In this sermon for Trinity Sunday Laurence asks if we have room for mystery in our lives in 2019. He also shares a picture of a kitten for those who don’t want to hear anther sermon about the Trinity.
What do we do while we wait? Have you ever stood in line, waiting to buy a ticket to an event, or a toy for a Christmas gift? Have you ever had to wait for surgery, treatment, or test results? You mind is occupied with anticipation of what's to come. What do you do with your hands, or with yourself as you wait? To live as a Christian in this world is to wait. As singer-songwriter John Mayer put it, we're "waiting on the world to change." We may not understand all Jesus' words about leaving and coming back. Visions like the last chapters of Revelation may confuse us. But we get the sense from both that something's coming, to us and to the whole world. What do we do while we wait to see what that will be? reflects on Revelation 21:1-6 (The Holy City), Psalm 148 and John 13:31-35 (Jesus says good-bye and gives his disciples instructions.)
When and how do we know Jesus is alive, with us and within us? Laurence reflects on the story of Jesus’ disciples meeting him, several days after his resurrection, when they go fishing. Text is John 21:1-19. Laurence also refers to the other readings for Easter 3: Acts 9:1-6 and Revelation 5:11-14; and the story of Jesus and the two disciples on the road to Emmaus in Luke 24:13-35.
In a sermon for the Last Sunday in Lent, Laurence reflects on John 12:1-8, the story of Mary of Bethany, who bathes Jesus’ feet in costly perfume and wipes them with her hair. Laurence also refers to Philippians 3:4-11, where the Apostle Paul writes about all he has given up for the sake of following Jesus.
In the shadow of the white supremacist terror attack on two mosques in New Zealand, Laurence reflects on the readings for Lent 2. He asks if people of faith should expect opposition, even violence in today’s world. Three of the readings suggest the answer is “Yes”. Should people of faith employ violence to fulfill God’s purpose? At least one reading includes a promise that can only be fulfilled through war.
The last Sunday in the Season of Epiphany is also the last Sunday before Lent. The day is traditionally taken for reflection on the fantastic and puzzling story of the Transfiguration of Jesus. This year we read Luke’s version of the story. Laurence tells the story of a man who lost his sight as a small child and regained it many years later.
The Rev. Dr. Sarah Travis was our Anniversary Preacher. Her sermon was a reflection on Philippians 2:1-11 and John 15:9-17. Sarah is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church in Canada, and holds a Doctor of Theology in Preaching from Knox College, University of Toronto. She serves as the Minister of the Chapel at Knox College, the Interim Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at the Toronto School of Theology, and teaches courses in the areas of preaching and worship. Sarah served on the PWS&D committee for five years. She is the author of Decolonizing Preaching: The Pulpit as Postcolonial Space, as well as Preaching the Good News: A Handbook about Preaching for Presbyterians in Canada.