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Minister’s Message – Week of December 17

This Advent our theme has been: ‘Angels Among Us: #BeNotAfraid’ . We’ve heard stories about the angels, God’s messengers, visiting Zechariah, Mary and Joseph. This week through Scripture and a pageant being offered by the children, we will hear about more visitations – this time to the shepherds. But angel visitations are not a thingContinue Reading “Minister’s Message – Week of December 17”

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Minister’s Message – Week of December 3

I really like this picture of Mary, being addressed by the angel Gabriel. I like her scowl. I like how her body recoils and turns inward. I like the suspicion in her eyes. It looks like Gabriel, far from assuming the power in the relationship, approaches on bended knee. The angel is the supplicant, theContinue Reading “Minister’s Message – Week of December 3”

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Minister`s Message – Week of November 26

Minister’s Message Here we go, into the first Sunday of Advent. We’ve moved things up a week since Advent 4 falls on Christmas Eve. We have too many activities, too much great music, and too many sermon ideas to miss a week, so we’re starting early and celebrating fulsomely. Our theme throughout Advent is ‘AngelsContinue Reading “Minister`s Message – Week of November 26”

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Minister’s Message – Week of November 19

Minister’s Message St. Cecilia, the patron saint of musicians “… the arts as an expression of the sacred…music that opens us to awe…”  (Commitment Statement of DRUC) This is a phrase from the Commitment Statement adopted by our congregation when we were formed, nearly one year ago (where did that time go!!??)This Sunday our worship will focusContinue Reading “Minister’s Message – Week of November 19”

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Minister’s Message – Week of November 9

“… hands and hearts offered in justice, responding to the world …”  (Commitment Statement of DRUC) This is the phrase in our Commitment Statement that we will be focusing on this week at Sunday service. To help us consider how to live out this commitment we have invited Dawn Pemberton to speak with us about living as aContinue Reading “Minister’s Message – Week of November 9”

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Ministers’ Message for the Week of October 8th

This Sunday, Thanksgiving, we’ll hear a story about 10 lepers who were healed by Jesus, but only 1 went back to thank him. It’s a story that makes me uncomfortable as I recall the many blessings I’ve received, and the paltry number of times I’ve responded with a thank you note. Or even a quickContinue Reading “Ministers’ Message for the Week of October 8th”

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Minister’s Message – June 25, 2017

You might have many reactions to this adaptation of the Canadian flag. You might find it charming, or puzzling. You might think it’s beautiful and challenging. Or you might find it a bit disturbing, even disrespectful. The Canadian flag was born into controversy, and it turns out how we look at our history is justContinue Reading “Minister’s Message – June 25, 2017”

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Minister’s Message – June 16, 2017

Friends, my note to you is longer than usual today. That’s because I’m sending you an article about going to church. I think it’s beautiful and inspiring. And I believe what the author finds valuable in her congregation is something that you all offer at Dunbar Ryerson. This Sunday we’ll focus on a passage fromContinue Reading “Minister’s Message – June 16, 2017”

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Minister’s Message – March 12, 2017

Lots of things to bring to your attention this week! First of all, tomorrow – Saturday – there is an event with the Moderator at Dunbar Ryerson. The Moderator is the highest elected position in the United Church, and serves as leader, servant, prophet and priest. From 2-5 there will be worship, inspiring speakers, andContinue Reading “Minister’s Message – March 12, 2017”