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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God dwelling with us

Today, we conclude the church’s season of Epiphany—the revelation of God’s light among us in the person of Jesus Christ—with the feast of the Presentation in the Temple. This is the final episode in the Church year linked to Christmas.   Conveniently, this feast on February 2 coincides with Groundhog Day. Both mark the time […]

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Pray for the peace of Jerusalem

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem” (Jerusalem Sunday, Easter 7, May 13, 2018) Scriptures: Acts 1:15-17, 21-26.  Psalm 122. I John 5:9-13.  John 17:6-19  I promised to preach about prayer the next time I had a chance. Now, by the luck of the draw, today is Jerusalem Sunday and the whole Anglican Church in Canada […]

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A new broom sweeps clean

  Sermon for Sunday March 4, 2018   Exodus 20:1-17, Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; John 2:13-22   A new broom sweeps clean! (Jesus cleansing the Temple)    When Kay Dila was the Rector’s Warden of this Cathedral I was a deputy.  The building’s architecture was slightly different then… the organ blocked both sides of […]

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