Jesus said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. Good morning, everyone! In the last few days, there’s been a palpable sense of excitement in the air. The construction holiday has just started […]

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Making a Choice

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost 2 Sam 6:1-5, 12b-19; Ps 24; Eph 1:3-14; Mark 6:14-29 Rev. Dr. Deborah Meister, ODM The word “Gospel” means “good news,” but today’s Gospel sheds more darkness than light. It is a story that is not bearable. A corrupt tyrant holds a feast; a beautiful girl dances; a malicious woman sells […]

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Refugee Sunday (10:30 sermon)

I have watched a lot of films in my time and one of the familiar motifs involves a protagonist who is having a bad time – one thing after another has gone wrong – they are in unfamiliar territory, maybe on a journey and now they have arrived somewhere – they need help, and we […]

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The Full Presence of the Hidden God

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost 6 2 Sam 1:1, 17-27; Ps 130; 2 Cor 8: 7-15; Mark 5: 21-43 The Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister, ODM The poet Mary Oliver wrote, Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this, too, was a gift. (“The Uses of […]

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Storms rage around us

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost Vivian Lewin, Spiritual Director in the Diocese of Montreal “O God our Defender, storms rage around us and cause us to be afraid. Rescue thy people from despair, deliver thy sons and daughters from fear and preserve us from unbelief; through Jesus Christ our Lord.” [from the Collect of the Day] […]

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The fragrance of God?

240616 Pentecost 4 year B 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13, 11:14-15- PSALM 20 – 2 Corinthians 5.6-17- Mark 4.26-34 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of all our hearts be acceptable in your sight, O Lord our strength and our redeemer. In the global world in which we live, life has become for the […]

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Pentecost 3

240609 Pentecost 3 year B 1 Samuel 8:4-20, 11:14-15- PSALM 138 – 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1- Mark 3:20-35 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of all our hearts be acceptable in your sight, O Lord our strength and our redeemer. I have had the privilege of spending two weeks in Japan, part of […]

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The snake and the cross

Clergy in the diocese were on retreat for two days at the beginning of the week, and we gathered with the Bishop for a period of silence which concluded with the renewal of our ordination vows and the blessing of the oils of healing and Chrism for the coming year. To aid our reflection, we […]

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Stepping Forward into the Dark

Last Sunday after Epiphany 2 Kings 2:1-12; Ps 50:1-6; 2 Cor 4:3-6; Mark 9:2-9 The Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister My last year in seminary, I interned at a church in Southport, Connecticut. Behind the altar, there was an immense painting of Jesus, sitting on a cloud in a clear blue sky, with the words “Come […]

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Fishing for God?

Epiphany 3: Jonah 3:1-5, 10 – – Ps 62: 6-14 – 1 Corinthians 7:29-31 – Mark 1:14-20 “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” When I was a child, I would occasionally accompany my grandfather when he set out for an afternoon of fishing.  We would drive a few kilometres into the […]

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