Homilies of 2012 to 2014

These older but still valuable homilies can be found on YouTube through the highlighted links.

March 23, 2014: Hospitality is the centre of how Jesus chose to talk about, and to show people the Kingdom on earth. Through eating and drinking with people, he showed, he taught, he lived the message.

March 16, 2014: Michael Knowles continued on the Holy Conversations theme, with a homily on The Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes; the Table Still Stands, the Offer is Still Open.

March 9, 2014: Rick’s homily to kick off the Lenten “Holy Conversations” workshops led by Christyn Perkons. The wilderness, temptation, manna, our bread of life, hope…: theme for the liturgy and theme for the first workshop.

February 23, 2014: Rick’s homily on how Jesus challenges us to a higher, a heavenly, standard of behaviour (Matthew 5:38-48); provocative and disruptive; how can we possibly live up to it?! Listen at end of clip for the Guitar choir singing I Feel the Winds of God Today.

February 2, 2014: Jean Hoover’s homily, in which she presented “The Spirit Within The Flowers“. Her faith story is inspiring and the photos lovely!

February 2, 2014: Re-dedication homily by the Venerable Bishop Michael Bird … and a bit of the choir too.

January 19, 2014: Rick responded to two “huge” stories in the gospel according to John 1:29-42 and preached on: John’s spiritual experience when he realized Jesus was the One, and
the significance of Jesus turning towards those who were hanging back to ask “What do you want?”

January 12, 2014: John the Baptist, Jesus’ baptism, change and renewal are all thoughtfully addressed in Rick’s very timely homily following our Parish meeting of the 7th.

January 5, 2014: Guest homilist, Venerable Steve Hopkins, spoke to us about his experiences at St. Christopher’s with developing a “discernment, holy-conversation process” that explores ways “to let God get some traction with us.” He gave examples of how hearts, minds, and even behaviours of participating parishioners have changed.

Dec. 29, 2013: in this homily, Rick introduces the question we will embrace over the next few months: what can we do that we’re not doing now that will help make us a more faithful, vibrant, and vital community in our re-sized and beautifully renewed home? E.g., what are we going to be? What do we want to be? What is God calling us to be? Who are our neighbours? How do we relate to our neighbours? And so on….

Dec. 8, 2013: Rick’s Advent 2 homily in which he explains John the Baptist’s advent, the meaning of Advent now, and pays tribute to Nelson Mandela who lived advent to action.

March 10, 2013: Bringing Us a New Perspective on Life, Love, and Relationships: homily by Reverend Rick Jones; look for the “blank white wall” analogy!

Watch as our dear friend and long-time parishioner Mary Margaret Pocius is announced as a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. It all happened Sunday, February 10, 2013, at St. Paul’s before the 10:30 service. David Christopherson, Member of Parliament for Hamilton Centre, a politician who knows Mary Margaret and St.Paul’s well, made the presentation. Congratulations, Mary Margaret! We love you!

February 10, 2013: Transformation homily by Reverend Jack Cox

January 27, 2013: You Can’t Always Get What You Want: homily by Reverend Rick Jones, in which he famously paraphrases The Rolling Stones!

January 13, 2013: Our Journeys Mirror the Journey of Jesus Following His Baptism homily by Reverend Rick Jones

December 2, 2012: Advent: It Could Be That What We’re Waiting For Is Already Happening, homily by Reverend Rick Jones

November 18, 2012: Focused on God, Centred in God, Listening to God – Yes, but We Can’t Do It Without Community, homily by Reverend Jack Cox

November 11, 2012: Justice and Righteousness: At the heart of being a Christian, Reverend Rick Jones’ Remembrance Day homily.

September 30, 2012: Homily by Reverend Jack Cox at our annual, and very popular, Blessing of the Animals Service.

June 10, 2012: Tag-team homily by Reverend Rick Jones AND Jack Cox: Jesus’ Radical New Concept of Family and Community, Then and Now.

May 27, 2012: Not By Might, Nor By Power – Homily by Reverend Dr. Michael Knowles

April 22, 2012, Earth Day: Reverend Jack Cox shared his passion for the outdoors: This Sacred Earth, Our Meeting Place with God

April 8, 2012, Easter Sunday: Rick had some great jokes on Easter Sunday! Check out the video: Days of Joy and Laughter

April 1, 2012, Palm Sunday: Reverend Jack Cox presented: Palm Sunday: Two Processions into Jerusalem; in Which One Are You?

March 25, 2012: God Embedded in Us, Transforming Our Hearts: Reverend Rick Jones

March 18, 2012: The Reverend Jack Cox, who is visiting us for awhile, gave the sermon this week: Embrace Your Desert: A Time and Place of Grace

March 11, 2012: Breathe the Spirit of God, Venerable Dr. Rick Jones’ homily

February 12, 2012: Rick’s homily titled We Are Called To Do What Jesus Would Do

January 29, 2012: Michael Knowles provided the homily: One God, One Lord, One Faith

January 22, 2012: Leave What You’re Doing and Follow Me, Reverend Rick Jones asks the big question…

January 15, 2012: Service Leadership, on so many levels; homily given by our very own Venerable Dr. Rick Jones

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