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  Date: Sunday, September 15, 2019       Teacher: Rev. David L.S. Robertson     Duration: 14 mins 1 sec    
  Description: I think that’s absolutely key to understanding the deeper aspects of John’s words in Revelation 21. This is a passage about relationship. It’s a text about how God seeks relationship and goes to great extents to remove any barriers that serve to separate people from God and each other as God’s people. The watery and chaotic deep that serves to separate us from love and disturb creation is no more; the pang of separation due to pain and death is eased as God so compassionately wipes away our tears—how intimate is the love of God that approaches us in these deep moments of loss and separation. In John’s words, we hear echoes of the apostle Paul who proclaims that, there is nothing that a can separate us from the love of God—neither death, nor life…. nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Rom.8:38-39)
  Date: Sunday, September 08, 2019       Teacher: Revs. Susan/David     Duration: 14 mins 58 secs    
  Description: Rev. Susan & Rev. David chat about the important of being together as a congregation. We have created, to borrow Brian McLaren's words, "a studio of love", where together we study and explore the teachings of Jesus, where we allow our lives to be shaped by God's love, and where we learn to express that love in many ways, becoming more loving versions of ourselves. We need each other. We don't have to do it alone. We need to be hope, love, care, challenge & comfort for each other.
  Date: Sunday, September 01, 2019       Teacher: Rev. David L.S. Robertson     Duration: 14 mins 23 secs    
Passage: Matthew 20:1-16    
  Description: Labour Day in Canada has its roots in a social movement that successfully managed to stop slave-like labour practices and begin the process of providing reasonable, just and safe work environments including the practice of 8-hour workdays. For our reflections here, we have a story from our tradition that infuses employee relations with compassion and generosity. At the end of the day in the vineyard, everyone has a living wage—not based on seniority or merit but based on compassion and generosity. The invitation of today’s gospel is clear: we who follow in the Way of Jesus are to practice God’s generosity, not begrudge it. That’s how life in Christian community functions. It’s not a merit-based system based on how long we serve. Instead it’s a compassion and generosity-based way of living a life of love and service one for the other. The owner of the vineyard acts with love towards those who lack income and purpose. His love is made real through acts of compassion and generosity. While the question of “what’s in it for us, dear Jesus?” is real and very human, the answer is surprising. As one’s who follow in the Way of Jesus, no matter one’s tenure, all are the recipients of God’s compassion, generosity and everlasting love. These gifts are ever eternal and ever present. And they are ours to embody, imitate and proclaim. When we practice and imitate divine compassion and generosity, we root our lives more deeply in God’s abundance and love. And that’s way more profound than living according to whatever merit we think we deserve or might be entitled to receive.
  Date: Sunday, August 25, 2019       Teacher: Revs. Susan/David     Duration: 19 mins 50 secs    
Passage: Genesis 2:2-3 & Psalms 23:1-6    
  Description: Rest is essential - a time away so that we can come back with refreshed minds and spirits and see things in new ways. That is what sabbatical is about. Rev. David and Rev. Susan shared some photos as well as a description of what they did and learned on their sabbatical. The photos can be found under the Worship Tab - Sermons in Print - if you want to see what they were talking about. However, listening to this recording should give you the full picture as well.
  Date: Sunday, August 18, 2019       Teacher: Linda Ormson     Duration: 16 mins 39 secs    
Passage: Acts 4:32-37 & Acts 5:1-11    
  Description: Sunday worship with Linda Ormson
  Date: Sunday, August 11, 2019       Teacher: Rev.Henry Friesen     Duration: 21 mins 19 secs    
Passage: Hebrews 9:24-28 & Mark 12:38-44    
  Description: Giving Our ALL; with sincerity, and from a deep sense of gratitude.
  Date: Sunday, August 04, 2019       Teacher: Linda Ormson     Duration: 13 mins 9 secs    
Passage: Romans 12:9-18 & Luke 15:11-32    
  Description: Be joyful for other peoples Joy.
  Date: Sunday, July 28, 2019       Teacher: Bob Gibennus     Duration: 20 mins    
Passage: Luke 11:1-13    
  Date: Sunday, July 21, 2019       Teacher: Bob Gibennus     Duration: 12 mins 46 secs    
Passage: Luke 10:38 & Psalms 15    
  Date: Sunday, July 14, 2019       Teacher: Rev.Henry Friesen     Duration: 21 mins 30 secs    
Passage: Ephesians 3:14-4:32    



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