites a full-hearted response to God’s lavish gifts of faith and purpose: “Use ‘em if you’ve got ‘em!” The people of God are meant to be engaged, alert, and ready to share what we have received from our prodigally (wastefully) generous God. While the parable has sometimes been interpreted in […]

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Nov. 9 – Relationships of trust

Relationships, healthy relationships, require a lot of work and care to continue. In particular, relationships require trust to grow and become mature. Those rooted in trust can bring out the best in us. Relationships rooted in anything else can bring out the worst. Our¬†scripture readings give us the chance to consider the trust required in […]

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Nov. 2 – All Saints Sunday

Today we give thanks for the saints who have gone before us, for the saints still among us, and for the saints of God still to come. We give thanks for the examples of faithful living that the saints have given us as they navigated the stormy waters of life, and also for the faithful […]

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Oct. 26 – Reformation Sunday

This is a Sunday packed with beautiful images, deep-seeded ideas, and a rich history. For life-long Lutherans, these things can provoke a sense of pride in our denomination, but Reformation Sunday is not “Lutheran Pride Day.” Instead it is a day focused on knowing God truthfully and in the process understanding who we are as […]

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Oct. 19 – Who gets your wallet?

The Pharisees approach Jesus in a thinly veiled attempt to trap him on issues of financial obligations to the Roman government. Their question of Jesus, simplified to the extreme, is “who gets your wallet?” If Jesus answered one way, he would be guilty of treason. If he answered the other way, he would have been […]

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Join us Sat. Oct. 18 for Mandragora Circo!

This talented duo will perform a 55-minute show full of humour, music and many acrobatics. It’s sure to be a hit for all ages. A portion of proceeds will support poverty reduction work undertaken by CUPS. Tickets are $5/child, $15/adult. Available at the door. Show starts at 7:00 p.m. Hope Lutheran Church 3527 Boulton Road […]

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