Pledging Allegiance
Reflections on the Reign of Christ (24 November 2019)

We are all subject to conflicting allegiances.  As we come to the end of the liturgical year, however, we are reminded of our primary allegiance to the crucified and risen Servant Lord who lives, who reigns and who will come again.

Click here to listen to Richard's sermon as preached at the 10.00 eucharist on Sunday the 24th.

Image found at http://www.hanna-artwork.com/batik/3561644.htm on 24 November 2019

Endurance and Christian Discipleship
Reflections on Luke 21.5-19 by the Rev'd Carole Neilson

No one ever said that being a disciple of Jesus was easy.  But by God's grace we extend to others the loving compassion we have received and, in more ways that we can imagine, touch their lives in difficult times and seasons.

Click here to listen to Carole's sermon at the 10.00 eucharist on Sunday, the 17th of November 2019.

Eternal Not Everlasting Remembrance
Thoughts on Remembrance Sunday 10 November 2019

Remembrance is not about assembling a nostalgic jigsaw puzzle of memories.  It is an act of re-presenting the past so that we join with God in shaping the future.  The eternal life that Jesus promises his disciples in John's gospel is life in the here and now that is filled with God's promise.

Click here to listen to Richard's sermon as it was preached at the 10.00 Eucharist.

I Sing a Song of the Saints of God
All Saints Reflection by the Rev'd Carole Neilson

When we remember the saints, we are proclaiming how the good news of God in Christ is made present in their lives and in the lives of the many others, known and unknown, in whom Christ has lived.

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Clip art accessed on 4 November 2019 from http://clipart-library.com/clipart/1707188.htm

Perhaps a Cynic
Note on Luke 18.1-8

Perhaps the judge is not 'unjust'.  Perhaps he's just weary of hoping for the best and finding himself constantly confronted by the fact that his hopes are not realized.  The same thing happens to many disciples of Jesus as we strive to meet what seem to be the ever-increasing demands made upon us.

Click here to listen to Richard's thoughts as preached at the 10.00 Eucharist on Sunday, the 20th of October.

Image accessed on 20 October at

https://www.kissclipart.com/lucas-18-1-8-clipart-luke-18-parable-of-the-unjust-umig8y

 

We Are All Wandering Arameans
Reflections on Deuteronomy 26.1-11 (Thanksgiving Sunday, 13 October 2019)

Family stories are important because they not only tell our history but our aspirations as well.  On this Thanksgiving Sunday let us remember our stories so that we can aspire to justice, steadfast love and humility.

Click here to listen to Richard's sermon as preached at the 10.00 eucharist on Sunday the 13th.

God's Love Made Manifest
The Blessing of Pets on Pentecost 17

Although we enjoy pet videos on Youtube and Facebook, our love for our pets and their love for us is something more.  It manifests God's love for the whole creation.

Click here to listen to Tasha's sermon preached at the 10.00 Eucharist.

Icon of Saint Francis accessed at

https://www.monasteryicons.com/product/Saint-Francis-and-the-Animals/did-you-know

on 7 October 2019

In the Company of Angels and Archangels
A Sermon by the Rev'd Carole Neilson

We sometimes think of angels and archangels as distant spiritual beings.  Carole invites us to consider how we live in the company of angels and archangels.

Click here to read Carole's sermon preached at Holy Trinity Cathedral on Sunday the 29th of September.

This Is an Awesome Place.
Reflections on the Feast of Michael & All Angels

As Jacob fled his brother, Esau, he had no idea that God was waiting for him at Bethel to change his life.  Nor did Nathanael expect God to surprise him in the person of Jesus, the rabbi from Nazareth.  God often shows up in unexpected places and in unexpected people.  Our task as disciples of Jesus is to learn how to discern God's presence in such places and peoples.

Click here to listen to Richard preaching at All Saints Anglican Church in Burnaby on Sunday the 29th of September.

 

Photograph of Michael and the Devil

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Statue_of_St_Michael_and_the_devil_-_Coventry_Cathedral_14d06.jpg

accessed on Monday, 30 September 2019.

