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 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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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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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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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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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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