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: March, 2014

Lent 4: 1 Samuel 16: 1-13, Psalm 23, Ephesians 5: 8-14, John 9: 1-4

Posted by Emily Sanderson on Friday, March 28, 2014,

The Light we see with; the shepherd who truly sees into our hearts:

 

Seeing is obviously a theme throughout our readings. In the famous story of Samuel visiting Jesse to anoint one of his sons as the new king, Samuel and Jesse can only the see the physical stature and features of the eldest son as determining the obvious man for the job. But they do not see the heart( the character and will ) of the youngest  and smallest son, David, who is not even considered a candidate. But God sees Davidâ€...


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Addition to the Reflections on March 23 Readings

Posted by Emily Sanderson on Thursday, March 20, 2014,
I forgot to include an important first thought that I think relates very much to life in our parish. And that is the passion which the woman at the well has for sharing her encounter with Jesus. She immediately tells her community about Jesus and in fact seems to grow in her understanding of Jesus through witnessing to what happened. She basically invites them to come and see what she has seen. To meet the person she met. We are called to say come and see as well. To do this lovingly, wisely,...
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This week's readings: Lent 3 Exodus 17:1-7, Psalm 95, Romans 5: 1-11, John 4: 5- 42

Posted by Emily Sanderson on Thursday, March 20, 2014,


Thanks to Feasting on the Word  Year A Vol. 2

 

This week there is an obvious theme of water running (pardon the pun) through the Exodus reading and the Gospel reading. In Exodus the people are thirsty in the wilderness. God seems to have brought them out of slavery in Egypt only to abandon them at  a place in the wilderness where there is no water. They complain in fear and anger and lose their trust in Moses and God. They threaten to kill Moses. But God through Moses provides water. In the Go...


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First Thoughts for Lent 2 : God is our Keeper/ The Joy of Grace

Posted by Emily Sanderson on Friday, March 14, 2014,

Hi  everyone,

 

Here are my first thoughts on the readings for this coming Sunday. Below that are my first thoughts for the readings for the week before which I had almost but not quite completed on time. Maybe on a stormy day you might be looking for more reading.

 

First Thoughts for Lent 2 : God is our Keeper/ The Joy of Grace

 

Readings: Genesis 12: 1-4a, Psalm 121, Romans 4: 1-5, 13-17,John 3: 1-17

Thanks to Feasting on the Word  Year A Volume2

 

I wrote these reflections while waiting for Esther...


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