Between Two Masters
Reflections on Luke 16.1-13

Every disciple of Jesus lives between two masters:  the necessities of the world as it is and the vision of the world as God wishes it to be.  How we use our resources of time, talent and treasure will reveal which master is drawing us closer.

Click here to listen to the Sermon as preached at the 10.00 Eucharist on Sunday the 22nd.

Clip art retrieved from www.servicioskoinonia.org/cerezo/dibujosC/49ordinarioC25.jpg on 24 September 2019.

 

A World Right Side Round
Reflections on Luke 15.1-10

In Luke 15.1-10 Jesus presents a view of the world that many would find upside down, but it may well be the world right side round.  It's an understanding that might inform us as we listen to the platforms of our political leaders during the current federal campaign.

Click here to listen to the Sermon as preached at the 10.00 Eucharist on Sunday the 15th.

Image accessed at http://www.servicioskoinonia.org/cerezo/dibujosC/48ordinarioC24.jpg on 15 September 2019.

How the Light Gets In --- And Out!
Reflections on 2 Corinthians 4.1-12 on the Occasion of the Celebration of New Ministry for the Rev'd Tim Morgan

We sometimes are reluctant to let people see our cracks and chips.  But they are, as Leonard Cohen says, 'how the light gets in' to us.  As Christians they are also how the light goes forth from us into the shadows of the world.

Click here to listen to the Sermon as preached Monday evening.

Tradition or Treason?
Reflections on the Readings for Proper 23C

In English 'tradition' and 'treason' come from the same Latin root 'trahere'.  As Christians we are called to be faithful to the tradition and to avoid the treason of traditionalism.

Click here to listen to the Sermon as preached at the 10.00 Eucharist on Sunday, the 8th of September 2019.

The photograph is of the New Westminster Customs House where the first Anglican service in New Westminster was held on the 2nd of September 1859 under the leadership of the Rev'd John Sheepshanks, later Bishop of Norwich.

I Had a Dream
Reflections on Sirach 10.12-18 and Luke 14.1, 7-14

Both Sirach and Luke address the dilemma of human pride.  When does healthy self-love or 'pride' cross the boundary and become chauvinism and 'pridefulness'?  After all, we are called to love our neighbours 'as we love ourselves'.  Hear what Richard's thoughts are by clicking on the link below.

Click here to listen to 'I Had a Dream' as preached at the 10.00 Eucharist on Sunday, the 1st of September.

Clip art from http://www.servicioskoinonia.org/cerezo/dibujosC/46ordinarioC22.jpg on Monday, 2 September 2019.

Worship as Our Self Giving
Reflections on Isaiah 58.9b-14

It is not ritual that Isaiah and Jesus condemn.  It is ritual that does not lead into acting as God's agents in the world.  Worship is not play-acting; it is rehearsing our roles that God asks us to exercise when we are not gathered as a community.

Click here to listen to the Sermon as preached at the 10.00 Eucharist on Sunday the 25th of August.

Image:  Christ healing the crippled woman who was bent over, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=51253 [retrieved August 26, 2019]. Original source: Collection of J. Patout Burns and Robin M. Jensen.

Light and Shadow
Reflections on Luke 12.49-56

We often hear only the softer words of Jesus.  Tasha invites us to hear the harder words as well.  In them we learn more about the challenges of discipleship.

 Click here to listen to the Sermon as preached at the 10.00 a.m. Eucharist on Sunday the 18th of August.

Teach Us to Pray
Reflections on Luke 11.1-13 for Pentecost 7 (28 July 2019)

‘Teach us to pray,’ an unnamed disciple asks Jesus in today’s gospel from Luke.  Beneath those words I hear the desire to have the same rich spiritual life that Jesus has with God, that same sense of connectedness that enables Jesus to radiate God’s life into the hustle and bustle of the disciples’ everyday lives, that ability to meet the reality of our human condition confident in God’s purposes to bring us all into life-giving, life-sustaining relationships.

Click here to listen to Richard's sermon as preached at the 10.00 a.m. Eucharist on Sunday the 28th.

