First Glance: John 21

When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “You know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” (John 21:15) The story of Jesus’ breakfast on the beach with the disciples is one of restoration. Peter, who…

Easter Sermon: It Is Finished

I had the joy this last week of sitting down with a couple people who are hoping to join our church, to confess their faith in Jesus and be received as brothers and sisters in Christ. As preparation for this, we have been working through a short curriculum created by the RCA. And this week,…

First Glance: John 19:30

“When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head, and gave up his spirit.” (John 19:30) Jesus bows his head, perhaps in mortal weakness, perhaps in silent submission, or perhaps as a nod of approval. Then, John tells us, Jesus ‘gave up his spirit.’ The phrase “gave…

Sermon: Receiving Mary

I invite you to open your Bibles with me to the gospel of John. John 19, verses 26 and 27. John is in the New Testament – Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. John 19, verses 26 and 27. We have been listening together this lenten season to Jesus’ words from the cross – we have…

Pea Soup

Ingredients: 500g split peas 500g ham hock 1 smoked sausage, sliced 4 onions, chopped 1 carrot, sliced 1 celery root (celeriac), cubed 2 leeks, sliced 2  peeled potatoes, cubed salt freshly ground pepper 2 Tbsp finely chopped celery leaves Directions: Wash the split peas and let them soak overnight (include enough water that it lies at least…

First Glance: John 19:26-27

When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” After that time, the disciple took her into his home. (John 19:26-27) Today, most churches in the United States are known for supporting “family…

Sermon: The Red Thread of Salvation (cont’d)

[This sermon was originally preached on Sunday, March 13, 2016 as part of a series of  Community Lenten Evening Services between rural RCA and PCA churches in our area.] I invite you to open your bibles with me to 2 Corinthians 1:18-24. If you don’t have a bible with you, feel free to grab one…

Sermon: Into Your Hands

I invite you to open your Bibles with me to Luke 23:46. Luke 23, verse 46. Luke is in the New Testament – Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Luke 23, verse 46. We have been listening this Lenten season to Jesus’ words from the cross – the seven statements the gospel record Jesus saying as…

Garden Pizza

Today is Pizza Friday! I thought it might be the perfect time to introduce a new pizza recipe. This is one of our favourite types of pizza to make. It’s a pizza popular in Pennsylvania. Having family from that area, we were fortunate enough to be introduced to it. It’s simple, slightly healthy (with the…

First Glance:Luke 23:46

Jesus called out in a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last. (Luke 23:46) Not every gospels account records the same last words as being on the lips of Jesus. What do we make of this? Matthew: Jesus cried out again in a…