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Hope, Courage, and The Nativity

On Sunday, I am service leader at my UU fellowship, working with the minister on a service about Solstice and Christmas. I have long wanted to talk about Christmas and the traditional Nativity story in the context of my UU'ism so for my part of the service, I am offering the following reflection. The reflection in our service is an opportunity for the service leader to offer their own thoughts on the theme of the service.

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Keeping Christmas In Perspective - December 22 2013 sermon

Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God - the gospel He promised beforehand through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures regarding His Son, who as to His earthly life was a descendant of David, and who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power by His resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord. Through Him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith for His name’s sake.

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Merry Christmas and More

Several years ago I remember hearing a public school principal in the Oshawa area saying that her favourite time of the year was from Thanksgiving to Christmas.

When asked why, she replied, "It starts with Thanksgiving and then there is Eid, Diwali, Hanukkah and finally Christmas. It seems as if we are always celebrating s feast or festival. I have to watch what I eat, or I will get fat!"

Our community is changing, and for the better. No longer are we isolated in our celebration of Christmas alone.

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When love comes to Town.

When Love Comes To Town.

Sermon for Fourth Sunday of Advent, Dec. 22 2013

Preached by Rev. James Murray at Dominion-Chalmers United Church.

 

The town gossips must have had a field day. Everything that could be wrong had gone terribly wrong.

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The Gates of Hell

Several years ago, I attended specialized training in understanding Operational Stress Injuries or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder caused by war, offered by Veterans Affairs Canada. The training included a realistic convoy ambush of our trucks on the training range at 4th Canadian Division Training Centre, Meaford.

In the discussion which followed, I recall one veteran of Afghanistan and Bosnia telling us to expect a growing number of combat stress injuries in the future, as soldiers returned from many years of acknowledged and unacknowledged combat.

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Not Criminally Responsible

Many years ago, I was chaplain in a mental health hospital. It was probably one of the most discouraging and most interesting pieces of ministry I have done through the years.

I had an office in the basement, which was shared with the visiting Roman Catholic priest. I never saw him, but I know he had been in because there were bits of paper moved on the desk.

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Will People Know Us? - December 15 2013 sermon

(A link to a video of this sermon is included below.)
 
When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples to ask Him, “Are You the one who is to come,or should we expect someone else?” Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.”  (Matthew 11:2-6)
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Minutes for Mission - December 15: Prairie Sanctuary

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A number of educational centres across Canada are accredited and supported by grants from the United Church. Hear the story of a special place in the midst of the Prairies.

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Minutes for Mission - December 8: Magazines: So Ordinary, So Valuable

 

Sometimes we visit in person. Other times, we offer support in other ways. Consider this story about the effect magazines can have in a prison.

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