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 […]

Happy Easter

Scripture: Mark 16:1-8 After 40+ days of reflection, we have come to Easter Sunday.  It is a day, in early spring, when we look to the earth stirring with new life; when we open the windows of the house after a long and cold winter to welcome spring breezes; when we hope that our winter […]

Lenten Reflection for Holy Saturday

Scripture: Psalm 121 We are living the “in-between” time.  The time between the horrific events of Good Friday and the dawn of hope that comes with Easter Sunday.  It is a sombre, introspective time, providing us with an opportunity to reflect on the actions of human beings—torturing, ridiculing, despising, spitting, abusing—all of which were endured […]

Lenten Reflection for Good Friday

Scripture: Mark 14:55 – 15:47 Today is Good Friday. When I was a child growing up on a farm in southern Ontario, there was an understanding in our family that it would always rain on Good Friday—because it was a sad day.  And all through that day as we went about our chores and played […]

Lenten Reflection for April 2 – Holy Thursday

Scripture: Mark 14:1-50 The Power of Our Story I remember meeting with our church youth group at a cabin on Lake Ontario.  The wind was blowing and our host asked if anyone knew how to sail.  One member said he had read a great deal on the subject and would take some of us out […]

Lenten Reflection for April 1

Scripture: Psalm 31:9-16 David is crying out to the Lord his lamentation of suffering and sorrow—in both body and soul.  In the psalm he is expressing great pain, shame and fear.  He is also suffering abuse from his neighbours and his enemies alike. These are things that we all endure at times in our lives. […]

Lenten Reflection for March 31

Scripture: Isaiah 50:4-9 The Lord has blessed us with speech to express what we learn.  We can use our speech in God’s service to help those who need guidance or assurance.  In short, become a teacher, a mentor, a friend. We should always be attentive to teachings of love and caring that God gives us.  […]

Lenten Reflection for March 30

Scripture: John 12:12-16 As Jesus entered Jerusalem, He did it in a most unassuming and humble way—by riding on a donkey.  His intention was to show that His power was not based on control, but on love.  His power was not about riches, but about humility.  His power was not to divide, but to embrace […]

Lenten Reflection for Palm Sunday

Scripture: Mark 11:1-11 Typical.  There is no other way to describe Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday other than, “typical.” Like he came into the world, Jesus entered Jerusalem, where he would leave the world, in a lowly and humble way.  Jesus rode in, not on a mighty warhorse with great fanfare as kings […]

Lenten Reflection for March 28

Scripture: Mark 1:4-11 In this opening scene of Mark’s Gospel, we are introduced to John the Baptist and Jesus.  When I first read this passage with the thought of reflecting on it for this booket, what leaped into my mind was: How did John feel as he baptized Jesus, with the voice of God saying […]