Sermons

Living in Grace

Rev. Dr. Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd, Westworth United Church, March 5, 2017 Romans 5:18-21; Matthew 4:1-11 May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable to you, our God. I become nervous, and even a bit reticent, whenever I have to attend a funeral service led by an evangelical preacher. It …Read more

The To Do List

Laura Rousseau, Westworth United Church,  January 29th, 2017 Scripture: Micah 6:1-8; Psalm 15;  1 Corinthians 1:18-31 Is your to-do list too long? Does it involve vacuuming the carpets? (mine usually does). Does it involve organizing the basement? Reading a book your friend loaned to you two years ago that you haven’t gotten around to yet? …Read more

Come and See

Rev. Dr. Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd, Westworth United Church, January 15, 2017 John 1:29-42 May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable to you, our God.Today’s gospel reading gives us a good, old-fashioned lesson in evangelism. This is not a word the United Church usually takes kindly to. We are …Read more

Bearers of Christ’s Love

Rev. Dr. Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd, Westworth United Church, Christmas Day, December 25, 2016 Isaiah 52:7-10; John 1:1-14 John begins his gospel not with the birth narrative but with the story of John the Baptist who prepared the way for the Word, or Logos, the divine principle of reason, to become flesh. In other words, God …Read more

A Dream of Love

Rev. Dr. Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd, Westworth United Church, December 18, 2016 Matthew 1:18-25; Isaiah 7:10-16 May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable to you, our God.My dream woke me early last Monday morning. It was a combination of Avatar and Star Wars with all of its multicolour, special …Read more

A Servant King

Rev. Dr. Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd, Westworth United Church, November 20, 2016 Jeremiah 23:1-6; Luke 1:68-79 May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable to you, our God. There it was again—that deep foreboding that something was terribly wrong. As I immersed myself in the tasks of the day, it …Read more

A Place of Wholeness and Holiness

Rev. Dr. Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd, Westworth United Church, November 13, 2016 Haggai 1:15b-2:9 May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable to you, our God. At our Bible Study a few weeks ago, a question arose about something called the prosperity gospel. It refers to a theology being promoted …Read more

Be Vigilant

Rev. Dr. Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd, Westworth United Church, Remembrance Day Nov. 6, 2016 Matthew 25:1-13 May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable to you, our God. It was during the Second World War, when connections began to be made between the fascism, which our soldiers were risking their …Read more

Divine Amnesia

Rev. Dr. Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd, Westworth United Church, October 2, 2016 Jer 31:27-34; Luke 18:1-8 May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable to you, our God. How many times have you wished for a delete button in life? An insensitive comment you wish you could grab and take …Read more

Habits of Suffering

Rev. Dr. Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd, Westworth United Church, August 28, 2016 Matthew 6:24-34; Heb 13:1-8, 15-16 How many saw the Tragically Hip concert last Sat. night? You’re in good company with almost 1/3 of the Canadian population. I was particularly struck by Gord Downie’s song, Machine: I’m a real machine. Follow? You’re a real machine; …Read more