Inspirational Comments

Homilies & reflections from our priest & laity

  • Words to Live (Love) By (7/8/2019)- Last Sunday’s (June 30) epistle reading from Paul’s Letter to the Galatians identified the conflict that exists in all of us between our human desires and God’s creative, spiritual desire for our lives. Rather than be led into the temptations that come in the form of hurtful and harmful thoughts, words, actions and behaviours, God’s will for each one of us Read More ...
  • Words to Live By – Healing Legion (6/26/2019)- On Sunday June 23, Aileen van Ginkel, one of our lay readers, officiated at morning prayer last Sunday. She delivered a thoughtful sermon based on discussions from a recent Bible study she participated in. She talked about the difficult story in Luke 8 in which Jesus heals a man called “legion” because he was possessed Read More ...
  • Words to live by – Spirit of Truth (6/26/2019)- The Gospel on Sunday June 16 was from John 16, and was about Jesus telling his disciples about the holy spirit coming to them: “…when the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known Read More ...
  • Words to Live By – Paul’s Trip to Philipi (5/31/2019)- Rev. Dr. Elizabeth used the story in Acts 16 of St. Paul’s trip to Philipi where he had an unusual meeting with a woman, Lydia. Paul had had a vision which led him there. “Visions have a way of surprising,” Rev. Dr. Elizabeth said. “Scripting God’s vision, as in making structured plans for our church, Read More ...
  • Words to Live By – The week after Easter (5/1/2019)- This Sunday’s Gospel was the story from John 20 of Jesus appearing before his disciples after his crucifixion in the locked room, and Thomas doubting that Jesus was actually was alive until eight days later when Jesus allowed him to touch the wounds in his hands and side. Jesus tells Thomas: “Because you have seen Read More ...
  • Visit from Andrew Asbil (4/9/2019)- On Sunday April 7, All Saints warmly welcomed our new Diocesan Bishop, the Right Reverend Andrew Asbil. Bishop Asbil is the new “chief pastor” of the Diocese, with oversight of 202 parishes. Bishop Asbil officiated our 10:30am service. Along with over 80 parishioners, the Bishop was treated to a performance from our young people. Narrated Read More ...
  • Words to live by – Parable of the Compassionate Father (Prodigal Son) (4/2/2019)- Rev. Dr. Elizabeth told us to take as our own the dramatic and challenging story from Luke 15 of the lost son which Christ told to a group of tax collectors and sinners and pharisees. “The story of the compassionate father and his two sons is about you and me,” she said. The younger son Read More ...
  • Words to live by – Sanity in a week of insanity (3/18/2019)- Rev. Dr. Elizabeth reflected last Sunday on the tragic shootings in Christ Church, New Zealand. “Greed, power and hate is the way of the world,” she said. “ Acceptance, love and nonviolence is the way of God.” In these troubled times, we might find it difficult put our heartfelt prayers into words. Rev. Elizabeth reminded Read More ...
  • Words to live by – Luke 5 (2/11/2019)- Luke 5 is the story of Jesus calling his first disciples. Rev. Dr. Elizabeth spoke about this on Sunday, along with Paul’s story in 1 Corinthians, which tells how Jesus after his resurrection appeared before hundreds. In her sermon, Rev. Dr. Elizabeth said we all have stories to tell about how Jesus has affected our Read More ...
  • Words to live by – Gifts from the Wisemen (1/16/2019)- Last Sunday was the 12th day of Christmas and Epiphany Sunday, marking the visit to Bethlehem of the three wise men. Rev. Dr. Elizabeth noted that the first outsiders to visit Jesus were non-Jewish, a signal of the universality of Christ’s message for the world. The gift’s offered disclosed who Jesus was and would become. Gold Read More ...