Meditations

Please enjoy reading these thought-provoking and often humorous meditations about living a life of faith, facing life’s challenges and looking at the world around us with curiosity and wonder. Contributions come from our ministry personnel and members of the congregation. 


Worship Video Test

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Fires raged on Pentecost

Fires raged on Pentecost Sunday. Fanned not by the Spirit, but by the insidious winds of hatred and oppression. As a white woman, living in a comfortable home, in a predominantly white community, I must tread carefully. I’m standing on holy ground. I have not earned the right to be here. This is the time for other, far wiser voices, to speak their truth. With his final breath, George Floyd ...
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The Woodshed Podcast

Recently, my friend and colleague Peter Woods asked me to be his first guest on a podcast they are producing in the congregation where he serves: MacKay United Church in Ottawa. The podcast is called "The Woodshed" in reference to a term used by musicians when they get together to work out new compositions where they won't be heard. MacKay's "woodshed" is a place to overhear Peter and guests working ...
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For Everyman

I thought that this week I would share a meditation through music as well as words. For Everyman was written by Jackson Browne in 1973 at the height of the Vietnam War and the Cold War. While many counter-culture artists were proclaiming an escapist vision of checking out of "the establishment" that seemed like it was teetering on the brink of apocalypse, Jackson offered this song of hope ... waiting ...
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From Where I Sit – by Florence Niven

There was a time when families paid for their church pew. Parents and offspring would wedge themselves neatly, side by side, into their allotted space. Wealthy patrons near the front, working class at the back. People of color, when allowed entrance, relegated to the balcony. In some churches, pews were equipped with tiny wooden doors, that kept little ones from wandering; held elders upright should they doze. There was a ...
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You Can Do It – by George Lavery

Hebrews 12:1-2a “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith…” Terry Fox was a Canadian athlete, humanitarian, and cancer research activist. In 1980, with one leg having been amputated ...
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