IN the same way the world we live in has a calendar, with today being Grey Cup Sunday, but also the First Sunday after Black Friday; so it is with the Church. Today is the Sunday Next before Advent: the solemn season of preparation for the joy of Christmas. Continue reading “￼St. Mary’s Anglican Church, Nov 26 2017, Sunday Next before Advent, Canon Claude Schroeder Matt.25.14-30”
In today’s Gospel lesson we have the third of four advent parables Jesus tells in 25th Chapter of Matthew’s Gospel. Last week we had the parable of the wise and foolish bridesmaids, today it’s the Parable of the Talents, and next week, we will have the climatic parable, the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats. So stay tuned, and do not adjust your sets. Continue reading “Trinity 23, Nov 19 2017 Canon Claude Schroeder. Sermon on Matthew 25.14-30”
(1 Thess. 4.13-18; Matt. 25.1-13)
In preparing for the service today, I was contemplating changing the lectionary readings assigned for this Sunday, in favour of those for Remembrance Day.
In the end, I stuck with the assigned readings, which it seems to me speak powerfully to the occasion. Our theme today is not so much that of war and peace, but of hope.
What is the hope that we as Christians have for the future in the midst of this violent, war-torn world? Continue reading “St. Mary’s Anglican Church, Trinity 22, Nov 12 2017 Canon Claude Schroeder”
Death is that mystery which transcends human experience and knowledge. Nobody knows a particular instance they may announce their passing, “It is finished!” Let us hold to that thought for a moment because we will revisit it in our discussion about the life of Moses, Paul, Jesus and the Christian saints.
Imagine you are Moses who received the saddest news of your death, that you will not enjoy fruits of liberation: “This is the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when I said, ’I will give it to your descendants.’ I have let you see I’t with your eyes, but you will not cross over into it” (Deut. 34: 4).
October 22, 2017 sermon
St. Mary the Virgin Church
It is a good thing to be reminded from time to time that not everyone whose opinion differs from yours is an enemy. All things being equal, we have a lot of freedom to self-select the people we interact with most often, and it makes sense that we tend to gravitate toward people who agree with us, whose point of view is the same as ours, but you can start to get a sort of reinforcing harmonic situation going. When that happens, you can lose depth of field, to use a photography term. What’s distant from you becomes fuzzy and indistinct, and you can’t be sure what’s lurking there. All that’s in focus is the people you’ve gravitated toward, who are all saying the same things you’re saying, all looking at the world from the same perspective.
On October 31, in the year of our Lord 1517, Dr. Martin Luther, a priest, monk, and professor of theology walked up to Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany and nailed a parchment to the doors on which were written 95 theses which he wanted to his fellow academics at the University to debate. Little did he know what the consequences were to be. This October 31st marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.
“Are you envious because I am generous?”
In today’s Gospel lesson Jesus tells us a story about the “kingdom of heaven,” which is not a place called heaven where you go after you die. The kingdom of heaven is the personal presence and power of God to save us, right here and now.
We believe that through the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ God has established His heavenly King on this earth, and He is reigning and ruling from His throne as we speak throne. To be a Christian is to know that God has rescued you from the reign and rule of Satan, sin and death, and transferred you into the kingdom of His Son whom He loves. As a consequence, life can never be the same…
So what is life like in the kingdom of heaven? What does that mean for our lives?