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July 15

 Sermon Podcast - July 15

Rev. Jim Czegledi starts his summer sermon series on grief with "The Christian Response to Grieving"

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May 20 - The Day of Pentecost

 Sermon Podcast - May 20, 2018

"All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability." (Acts 2:4) On the Day of Pentecost we heard the Scriptures read in six languages-- Arabic, French, Gaelic, German, Welsh, and English. You can hear the reading of Acts 2:1-21 and Philippians 4:4-7 below. There's a sermon there, too.

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May 13 - On Being Like-Minded

 Sermon Podcast - May 13, 2018

In a sermon on Philippians 2:1-13 Laurence reflects on the Apostle Paul’s call to Christians to be like-minded and “have the same mind that was in Christ Jesus.” Does this mean our  minds must be set like concrete? Paul says the mind of Christ is also the nature of God, revealed to us in humility. In fact, we worship, serve, and depend on a God who refuses to act like a god!

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May 6 - Overflowing Love

 Sermon Podcast - May 6, 2018

The Apostle Paul is in prison in Rome. He believes he's there for the "defense and confirmation" of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He hopes that means he will be able to preach to Nero and then be free to complete his mission by going as far west as the Empire goes (Spain). He also knows it's likely he will remain in jail until Nero decides he should be executed. So it could be that his suffering, endurance, and death will be his witness of faith. He uses his time well, composing letters to congregations he has visited. Through these letters he shares, with great passion what he believes is essential for the present and future of Christ's disciples. We read the first words of his letter to the Philippians, Philippians 1:1-18.

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April 29 - The Sidewalks of North York and the Power of Words

 Podcast - April 29

In a sermon on Paul's encounter with the lovers of words in Athens (Acts 17:16-31) Laurence reflects on the horrific events of Monday, April 23 when a man driving a van killed ten people and injured 16 others in Willowdale, a peaceful, multicultural neighbourhood in the north of Toronto. Laurence focuses on a definition of terrorism that includes the terrorism of words and images, and the power of words and images to influence vulnerable people to do terrible things. What does this have to do with Paul in Athens? Listen and find out.

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April 22 - Jailbreak and the Limits of Miracles

 Podcast - April 22

Paul and Silas are imprisoned in Philippi. During the night an earthquake shakes all the cell doors off their hinges. All the shackles and stocks are open. But no one runs away. Certainly not Paul and Silas. In a sermon on Acts 16:16-34 Laurence reflects on the many ways the Gospel leads to liberation.

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April 15 - Saul falls down, but not far.

 Podcast - April 15

Sermon on  Saul's encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus. Reading is Acts 9:1-19. Laurence refers to a series of pictures on the screens, including the images below from the Italian master Parmigianonini and Paul McDonald's collection of photographs of Glenview's stained glass windows.

 

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April 8 - Wounded, but not defeated!

 Podcast - April 8, 2018

In a sermon for the Second Sunday of the Easter season Laurence reflects on the story of "Doubting" Thomas. Does Thomas deserve the name we've given him through every Christian generation? Thomas professes faith in the risen Jesus, calling him "My Lord and my God". He can only do that because he has seen and touched the wounds in Jesus' body. Does that mean our Lord and God is wounded, too? Text is John 20:19-31.

Laurence refers to the April 6 bus crash, in which 14 team members, coaches, and associates of the Humboldt, SK Broncos hockey team were killed, along with their bus driver. Another 14 young men were injured. He also shares a prayer the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Canada wrote and posted on social media in response to the tragedy. (Quoted below)

I am waking up to the tragic news out of Saskatchewan about the accident that took the lives of 14 people on the Humboldt Broncos (Junior Hockey team) bus and injured 14 others. So this is raw and quick.

God your Son wept over the death of his friend, Lazarus, we weep over the Humboldt Broncos team members and coaching staff who died in the bus accident yesterday.
We lift up before you family and friends, the community of Humboldt, the other teams in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, be the God who sees and hears their cries of sorrow and loss.
We lift up before you first responders, doctors, nurses, others who were at the scene or are providing care to the survivors, be the God who guides hands and calms minds in the midst of crisis.
We pray for those who were injured that they would be healed of their injuries both physical and psychological, be the God of healing and hope.
God, we do not have words to adequately express the ache in our hearts.
These things we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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April 1 - Easter Sunday

 April 1, 2018

In John's story of the day of resurrection, Mary Magdalene goes to where Jesus was buried and meets someone she first thinks is the cemetery gardener. She realizes the man is Jesus, risen and alive, when he calls her by name. First, though, he asks her two questions: Why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?. Laurence asks those questions in his sermon reflecting on John 20:1-18.

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March 18 - No King but Caesar?

 Podcast-March 18, 2018

In a sermon for the Fifth Sunday in Lent Laurence reflects on the three sided conversation that takes place as Jesus stands before Pilate and the angry crowd of Judeans outside Pilate's court. In a moment of high drama the people shout to Pilate, "We have no king but Caesar!" Jesus hears it, too. Reading is John 19:1-16a.

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