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Part of living in Christian community, where we are called to love one another as we have been loved, is to make an effort to see something from another person’s perspective. Whatever we do with additional perspectives, we are better for having seen them and considered them, for at the very least it means we have tried to better understand another member of God’s family, and to trust that we ourselves are being better understood as well. Continue reading

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Who let the Gentiles In ?

If we are gentile followers of Yeshua Ha’Mashiach (Jesus Christ) we can be thankful to Ruth for showing us the possibility of being welcomed into the elect. Continue reading

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Praying our baptismal vows (part 4)

The sacrament of baptism is more than a one-day celebration; it is a life-long commitment. Each Sunday of Lent I will offer a reflection on one of our baptismal vows. This week: “Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbour as yourself?” Continue reading

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In the face of regular ageism, perhaps our scripture is a gentle reminder to us to embrace the whole family; the young and the old, the fidgety and the calm, the runners and the slow-walkers. As community, we are all to be welcomed, embraced, involved: that’s what being church is all about. Continue reading

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Two seconds

A pause of a few seconds can allow an aging, slowing parishioner to be literally on the same page as the rest of the congregation. It’s only 2 seconds, but it’s a big thing. Continue reading

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Soft Spaces

Notice that it is the adults of the existing congregation who are challenged to do what it takes to provide a welcoming community and sense of belonging. We need be talking about how can we create a sense of welcome for families. We might have to ask some hard questions. What is working? What changes should we make? How do we create accessible spaces where families feel at home during worship? What can we do to demonstrate to children and families that they truly belong? Continue reading

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