From the Rector’s Study

I prefer communicating verbally rather than on paper or social media. COVID-19 has us living differently. I hope my messages provide a spiritual lift in these troubling times. – The Rev. Bryce Sangster

June 16, 2024

The small becomes big and not with us doing anything about it. But recognizing what is happening men taking our part. The use of parables; in reality I am a storyteller who would ask the question often
answered with a story.

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June 9, 2024

There seem to be two questions regarding the passage in Mark today. Jesus talking about the unforgivable sin, and whoever does the will of God is family. I am guessing I am not the only one with discomfort around these two issues.

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June 2, 2024

Jesus taking food to eat and healing on the Sabbath. The phrase that sums it all up from Jesus the Sabbath is for humankind not humankind for the Sabbath. It seems to me that the value of the Sabbath is being lost in this day and age. It’s losing its significance and its value. Jesus saying what he says does not take away from the value of the Sabbath although that’s the impression one can get from his phrase.

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May 26, 2024

I heard a long time ago a way of understanding God as three in one. It is like a cherry pie. When you cut it into pieces, you can definitely see the cut in the crust which separates the pieces, but when you look inside you see the cherries and the juices all flowing together. Both separate and one.

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May 19, 2024

A kindergarten teacher was observing the children in her classroom while they were drawing pictures. She would occasionally walk around to see each child’s artwork. As she came to one little girl who was working diligently, she asked what the drawing was. The girl replied, “I’m drawing God.” The teacher paused and said, “But no one knows what God looks like.” Taking a deep breath and concentrating on her drawing, the girl replied, “They will in a minute.”

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May 12, 2024

The ascension makes sense in its historical context. The understanding of the earth between heaven and hell. And heaven being above the destination but now our view or understanding of the universe has changed. The idea of the circle rather than hierarchy, and the connectedness of all things seems to be of greater value.

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May 5, 2024

Surprise, surprise, a few questions come to mind the reading today. The timing is in question among other things. And who chooses whom? Do we choose God in Christ or does God in Christ choose us it seems to be that God asks first and waits for our yes or no.

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April 28, 2024

The baptism right away, when we talk about back to church Sunday it is the first 30 seconds people decide whether they will come back to church or not. The rest of the time will either confirm the assessment or contradict maybe change their mind. And our faith and belief are not a one-time decision doubt and questions and wondering about God as well as ourselves

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April 21, 2024

In his book, God is More than Enough, Pastor Tony Evans shares this story: On a trip in the African rain forest, a man was following a guide. As they pushed onward into deeper and darker jungle,
the guide, using his machete, constantly whacked away at the thick green growth that rose like a wall everywhere before them. “How do you know where to go?” the man asked. “Where’s the path?” The guide replied, “I am the path.”

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