Sermons

November 27, 2022 Hanging of the Greens Message by Loraine Mackenze Shepherd

The majestic Cyprus, the aromatic juniper, and the towering pine described in this scripture reading are all evergreen trees.  Christians have decorated their sanctuaries with the boughs of evergreens as a promise of the new life in Christ and as a sign of everlasting life. Evergreens remind us of God’s everlasting love for us. The …Read more

November 20, 2022 Peace Begins Within by Loraine Mackenze Shepherd

May the words of my mouth and the meditations of all of our hearts be acceptable to God. Today is the reign of Christ Sunday, when we envision and commitment ourselves to the peaceable reign of Christ. The term Christ—which is a title for Jesus, not his last name—comes from the Greek word Christos, which …Read more

November 6, 2022 Broken Shards for Peace Loraine Mackenze Shepherd

May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable to you, our God. Years ago in El Salvador, mourners cried, “Presenté, after the name of each person, killed in the 1980s conflict, was read out. It was a way not only of remembering them, but of re-membering them with their …Read more

October 30, 2022 Masked Saints by Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd

May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable to you, our God. The gremlins and goblins are soon to be masked in their calls for trick or treats—vestiges of the Celt’s ancient Samhain Feast, when their approaching New Year of Nov. 1 wends a thin space between the world …Read more

October 23, 2022 Opening to Abundance by Loraine Mackenzie Shepherd

May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable to you, our God. The prophet Joel addresses a people who are in significant distress. They are enduring a drought with its accompanying plague of locusts, along with a military invasion of their land. Joel tells the people of Judah and …Read more

October 9, 2022 Thanksgiving – Healing Faith by Loraine Mackenzie Shepherd

May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable to you, our God. This story of the ten lepers contains layer upon layer of meaning. I hope to offer yet one more layer that might afford a new angle to this familiar story. It centers around Jesus’ last words to …Read more

October 2, 2022 World Communion – Family of Faith by Loraine Mackenzie Shepherd

May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable to you, our God. What a wonderful gathering of community we had last Sunday! In addition to over twenty elders and members of Fisher River, we had visitors from the Roman Catholic Church, from St. Andrew’s, John Black, St. Mary’s Road, …Read more

September 18, 2022 Stone Catchers and Bridge Builders by Loraine MacKenzie Sheperd

May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable to you, our God. The advice of First Timothy in today’s lectionary reading is timely for today, when we have a new monarch and a new leader of the Conservative Party. It’s also timely when so many countries around the world …Read more

September 11, 2022 The Lost Community Coming Home    by Loraine MacKenzie Sheperd

May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable to you, our God. When we hear parables such as these, we are used to interpreting them allegorically. In these two parables, we usually understand the shepherd and the woman sweeping to be God; we are the lost sheep and the …Read more

September 4, 2022 In God’s Image by Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd

May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable to you, our God. How do you hear the words of Psalm 139? The psalmist writes that no matter where they have gone to flee from God’s presence, God is still there. No matter how hard they tried to hide from …Read more