Who Do You Say That I Am?

Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd                              Mark 8:27-33        Feb 4, 2018   Who do you say that I am? Since the days of Jesus’ own life on earth, people have been asking this question. Jesus was familiar with the confused interest …Read more

How big is your God?

Marilyn Anderson Corkum..                                          Jan. 14th, 2018   1:    How big is your God……  How big is your God?…. 2:    Something that has intrigued us over the years has been  discovery in scripture of how many ways …Read more

The Search for Enough

Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd                        Dec. 24, 2017 9:00 pm   Dr. Suess reminds us, “Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more.” Or less. German mystic Meister Eckhart differs with Dr. Suess. He joined the mystics from other …Read more

  Mighty Mary’s Song   

Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd                             Dec. 17, 2017 Luke 1:26-56 The Virgin Mary, meek and mild, submitted not only to the will of God, but also to Joseph, who was about to divorce her because of her embarrassing pregnancy. Shrouded by a blue veil, …Read more

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