I was invited to preach at Emmaus Anglican Church on January 15, 2023. (This is similar to, but not identical to the sermon I preached on October 30, 2022 for Grace Montreal Church.) Text: John 14:15Title: Love and Obedience
I was invited to preach at Grace Montreal Church on October 30, 2022. Text: John 14:15-31Title: If you love me, you will keep my commandments
Shepherd of our hearts, pursue us and do not forget us. Like sheep, we go astray throughout this life and we are in danger of losing ourselves on some unknown path, of falling suddenly into a pit, and of being devoured by savage beasts. These are but images, but the reality is just as dangerous. We are naive, even twisted, and we need Your wisdom. We are feeble and we need Your deliverance. Born into this world without God, we need the love of Jesus that comes to save us and transform us. Amen.
Father Almighty, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, give us ears to hear the Word that You have revealed for us. At our feet, You have placed two paths: the path of our own obstinate hearts and the path of life. Your Word is not far off – thank you God! It is near to us. But we must listen to it and put it into practice. How can we do it? How can we turn away from the idols of our hearts? We need Your love, the love that Jesus has modelled for us by His obedience unto death. Continue reading Prayer: Week of August 29, 2021
O, Lord of Hosts, how is it possible that those who hate You lift their heads and attack Your people? Are You not the most powerful? Do You not love those who love You? Hear the cries of the innocent, Lord, and rise to save both the feeble and the misguided. Regarding the victims, hide them and give them wings with which to flee. Regarding the guilty, forgive them, for they know not what they do. Cause their plans to fail catastrophically. May they be ashamed. May they see the futility of their lives that they may seek Your name, Continue reading Prayer: Week of July 25, 2021
Good Shepherd, watch over us during the long nights. So easily do we feel alone. We forget the good that You have done to us. We lose sight of Your mighty works, those moments in our lives when we proclaimed without any doubt that it was You who had produced a miracle for us. But the darkness makes us forget the past. Hunger, sickness, difficulties – all these cause us to doubt Your goodness; all these cause us to doubt Your love and Your promises. Give us courage and perseverance. Forgive us our mistrust. Draw us in once again by Continue reading Prayer: Week of June 27, 2021
O, Great King, I want to go home to Your eternal halls. Your servant is weary; the task is too difficult; the reward too meagre. Is it really the end of all tears and all sorrows? Will our pain in toiling be over. Will we truly see You face to face? It sounds like gain to me. Yet, to live is Christ. It is to give myself in love for others, so that in the end we, as Your Church, may gain some. For their sake, it is more necessary for me to remain, and to toil, and to be Continue reading Prayer: Week of June 20, 2021
Lord Jesus, you gave us these words: “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” What a challenge, Lord! We give you thanks, because you are effecting the impossible in our hearts, where you have come to dwell. Transform us so that we may love the way you loved us and give ourselves the way you gave yourself for us. Make us generous people. Grant us your own mercy so that we may forgive those who have trespassed against us. Give us the grace to take what is in ruins and restore it. All for your glory. Amen.
Heavenly Father, we sometimes feel all alone in this world. We know that You are there with us, even in us by the Holy Spirit, but we are creatures of flesh. It does us good to see with our eyes and to touch with our hands. We thank You for the people who have shown us Your love in a concrete way. We thank You for our parents, for our friends, and for our colleagues. Most of all, Lord, we thank You for the family of God, for those strangers who have become our brothers and our sisters. Amen.
Lord Jesus, our True Vine, You are the source of our life, of our joy, and of our love. We are the branches, and the Father prunes us, purifies us, so that we may produce the fruit of love and glorify Him in this world full of hatred. We know that we must abide in You, otherwise we dry out; but we need your grace. Give us an indefatigable love for Your very self; help us to reject the world and immerse ourselves ever deeper in Your Word. For the Father’s glory, and by the Holy Spirit’s power, amen.