2019 05 19

Dictators and those holding a vision of authoritarian rule crave dominance and power over the general populous. Too often their sphere of influence leads to corruption and misery for the masses. Jesus washed the feet of his disciples after the last supper. He uniquely demonstrated an act of love. He calls on all who believe to love one another as he loves us. Accept the gift of Jesus into your heart and live the passion of his life to the glory of God.

Amen

Based on the readings from the week, John 13:1-17, 31b-35

2019 05 12

Disinformation, untruths and distortions are challenging the truth today in unprecedented measure through social media.  Morality and the rule of law is being diluted for self-gratification and personal gain.  Our leaders are eroding the very cornerstones of a just and compassionate society.  Jesus taught the Word of God and the way forward.  His message was one of inclusion for all.  Many rejected Jesus.  Those that believe hear his voice and are comforted.  Those that cast him aside do not hear His voice.  Jesus, the way forward, redemption and salvation for all who believe.

Amen

Based on readings for the week: John 10:22-30

2019 05 05

Sometimes reality smacks us in the face and we are shocked. Whether it’s a mass shooting, or environmental forest fires and floods. Disasters happen and we are not immune. Jesus lived his life teaching the word of God. He was crucified and resurrected. Go out with hope and live your life according to his teachings. Give support to the less fortunate and continue the work of the Lord. Food for the soul will sustain us, all to the glory of God.

Amen.

Based on readings for the week: John 21:1-19

2019 04 28 (June Charlton)

Heavenly Father we come into your house of worship remembering a time when the chosen disciples of Jesus were confused, fearful of their lives and without hope. When they believed all was lost Jesus came and stood among them bringing overwhelming joy and reawakening the purposes of His mission with them. So we rejoice today, because of their faithfulness in spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ.

And we come into our sanctuary of Grace United and, like the Psalmist of old, come with praises. We praise You for your immeasurable greatness; we praise You with our united voices, and the singing of the Choir; we praise You with the tambourines and chimes of the children and in the joy and abandon of their dances; and we pray that today we may experience the overwhelming joy that Jesus brings to our lives as He stands among us.

Amen

Based on readings for the week: John 20:19-31

2019 04 21

Hallelujah! Jesus Christ has risen. Easter for many is just another holiday. The commercial and social fabric of society relentlessly marching forward. No pause for reflection of the past. Jesus personified love. He gave his life that we might live. Let us prioritize our lives by including Jesus and his teachings in our daily lives. This morning we refresh and grow our faith through communion as spoken to the disciples by Jesus at the last supper. Give time for Jesus and allow his light to illuminate uncertainty and despair. The glory of God will prevail.

Amen

based on readings for week: John 20:1-18

2019 04 14

Imagine witnessing Jesus triumphant arrival into Jerusalem. Hosanna! A day of celebrations. Imagine witnessing the last supper, Jesus praying in the garden, his arrest, trial and crucifixion. The highs and the lows. Jesus foretold the complete sequence of unfolding events. He had lived a life, the son of God, and demonstrated with his life’s template, the way forward for all. View these unfolding events with fresh eyes and allow his wisdom and compassion to ignite a flame within your heart to spread the glory of God. Jesus, our redeemer and saviour.

Amen.

Based on readings from Luke for Palm and Passion of Christ.

2019 04 07

In many respects the world is moving forward fast paced but rudderless. Our leaders have abdicated the moral right for political gain. This leads to a patch work of policies and uncertain outcomes with a pervasive climate of unrest. Jesus was a true leader, teaching the moral right and the word of God. To acknowledge and thank Jesus for his teachers is as relevant today as those many years ago. Hold Jesus in your heart and live your life in his name.

Amen

Based on the readings for the week: Psalm 126; John 12:1-8

2019 03 31

Separation, division, and discrimination are burning embers in society today culminating in flash points and unbridled discord. Racial profiling, stringent immigration policies and negative judgmental views projects a stain. Jesus spoke parables about the lost sheep and the lost son. Clear your eyes and see the vision Jesus was projecting with these parables. Inclusion, not separations or division is the guiding platitude. We are all one in the family of God. Live your life extending a hand to a neighbour in need, consoling the less fortunate and being the rock of Gibraltar for your family. All to the grace of God.

Amen.

based on this weeks reading: Luke 15:1-3,11b-32.

2019 03 24

Monetary and materialistic gain are on display at an ever increasing pace in our world. To many, the means justifies the end irregardless of moral codes, ethics or legal parameters. A chosen few will receive pardons for their indisgressions. God gave all a free offer of mercy. Welcome Jesus into your heart and accept God’s pardon. Live a life rich with God’s rewards. An inner peace and empathy for others, all to the glory of God.

Amen.

Based on the weeks reading: Isaiah 55:1-9

2017 03 17

Timing and preparation are paramount in any successful undertaking, whether high stakes international diplomacy or day to day social interactions. So often unintended consequences derail will meaning yet ill prepared endeavors. Jesus ministry was a walk in time and preparation to gain the hearts of the masses, through word and deed. He lamented his delay in his ministry to Jerusalem, but much yet had to be accomplished. Hindsight focuses reality to his truth., live your life to his truth.

