Called to the Margins

Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd                                                                   July 8, 2018 Mark 6:1-13; II Corinthians 12:7b-9   Today’s gospel lesson describes Jesus commissioning and sending forth his …Read more

Bending Towards Grace  

Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd                                                         June 3, 2018 Mark 2:23-3:6 Today’s gospel lesson used to be interpreted as Jewish law versus Christian grace. There are a number of problems …Read more

Calm in the Storms of Life 

Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd                                         June 24, 2018 Mark 4:35-41; I Samuel 17:57-18:5, 10-16 Storms can blow in at a moment’s notice. Prior to the days of cellphones, those of us who are old canoe trippers could …Read more

Seed Sowers

  Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd                                                                June 17, 2018 Mark 4:26-34; Ezekiel 17:22-24 Grass and I have a love-hate relationship. I would love our yard to …Read more

Gracious Power

Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd                                               April 8, 2018 Acts 4:32-35 What does power look like to you? If you were to sculpt power, what would it be? (sculpt cowering, raising hands high, muscling, fist …Read more

Open Mindedness 

Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd                                          April 15, 2018 Luke 24:36b-48   Last week we listened to the Easter story of gracious power teaching us how to be open-handed. Today, another Easter story teaches us to be open-minded. …Read more

A Resurrected Life of Promise    

Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd                  Easter Sunday                         April 1, 2018 Mark 16:1-8 There was no joy in their steps as they left the empty tomb. They were amazed, but they were also terrified. Mary Magdalene and Mary, the …Read more

A Covenant of the Heart

Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd                                                          March 18, 2018 Jeremiah 31:31-34 Abbess and mystic Hildegard of Bingen, from the 12th century, wrote, “You understand so little of what is around …Read more


  Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd            B Lent 3                          March 4, 2018       Exodus 20:1-17, Psalm 19 Last Sunday I talked about the cross being our moral compass with which we can take a cross-bearing to see if we’re …Read more

Cross Bearing

Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd                              A Lent 2                          Feb 25, 2018 Mark 8:34-37   There are certain lakes in the Canadian Shield where boaters easily get turned around. I have a …Read more