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  Date: Sunday, February 26, 2017     Duration: 13 mins 33 secs    
  Description: You might sit here in this congregation, thinking that everyone around you has such a strong faith, a solid faith, immoveable faith, and that you alone are feeling doubts and grief and confusion. You might wonder why you bother coming when you feel no faith at the moment! But, if I did have people put up their hands to declare how much faith they feeling at the moment, what I am sure you would discover is that the people beside you are also in various stages of doubt and faith, trust and turmoil, joy and grief. You are not alone. Truthfully, I’d rather be in worship with a group of people who are filled with inner struggles, turmoil, grief, fear and sadness, a group of people who feel fragile in faith, than with only people who are absolutely, positively certain of their faith. This is the kingdom of God right here – when all of us who are questioning, doubting, believing, wondering, rejoicing & grieving are gathered. We need to be together, not because we are strong & sure in faith, but because we are willing to journey in faith together.
  Date: Sunday, February 19, 2017       Teacher: Revs. Susan/David     Duration: 26 mins 34 secs    
  Description: Rev. David & Rev. Susan talk about the Spirit of God. How do we know the Spirit? What is the Spirit's role in our lives? Why would we want the Spirit of God active in our lives and our congregation?
  Date: Sunday, February 12, 2017       Teacher: Rev. David L.S. Robertson     Duration: 21 mins 10 secs    
  Description: Well, I think it means that sometimes we believe our Christian life is separate from our work life, our retired life, our parenting life, even our worship life--that sometimes we think we can be a different person in each of those places. My church life is Sunday morning. My retired life is what I choose to do. My work life is who I am at work. My parenting life is who I am with my children. Do you see how we can compartmentalize parts of ourselves into mini-me’s depending on where we are and what we are doing? I think we do this a lot and don’t really know that we are doing it. However when we do this to ourselves, it severely limits our capacity to be fully who we are because we end up defining ourselves by the box we happen to be in in the moment and not by who our faith in God calls us to be
  Date: Sunday, February 05, 2017       Teacher: Revs. Susan/David     Duration: 23 mins 4 secs    
  Description: Rev. Susan & Rev. David converse about the moments in their lives when they have experienced the presence of Jesus, who Jesus is for them now, and how they understand what Jesus came to do. As apprentices of the Way of Jesus, who are we committed to following? How do you picture Jesus?
  Date: Sunday, January 29, 2017       Teacher: Rev. David L.S. Robertson     Duration: 6 mins 54 secs    
  Description: As God’s children, formed of stardust and infused with the breath of God, we are a people who are embarked! We are travellers. We are on a journey. We are walking and living a spiritual path. When I was an undergraduate student, a friend gave me a hand drawn card with a small sail boat on it. The caption read, “A ship in the harbour is safe. But, that’s not what ships are made for”. As a people of faith, we are on a journey that leads from one generation to the next, to the next, to the next. It is not a journey where the soul interest is us. It’s much bigger than that. We are part of a much wider and all encompassing journey. That is what a relationship is like—always growing, deepening and maturing. Our job is to explore our relationship with God. To deepen our awareness of God. To live as a people of God recognizing that we are children of God who like the generations before us have been travelling across time with a wider vision of God’s way of compassion and justice.
  Date: Sunday, January 22, 2017     Duration: 20 mins 47 secs    
  Description: It all comes down to how we understand God to be interacting with the world. Through the centuries, and stemming back into our Jewish roots, it is a question with which theologians have debated and wrestled. What is God’s role with the world? Now, you may be wondering why such a question is important, or you may have thought that all Christians think the same about God’s interaction with humans and events of history. But, we don’t all think the same. And, it is helpful to figure out what we do think about God’s role with the world because it effects what we see as our role in the world and our responsibilities in the events around us. So here are the four basic ways of understanding God’s role in history and interaction with human beings – see which one is closest to your viewpoint: -God set it all in motion and is now hands off in terms of human history. -God punishes, rewards, and teases people according to God’s whim and mood. -God has decided and pre-determined everything that will happen and humans are along for the historical ride to learn what God has decided we need to learn. -God created humans to be partners in the creation of a peaceful, loving world, and in repairing the world when things go wrong. Where do you land in terms of how you see God in relation to the world?
  Date: Sunday, January 15, 2017       Teacher: Revs. Susan/David     Duration: 27 mins 53 secs    
