Archive for the Messages – Year A – Nov 10 – Nov 11 Category

Blindness – A Lent 4 – Apr 3 2011

Posted in Messages - Year A - Nov 10 - Nov 11 on October 1, 2011 by classicchinny

If your brain was to make a decision, what would it need in order to make a decision?  For example, you are walking across a street  and a car is heading straight towards you, what do you do?  And how do you make that decision?  So to make any decision, what does your brain need to make that decision or to carry it out?  Information.

Where does our brain get information from?

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Throwing a Brick – A Lent 2 – March 20, 2011

Posted in Messages - Year A - Nov 10 - Nov 11 on September 30, 2011 by classicchinny

“When God Throws a Brick” by Rev. Sam Lloyd with adjustments by me…

I recently heard a talk given by a Minneapolis businessman named Ward Brehm, who with no warning at all began to see his life being turned upside down. It all started when his minister stopped him after church one day and asked him if he’d like to go to Africa. “He might as well have asked me if I’d like to go to the moon,” Brehm said.

Seeing his resistance, the pastor asked, “Will you pray about it?” Brehm looked him square in the eye and said, “Arthur, you’re the minister, you pray about it. I’ll think about it.”

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Transfigured – Transfiguration Sunday – March 6 2011

Posted in Messages - Year A - Nov 10 - Nov 11 on March 7, 2011 by classicchinny

Matthew 17:1-9

I’d like to connect today’s Gospel with last week’s Gospel, but to set the stage for our discussion, why were or why are the events in today’s Gospel (the Transfiguration) so important?

– Ghost appears – do we really die?

– Very significant Jewish leaders – two of the big guys for sure – Peter’s reaction is important – nervous or reverent, God seems to rebuke him.

– Reminds me of confirmation or affirmation of Baptism

– Reminds disciples of who Jesus is, and the company He keeps

– Moses represents the law, Elijah represents the prophets, and Jesus???

– Who is left to come down the mountain?

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Sacred Calling – Epiphany 3 – Jan 23 2011

Posted in Messages - Year A - Nov 10 - Nov 11 on January 24, 2011 by classicchinny

Isaiah 9:1-4

Matthew 4:12-23

For Merriam-Webster, there are three meanings of epiphany but the one I would like to focus on today is an illuminating discovery, realization, or disclosure.  Pastor Bill gives an example of epiphany as “a-ha” moments; like trying to figure out a word puzzle and all of a sudden, a-ha.

What are your examples of epiphany?  Can you think of an a-ha moment that was significant?  To get the fires burning I’ll go first.  How many of you have ever put together a piece of IKEA furniture? Then you’ve probably had an epiphany like me.  I remember putting together our coffee table.  I read the directions, looked at the pictures, and then got to work.  It was about the third step that I began to sweat.  Why wasn’t this working?  The holes didn’t line up with the pegs; the pegs wouldn’t fit into the holes.  How could something so simple be so difficult?  So, picking up the instructions, I tried to figure out what I had done right, and what should have been done next.  And then I saw it.  A-ha.  And then it all snapped into place.  Epiphany.

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Expecting Joy – A Advent 3 – Dec 12 2010

Posted in Messages - Year A - Nov 10 - Nov 11 on December 13, 2010 by classicchinny

They say that there are only thirteen days until Christmas.  To tell you the truth, I find it hard to believe.  All those things that are supposed to be done seem to be thrown together.  Activities at school have been planned at the last minute, shopping has been done, but only because it has to be, deadlines are fast approaching.

 

It seems as if another Advent and Christmas will fly by without so much as a wave – so long fair well, thanks for the presents, we’ll see you again next year.

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Hoping to wait – Advent 1 – Nov. 28 2010

Posted in Messages - Year A - Nov 10 - Nov 11 on November 29, 2010 by classicchinny

Matthew 24:36-44

Mom and I had really good family friends that lived in Rocky Mountain House.  A couple times a year, they would come to Edmonton to visit family, and they would stay at our place.  Dennis was the father of two girls and was married to Marilyn and every time they visited, I couldn’t wait for them to arrive.  Dennis was so much fun and was the quintessential duck – he let things roll of his back like I’ve never seen.  I’ve also seen him mad – but things had to be pretty bad to get him upset, and then look out.  Dennis and I would play catch for hours – he would call me Jose Canseco.  I would just smile because I had no idea who he was talking about, but we would pretend I was the pitcher and he was the catcher.  He would signal with his fingers for the pitch – fastball, split finger, slider, knuckle ball, curve.  I never mastered any of those pitches, but it didn’t matter.  Dennis was a hero – playing hockey with him in the hallway or catch in the yard, I felt free, and open and had so much fun.

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