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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The Moment is Now (Candlemas)

I want to talk today about preparation, readiness, and waiting. When I was little I would periodically organize a party for my two dolls. The preparations for this tremendous occasion were… well, total. The whole room had to be cleaned and often entirely reorganized. The dolls’ clothes had to be washed and ironed and so […]

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As we celebrate the Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene today, I think I can safely say we Anglicans have a range of understandings about saints. My mother, not an Anglican, was unclear on the concept. “Catholics,” she told me, “pray to statues.” I, for my part, was sure there was something about the saint thing. […]

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Starting Passiontide on a Learning Curve

Starting Passiontide on a Learning Curve Ezekiel 37:1-14 Psalm 130 Romans 8:6-11 John 11:1-45   Today we stand at the beginning of the two week period called Passiontide, leading in to Holy Week and Easter. That’s why the crosses and some of the statues are veiled, today. It encourages us to turn our thoughts to […]

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