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: January, 2015

Reflections on Jonah 3:1-5, 10, Psalm 62: 5-12, 1 Corinthians 7: 29-31, Mark 1: 14-20

Posted by Emily Sanderson on Sunday, January 25, 2015,
Hi everyone,

These thoughts are very last minute this week and I am going to keep them  really brief.

Readings: Jonah3:1-5, 10, Psalm 62: 5-12, 1 Corinthians 7: 29-31, Mark 1:
14-20  link to http://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/texts.php?id=62;

Thanks to Feasting on the Word year B Volume 1 pgs 266-289

Of course each reading has its own nuance , context and themes  but to me I think it is fair to say that there is a common theme of trusting in God alone and giving our all in response to God's ...

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Reflections on 1 Samuel 3: 1- 20 , Psalm 139: 1-6, 13-18, 1Corinthians 6: 12 -20, John 1: 43- 51

Posted by Emily Sanderson on Saturday, January 17, 2015,
Hi again everyone,

Readings: 1 Samuel 3: 1- 20 , Psalm 139: 1-6, 13-18, 1Corinthians 6: 12 -20,
John 1: 43- 51   for readings electronically link to
http://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/texts.php?id=61

Thanks to "Feasting on the Word" Year B Volume 1 pgs 242- 265

This Sunday we read the great and familiar story of God calling Samuel in the temple. I have always felt more like Samuel , young and new in ministry and ready for a new thing. But when I met with my new United Church colleague right ...

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Reflections on the Baptism of our Lord: Readings Genesis 1: 1 - 5; Psalm 29; Acts 19: 1 - 7; Mark 1: 4 - 11

Posted by Emily Sanderson on Saturday, January 10, 2015,
Hi Everyone,

Baptism of our Lord readings: Genesis 1: 1-5, Psalm 29, Acts19: 1-7, Mark 1:
4-11

Here is the link to the readings
http://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/texts.php?id=60;

Thanks to Feasting on the Word Year B Volume 1 pgs 218-241

We continue to focus during this Epiphany season on the manifestation of God to the world in particular through Jesus, the Word and light of God. In our Gospel reading this is dramatized when in our Lord's baptism the heavens were torn apart and the Spirit d...

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Reflections on the Readings: Isaiah 60: 1 - 6; Psalm 72: 1 - 7; 10 - 14; Ephesians 3: 1 - 12; Matthew 2: 1 - 12

Posted by Emily Sanderson on Friday, January 2, 2015,
Hi everyone and I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas Day and I continue to send Christmas blessings and wish you a Happy New Year.

Epiphany Sunday Readings: Isaiah 60: 1-6, Psalm 72: 1-7, 10-14, Ephesians 3:1-12,  Matthew 2: 1-12   link to
http://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/texts.php?id=12;

I thought if you are reading this on smart phone or computer you could get the readings on line. Plus there are some beautiful pieces of art work and prayers and other ideas based on the readings at...

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