Noel Fraser is filming many of our homilies and uploading them to You Tube. Here are links where you can watch a homily from over two years ago. Timeless, aren’t they?!
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. And in his Radical Act of Hospitality told in Luke 19:1-10, with Zacchaeus, the tax collector, he offered new life, new relationship, and hope such that the man changed his life. For us, this is about finding people “where they are”, taking a chance, reaching out, and forging new relationships.
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: I know many of you have been waiting for this: Jean Hoover’s homily, in which she presented “The Spirit Within The Flowers“. Her faith story is inspiring and the photos lovely!
Very special: February 9, 2014: Re-dedication homily by the Venerable Bishop Michael Bird … and a bit of the choir, too (special treat)
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?” Rick decoded the question and the answers to suggest a model for St. Paul’s as we discern our future. Why do we come to St. Paul’s? Let’s share the answers with those who might also respond to what we find meaningful here.
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. This is an excellent reference for us over the next few months.
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.
No longer new, but still worth a view!! March 10, 2013
A Gem: 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’swell, made the presentation. Congratulations, Mary Margaret! We love you!
Relevant to our discernment exercise, 2014: February 10, 2013
Transformation: homily by Reverend Jack Cox
Still rockin’ and rollin’! 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
May 20, 2012
A memorable homily; Jack tackles complex ideas and explains John/Jesus/God in our terms. This is John’s prayer, this is John’s Jesus, this is our Jesus.
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
Relevant to our discernment exercise, 2014 February 12, 2012:
Rick’s homily today was titled We Are Called To Do What Jesus Would Do
January 29, 2012:
Rick was away this week. 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