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Mary: The Mother of Our Faith, By Deborah Foster

While we tend to celebrate Mother's Day with some gentle sentiment expressing affection and appreciation, the reality is that Motherhood is a full time demanding job fraught with imperfection, much love, much effort, many tribulations, and hopefully much joy. Support and help is always needed: Fathers,... Read More

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Faith And Suffering

In one way or another each of the readings today has to do with faith. In Exodus the Israelites who followed Moses to the wilderness were now finding themselves out of water and were openly hostile to Moses. They angrily challenge Moses asking him why did he bring them out of Egypt, “to kill us and our children... Read More

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Juanita Clark - A Strong Foundation

Have you ever noticed that things that you buy today just don’t seem to last? The purchase of my last sofa was a perfect example. In fact, the experience just about drove me crazy!   The first sofa I had delivered turned out to be defective. I then settled on a second, in a different style – which also ended up... Read More

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What Is A Blessing?

I start with a simple question to which I would deem there is no simple answer. The question is, ‘what is a blessing”? Or perhaps more specifically ‘what is it to be blessed’? The Webster’s Dictionary defines a blessing as, “God’s favour and protection and further suggests a blessing is the infusion of something... Read More

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Names Are Important

This Sunday is a kind of a special one. While I believe all Sundays are special, and I really do believe that, this one is somewhat unique. It falls on the first day of January and is therefore not only News Years Day, but it is also the day of the naming of Jesus. And Sunday does not fall on this particular day... Read More

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What Jesus Came To Teach - Carolyn Iker

So, it’s started! The Christmas Season is upon us with all its attendant activities and busyness……..there is shopping to do, meals to prepare, special treats to be baked, visiting to do…..etc…..etc…..etc…..Not at all uncommon to have the feeling, hang on for the ride and feeling triumphant that you “survive” it.  ... Read More

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Jill Parsons Guest Preacher

Hello! Dear friends at St. John’s Anglican Church! Well, here we are again – The MixedAbilities Choir and I sharing in worship and offering our gift of music, singing our hearts out in a clear celebration and knowledge that our gift of music is well nurtured, supported and encouraged in this community.   And,... Read More

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Love Your Enemies

At the end of the Gospel reading for today we hear these instructions: love your enemies, do good to everyone, bless everyone, pray for everyone and always do to others as you would have them do to you. In the same section from Mathew the Gospel says, “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect”.... Read More

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God Blesses You - Glen Mitchell Guest Preacher

It is wonderful to be with you again as you celebrate a life of stewardship and discipleship with Jesus. I believe that you are a congregation that worships and learns together and that encourages each other to grow in faith and love. It was exciting to learn that one of the readings appointed for today is the... Read More

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A Parable For Prayer By Juanita Clark

This is the first line of this morning’s gospel reading and will be the focus of my sermon.  Jesus emphasizes the need to pray, always, and not to lose heart. I believe this is good advice as, when I look back over my life’s journey, I can see that prayer has guided and shaped my life, even when I did not know it.... Read More