  Description: Rev. Susan & Rev. David share the moments in which they have experienced God's presence and what they understand about experiencing God's presence. From making a snow angel as a child to praying the Lord's Prayer together in church, personal stories as well as stories from scripture help us learn more about sensing God's presence within and around us.
  Date: Sunday, January 08, 2017       Teacher: Rev. David L.S. Robertson     Duration: 9 mins 23 secs    
  Description: In the tradition of the early Celtic church, when the child is baptized they are taken by the pastor and given to a member of the congregation. The child is introduced to the congregation and eventually, the child is given back to the parents. The meaning behind this tradition is extraordinarily meaning filled. You see, the Celtic Christians understand that every child born is a child of God and born into a community—a family of faith. Baptism celebrates the wonder and holy nature of birth by recognizing the mystery that we are born as sons and daughters of God into a community of faith. After the child has been given to a member of the congregation, formal words of welcome are said and that person places the child back into the arms of the parents. As the child is placed back into the arms of the parents, it’s like the community of faith is saying we trust you, we support you, and we love you as you take care of and raise our child in your home. The community of faith participates at a deeply spiritual place within the child’s family life. They hear the child’s name. They lay hands upon the child. They bless the child and together with the child’s parents they reaffirm their commitment to following the wisdom and way of Jesus. It’s not uncommon to notice that the lights seem brighter, or that there are more voices in the room than there are people as the ancient words of faith are spoken. It’s like the heavens open and the thin veil is pulled back that separates us from who we are and all the saints who have gone before us. We have the sense that we are together with the whole family of God. Baptism should give us pause. It should evoke within us profound comfort that comes from resting clearly in our identity as ones born of God. This is the way our tradition names who we are. This is the way that the tradition sets before us the statutes and ordinances that guide us with answers to the question of “how then, shall we live?” For me, this is both mysterious and cosmic.
  Date: Sunday, December 18, 2016       Teacher: Revs. Susan/David     Duration: 16 mins 14 secs    
Passage: Luke 1:39-56    
  Description: Mary's song is quite a disturbing scripture for those of us who are in really among the wealthy of the world. We often don't think about ourselves as wealthy, but compared to most of the world most of us are. So if God is going to send the rich away empty and fill the hungry with good things, where does that leave us? This song of Mary is meant to challenge us and make us think about what is important in our lives. It also tells us that God comes to us in our vulnerability. God isn't worried about our successes and our list of skills. God cares about where we feel weak, grieving and vulnerable. God's radical love comes to us and then we are called to share God's radical love in the world. Instead of asking people to be "thick skinned" -- what if instead we lived with "thick love" - radical love! Now that would transform our world.
  Date: Sunday, December 04, 2016       Teacher: Revs. Susan/David     Duration: 19 mins 32 secs    
Passage: John 4:1-15    
  Description: As the two of us sat with what turned out to be an on-going conversation this past week about “peace”, Susan was reminded of her Ukrainian heritage and how during the war many Canadian Ukrainians were sent to prison camps because they were considered “enemy aliens”. It was not enough to be enemy. It seemed better to attach the descriptor “alien” as well. Ukrainians were considered to be wholly “other”. It was a very difficult time. In the same way, consider Jesus’ conversation at the well with the Samaritan woman. In the eyes of the Jewish people, Samaritans were enemy aliens. The fact that Jesus a Jewish male was not only in conversation with a woman but also a Samaritan, would certainly turn the heads of those around him. But here he was at Jacob’s well, a place of common history between the two peoples engaging conversation with the “other”. As we pondered peace this week, David remembered the 19th century Jewish theologian Martin Buber who did some deep thinking around what it means to be in relationship with the other. For the two of us, we recognize that peace happens when the relationships are right, just and healthy. Further, peace is practiced and advanced when there is room for open and trusting dialogue. Buber identified two kinds of relationship: 1. I – it, and 2., I – Thou. The I – it relationship is the one where the “other” is objectified and dehumanized. We see plenty of evidence of this relationship in history and in modern times showing up in racism, misogyny, and warfare. The I – Thou relationship is characterized by creating room for relationship with the “other”. There is wisdom that shows up in the “in-between”. I and Thou is the relationship we share with God. The I – Thou humanizes and creates room for conversation and dialogue leading to a deeper appreciation and understand. It is a spiritual practice of welcoming the “other” into a relationship embraced by a holy and embodied expression of compassion. This is the way that leads to peace.

 

 


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