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  Date: Sunday, December 06, 2015       Teacher: Rev. Susan Lukey     Duration: 28 mins 10 secs    
Passage: Luke 1:5-55    
  Description: Virgin Birth! We are taking the Bible seriously rather than literally so let’s figure out what is meant by virgin birth. In our scientific culture, when confronted by a story of virgin birth, we are typically given two options: accept virgin birth on faith, putting our scientific minds in a back cupboard while enjoying the story, or reject virgin birth as not scientifically possible and relegate the Christmas story to the realm of fairy tales. But when we take the Bible seriously, not literally, we are offered a third option of not getting caught up in the debate around virgin birth, and looking instead at what the story is trying to tell us about faith in God and the relationship between humans and God. So here we go—what can we learn from this story?
  Date: Sunday, November 29, 2015       Teacher: Rev. David L.S. Robertson     Duration: 17 mins 18 secs    
Passage: Isaiah 40:9-11 & Luke 1:67-79    
  Description: It’s a mild Saturday afternoon and in the spur of the moment, I decide to put up my outdoor Christmas lights. I’m kind of pumped about this for a couple of reasons: it’s not -20C and it’s not the 3rd week of December! I collect the tools I need, the extension cord and set them aside. All I need is the lights. And for the life of me I can’t find them. I look in all the right places. In all the right boxes. In a low state of frustration, I ask Susan if she knows where the nice LED multi-coloured outdoor lights are. She says, “David, what do you mean?” I say, “What do you mean, what do you mean”. And that’s when I realize even though I have the clearest picture of the lights, and where they are that in fact, they don’t exist anymore. They went down the river. I sit rather amazed at this transaction. 2 ½ years later, I’m still looking for things that I can’t find because they left the house long ago. There’s a blessing in this because, on the upside I don’t have to blame my mental pause on my age. I can blame it on the flood.
  Date: Tuesday, November 24, 2015       Teacher: Rev. Susan Lukey     Duration: 31 mins 32 secs    
  Description: Based on Chapter 11 of "We Make the Road by Walking" by Brian D. McLaren the sermon takes on the most difficult stories in the Bible such as the ones asking God to bash babies against the rocks or the ones about God commanding entire nations to be wiped out.. We consider that the Bible is a conversation that we are listening in on. As we engage the conversation, we are able to evolve our thinking and deepen our faith, challenging beliefs that get in the way of us living and loving as God's people. McLaren's book is the basis for our worship and community life for the coming year at High River United. There is one four-page chapter provided for each week’s reflection. We invite you to follow along in your own copy of this book. “We Make the Road by Walking” by Brian D. McLaren (Jericho Books 2014) ISBN: 978-1-4555-1401-4
  Date: Sunday, November 30, 2014       Teacher: Rev. Susan Lukey     Duration: 15 mins 36 secs    
Passage: Psalms 23:1-6 & Luke 2:8-16    
  Description: Rest in God – rest in the one who provides daily what we need for nourishment, rest in the one who comes with healing and hope, rest in the one who is more than we can imagine, rest in the one of whom the angels sang and the shepherds stood in awe. Come to the manger this Christmas and discover that God is already here – with all you could ever need. God is with us – that is the gift of Christmas! As Augustine said, “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.”
  Date: Sunday, November 23, 2014       Teacher: Rev. David L.S. Robertson     Duration: 13 mins 9 secs    
Passage: Romans 8:18-28 & Romans 8:37-39    
  Description: The hammering, rumbling and vibrating caused by heavy equipment and roofers at work are for me a symbol of our capacity to adapt to the flood, to repair and restore our neighbourhoods and the wider town. It is difficult to live through both flood and the recovery from the flood, but hope mixed with patience is allowing grace for us as we recover, as we grieve our losses, as we suffer the labour pains of an adaptive process leading to new life, new awareness and new meaning for us...Nothing in all creation, including flooding, can separate us fromt God's love in Christ Jesus. In that truth, we can rest.
  Date: Sunday, November 16, 2014       Teacher: Rev. Susan Lukey     Duration: 19 mins 38 secs    
  Description: Snow may be on the ground but today we are going to explore the spiritual meaning of springtime. Earlier this fall we journeyed through summer (the time of growth, vibrancy and life at its fullest), autumn (the time of gathering in the harvest, of celebrating abundance and of letting go and releasing), and winter (the time of rest, of stillness, of allowing ourselves not to be productive as we deal with trauma and grief). So now we contemplate springtime, and what we can learn from the physical season of the year as wisdom for our spiritual lives?
  Date: Sunday, November 09, 2014       Teacher: Rev. David L.S. Robertson     Duration: 9 mins 40 secs    
Passage: Joel 2:21-28 & Mark 4:1-9    
  Description: My grade 10 science teacher was the one who introduced me to the mystery of soil. Now I’m a farm kid so I already had a pretty good awareness of the soil, but what struck me in class was the image of the world’s arable land covered with about 8” of soil, compared to the kilometres of rock and magma beneath it. It is such a tiny thin film of life-giving, crop producing, forest making, animal-feeding, microbiological mass of mystery that remains powerful and vulnerable all at the same time. The image has stayed with me while I rototill the garden and drive past grain-fields and pastures. When I go back to where I was born, I am aware that it is the soil there that fundamentally brought forth my life, provided for my family, for chickens, and our family’s dairy herd. We are creatures of the soil. Now I actually find comfort in that. If we take the literal Hebrew root of Adam’s name it means earth creature. There is a part of me who claims home as the soil. It’s where I come from and where I will return.
  Date: Sunday, November 09, 2014     Duration: 14 mins 26 secs    
Passage: Joel 2:21-28 & Mark 4:1-9    
  Description: Jim & Darlene Goodwin, who farm the land which has been in the family for generations, speak about their relationship with the land and the soil, what they notice about the health of the land, and their commitment to being caretakers of the land.
  Date: Sunday, November 02, 2014       Teacher: Rev. Susan Lukey     Duration: 9 mins 31 secs    
Passage: Job 12:7-10 & Psalms 19:1-14    
  Description: We want God to speak to us. We want divine answers to the suffering, challenges and disasters we face in life. But what if the problem is not that God isn’t speaking to us; what if the problem is that we aren’t listening, that we are so afraid of being able to hear ourselves think, that we fill our lives with noise and busyness to the extent that we also can’t hear God speak? Now granted, listening to God is a special listening: it is listening to silence. It is listening for words that are not words. At the same time, I think the messages are loud and clear. Just ask the animals, ask the plants, ask the bees.
  Date: Sunday, November 02, 2014     Duration: 5 mins 20 secs    
Passage: Job 12:7-10 & Psalms 19:1-14    
  Description: What can we learn from honey bees? Hendrik Greidanus, of Gredidanus Honey Farms, speaks about what he has learned from years of working with bees. He sees human community in a whole new light after watching honey bees in community.



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