My Time, My Festival

This Sunday is a special service where we will recognize and celebrate the 1-year anniversary of our UPC Chinese congregation and the 34th anniversary of our UPC English speaking congregation.  We will gather in a spirit of joy and gratitude for the strong relationships, for the building of new relationships and for the presence of …

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Practicing Love

We continue to look at traits of a Christian, this Sunday, focusing on this simple yet so complex thing we call love.  Love is at the heart of God, we say.  Love is the commandment Jesus gives, we are told.  Loving will make your heart full of joy, we are encouraged.  Yet love is hard.  …

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North York Tragedy

On Monday, April 23 I had arranged to work from home due to construction starting in my apartment, which is directly across from Mel Lastman Square.  My youngest son came to help me when the contractor didn’t show up. About 1:30 pm my son heard emergency vehicle sirens.  I told him that was normal – …

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Banana Bread

This story took place about 13 years ago.  The mother of our then music director, Jean Hicks, had passed away.  I decided that I would bake a banana loaf and drop it off to Jean and her family. When I went to deliver it, I rang the bell there was no answer – I rang …

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On Earth

June 24, 2018 Jesus was not a Christian.  He was a Jew, indeed a multi ethnic baby with a vision for God’s people to live in harmony.  Our Father, he prayed, give us this day our daily bread.  He was a revolutionary—give us what we need to survive.  We will explore these themes with respect …

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Daily Rehearsals

June 17, 2018 The book of Revelation is perhaps one of the most misunderstood books in the Bible. Yet it is  a book of incredible hope and promise for the future.  But, how does the future become realized?  How do we get past the trials and tribulations that life throws at us? By daily rehearsals.  …

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