All my soul desires

“All my soul desires”/ The Naming of Jesus Vivian Lewin, Spiritual Director in the Diocese of Montreal Each one of our four readings this morning spins around the name of God—God’s power and identity.  God’s name in this case means God’s own self.  So that when Jesus is born, comes in human flesh as Bertrand […]

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The Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost  Vivian Lewin, Spiritual Director in the Diocese of Montreal This week, some of us met for our monthly “meditation class” on Tuesday morning, in this Cathedral in the chapel of the Reserved Sacrament.  It’s a chance to share an experience of meditation, not a lecture.  I look forward to it.  […]

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Baptism: A tool kit for life

The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost Vivian Lewin, Spiritual Director in the Diocese of Montreal This morning we gather to welcome Étienne as a member of Christ, in Holy Baptism. It’s the start of joyful and lifelong instruction and growth, rooted in Christ and supported not just by us here in this place, but by all […]

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Your life is being demanded of you

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost Lections for today: Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-23; Psalm 49:1-12; Colossians 3:1-11; Luke 12:13-21 Vivian Lewin, Spiritual Director in the Diocese of Montreal “I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.” May I speak in the name of the […]

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Temptation (and Pickles)

SERMON for First Sunday in Lent (March 6, 2022) Vivian Lewin, Spiritual Director in the Diocese of Montreal YouTube recording of the service The sermon begins here Temptation (and Pickles) How do we keep our balance in a world that threatens to swamp us completely?  Of course we must pay attention to the needs around […]

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Epiphany 3 Vivian Lewin, Spiritual Director in the Diocese of Montreal YouTube recording of the service: https://youtu.be/u1lykscnqic The sermon begins here: https://youtu.be/u1lykscnqic?t=1508 As I first read today’s scriptures and also mulled over the fact that this is the Week of Christian Unity, the one thing that kept pushing itself to the front of my mind was a […]

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Time for Revelation

Advent 1 Vivian Lewin, Spiritual Director in the Diocese of Montreal YouTube recording of the service – Vivian’s sermon starts at 23:40 Happy New Year, my friends. Perhaps you were downtown yesterday. If you were, you would have seen a lot of people shopping. A handful of us were in this building for a Quiet Day, […]

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Twenty First Sunday after Pentecost Vivian Lewin, Spiritual Director in the Diocese of Montreal YouTube recording of the service. The sermon begins at  18:30… I need to tell you, my friends, before I get into the nitty gritty of this sermon, that I’m a member of the Cathedral’s Stewardship Committee. This is not, strictly speaking, […]

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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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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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