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Living the Covenant

Called to seek and serve Christ in all persons and love neighbour as self, the Christian is called to daily walk, witness, and express faith in such a way as to make Christ a real. This forum is a place to dialogue and discuss the many ways we can strive for peace and unity among all people and respecting the dignity of every human being. As
we journey, we daily have opportunity to bear witness to Jesus. This forum seeks to address the very practical ways we can see our expression of faith grow as a result of being more intentional about our baptismal covenant and how we live it.

Bruised, Hurt and Dirty!

I have long felt that one of the greatest enemies of the Church is respectability. Without a doubt Pope Francis is pointing out one of the ways in which we allow respectability to get in the way of doing the work of Jesus. It is not pleasant to consider being the bruised, the hurting, and the dirty followers of Jesus. Our structures give us a false sense of security and certainly reinforce our desire to sit in our comfortable pew. Continue reading

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I Love to Tell the Story

When I am able let my heart fill with love and gratitude, because of what God has does for me, telling the story of Jesus in word and in action becomes a much easier task, and it becomes more authentic. When I consider how Jesus has been present to me in my times of sorrow and in my times of joy, my heart is filled with gratitude. When I consider how I know the story of Jesus because I have seen it lived out in the loves of the community of Saints, my heart is grateful and wants to express its thanksgiving. Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Nelson Mandela

“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” Continue reading

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We are Forgiven – But Do We Repent?

Despite what we hear in advertisements, the whole world does not revolve around our individual needs. Most time we know when we have fallen into sin. Can we have the courage to do what our baptismal covenant calls us to as repent of those sins? Do we trust that God loves us even when we fall short? Continue reading

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In the Breaking of Bread…

Baptism is very much a sacrament which is rooted in belonging to a wider family. We gather regularly around the table and often we hear the same stories told again and again. It is in the retelling of the stories that we come to know who we are and who we have been as a people. It is hearing those stories retold That gives us hope for our future. Simply put, we cannot know who we are and we cannot discover who we are becoming if we do not gather together as community around our table. Continue reading

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Surrender Your Poverty

So whatever our poverty may be; insecurity, lack of material wealth, addiction, low self esteem, loneliness, we have to surrender it and understand whose we are. ‘Whether we understand it or not, God loves us, is present in us, lives in us, dwells in us, calls us, saves us and offers us an understanding and compassion which are like nothing we have ever found in a book or heard in a sermon.’ That is Good News indeed! Continue reading

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St. George the Martyr – One Hundred Years of Baptismal Ministry

As an adolescent and young teen there were times life seemed very tumultuous and stormy for me. But when I was at St. George the Martyr I was always secure and always safe. It was, and it remains, a place of refuge for me. While good programming, loads of resources, and great facilities, are great to have as a church, nothing can replace good mentorship and strong witness in a community of faith. While I was feeling like an outsider, the Rev’d Morley Boutcher and the people of St. George’s made me an insider. Continue reading

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Will We Go, Servants Go

We are often locked inside of ourselves afraid to embrace the baptismal call that God has given us. We are often locked, into our churches afraid of what lurks beyond our walls. Jesus is calling us out of those fear filled places. I pray that we are able to embrace the doubt of Thomas and long to feel the wounds of Jesus. I pray that having felt those wounds, and having experienced the presence of the risen Christ that we might respond by GOING – into the world with the confidence of knowing that we were sent by the great Healer, Lover, & Redeemer. Continue reading

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Soaked to the Skin

We have been saturated in the waters of baptism. That soaking has caused us to wade into waters that are often tumultuous. Following Jesus of Nazareth as a baptised follower sometimes will cause us to ask difficult questions about why life can sometimes be so demanding, sometimes dark, and in many cases cruel. But the covenant that we share with Jesus calls us to live in hope that our work, compelled by the love of Jesus, directs us to that time when justice and peace will kiss. Continue reading

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