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How Useful is the Internet?

How useful is the internet? If you are reading this, I don’t have to tell you. But you can pass the story on. A couple of weeks ago we had a special concert on Sunday afternoon at Central Westside. Because of the musician setup, we worshiped with Knox United Church that morning. One of our […]

A True Story About Playing Cards

I came into the office this morning to find that a large box of playing cards had been left for me. There were fifty decks in the box. I opened one. They were lovely playing cards; very smooth and with large, easily readable numbers on them. But there was a hole in the center of […]

Emmaus – An Experience and a Place; our minster, Rev.David Shearman poses a question

Do you know where Emmaus is? There is an Emmaus Road, just outside of Pembroke, Ontario. There is an Emmaus, Pennsylvania, Just outside of Allentown, in the Lehigh Valley. If you were to travel today to the Holy Land and to ask to be taken to Emmaus, you would probably receive a bemused look from […]

Ministry of Hangers: Rev.David Shearman reports on one of our resident saints.

Hospitality is the buzz word in our denomination these days. Making people feel welcome is important, so our leaders and those who know, tell us. So are the details. This week one of our church saints stopped in with several bags of new, wooden hangers. Around the church office we wondered why. “They were on […]

Our church is burgled – Rev. David Shearman puts a theft in perspective

I first knew something was wrong when I drove past the church Wednesday morning and saw the new city police car – you know the one no one wants to see – the one that has no markings on it -the one they use for speed traps. When I got to the church the police […]

April Fool’s Joke? Our minister reflects on dates and destiny

Many years ago I participated in an April Fool’s joke. It involved CBC Radio in New Brunswick, the game of Scrabble and some unpronounceable names. The situation that we set up was so believable that it fooled members of my congregation who listened to me preach every Sunday and who also listened to CBC Radio. […]

Lenten Contemplation

Our minister, Rev.David Shearman, was in a contemplative mood recently. Here’s his sermon: I’d like you to think, for a moment, about what it would mean to have an empty wallet or purse. No money. Not a penny. No credit cards. No bank cards. No driver’s license. No health card. No SIN card No little […]

David’s Christmas Message: Last sermon of the year by our minister, Rev. David Shearman

December 31, 2006 What is the earliest prayer you remember? What prayers did your mother (for it is, in our culture, often a mother’s responsibility to pass on religious teaching) teach you? For many of us it was the familiar, “Now I lay me down to sleep…” And how many of us have had the […]

Looking at research on a four letter word. Our minister, Rev.David Shearman explores the meaning of love.

Have you ever been in love? I don’t mean your first crush or that kind of lustful relationship that it purely physical and nothing else. I mean really, truly and deeply in love? It’s marvellous, isn’t it? Well, I have some news for you. It’s all chemical. Some couples may disagree, but romantic love lasts […]

Musings for a summer day: Here are excerpts from a recent sermon by our minister, Rev. David Shearman.

One of the things I like to do in the summer is read. Especially at the cottage. And in the shade. I usually pack half a dozen books and get lost in a very different world. One of he areas I like to read in is military history. There has been some excellent military history […]