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: December, 2014

Reflections for Advent 4: St. Luke 2: 1-20

Posted by Emily Sanderson on Thursday, December 18, 2014,
Hi everyone and welcome to Ben and Kristen Cowan who signed up for First Thoughts.

Ben and Kristen, almost every week I try to send out my preliminary thoughts on the upcoming Sunday's Scripture readings. I usually end up referring to a commentary but I try to reflect what I perceive from the text on a first reading. Hopefully this encourages people to read and think about the texts before Sunday, enriching the worship experience. Sometimes people e-mail me back with their thoughts. I like thi...

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Reflections on the Readings for Advent 3:Isaiah 61: 1-4, 8- 11, Psalm 126, 1 Thessalonians 5: 16- 24, John 1: 6- 8, 19 -28

Posted by Emily Sanderson on Saturday, December 13, 2014,
Hi everyone,

St. Philip's are worshipping this week with a Carols and Lessons service and St. John's  is marking the Third Sunday of Advent with the assigned readings.  I could never comment on all 9 lessons so I will focus on the readings for St. John's. However there is a connection in that the theme is obviously (you do not need an English degree to spot the theme in the
readings )  joy.  What better way to express joy than in singing God's praises as we will do this week at St. Philip's and...

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Reflections on the Readings For Advent 2: Isaiah 40:1-11, Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13, 2 Peter: 3:8-15a, Mark 1: 1-8

Posted by Emily Sanderson on Saturday, December 6, 2014,
Thanks To Feasting on The Word Year B Volume 1 pgs. 26- 49

Even though I try to make these First Thoughts my thoughts I do refer to commentaries as well.  Talitha Arnold looking at our Psalm for Sunday sees in verse 8 of Psalm 85 exactly what we are trying to do in these first thoughts and in preaching and listening to sermons. She says," Instead the vision comes in a typical act of worship, where an everyday priest does what an everyday priest, rabbi, or pastor does every week- listens to the...

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Readings For Advent 2: Isaiah 40:1-11, Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13, 2 Peter: 3:8-15a, Mark 1: 1-8

Posted by Emily Sanderson on Friday, December 5, 2014,


Thanks To Feasting on The Word Year B Volume 1 pgs. 26- 49

Even though I try to make these First Thoughts my thoughts I do refer to
commentaries as well. And Talitha Arnold looking at our Psalm for Sunday
sees in verse 8 of Psalm 85 exactly what we are trying to do in these first
thoughts and in preaching and listening to sermons. She says," Instead the
vision comes in a typical act of worship, where an everyday priest does what
an everyday priest, rabbi, or pastor does every week- listens to the t...
Continue reading ...