Pondering Crankiness

The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost Vivian Lewin, Spiritual Director in the Diocese of Montreal One of the things I wrestle with in church life is the astounding number of different jobs that clamour to be done.  Just Friday… fresh in memory… is needing to choose between the funeral of a former churchwarden with whom for […]

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The purpose of Christian community

Pentecost 16 Isaiah 50.4-9a; Ps 34.1-8; James 3.1-12, Mark 8.27-38 The Very Rev’d Bertrand Oliver, Dean and Rector of Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal I am so delighted to see so many of you here in the cathedral, as well as online, as we join together in this ‘Back to the Cathedral’ Sunday. There has been […]

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Called to care

The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost Isaiah 35:4-7a;  Psalm 146 James 2: 1-17; Mark 7:24-37 Rev. Dr. Deborah Meister This has not been a good week for people from the East Coast of the United States.  Thursday morning, even before my prayers, I sent an e-mail to my family who live in New York City, asking them to […]

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Be Doers of the Word

The Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost James 1:17-27 The Venerable Ralph Leavitt, Honorary Associate Priest For the next five weeks the Epistle readings are from the Book of James, so today I want to introduce you to this Epistle, encourage you to read through the Book of James, and particularly speak about “doing the word of […]

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Choose You This Day

The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost Jos 24:1-2a, 14-18; Ps 34:15-22 Eph 6:10-20; Jn 6:56-69 Choose you this day whom you will serve. (Josh 24:15) The Rev’d Dr. Deborah Meister Today’s reading from Joshua is one of my all-time favorites; it’s one of the great scenes in Scripture.  It takes place at the very end of […]

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Finding Space with Mary

Saint Mary The Virgin The Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55) The Rev’d Jen Bourque In the name of God, the holy and eternal one, Amen. The spring my family and I lived in Bordeaux, my son – who was just 4 – and I settled into a predictable pattern of half day kindergarten, followed by school pick up, […]

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Pentecost 11 1 Kings 19.4-8; Ps 34.1-8; Ephesians 4.25—5:2, John 6.35, 41-51 ‘I am the Bread of Life’ The Very Rev’d Bertrand Oliver, Dean and Rector of Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal I have had the privilege of doing a number of amazing and quirky things in the course of my ministry, and one of those […]

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God’s Bread of Life is Jesus

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost John 6: 24-35 The Venerable Ralph Leavitt Honorary Associate Priest I think most people would agree that the very basic necessities for a human body to survive are water, food and shelter. These are the physical necessities for survival. And, because we have our mind, as a religious person I would […]

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Sheep without Shepherds

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost Vivian Lewin, Spiritual Director in the Diocese of Montreal Well, Jeremiah, if shepherds can be so iffy, who needs them anyway? I was not quite thirty when I made my first trip to the UK. We were backpackers, staying in youth hostels and bed & breakfasts chosen from the Ramblers guidebook, […]

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The Divine Plumb Line

Pentecost 7 Amos 7:7-15; Ps 85:8-13; Ephesians 1:3-14—5:1, Mark 3:20-35 The Very Rev’d Bertrand Oliver, Dean and Rector of Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal Summer is gently unfolding, and the sun seems to be returning to this part of Canada. And after an unexpected year of continuing uncertainty and change, improvements in the overall Covid situation […]

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Not At All What I Expected

Pentecost 6 Mark 6: 1- 13 The Venerable Ralph Leavitt I speak to you in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen. “Well”, I thought to myself, “This is not at all what I expected. Not at all”. I am sure you can relate to this expression. Whatever the circumstance, you had […]

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Breaking the cages

Pentecost 5 Lam 3:22-33; Ps 30 2 Cor 8:7-15; Mark 5:21-43 Rev. Dr. Deborah Meister “There was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years. She had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse.” (Mark 5:25-26) You gotta […]

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