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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Lent 4: 1 Samuel 16: 1-13, Psalm 23, Ephesians 5: 8-14, John 9: 1-4

Posted by Emily Sanderson on Friday, March 28, 2014,

The Light we see with; the shepherd who truly sees into our hearts:

 

Seeing is obviously a theme throughout our readings. In the famous story of Samuel visiting Jesse to anoint one of his sons as the new king, Samuel and Jesse can only the see the physical stature and features of the eldest son as determining the obvious man for the job. But they do not see the heart( the character and will ) of the youngest  and smallest son, David, who is not even considered a candidate. But God sees Davidâ€...


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This week's readings: Lent 3 Exodus 17:1-7, Psalm 95, Romans 5: 1-11, John 4: 5- 42

Posted by Emily Sanderson on Thursday, March 20, 2014,


Thanks to Feasting on the Word  Year A Vol. 2

 

This week there is an obvious theme of water running (pardon the pun) through the Exodus reading and the Gospel reading. In Exodus the people are thirsty in the wilderness. God seems to have brought them out of slavery in Egypt only to abandon them at  a place in the wilderness where there is no water. They complain in fear and anger and lose their trust in Moses and God. They threaten to kill Moses. But God through Moses provides water. In the Go...


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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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The Scriptures with Natural Church Development in Mind

Posted by Emily Sanderson on Friday, January 17, 2014,

This Sunday I am going to be working on my diocesan job preaching in
Bancroft and doing an NCD survey for them. So I will be approaching the
Scriptures with Natural Church Development in mind.

Hence my first thoughts for this week will be through the lens of the NCD
questions and the 9 quality characteristics. Perhaps this will remind us of
our own NCD plan and ministry.

I think you have  to stretch the imagination a bit  to find all of the
quality characteristics in the Sunday's readings but you wo...
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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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Epiphany

Posted by Emily Sanderson on Friday, January 3, 2014,
Hi everyone and a Happy and Blessed New Year to you all. It was a great joy
to worship with you this Christmas season. Here are my first thoughts on the
Bible readings for Epiphany which we will be celebrating this Sunday.


As we are beginning a new year I come to our readings wondering what God is
calling us to do in the Parish Of Marysburgh in 2014. Although our readings
for Epiphany may not tell us specifically what we should do I think they do
shed a bright light on what we are called to be abou...
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