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  Date: Sunday, February 21, 2016       Teacher: Rev. David L.S. Robertson     Duration: 12 mins 38 secs    
Passage: Matthew 6:1-18    
  Description: Transformation, like the mysterious germination of a seed happens undercover, in secret, in the transforming presence of God. I find great comfort in this. So often we think God’s love is dependent upon us saying the right things, in the right place with the right people, for all to see. Or at the very least getting it right as if there’s a certain formula necessary in order to guarantee a successful divine intervention based on how pleasing our petition is or how poetic our words might be. Whether it’s calling the press to cover a great donation to a charity, or proclaiming a prayer over the loud speaker in worship, or complaining how much discomfort we’re in as we fast, Jesus makes a point that this is not the way.
  Date: Sunday, February 07, 2016       Teacher: Rev. Susan Lukey     Duration: 12 mins 41 secs    
Passage: Mark 2:1-19    
  Description: Chapter 26 from Brian McLaren's "We Make the Road by Walking" - If we believe in God's kingdom, then we will make it real. In a crazy world where people think that a little more violence will end violence, a little more hate will end hatred, a little more revenge can end revenge, a little more gold can cure greed and a little more division can create cohesion - we need more than ever the teachings of Jesus.
  Date: Sunday, January 31, 2016       Teacher: Rev. David L.S. Robertson     Duration: 18 mins    
Passage: Matthew 16:13-17:9    
  Description: Jesus makes the road by walking with his disciples right into the heart of Roman territory. Standing with his disciples in front of this rock face with its ancient niches to the gods, and now the centre of Caesar-ville, Jesus asks his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is? I can’t quite imagine the state of the disciples’ minds. Is it a trick question? The question asked in this location is certainly not lost on Jesus’ followers. They take a stab at it. Well, some say John the Baptist, or Elijah, or Jeremiah or one of the prophets. Jesus sharpens the question, “But who do YOU say that I am?” Aye yai yai! Let’s hit the pause button for a moment. Let’s recall that Jesus asks the first question about who people say the son of man is. This is a charged political question. We need to remember we’re in Caesar-ville and that Caesars over the course of the Roman Empire referred to themselves as sons of the gods.
  Date: Sunday, January 24, 2016       Teacher: Rev. David L.S. Robertson     Duration: 9 mins 41 secs    
Passage: Matthew 25:31-40    
  Description: Jesus uses notion of Hell as a teaching tool. He uses Hell as a graphic and powerful way to teach about God’s love, to introduce peace and condemn violence, and to wake people up about their current practice and life choices. The idea of hell arrived quite late in the theological development of Judaism. Even the notion of an afterlife arrived quite late, too. By the time of Jesus, the idea of an afterlife was well situated in the wisdom and teaching of the day, but only after having lived as an exiled people among other cultures and having adapted those understandings of the afterlife. It turns out that the Greeks, the Persians, the Romans, and the Egyptians who all had their own versions of what happened after death provided influence in the development of a theology of heaven and hell for Judaism. The Christian theology of the resurrection advances those understandings to the place where the gates of Hell are blown open anddeath has no victory. God in Christ has conquered Hell. Which leaves us with the awareness that hell has no purpose or power in God’s compassionate realm of eternal life except perhaps has a teaching tool.
  Date: Sunday, January 10, 2016       Teacher: Rev. Susan Lukey     Duration: 15 mins 18 secs    
Passage: Luke 2:41-52 & Mark 1:9-20    
  Description: Jesus, Yeshua, It really is quite astounding that we gather here to sing “Jesus loves me” and proclaim, “I’m gonna shout out my love for Jesus!” What is it about this man who lived 2,000 years ago that is so captivating? What in him makes it worth our time, energy and money to continue to gather around his name and to work as a community to live his Way? What makes us proclaim love for a man who lived & died long ago?
  Date: Sunday, January 03, 2016       Teacher: Rev. David L.S. Robertson     Duration: 17 mins 44 secs    
Passage: Isaiah 60:1-6 & Matthew 2:1-15    
  Description: What does it mean to follow Jesus? The wisemen teach us that people of all faiths are welcome in our community, and help us learn about living our faith.
  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.”

 

 


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