Costly Grace

Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd                    A Reign of Christ                  Nov. 26, 2017 Matthew 25:31-46   This gospel story is one of my favourites. It is my guide when I wonder how I should respond to someone in need. If I see this person as Christ, does that change how I respond? This passage has also challenged my avoidance …Read more

Becoming Fire

Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd                                                               Nov. 19, 2017 Matthew 25:14-30 Teilhard de Chardin wrote, “Someday, after we have mastered the winds, the waves and gravity, we shall harness for God energies of love. Then for the second time in the history of the world we will have discovered fire.” There is an ancient story that comes from …Read more

Why Canadians Remember

Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd                                                             Nov. 12, 2017 Remembrance Day      Luke 10:25-37; I John 3:11, 16-18 Today, we remember those who served in the Armed Forces. We remember those who lost their lives or their health—physical or mental. We also remember those who served on the sidelines—the women and men who kept the country going while others …Read more

The Trouble with Titles

Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd                                                               Nov. 5, 2017 Matthew 23:1-12   I have often thought how delightful it would have been to hear Jesus’ teachings first hand. I have imagined myself to be one of the crowd, pressing around him, trying to catch every word, every nuance, every emotion of raised eyebrow and subtle smile. What a …Read more

Reforming our Faith and Action

Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd                                               Oct. 29, 2017 Psalm 46, Romans 3:21-25a, 28 The world was in turmoil. Conflict was breaking out everywhere. Political leaders jostled for power at the expense of the people. Such was King David’s world. David was one of the leaders who frequently went into battle, sometimes losing, sometimes winning, always at the …Read more

The Dance of Faith

Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd                                                  March 26, 2017 John 9:1-41   Three important theological conversations, within the space of one week, just happened at Westworth. The first was a presentation that Rev. Eleanor Geib gave at ACES. For those of you who don’t know, ACES is a monthly gathering of seniors over a bag lunch, with desserts & …Read more

Thanksgiving Making Memories

Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd                                                               Oct. 8, 2017 II Corinthians 9:6-15   May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable to you, our God. How many here believe in karma? A few weeks ago, Allan McKay and I were meeting with some Buddhist leaders to plan next year’s Buddhist-Christian Lenten Study. …Read more

Kneeling in Protest and in Praise

Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd,                                                                 Oct. 1, 2017 Philippians 2:1-13 May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable to you, our God. When I was recovering from my car accident in 2006, the doctor asked what I did for a living. When he found out that I was a minister, he …Read more

Forgive God

Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd                                                               Sept 17, 2017 Matt 18:21-35, Rom 14:1-12 May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable to you, our God. The most amazing thing happened to me this past summer. A young woman from El Salvador, who has adopted Nancy and I as her grandparents, was married …Read more

Love Does No Wrong to a Neighbour

Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd,                                                            Sept 10, 2017 Romans 13:8-14 May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable to you, our God. Last week in the Free Press, Melissa Martin wrote an article entitled, “Amazing grace floats to the top of Houston’s ocean of misery.”[1]  She noted that when environmental crises hit, …Read more