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Forgivness -- A Parting of the Waters

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Forgivness -- A Parting of the Waters

September 17, 2017 Sermons by Mervin Gallant Edit

There are certain biblical passages, like Moses' parting of the waters so the Israelites could escape captivity in Egypt, that are well known by many (even if it is because of a Charleton Heston movie). What too often gets ignored is the violence, in this case, perpetrated against the Egyptians. How do we square this type of story with the teachings of Jesus around forgiveness (70 times 7 times)? How des this story speak to the violent situations of our own time and, in particular, our relationship with the First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples of this country? To hear how the reflection on these topics came together please click on the following link: sermon 2017 09 17.mp3. To ask a question of make a comment please click on the "Title" bar above. 

Identifying Ourselves as God's People

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Identifying Ourselves as God's People

September 10, 2017 Sermons by Mervin Gallant Edit

This is Rally Sunday! Hallelujah! Just as the ancient Israelites had a ritual to begin their new year, Rally Sunday is our ritual for the new program year. The ancient ritual had an educational component that included a child asking questions about why things were done as they were; involved identifying theselves as members of God's people by placing blood on the doorposts of their houses; and did all these things with their sandles on and staffs in hand so they would be ready to be on the move when the time was right. Our Rally Sunday is all about educating children, youth, adults and seniors about who we are as a people of God in St. Albert United Church; placing our unabigious mark of God's love on everything we do within and outside the church community; and being ready to participate in God's works of love wherever the opportunity arises. If you would like to hear how these thoughts were developed in today's sermon please click on the following link: sermon 2017 09 10.mp3. If you would like to ask a question or make a comment please click on the "Title" bar above.

I Am vs. Me

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I Am vs. Me

September 03, 2017 Sermons by Mervin Gallant Edit

"Take off your shoes!" God says. Have you taken notice how much more you feel under your feet when you go barefoot?  Sand may be soothing, grass may tickle, and rocks cause pain. Just so, when we allow ourselves to feel into the experiences of other people, especially the experiences of suffering people, we find ourselves hearing the voice of God calling us to free them from their suffering. To respond to that voice we need to learn with Peter Jesus' teaching about denying self, taking up the cross and following the way Jesus exemplified. To hear how this message was developed please click on the following link: sermon 2017 09 03.mp3. If you would like to respond with a question or comment, please click the "Title" box above.

Good News for Everyone

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Good News for Everyone

August 20, 2017 Sermons by Mervin Gallant Edit

The Psalmist (#67) tells us of God's universal blessing for ALL nations. Even Jesus had to be challenged by a non-Jewish woman before he fully understood the broadness of God's loving message. In the midst of the loud voices of racism, nationalism, white supremacy, and white privilege that have been filling our newscasts and social media the last couple of weeks, it is important for us as a church to first of all admit to our complicit past and now to strongly stand against such hatred, and any violence that might come with it, in the present and future. Click on the following link to hear how these issues were adressed as realities that are not just far away in Charlottesville but inflict pain and call for action in our own communities: sermon 2017 08 20.mp3  To ask a question or make a comment please click on the "Title" bar above.

Can You Believe It?

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Can You Believe It?

August 13, 2017 Sermons by Mervin Gallant Edit

In the face of ramping rhetoric between the United States and North Korea that is causing anxiety levels to rise within many people and the white supremacists marches in Charlottesville and the accompanying segment of the "Christian Right" that seems to support those actions we are challenged not to be overcome by hate but to be advocates of love, hope peace and justice. That means not cherry picking scripture for a few words to back up your prejudice but to live in the Spirit of God and Jesus portrayed throughout scripture. To hear how that message was developed this morning click on the following link: sermon 2017 08 13.mp3  To ask a question or make a comment click on the ``Title`` box above.