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  . 

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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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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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