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 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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Reflections for Sunday, September 28, 2014

Posted by Emily Sanderson on Sunday, September 28, 2014, In : Weekly Reflections 
Readings: Exodus 17: 1-7 Psalm 78: 1-4, 12 - 16, Philippians: 1-13, Matthew
21: 23- 32

For me the very first thing that came to mind as I read our readings was
attitude.  Perhaps this is because our epistle reading actually says "let
the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus" or as the NIV translates
it, "Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus". To have this
attitude is such a tremendous challenge and honour for us and primarily our
Epistle reading suggests that this attitud...

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