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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Holy, holy, holy

Trinity Sunday Vivian Lewin, Spiritual Director in the Diocese of Montreal The pivots on the thresholds shook …. and the house filled with smoke and I said “Woe to me, I am lost.” (Isaiah 6:4) On Wednesday evening just after dark, I was facing the glowing computer screen at my desk at home when the […]

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Love is his meaning

Easter 6 Acts 10:44-48 – PSALM 98 – 1 John 5:1-6- John 15:9-17 The Very Rev’d Bertrand Oliver, Dean and Rector Alleluia, Christ is Risen! Christ is risen indeed, alleluia. Two weeks ago, the Dean of Coventry was with us here in Montreal, to renew a friendship made between our two cathedrals 70 years ago. […]

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The Branches Is Us

Fifth Sunday of Easter A few days ago I described the Christian life as a “come as you are” party. It occurred to me that I have never actually been to a come as you are party, and the two (younger) people I asked were not even sure what that was. [You can listen to […]

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