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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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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Living with Integrity...

Posted by Emily Sanderson on Wednesday, February 5, 2014,



Readings for Sunday February 9th: Isaiah 58: 1- 12, Psalm 112: 1-9, 1
Corinthians: 2: 1- 16, Matthew 5: 13- 20

Thanks to Feasting on the Word Year A Volume 1 pgs. 314- 337

The reading from Isaiah is probably addressing the post-exillic community who
have returned from exile in Babylon and are attempting to re-establish
themselves . You can see in vs. 12 for instance a reference to how if they
live justly God will guide them and their ancient ruins will be rebuilt and
the streets will be restored.

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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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