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Bridging the Church to the World

Ascension Day holds a very special place in my heart in that it is the Anniversary of my ordination to the Diaconate. May 21, 2009 was Ascension Day and I along with a colleague who now works in the Diocese of Toronto were ordained at St. Michael and All Angels Cathedral on this day, Ascension Day.   The timing of... Read More

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Is Hell Real?

At some point along the way, the inevitable question will come up during confirmation preparation, “Is hell real?” This question will usually come up if the well-meaning facilitator of the class wants people to feel free to ask whatever question they have been desperate to ask, but felt embarrassed or afraid to... Read More

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Following the Voice of God

Thomas Merton in his prayer, “A Prayer of Daring Trust” prays, “My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. . .” So many times we find ourselves... Read More

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So Where Do We Go From here?

Things are always different aren’t they when someone we love dies. Things are different, and yet there is also a strange familiarity as well.             People, our neighbourhood and world is the same and familiar. Even our daily routines, while slow to re-engage do come back and become familiar and regular... Read More

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Easter Sunday - Seeing God in the World

And so the story continues. We have journeyed through Lent and Holy Week and followed faithfully the steps of Jesus, those life changing and formative moments in his life as he makes his way to the Cross. If it wasn’t for today, the events of this past week, Jesus being betrayed by Judas, abandoned in the garden... Read More

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Easter Vigil

We have gathered this night to hear again some of the Scripture the church has meditated on for centuries, Scripture that helped give voice and meaning to what came after  - what came after that terrible day when Jesus was betrayed by his own, executed by the overlords, and died on the cross, abandoned by all but... Read More

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Good Friday - by Rev. Paul Porter Leggatt

For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who put their trust in the Holy One.   How does Good Friday reveal Gd’s wisdom – the wisdom that is the foundation upon which we are to live – the wisdom that appears... Read More

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Maundy Thursday - by Rev. Paula Porter Leggatt

Once upon a time . . . the whole land kept Holy week.  They would sing with the crowds on Palm Sunday, then rest with Mary, Martha and Lazarus in the early days of the week.  On Wednesday they would hear the Gospel where Judas goes out to betray Jesus, and Jesus says words that don’t make any sense until they make... Read More

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The Road to Jerusalem

This is the time when Jesus enters Jerusalem. He enters at the same time as the Governor of the day, although through a different entrance. The city is in a buzz. Soldiers and people gathering and pushing in to get a better view. Some pushing forward to get close to the governor. Others pushing to get close to... Read More