Sermons

A Little Taste of Heaven

Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd (Rev. Dr.) May 14, 2017 John 14:1-4; I Peter 2:2-3 Today, we remember mothers and how they have brought all of us not only into this world, but helped us negotiate our way through it. Mothers are not perfect, but most have helped to mend bodies and ease troubled hearts. Our world …Read more

Leaning Towards Grace

Rev. Dr. Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd John 10:1-16                       May 7, 2017 I was tiring of removing from our yard the lovely remnants of dog and cat visitations and so I decided to build a hedge fence. It worked to keep out the dogs, but the cats …Read more

Mending the World

Rev. Dr. Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd, Westworth United Church,  Easter, April 16, 2017 John 20:1-18 May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable to you, our God.It was dark, according to John’s gospel, when Mary arose, unable to sleep in her deep grief over the torturous death of her Rabbi …Read more

Legacy of Bone and Breath

Rev. Dr. Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd, Westworth United Church, April 2, 2017 Ezekiel 37:1-14 May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable to you, our God.I still remember being stunned when we came across human arm and leg bones and skulls strewn across a hill in Peru, which was being …Read more

Grumbling to Gratitude

Rev. Dr. Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd, Westworth United Church,  March 19, 2017 Exodus 17:1-7 May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable to you, our God. What kind of a traveller are you? Are you rattled when plans change? Do you look forward to the unknowns that lie before you? …Read more

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