A Deacon’s Musing|Children

This last Sunday I offered the Prayers of the People during the Annual Service of Celebration for the Centre for Christian Studies (CCS). This service marks the graduation of Diaconal Ministers and also honours a new Companion of the Centre each year. This service is also significant for me as I, myself, graduated from the programme in Read more…

A Deacon’s Musing: Feather’s Fall|Stephen #4

The time after his disappearance (though the Defense Authority called it a terrorist transgression) from the Ward lay in the distant past. So much had happened, and it continued to shock him that he had not been more aware of the promise the Way offered. In those moments when he was not on assignment with Read more…

A Deacon’s Musing: Appreciative Principles|Narrative

If you listen closely to the world today, the narratives that are the loudest leave one with a sense of weight, perhaps even despair. Fake news, propaganda, the party-line, orthodoxy may be dominant and they remind us that we are story-tellers. In our interconnected, digitised, wired world, we are, in fact, awash in narratives. Stories Read more…

A Deacon’s Musing: Lent|Giving Up Death

Easter: It’s the central underpinning of the Christian journey that we revisit each year. It is more than a ritual or initiation: it is neither a test, nor a badge of accomplishment. We are reminded every time we walk through the Lenten season of the realities of suffering and death, shadows and fear that have Read more…

A Deacon’s Musing: Lent|Giving Up Popularity

I do not think I am alone in this, and a quick Google search seems to lend some credence to my assumption that the word “popularity” conjures images of high school. For all the learning and challenges that we might have experienced during that formative time or are experiencing now,   apparently, our memory of that Read more…

A Deacon’s Musing: Lent|Giving Up Our Lives

It’s not often that all four of the New Testament Gospels agree, let alone reflect almost the exact same words attributed to Jesus. Contrary to what you might have heard, each of the Gospels represents a different experience of the Early Church. As well, they also, at times, present stories that are not in agreement. Read more…

A Deacon’s Musing: Lent|Giving Up Enemies

“Giving Up Enemies:” a light and easy topic to explore from the vantage of faith. Even easier from the Christian tradition’s role in sometimes modelling the very opposite of what the ministry we have inherited from Jesus taught … Okay yes, I am being somewhat (well a lot) sarcastic. This might be because I was, Read more…

A Deacon’s Musing: Lent|Giving Up Superiority

This Lenten blog journey about “Giving Up” or “Letting Go” has been interesting. Part of that interest arises from the nature in which the practice has been paired with the worshipping community at Little Britain United Church. The variations of the paths explored, whether that is on Sunday or during faith explorations, reminds me that Read more…

A Deacon’s Musing: Lent|Giving Up Expectations

I marvel about the story of Abram and Sarai … I always have. I would like to say that they must have resisted this new development into which God was calling them. Yet, there are enough examples in the Sacred Stories of the Jewish and Christian traditions that clearly illustrate people who resist when God Read more…

A Deacon’s Musing: Lent|Giving Up Control

The beginning of Jesus’ time in the desert, those 40 days of trial and test, hold meaning that is deep and rich, difficult and awkward for the listeners who have since followed. Those who endeavour to follow Jesus and continue his work hear this story in different ways depending on our context, which ranges from Read more…

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