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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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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Lent 5: Matters of Life and Death, Or Should I say Matters of Death and Life

Posted by Emily Sanderson on Wednesday, April 2, 2014,

Readings: Ezekiel 37: 1 -14, Psalm 130, Romans 8: 6-11, John 11: 1-45

 

Thanks to Feasting on the Word, Year A Volume 2 pgs 122 – 145 and The New interpreters Bible Volume 9, pgs 684- 695

 

In a way all of our readings seem a bit out of place in Lent and would be better suited for Easter when we celebrate the resurrection of Christ and the sure and certain hope of our own resurrection.

 

We will be  reading the famous story of Ezekiel being taken by the Lord to a valley of dry bones in the desert...


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Readings: Leviticus 19:1-2, 9- 18, Psalm 119:33- 40, 1 Corinthians 3: 10-11, 16-23, Matthew 5: 38-48

Posted by Emily Sanderson on Saturday, February 22, 2014,

 

Readings: Leviticus 19:1-2, 9- 18, Psalm 119:33- 40, 1 Corinthians 3: 10-11, 16-23, Matthew 5: 38-48

 

Thanks to Feasting On The Word  Year A Volume 1  pgs. 362-385

 

I am running out of time this week so I include my thoughts on the O.T. reading and give you a link I discovered that does what I attempt to do each week but I think does  a lot better job.  These reflections will get us thinking about the readings       http://episcopaldigitalnetwork.com/stw/2014/02/03/bible-study-7-epiphany-a/

 

It...


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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.

On ...
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Walk Humbly With God...

Posted by Emily Sanderson on Friday, January 31, 2014,
Readings Micah 6:1-8, Psalm 15, 1 Corinthians 1: 18-31, Matthew 5:1- 12

Thanks to: Feasting On The Word Year A Volume 1 pgs. 290- 313

A strong theme in the readings for this week is our moral  behavior as we
seek to do God's will. For example the Psalm declares that the people who do
not slander, do not to do evil to their friends, do not take bribes against
the innocent and stand by their oaths even till it hurts are the ones who
may and will abide in the Lord's tent.  How we live is a very worthy...
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Reflections on reading from Isaiah

Posted by Emily Sanderson on Friday, January 10, 2014,
Hi everyone,

Trust that you are all well and warming up a bit. From the forecast we might
be able to wear shorts to church on Sunday.

Here are my first thoughts on this week's readings. To stimulate my thinking
I have read and made use of the commentary from Feasting on the Word Year A
Volume 1 pages 218- 241 , David Bartlett and Barbara Brown Taylor , Editors

We continue to read from Isaiah, Isaiah 42:1-9 . Our reading is probably set
in a time when the people of Judah are in exile in Babylon just ...
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Third Sunday in Advent

Posted by Emily Sanderson on Friday, December 13, 2013,

Hi everyone,

Sorry I did not get anything out to you last week. I was busy with the Prodigal Son Retreat Day.

This week I am only preaching at St. John’s as we are having a Carol and Lessons service in Milford. So  I will briefly comment on the regularly assigned readings for the Third Sunday in Advent as I have a hard enough time thinking about 4 readings let alone 9!!

 

The Third Sunday in Advent is often referred to as Rejoice Sunday and some churches use rose as the liturgical colour for ve...


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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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