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Who is it for?

The danger in forgetting that our perspective is limited is that we risk creating a community of faith that serves and fits people who share that perspective. Continue reading

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Children’s art matters: palm branch watercolours

Children’s paintings of palm branches teach us that we can respond to God with the resources that are near to us. Continue reading

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Can we really practice the presence of God?

Is the constant practice of the presence of God actually doable? Can one maintain such constant awareness of God’s presence, or does Brother Lawrence set up an unrealistic, and ultimately self-condemning way of life? Continue reading

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The divine singing

God’s song is always being sung. Sometimes we don’t hear it through the noise of our lives. Yet the outer and inner chaos of life never stops the singing, nor does it thwart the loving presence of God. Continue reading

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The hardest worship—common prayer reflections from the floor of General Synod 2016

Every single person in that assembly would walk away knowing what it was to be hurt and disappointed. Every person there had now been faced with a choice – to let that hurt and disappointment rule, or to stay together. Continue reading

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Let’s face it. No one had to show up this morning.

No one had to show up this morning.

Our society does not demand that any of them be here this morning. It doesn’t even demand that you be here this morning. There are lots of other good things to do. There are many other places to be fulfilled; other churches, temples, charity runs and nature walks to name a few. There is sleep. There are yummy eggs benedict and fun purple rubber ducks. Continue reading

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The game of minutes

Do you think you can be mindful of God’s presence at least one second of each minute? Or, are there too many other things in our lives that demand our attention? Continue reading

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A technology free day?

When we think about a technology free day, we may automatically start thinking “well, it can’t be on Sunday because that’s when I watch Big Brother Canada!” Yet this very response proves why taking such a day is so important. 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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Go in peace!

Once dismissed from worship, do we come up with a plan to engage the world, in peace, in an attitude of service? I think we do – and it starts with prayer. Continue reading

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