Memorial service

October 25, 2015 On this Sunday here at UPC we celebrated the first annual memorial service.  It was a time of sacred memory.  We listened to stories of people who have passed away.  We lit candles in their memory.  We observed times of silence and also listened to powerful music offered by our Choir Director, …

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Letting Go

October 18, 2015 I love the game of golf.  And I understand it a little.  Don’t play it well, but I understand it – little white ball, 18 holes.  Object is to get that little white ball into the cup 18 times taking as few strokes as possible … Sermons 2015 – Letting Go

Thank You

October 11, 2015 I did a funeral yesterday for a man who reminded me of my dad – a very, very stubborn man.  You see, as much as I love my dad, there are times when he drives me crazy.  He is so stubborn.  And there are times that my wife, Barb, in exasperation says …

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Jesus’ Response to Arrogance

October 4, 2015 We often leave it to the comedians to talk about those issues that are hard for us to talk about in ‘polite’ conversation.  Things like religion and politics and within the Christian church, the topic of divorce … Sermons 2015 – Jesus’ Response to Arrogance

Connectedness

September 27, 2015 Science shows us that people who live together begin to look like each other.  Perhaps there is a connection between us as human beings we don’t really understand … Sermons 2015 – Connectedness

Mirror Mirror…

September 20, 2015 A little boy went to a new church with his parents one Sunday.  The parents went into worship, the boy into Sunday School.  During the lesson, his Sunday School teacher kept talking about how important it was for children to grow up in a Christian home.  This was emphasized over and over …

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Who is Jesus?

September 13, 2015 Who is Jesus?  The writer of the Gospel of Mark tells the story of Jesus asking his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?”  The disciples responded, “Some say that you are Elijah, or one of the prophets.”  Jesus then asked them, “Who do you think I am?”  And Peter responded, …

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Dogs and Family

September 6, 2015 Barb and I had a wonderful little encounter the other day.  We had to go shopping and as we approached the car, Barb said, “Do you want me to drive or do you want to drive?”  Now we have a history of both wanting to drive and it is a little competition …

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Give Me That Old Time Religion

August 30, 2015 What is old time religion to you?  Several years ago we celebrated the 175th anniversary of Duff’s Presbyterian Church, the church I served for the last 14 years.  We all dressed up in late 19th century clothing.  I used a picture of the minister at the time – and I preached on …

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I See You

August 23, 2015 Yesterday I spent time with my three year old grandson, Keegan, at Centre Island and we had a wonderful day, lots of beautiful memories and on our way home, as we were walking through Yorkdale Mall towards the spot we had parked the car … Sermons 2015 – I See You