Sermon Audio: Canon Robert Hurkmans
1700 years ago a boy named Alexamenos was ridiculed for his "foolish faith" in Jesus Christ. Today at St. J & B we learn that the Christian faith is indeed "foolish" in many ways. It goes against worldly wisdom, and yet, as Paul writes: "The foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength." 1 Cor. 1:25
For most of us, work is a drag. We count down the minutes to the end of the work day, and we count down the years until retirement. But while we dislike work, God LOVES work. He created it after all! So how can we find meaning and purpose in our work? More importantly, how can we find GOD in our work? Join us this Sunday as we explore how GOD can become central to our daily tasks and work, not matter how insignificant they may seem. For, as William J. Bennett said, "There are no menial tasks, only menial attitudes."
"Do Everything" Steven Curtis Chapman
What does my body have to do with my spiritual life? I mean, aren't they opposites: Body vs. Spirit? And besides, isn't my body mine to do with as I please? Today at St. J & B we try to address some of these important questions. Our bodies are vitally important in God's eyes: he created them, redeemed them. God himself took on flesh and walked among us in a body. In our culture we tend to either "Ignore" our bodies, or "Adore" our bodies, and in both cases it can lead to real problems. Yet, in Paul's letter to the church in Corinth, he offers a different perspective on our bodies, a perspective that helps us adopt the right view of our bodies as gifts from God. Join us!
What do our friendships have to do with our spiritual life? For many of us, there is very little connection between the company we keep, and the faith we profess. Yet, this Lent as we seek to develop a spiritual "Rule of Life" for ourselves soon discover that the friends we keep determine the course and direction of our lives. As Proverbs 13:20 states: "Those who walk with the wise become wise, but the companion of fools suffers harm." If this is true, then choosing "wise" friends is a vital part of my spiritual life. But what qualities should I look for in a friend, and where would I ever find a friend that could help me become "wise"? These are the questions we explore this morning at St. J & B. What we discover is that church is best understood as a community of friends, journeying together on the path of Christ. May St. J & B become such a place: not just a "friendly" church, but a church of friends!
"You've got to love a God who tells you to take a day off!" This morning at St. J & B we rediscover the forgotten practice of SABBATH. In our hurried, fast paced world, the idea of "resting from our labours" has never been more relevant.
Even though Canon Rob is "the worst person to give this sermon", we all could stand to learn a little more about slowing down our lives to make room for rest and renewal. Join us!
Canon Robert Hurkmans was the priest at St. James and St. Brendan from 2006 to 2018.