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Master Sermon

Weekly powerhouse sermons based on the traditional lectionary.

Bend the Knee

To whom will you bend the knee?

Story Sermon

Interactive metaphor-rich sermons based on the new Story Lectionary along with Image Exegesis.


Elisha’s Bones

God is good right down to the bone.

My Prayer For You

Pastor’s Prayer for 1 October 2017

Lord, Father all-powerful
        and ever-living God, I thank You, for
        even though I am a sinner, your unprofitable servant, not
        because of my worth but in the kindness of your mercy,
        You have fed me with the Precious Body & Blood of Your Son,
        our Lord Jesus Christ.
        I pray that this Holy Communion may not bring me
        condemnation and punishment but forgiveness and salvation.
        May it be a helmet of faith and a shield of good will.
 May it purify me from evil ways and put an end to my evil passions.
        May it bring me charity and patience, humility and obedience,
        and growth in the power to do good.
        May it be my strong defense against all my enemies, visible and invisible,
        and the perfect calming of all my evil impulses,
        bodily and spiritual.
        May it unite me more closely to you, the One true God, and lead me
        safely through death to everlasting happiness with You.
        And I pray that You will lead me, a sinner, to the banquet where you,
        with Your Son and holy Spirit, are true and perfect light, total
        fulfillment, everlasting joy, gladness without end, and perfect
        happiness to your saints. grant this through Christ our Lord,

–Prayer of Thanksgiving by Thomas Aquinas


Sound Theology with Colleen Butcher


D Major

Week two of our tour through the CBC’s Signature Series of musical personalities takes us to the jovial key of D major. Pietropaolo has dubbed this key “Miss Congeniality.” His selection of D major pieces features a number of well-known works, including Pachabel’s...

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The Open Table

The Art of Non-Conformity

The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World

By Chris Guillebeau

ISBN: 978-1-101-44308-8

Published 2010

–Review by Douglas Balzer


A pattern is emerging concerning the books I find myself resonating with. The unusual, offbeat books that challenge the status quo are becoming a significant presence in my library. My perspective, it is a good thing. So, this review brings to our attention the book, The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World, the title promises some significant results. I couldn’t resist as the non-conformist aspect sucked me in for a closer look. Here are my thoughts on this book and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.

Even though this book was published in 2010, it couldn’t be more relevant today. Chris Guillebeau’s motivation for writing this book came out a sense of an unfulfilling lifestyle that is ubiquitous within the general population. The desire and drive to escape to a fulfilling life away from the industrial complex of set hours, and offices, as well as overlord management personalities, have a cheerleader in Guillebeau. If you have the courage to follow Guillebeau’s advice, it will be revolutionary in your life. read more…

The Digital Feast with Derek White

Creativity and Retreats

Forget about work and keep a dream diary: how to think creatively Summary: Ditch the brainstorming sessions and make time for knitting, cycling or just plain idling if you want to be more creative Read more at: Digitally mined from:...

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