Recent Sermons & Reflections

Baptism in water and the Spirit

Today’s readings mention different kinds of baptism – baptism in water, and baptism in the Holy Spirit. In the passage from Acts it says that the new Christians in Samaria were baptized (presumably with water) “in the name of the Lord Jesus,” but that they hadn’t...

Rise and Shine: Epiphany, Jan. 6, 2019

In a depressing time for the Jews, when they returned from Babylon and saw the destroyed city of Jerusalem, the prophet Isaiah spoke to them and said Arise and Shine. The message went against their feelings, but spoke to the deepest hopes of the Jewish people.

Epiphany: The Radiant Oneness of God

Today is the first day after Christmas.  That may sound a bit strange for some, but it’s important to remember that Christmas is a season of 12 days, not just one day.  Immediately following Christmas is the Feast of the Epiphany, which we celebrate today.  When the...

At Home With God

On this first Sunday after Christmas we have readings about two special children growing up in holiness: the little boy Samuel in the temple at Shiloh, and Jesus in the temple at Jerusalem. And we’re meant to see and understand the connection between these two...

Christmas Eve: Follow the Light of Christ

If you’ve been with us at St. Aidan’s over the last four weeks, you’ll know that each Sunday we’ve been lighting a specific candle on the Advent wreath.  On the wreath are four candles, and each represents a particular virtue that we long to see realized in the world...

Re-Imagining the Texts

Last Sunday we welcomed Fr. Bob Holmes to St Aidan's as our preacher. Bob is a Basilian monastic, and longtime member of Christian Peacemaker Teams. He has been involved in peace and justice work all over the world, and here in Canada. Bob spoke to us about how to see...

Active, Holy Waiting

Advent 1 - December 2018 By Lucy Reid Advent is about waiting: waiting for Christmas and our celebration of the birth of Jesus; waiting for the coming of the reign of God on earth (sometimes called the Second Coming); waiting for hope, peace, joy and love to shine out...