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  . 

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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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Light Overcoming Darkness...

Posted by Emily Sanderson on Thursday, January 23, 2014,
Readings Isaiah 9:1-4, Psalm 27: 1, 4-9, 1 Corinthians 1: 10-18, Matthew 4 :
12- 23 Thanks to Feasting on The Word for its insights.

Because it is St. Philip's  Annual meeting on Sunday and St. John's next
week , I will be looking at the readings from this angle which means I may
look at 1 Corinthians because it is a letter to a church and sort of a pep
talk to a congregation ( pep talk might be too kind a description as Paul
was addressing some  serious issues in the church ).Or perhaps it would b...
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Readings for Sunday, October 20, 2013

Posted by Emily Sanderson on Thursday, October 24, 2013, In : Weekly Reflections 

Hi again everyone,

After a break for Thanksgiving, we are back to Jeremiah 31:27-34.  However the message is considerably brighter than the last time we listened to the lamentation of the weeping prophet.  In fact a theme from the Old Testament reading is hope. We are going from the absolute darkness of exile to the light of God’s Day. This reading speaks of God’s faithfulness. Notice how all the  promises are in the first person,

" I will make a new covenant; I will put my law ...


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