Wednesday Noon Communion

Each Wednesday at noon a group of individuals gather to share in inspiring conversations, listen to thoughtful messages, and partake in the elements of communion.  Following are the stories of two individuals, Allie and Julie, who attend Wednesday communion. Allie: The Wednesday service is definitely a highlight for me -sometimes it is the sole reason […]

The Blanket Exercise as Experienced at Knox

Do you want to be well? So asked Rev. Dave Holmes in his sermon on Sunday, May 1st. This ordinary Sunday turned out to be extraordinary in the life of Knox United Church. Based on the reading of the gospel (Scripture John 5: 1-9) where Jesus asks the blind man if he wishes to be […]

Decolonizing – By Dave Holmes

Scripture John 5: 1-9 So Jesus comes down by the Sheep Gate in Jerusalem, to this pool called Bethzatha.  The gospel says that all these invalids and sick people are laying around next to the pool.  Apparently the legend was that periodically the Spirit of God would “trouble the waters” and the first person in […]

Falling Upward:  the experience of resurrection – by Dave Holmes

Scripture: Acts 9: 1-9 and John 21: 1-14 Saul, or Paul – Saul if you’re speaking Hebrew, Paul if you’re speaking Greek – was headed to Damascus to root out this pesky new movement, this pesky new Jewish thing that was playing fast and loose with the Law that was so precious to Saul.  I […]

Parental Guilt

The Big Picture I’ll return to Rabbi Rami’s Guide to Parenting in a future post – I love the book and there is at least one more discovery I’d like to share!  But I have recently started reading another book:  Sacred Parenting by Gary Thomas.  Now he’s definitely an evangelical, and there is an undercurrent […]

Lent 4 – Justice

Ezekiel 47: 1-12 So… What is the difference between a stagnant pond and a living lake?  There are many correct answers, I’m sure, but the one I’m thinking of is this:  water flows out of a living lake.  In a stagnant pond, water only flows in. When Karen and I were hosting a tour group […]

Connected

By Dave Holmes I was fortunate enough to holiday recently in Costa Rica – a really interesting country on several levels!  They disbanded their military in 1948, and have not only survived but thrived, even in Central America with all the drug problems and the Cold War.  Instead of military, they have invested in health […]

“Love Week” – By Dave Holmes

1 John 4: 7-21 – Lent 1, 2016 Centering down:  This is the first Sunday of Lent, the weeks preceding Holy Week and Easter.  It’s our Christian Ramadan, our “spiritual boot camp” time, a season of fasting and spiritual practice.  What we have for you this year is a recommendation for weekly spiritual practices based […]

Lenten Practice for Love Week

In his sermon on Sunday Dave Holmes suggested this meditative practice… Grab a timer from somewhere, and set the time for 10 minutes (more or less as seems appropriate for you).  For about ten minutes a day, hear and reflect on these words addressed by God to you: “You are my beloved daughter/son, with you […]

The Season of Lent is Upon us!

February 10 is Ash Wednesday–the season of Lent is upon us! It comes early this year, which means Easter is early too, and everything seems a bit rushed. Like many of you trying to cope with all of your responsibilities, I’m constantly making a choice between business (real, effective, results-oriented work) and busyness (running around […]