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January 27 - Glenview's 94th Anniversary, Sarah Travis Preaching

January 27, 2019

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.

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December 30 - Spiritual Grandparents

Podcast - December 30, 2018

The story is from Luke 2:22-40. Mary and Joseph take baby Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem. Laurence reflects on the roles in the story of the two holy people they meet there, Simeon and Anna, and the importance of spiritual grandparents in the church and in our lives in faith.

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December 16 - "Christmas Through the Centuries"

Podcast - December 16, 2018

For our Christmas Pageant our Church School and Youth adapted a format from their curriculum, The Whole People of God. “Christmas Through the Centuries” travels through time, shedding light on Christmas traditions. The program moves toward the collection of White Gifts. The recording is of just the spoken parts.

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December 2 - Advent 1 SIGNS

Glenview Podcast - December 2, 2018

In a sermon for the First Sunday in Advent Laurence reflects on Luke 21:25-36 and how important it is to be able to see and understand signs of all kinds. Advent is a special time for watching and interpreting signs of God’s will for the world.

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November 18 - Turning the World Right Side Up

Glenview Podcast November 18, 2018

Beginning with a reference to Flannery O’Connor’s story “Revelation”, Laurence reflects on the story of Hannah, mother of the prophet, priest, and kingmaker Samuel as told in 1 Samuel 1:4-20 and 2:1-10. Then he takes on Sunday’s Gospel, Mark 13:1-8, the first verses of what’s sometimes called the “Little Apocalypse.” Prophets like Hannah and Jesus trace God’s behaviour toward the world, and remind us that God follows a pattern that creates and renews life. The pattern of human behaviour leads in a different direction.

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November 11 - Remembrance Day

Glenview Podcast - November 11, 2018

In a sermon for Remembrance Day, Laurence offers contemporary examples of “addiction to privilege”. He compares them to the Scribes Jesus warned his disciples about. Jesus says they “devour widows’ houses.” Then a poor widow shows up to give her offering. Laurence moves on to two more widows, Naomi and Ruth, and to Boaz. Boaz can help these widows, and he does. He understands that, with privilege comes responsibility. The link to Remembrance Day is with the men and women who fought in the past, because they understood that the privilege of living in Canada, in freedom came with great responsibility. Readings are Ruth 3:1-5, 4:13-17 and Mark 12:38-44.

Contemporary references:

Marco Muzzo

Teri-Lynne McClintic

Tony Clement

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November 4 - Invitation to Love

Glenview Podcast November 4, 2018

In this sermon for All Saints Sunday, Laurence reflects on Ruth 1:1-18 and Mark 12:28-34. He also refers to recent events, in which people of one faith surrounded the place where people of other faiths worship with a circle of loving protection. Due to problems with the recording the first and closing words of the sermon are not in this podcast.

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October 28 - Reformation Sunday

Sermon Podcast October 28, 2018

In this service Reformation Sunday Laurence preaches on a key text for Reformed Christians who follow in the steps of John Calvin. The troubling concepts of election and predestination have been extrapolated from Romans 8:28-39. Laurence also pays tribute to pastor, preacher, and author Eugene Peterson, who offers a different reading of the text from Romans 8.

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September 9 - Crumbs and Dogs

Sermon Podcast - September 2

Laurence preached this brief reflection on Mark 7:24-37 in an all-ages service, after telling and discussing the Gospel story of Jesus and the Syro-Phoenecian woman with children and youth (adults, too!).

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