Sermons

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

Turn Aside

Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd                                                                        Sept 3 2017 Exodus 3:1-15 May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable to you, our God. The origins of Labour Day in Canada go back to December, 1872 when the Toronto Typographical Union went on strike to call for a 58-hour work week. In response …Read more

Truth and Reconciliation

Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd                            July 24, 2017 Corinthians 5:17-20;  Matthew 5: 23-24 We are a people who long for peace. Discord and conflict unsettles us; broken relations within our families and communities are a cause of shame and regret. We yearn for reconciliation and healing. As good Canadians, we just want everyone to get along with …Read more

St. Patrick’s Breastplate

Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd June 11, 2017 Eph 6:10-17; II Cor 13:11-13 May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable to you, our God. St. Patrick is a well-loved Irish saint, perhaps best known for chasing the snakes out of Ireland. The only problem is—St. Patrick was not Irish—he was …Read more

Living Our Faith

Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd June 25, 2017 Romans 6:1b-11   May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable to you, our God. The early church lived out a powerful witness of Christ’s love. They were a small minority in a Roman culture that was largely hostile to them. In spite …Read more

Twilight Laughter

Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd (Rev. Dr.) June 18, 2017 Genesis 18:1-15   May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable to you, our God. One of my nervous reactions is laughter. When I’m uncomfortable or put on the spot, I usually find a nervous laugh working its way out. It’s …Read more

Greening of the Soul

Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd (Rev. Dr.) May 21, 2017 John 14:15-21; Acts 17:22-31 May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable to you, our God. You might call this my gardening sermon. This is planting weekend when we say enough already to the cold and plant our fragile little flowers …Read more