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  . 

Browsing Archive: May, 2014

Weekly Reflections: Sunday, June 1

Posted by Emily Sanderson on Saturday, May 31, 2014, In : Weekly Reflections 
Readings; Acts 1 : 1-11, Psalm 93, Ephesians 1: 15-23, Luke 24: 44-53 Thanks to feasting  on the Word , Year A , Volume 2 pgs 496-519

Hi everyone. Here are my first thoughts for this Sunday when we will
celebrate the Ascension.  Some rushed very elementary first thoughts this week. Hope they stimulate
your thoughts and enrich Sunday's worship.

Because Ascension Day always falls on a Thursday we rarely give the feast the due it deserves. When you read the stories of Ascension it was clearly import...

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Reflections on the Readings for Sunday, May 25, 2014

Posted by Emily Sanderson on Tuesday, May 20, 2014,

Readings: Acts 17: 22-31, Psalm 66:8 -20, 1 Peter 3 : 13 -22, John 14: 15


Thanks to Feasting on the Word, Year A Volume 2, pgs 472- 495

As I read the readings this morning in preparation for Sunday's service the first thought that came to me is that there is a common theme running throughout the first three readings; the importance of witnessing in words to our faith in Christ.

In Acts we read of St. Paul speaking to a council in Athens. A lot has changed in Paul's life since las...

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Readings Acts 7:55-60, Psalm 31: 1-5 , 15 -16, 1Peter 2: 2-10, John 14 : 1-14

Posted by Emily Sanderson on Wednesday, May 14, 2014,
Thanks to Feasting on the Word , Year A Volume 2 pages 448- 471

Our first reading from Acts is the account of St. Stephen's martyrdom. He
was the first person to lose his life for his faith in Christ. I was moved
by his courage and the fact that his faith meant so much to him that he
would die for it. Thankfully we live in a country where the issue is only
academic but I ask myself if I would be that brave if I found myself in a
similar position. Emerson Powery asking the same kind of question quot...
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Love in Action!

Posted by Emily Sanderson on Friday, May 2, 2014,

Hi everyone,

My first thoughts on this Sundays readings will be a bit different than usual. This coming Sunday in our diocese is Love in Action Sunday. The Diocese of Ontario for several years now has been having an annual mail appeal in support of the National Churches Annual Appeal which supports important ministries such as the Council of The North, and in support of our own diocesan foundation which will be used to promote ministry in our diocese. For example the Anglican Diocese of Ontari...

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