First Thoughts From The Rev. Canon David Smith: 

Most weeks Fr. David sends out an e-mail with his first thoughts on the upcoming Sunday readings. These reflections are designed to encourage people to consider the readings before they come to worship which we hope will enrich Sunday worship. People are invited to respond to David with their own thoughts and sometimes interesting ideas and conversations occur that end up in the sermon. If you would like to receive these weekly e-mails e-mail David at dsmith@ontario.anglican.ca  . 

Browsing Archive: November, 2013

First Thoughts & Reflections on Dec 1 Readings

Posted by Emily Sanderson on Thursday, November 28, 2013,

Wonderfully we are having a baptism again this Sunday in the parish. A beautiful little girl named Paige will be baptised at St. John’s. So I will once again be reflecting on how to connect the Scriptures to baptism. It is also New Year’s day for the Church. The First Sunday of Advent welcomes a new beginning and I will also be thinking of connections to Advent found in the readings.

 

So we will be celebrating a new life and a new year. When you are only 5 months old you have a clean slate...


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Christ the King Sunday, November 24

Posted by Emily Sanderson on Wednesday, November 20, 2013,

Hi everyone,

As you will recall last week I asked folks in Dorothy’s Bible study if their  reading on St. Benedict had informed them about a Christian perspective on work. I asked this because last week Paul  spoke about how no one is to be lazy and everyone is to work.  Dorothy replied and with her permission I am sharing her insights with you.

 

“  I think the epistle is  Benedictine inasmuch as work is definitely part of the Benedictine day .-Listening first with the ear of the heart, pra...


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First thoughts and reflections on November 18th readings

Posted by Emily Sanderson on Saturday, November 16, 2013,

I really like our O.T. reading from Isaiah. It is a wonderfully hopeful passage reminding us that God has the capacity l to recreate. God will make a new heaven and a new earth.

 

This would have been a good passage to read last Sunday as we marked Remembrance Day because it describes a world of peace and justice. The description of this new heaven and earth is a stark contrast to the destruction , death and sadness which war always brings. I could have used all kinds of examples last week to  ...


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