Both Pastor Daranne & Pastor Kristian participated in Ashes to Go in downtown Calgary on March 5, Ash Wednesday. Listen to Pastor Kristian’s comments on the CBC Eyeopener Radio Broadcast.
On this day the Lord has acted! On the first day of the week God began creation, transforming darkness into light. On this day, the “eighth day” of the week, Jesus Christ was raised from the dead. We celebrate this new creation in the waters of baptism and in the feast of victory. With great […]
This is the night! This celebration of music, fire and drama involving children to seniors is our Passover with Christ from darkness to light, from bondage to freedom, from death to life. Tonight is the heart of the celebration of the Three Days and the pinnacle of the church’s year. The resurrection of Christ is […]
At the heart of the Good Friday liturgy us the passion according to John, which proclaims Jesus as a triumphant king who reigns for the cross. The ancient title for this day—the triumph of the cross—reminds us that the church gathers not to mourn this day but to celebrate Christ’s life-giving passion and to find […]
With nightfall our Lenten observance comes to an end, and we gather with Christians around the world to celebrate the Three Days of Jesus’ death and resurrection. At the heart of the Maundy Thursday liturgy is Jesus’ commandment to love one another. As Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, we are called to follow […]
Today’s liturgy begins with a palm procession, or has been practiced in areas of the world where palms are not native, a procession of local branches. This commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Quickly the tone of the service changes as we meditate upon Jesus’ passion and death. We gather to remember Christ’s offering for […]
In today’s gospel Jesus reveals his power over death by raising Lazarus from the dead. The prophet Ezekiel prophesies God breathing new life into dry bones. To those in exile or living in the shadows of death, ill-health and other darkness, these stories proclaim God’s promise of resurrection. In baptism we die with Christ that […]
Baptism is sometimes called enlightenment. The gospel for this Sunday is the story of a man born blind healed by Christ. I was blind, but now I see, declares the man. IN baptism God opens our eyes to see the truth of who we really are: God’s beloved sons and daughters. Nothing we have done […]
In today’s gospel the Samaritan woman asks Jesus for water, an image of our thirst for God. Jesus offers living water, a sign of God’s grace flowing from the waters of baptism. In worship Christ comes among us in word, bath and meal—offering us the life-giving water of God’s mercy and forgiveness.
In the gospel, Jesus tells Nicodemus that he must be born of water and Spirit. It’s an encounter inviting Nicodemus into relationship where it is okay to ask questions and not have all the answers. As God made a covenant with Abraham, in baptism God promises to raise us up with Christ to new life, […]
It is Jesus’ forty day fast that becomes the basis of our Lenten pilgrimage. In the early church Lent was a time of intense preparation for those to be baptized at the Easter Vigil. This focus on the meaning of faith is at the heat of our Lenten journey to the baptismal waters of Easter. […]