Archive for March 2014

Third Sunday in Lent 2014 - The Reverend Geoffrey Chapman

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Part three of a three-part series on the Temptations of Jesus, this sermon explores the Temptation of "easy power" through a samaritan woman at a well's encounter with Jesus. This sermon explores the tragic history of Samaria, why they were so despised by the Judeans, and what we might take from this encounter as we think of our own history as individuals, as a church and as a nation.


Second Sunday in Lent 2014 - The Reverend Geoffrey Chapman

Monday, March 17th, 2014

When we first encounter Jesus' conversation with Nicodemus, Jesus seems to not answer any of Nicodemus' questions, and almost appears rude or dismissive. Yet delving deeper into this conversation reveals a humbling encounter that can be a warning to every Christian who believes they know who God is.


First Sunday in Lent 2014 - The Reverend Geoffrey Chapman

Monday, March 10th, 2014

The first sermon in a three part series on the Temptations of Jesus, this sermon is about "Easy Food." Reverend Geoff talks about the incredibly complicated calling of Jesus to "feed the hungry" in 2014. Issues of class, economics, culture, poverty and many others are all tied into what we eat and how we eat. 

Reverend Geoff also briefly reviews the Fasting tradition he recommended at the Ash Wednesday service.

Ash Wednesday 2014 - The Reverend Geoffrey Chapman

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Christians throughout the world observe three traditions during Lent: Almsgiving, Prayer and Fasting. But rarely do we see the logical and pragmatic connection between Fasting and Almsgiving: When we fast, we save money, for we spend less on food. We can then take these savings and give them to the poor.

Reverend Geoff calls all of us to observe this Christian fast together as one church - it doesn't matter what you give up, but he suggests we all eat more simply this Lenten season, and give the difference to the poor. Below is a list from the Ottawa Food Bank of suggested givings. Print this list, put it in your wallet, and take it with you when you get groceries!

Ottawa Food Bank Most Needed Items:
Canned Fish, Meat & Stews
Canned Vegetables & Fruit
Cereal [Whole Grains]
Cooking Oil
Dry Pasta & Sauce
Baby Diapers
Baby Formula
Household Products
Juice [Boxes or Cans]
Legumes [Canned or Dried]
Peanut Butter
Personal Hygiene Products
Snacks [Think Nutritious!]


Last Sunday after Epiphany 2014 - The Reverend Geoffrey Chapman

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

The Transfiguration of Jesus on the mountain top is a strange story to many Christians, but it can be powerfully understood if we explore the epic ministries of Moses and Elijah. This sermon delves into the images, stories and lives of Moses and Elijah to better understand the story of the Resurrected Jesus continuing to this day in our Church and in our lives.