Amen.

Based on this weeks readings: Luke 13:31-35

2019 03 10

Disparity between the haves and the have not’s is a growing cancer in all regions of the world. it festers and peculates with unpredictable outcomes. Many are driven from their homelands to seek a better future for their families. Sacrifice and reflection and preparation for a better future. The devil tempted Jesus but through sacrifice, reflection an preparation he fasted for 40 days with prayer, alone, before beginning his work for God. Jesus gave us a path forward for redemption and salvation. Walk his path to the glory of God.

Amen.

Based on the week readings: Deuteronomy 26:1-11; Luke 4:1-13

2019 03 03

There has always been a generational divide between the youth and their elders. Information technology and all its modes of communication has enhanced the divide. Progress inherently challenges historical context and past lifestyles. The stretching of creativity and ideas for humanity to absorb. This striving and achieving is inherent in our DNA, but remember the ten commandments and their rock solid teachings and guidelines courtesy of Moses encounter with God. Remember Jesus teachings and his life template for all. These are constants for all generations. Embrace technology and change and the constants Jesus taught and sacrificed his life, that we might be saved. To the glory of God.

Amen.

Based on readings for the week: Exodus 34:29-35; Luke 9:28-45

2019 02 24

ARC - Action/Responsibility/Choice. Our youth hold the chains of life, and consequentially survival or demise, from the past to the future. To every action, there is a reaction. Take ownership of your choices and live responsibly. The highway of life has many twists, turns and crossroads. Young people face unprecedented challenges. Travel the highway of life in Jesus footsteps. Give of yourself to the less fortunate and love your neighbour as you would love yourself. Youth linking the past to the future in Jesus name.

Amen.

2019 02 17

An unprecedented divide exists today between the rich and their worldly possessions and the poor. Social media and all forms of communication make us all complicit to this tragic reality. Jesus spoke to the masses, healed the sick and promised life everlasting in heaven for those that believe in him. Many, comfortable with their lifestyle and riches, rejected Jesus. We are all as one in the eyes of the Lord for all who accept Jesus and his teachings into their hearts. Let us renew and refresh our faith in Jesus, his teachings and his sacrifice this morning through communion and live our lives to the glory of God.

Amen.

Based on readings for the week: Luke 6:17-26

2019 02 10

There seems to be a proliferation of injustice and untruths without bounds today, similar to the fish in the sea swimming in all directions. Jesus demonstrated to Simon, James and John by casting their fishing nets, to have faith and believe. Jesus calls us all to have faith and believe in the word of God. Is it me, Lord? yes, it is all those that walk in Jesus footsteps from the shadows of darkness and despair, to the light of truth and salvation. Accept Jesus’ teachings and live your life with his truths, to the glory of God and salvation everlasting.

Amen.

Based on readings for the week: Isaiah 6:1-8; Luke 5:1-11

2019 02 03

There’s an old expression, “you can’t see the forest for the trees.” Often, the truth is in plain sight but we’re blinded with preconceived opinions. The truth can be a leap of faith. Jesus spoke the truth and was accepted from afar yet denied with skepticism from his neighborhood as a child. Accept Jesus truths into your heart and allow misguided realities to evaporate. we are stronger together accepting Jesus truth.

Amen.

Based on readings for the week: Luke 4:21-30

2019 01 27

True leaders are a rare commodity. Truth, not alternate facts are paramount. the ability to inspire others to greatness and to commit their lives to a better cause than themselves rings true. A significant challenge any true leader faces is acceptance at home. Jesus was no exception. His teachings spread across the land and beyond. His truth resonated and captivated the masses. Live his truth day to day and inspire others to walk in Jesus footsteps, all to the glory of God.

Amen.

Based on readings for the week: Luke 4:14-21

2019 01 20

These days there are many economic challenges. Health care, education, and the IT revolution eliminating many traditional high paying jobs. Many have turned to alternate, start-up careers. Beer and wine start ups are proliferating. Jesus gave us the true wine for life. Follow his lead and never thirst. All to the glory of God.

Amen.

Based on readings for the week: Isaiah 62:1-5; John 2:1-11

2019 01 13

The world today, in all it’s complexities, is struggling for peace, joy, and love. We seem to be in quick sand and the more we struggle, the more challenging it becomes. Jesus came as the hope of salvation for all. Imagine confronting Jesus today and allowing him to wash away your sins. Believe in Jesus, hold him in your heart and his truth will shine. Hope eternal will usher peace, joy, and love; all to the glory of God.

Amen.

Based on reading for the week: Matthew 3:13-17

2019 01 06

The three wise ones from the east followed the star and gazed upon the baby in the manger. Baby Jesus in complete innocence with Mary and Joseph, as told by the prophets. Hope, peace, joy and love for everyone. An awakening and light of the world. Remember baby Jesus, remember the leader and saviour, and live your life in his image, to the glory of God.

Amen.

Based on readings for the week: Isaish 60:1-6; Matthew 2:1-12