Walking the Way of the Cross
Reflections on Colossians 1.15-28 on the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost (21 July 2019)

Being a witness to the good news is not without cost.  It often means opening oneself up to the criticisms of others, to ridicule by so-called ‘reasonable people’, to charges of being unfaithful to the ‘tradition’, to the struggle to make a go of this rag-tag bunch of folk we call Holy Trinity Anglican Cathedral.  It means suffering, not suffering in place of Christ, but suffering with Christ for on-going work of reconciliation and renewal begun so long ago.

Click here to listen to the Sermon as preached by Richard on Sunday the 21st at the 10.00 Eucharist.

Faithfulness Not Clinginess
Reflections on John 20.1-18 for General Synod Sunday 14 July 2019

Mary Magdalene discovered that clinginess to the past is not the same as faithfulness to God's future.  The church in every age has to de-clutter in order to move into the glorious light of the resurrection.

Click here to listen to Richard's sermon as preached at the 10.00 Eucharist on Sunday the 14th of July.

A Word from the Vicar of Holy Trinity Cathedral and Archdeacon of Westminster
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Click here to listen to 'A Word from the Vicar' as offered at the beginning of the 10.00 Eucharist on Sunday the 14th.

Despite the failure of the General Synod to pass the revised Marriage Canon, Holy Trinity Cathedral is and will remain 'an inclusive communit of faith where all are welcome'.  Since 1995 I have affirmed and have worked for the full inclusion of all people into the life of the Christian community.  This has been and remains my commitment as your Vicar.  We can and we will disagree about how we live our lives as disciples of Jesus, but we will not abandon our commitment to Jesus as Lord and the covenant of our baptism.

A Baptismal Letter to Parker
Reflections on Baptism for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost 7 July 2019

On the occasion of Parker's baptism, Tasha Carrothers, our Assistant Curate, offers some baptismal reflections in the style of Godly Play.

Click here to enjoy the video!

Discerning the Presence of the Spirit
Reflections for the Third Sunday after Pentecost 30 June 2019

All believers want to know how to discern the presence of the Spirit of God in the events and experiences of their lives.  In his letter to the Christians in Galatia, the apostle Paul give a straightforward set of criteria to guide us in discerning the Spirit's presence --- Straightforward, yes --- Simple to discern, not always.

Click here to listen to Richard's sermon preached on Sunday, the 30th of June, at the 10.00 Eucharist.

Faith Is a Verb!
Reflections for the Second Sunday after Pentecost 23 June 2019

While it's tempting to think of faith only as set of beliefs or an attitude towards life and the world, faith is a verb.  We act on our confidence in what God has achieved through Jesus of Nazareth.

Click here to listen to Richard's sermon from Sunday the 23rd of June.

Sent to Dance with the World
Reflections for Trinity Sunday 16 June 2019
Some people think of the Trinity from an abstract perspective, while others may focus on the internal life of God.  Another perspective is to celebrate the Holy and Life-giving Trinity as sending us forth into the world to bring others into the dance of life.
Transformed: A Letter to Emily on the Occasion of Her Baptism
Reflections for Pentecost 9 June 2019

Emily, today you are being gathered into the loving community of Jesus’ friends. For a very long time we have brought together all sorts of people, young and old, women and men and children, so that they can know how much God loves them and how much God loves the whole world. But there’s more to being a friend of Jesus.  To be a friend of Jesus we have need to be transformed, to be inspired, so that the love we have found here can be shared with others.

Click here to hear the rest of Richard's letter to Emily.

Gathered into Beloved Community
Reflections for the Sunday after Ascension 2 June 2019

The ministry of Jesus is to gather people of every race and nation, people of all genders and ages, people of every social status and experience, into a beloved community, a community at one which each other just as Jesus is at one with the Holy One our God.  In this beloved community diversity is not something to be feared but to be embraced.  In this beloved community questions are encouraged rather than discouraged.  In this beloved community love means being always prepared to say, ‘I’m sorry’, and to work towards restored life-giving relationships.

Click here to listen to Richard's sermon from the 2nd of June.