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God of the “thrust-out”

I’ve been studying the feminist church later, particularly, the “church in the round” as a modern understanding of what it means to be Christian community. At the same time, I’ve been reading Rachel Held Evan’s book “Inspired.” As I looked at the lectionary readings this week these two influences together […]

Star-gazing

As part of our journey during the Season of Creation, the Loop has created space for our community to encounter God in earth, humanity, sky, mountains and through the blessing of animals in different ways. This past Friday, we enjoyed the quiet out in Uranquinty, simply staring at the stars and […]

Earth Sunday: open your eyes

*reflection based on Romans 1:18-23 and John 1:1-14 for Earth Sunday – Season of Creation* A couple of years ago my optometrist told me that the best gift I could give myself when I hit 40 was a pair of reading glasses. I’m now 42 and quite proud of the […]

Your love is extravagant

Ephesians 3:14-21 and John 6:1-21 What comes to mind for you when you hear the word “extravagant?” By definition extravagance has to do with a lack of restraint in spending money or using resources. It’s a word associated with luxury, lavishness, comfort and indulgence. An extravagance is usually something optional, […]

Meditation: where God dwells

2 Samuel 7:1-10; Ephesians 2:17-22; Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 The lectionary readings set for the week do something a little strange when it comes to the good news that we have been following in the Gospel of Mark: they scoop out the middle of the story (the feeding of the 5000 and […]

A winter blessing

Written  by Joyce Rupp and Macrina Wiederkehr in a contemplative and challenging journey through the seasons of life. *** Blessed are you, winter, dark season of waiting, you affirm the dark seasons of our lives, forecasting the weather of waiting in hope. Blessed are you, winter, you faithfully guard a […]

Forgive our sins we pray

While it’s been almost a year since we made the move to a new country and a different denomination, one of the constant thrills has been discovering new music (complemented by the comfort and familiarity of having many of the hymns I grew up with as a child included in […]

Trinity Prayer

by Richard Rohr, 2005 God for us, we call you Father. God alongside us, we call you Jesus. God within us, we call you Holy Spirit. You are the eternal mystery that enables, enfolds, and enlivens all things, Even us and even me. Every name falls short of your goodness […]

Of this I am sure

*a reflection based on Ecclesiastes 12 and John 12:44-50* I want you to think for a moment of something you’re sure of; something you know deep down inside to be absolutely infallible, 100% certain and true. Perhaps you want to share it with your neighbour or your friend …. If […]

Costly choices

A reflection based on “beyond the lectionary” readings: Job 1:6-22 2 Corinthians 8:1-6 John 8:31-38 The decision to follow Jesus is one often made in response to a moving, tangible experience of God’s grace – without too much thought or concern about what may follow; but, if taken seriously, it […]