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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A Heavenly Light

Transfiguration Sunday Texts for today: 2 Kings 2:1-12 • Psalm 50:1-6 • 2 Corinthians 4:3-6 • Mark 9:2-9 Vivian Lewin, Lay Reader and Spiritual Director It is the God who said “Let light shine out of darkness” who has shone in our hearts. (2 Corinthians 4:6) And speaking of hearts—Happy Valentine’s Day! When I was […]

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Hearing God’s Call

Second Sunday after Epiphany 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20); Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; John 1:43-51 Vivian Lewin, Lay Reader and Spiritual Director Today’s scriptures from Samuel and the Gospel of John show us God’s ability to connect with people and turn them around. To speak directly to them. Call them. We celebrate this activity […]

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When Jesus Quotes Leviticus

Do you remember when it was possible to get on a plane and go somewhere? Maybe because I don’t fly often, I have always thrilled to see the city I live in shrinking as the plane rises, see the great St. Lawrence below me stretching out in both directions.  And sometimes you can actually get […]

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Creation 1: Right Use of Judgement

As you have discovered by now, we are observing the first Sunday in the Season of Creation. When I looked at the scriptures appointed for today, I wasn’t too sure how to handle them in this context. But then I thought of how biologists or other scientists start by simply looking closely at what is […]

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Getting above the fray

There’s a Chinese proverb, one version of which goes like this: -If you want to be happy for a day, get drunk/ if you want to be happy for a year, get married/ if you want to be happy for a lifetime, plant a garden. Today’s readings use images of gardening and growth to describe […]

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A Simple U-Turn

A Simple U-Turn [Readings for today: Acts 2:14a, 36-41; Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19; 1 Peter 1:17-23; Luke 24:13-35] Vivian Lewin, Lay Reader and Spiritual Director Facebook Video In last week’s sermon, Jean Daniel shared the good news story of Thomas and how God answered his desire to see and believe the resurrection. And this morning’s Gospel […]

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Come, Follow Me

Third Sunday after the Epiphany (January 26, 2020) First reading   Isaiah 9:1-4 Psalm   Psalm 27:1, 4-9 Second reading   1 Corinthians 1:10-18 Gospel   Matthew 4:12-23 “Come follow me.” Jesus’ invitation, in this still-dark season. And an implicit pledge that the promise is being fulfilled—that the people who have walked in darkness will see a great light. […]

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Escaping from Herod

Do you have a crèche or Christmas crib at home?  We certainly have one here at Christ Church Cathedral, and the kings haven’t even arrived at the manger yet.  In my house, they are across the room.  Some families move them a little closer to Baby Jesus every day… and this morning, the Kings are […]

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Only One Thing Is Needful

Sermon for July 21, 2019 at Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal Vivian Lewin Readings: Genesis 18:1-10a, Psalm 15, Colossians 1:15-28, Luke 10:38-42 Today’s scriptures offer us two pairs of readings which show salvation in action. Working backwards… the story of Martha and Mary is perhaps the one we know best. Luke tells many stories of banquets […]

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Trust in the Lord, be strong, take heart

“Trust in the Lord, be strong, take heart”   Sermon for Lent 2, March 17, 2019 The lections are: Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18,  Psalm 27, Philippians 3:17-4:1, Luke 13:31-35 “Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them …. So shall your descendants be.”  Our scriptures today start with Abram—the father […]

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