High River United Church of High River, Alberta

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  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.
  Date: Sunday, October 26, 2014       Teacher: Rev. David L.S. Robertson     Duration: 19 mins 16 secs    
Passage: Exodus 2:1-10 & Revelation 22:1-5    
  Description: This audio recording begins with Bruce Masterman speaking about the Highwood River, sharing his continuing love of the river and the role it continues to play post-flood. This is followed by Rev. David's reflections on Bibical rivers and the theological wisdom that helps us make sense of living with a river which has devastated our community.
  Date: Sunday, October 19, 2014       Teacher: Rev. Susan Lukey     Duration: 8 mins 48 secs    
Passage: Isaiah 25:6-10 & Psalms 121:1-8    
  Description: I lift up my eyes to the mountains, from where will my help come? declares the writer of Psalm 121. In the Bible, big things happen on mountains; magnificent, spectacular, spiritual things. The mountain is the place where you meet God, if you dare..... but how do we view the mountains if something bad has happened, such as flood waters raging down from the headwaters in the mountains? How do we make sense of Psalm 121 which says that God will protect us?
  Date: Sunday, October 19, 2014     Duration: 10 mins 59 secs    
Passage: Isaiah 25:6-10 & Psalms 121:1-8    
  Description: Andrea Sawatzky, local Scout leader, who loves hiking in the mountains, shares her joy of being in the mountains. Photos she has taken while in the mountains were shown as she spoke. This is the audio recording of what she said.
  Date: Sunday, October 12, 2014       Teacher: Rev. David L.S. Robertson     Duration: 12 mins 27 secs    
Passage: Colossians 3:12-17 & Luke 17:11-19    
  Description: Stop, sit, breathe, give thanks. Simple instructions for us. But maybe not easy. As I think about our community of faith and the life that we have together, it seems to me that one of the best things we can help each other do is a reminder to take a moment and just stop what we are doing, stop what we are thinking or fussing about. It takes a kind of intentionality to stop especially, when we are gerbil wheeling. You know, the moments when we are caught up in the momentum and we just can’t stop.
  Date: Sunday, October 05, 2014     Duration: 24 mins 24 secs    
Passage: Philippians 3:4-14    
  Description: Moderator of the United Church, the Right Rev. Gary Paterson, speaks about holding on to faith in tough times. He invites us to pursue God as we would pursue a lover. His message is filled with humour, hope and encouragement. He was our guest this day for the re-dedication of the church following our post-flood re-build.
  Date: Sunday, September 28, 2014       Teacher: Rev. Susan Lukey     Duration: 20 mins 22 secs    
Passage: Mark 4:33-41 & Acts 27:1-44    
  Description: In our spiritual and emotional lives, there are winters. Sometimes we choose the winter – a time of rest, of stepping back and reassessing, a time of releasing what we’ve always done and giving ourselves space before embracing something new. Great creativity can come out of a chosen time of rest and non-productivity. But there are also the winters we don’t choose – the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, betrayal by a friend, aging or a flood disaster. What does scripture teach us about surving these winters that hit us like a storm?



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