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Hearing the Call

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Hearing the Call

January 14, 2018 Sermons by Mervin Gallant Edit

Our reading from the Hebrew Scriptures this week spoke of a time when the word of God was rare. Many of us probably feel that way about our own time in the midst of all the racist, violent and sexist bluster and accusations that inondate media and especially social media. Yet like Samuel in our biblical story, there are times when God is present and speaking but we do not discern that it is God's voice. It is also true that often we do not hear God's voice even when another person shares with us their experience. That was the case for Nathanael in our gospel lesson. However, in both cases, it was when our protagonists had their own experience of the divine that they began to grow in their understanding. So the invitation is "come and see," come and see for yourself.  If you would like to see where our reflection on this topic went on Sunday, please click on the following link: sermon 2018 01 14.mp3. If you would like to ask a question or make a comment, please click the "Title" bar above.

Pondering

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Pondering

January 07, 2018 Sermons by Mervin Gallant Edit

Mary pondered "all these things in her heart." And many of us have been pondering ever since. What does the birth of Jesus have to do we us moving into 2018? What does magi coming from the east have to do with our embracing of emigrants? What does Jesus' baptism have to do with our identity? What does Jesus turning water into wine have to do with transforming our world into a place of hope, peace, joy, justice and love? If you would like to follow the path of these New Year ponderings, please click on the following link: sermon 2018 01 07.mp3. If you would like to make a comment or ask a question please click on the "Title" bar above.

Are We Ready...To Prepare the Way of the Lord?

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Are We Ready...To Prepare the Way of the Lord?

December 10, 2017 Sermons by Mervin Gallant Edit

Now-a-days we light blue candles during Advent instead of the purple and pink candles of my youth. The reason for the change is a change of emphasis from Advent being another penitential season like Lent to a season of rejoicing for the fulfilment of the promised Messiah. John the Baptist's cry to repent is still a part of the story in terms of calling us to "turn around" (which is what the word repent means) toward God. However, the emphasis is not on our sinful nature that needs redeeming but on God's desire to offer comfort to a people who have suffered more than enough already. It begins with finding that divine gift of comfort within ourselves and then heeding the call to share God's comforting love with those around us who are suffering and marginalized. If you would like to hear more about how this theme was developed in worship this morning, please click on the following link: sermon 2017 12 10.mp3.  If you would like to ask a question or offer a comment, please click on the "Title" bar above.

Are We Ready... In How We Treat Others?

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Are We Ready... In How We Treat Others?

November 26, 2017 Sermons by Mervin Gallant Edit

When the kings of biblical time failed in their duty to provide for the poor, the weak and the outcast, the prophet Ezekiel proclaimed that God would be the shepherd who would go out and gather the sheep together providing the food, shelter and care that were necessary for the need. The prophecy became part of the Jewish tradition of anticipation of a Messiah who would come to fulfill that promise. Christians in turn have accepted Jesus as that promised Messiah. In Jesus life and teaching he examplified love that embraced all persons and especially the those most marginalized by society. As followers of Jesus, this congregation of St Albert United Church commits itself that that same ministry and part of how we do that is to fly the rainbow flag of Pride as a symbol of the inclusive nature of the ministry we offer - no matter where you are from, when you were born, what language you speak or who you love. Yet sometimes we need to challenge ourselves as a reminder of that call. If you would like to hear more about how this message unfolded, please click on the following link:sermon 2017 11 26.mp3. If you would like to ask a question or make comment, please click the "Title" bar above.

Gord Welsby November 12 Remembrance Day 2017

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Gord Welsby November 12 Remembrance Day 2017

November 13, 2017 Sermons by Kathy Hutchinson Edit

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