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Merv’s Musings – Christmas 2020

by Peter Clarke

Do you see what I see?  Do you hear what I hear? This Christmas Carol has been playing in my head all week.  Do you ever have a tune that you just can’t stop humming? It started with the sights and sound of Christmas that I noticed this past week.  Or maybe it is the […]

Merv’s Musings – 2020.12.11 – Preparing for Joy

by Peter Clarke

  Advent 3   Preparing for the joy set before us … preparing for the coming Messiah.  We are approaching the 3rd Sunday in Advent.  We should be gathering at St. Andrews and lighting the rose coloured candle on the Advent Wreath.  Of coarse that is not possible this year with the COVID 19 restrictions.  […]

Merv’s Musings – Advent 1 – Travel to Bethlehem

by Peter Clarke

         Ann Weems reminds us in her book Kneeling in Bethlehem:                             In each heart lies a Bethlehem                            an inn where we must ultimately answer                            whether there is room or not.                            When we are Bethlehem-bound                             we experience our own advent in his.                            When we are Bethlehem-bound                            we can no longer look the other way                            conveniently not seeing stars […]

Merv’s Musings – Christ the King Sunday

by Peter Clarke

Nov. 22 is Reign of Christ or Christ the King Sunday. The Reign of Christ Sunday is like New Years Eve.  We reminisce about the past year and look forward to the New Year;  beginning with the First Sunday of Advent.  Advent is a season filled with expectation and preparation and the year ends with […]

Merv’s Musings 2020.11.11 – Remembrance Day 2020

by Peter Clarke

Today I watched the Remembrance Day Service broadcast from the War Memorial in Ottawa.  I was once again struck by the sacrifice our men and women have given over the years.  It was hard not to get chocked up as the 2020 Silver Cross Mother laid a wreath for all family members who have lost a loved […]

Merv’s Musings – St. Andrew’s Reopens

by Peter Clarke

When I worked for Imperial Oil as a Power Engineer back in the 1970’s a popular phrase we used was:  all things are subject to change or cancellation without further notice.  This was the sentiment felt by many employees as management were making changes at the time. However this may be an accurate description of today’s […]

Merv’s Musings – 2020.08.01

by Peter Clarke

Feeding of the 5000 (Matthew 14:13-21) Our Grand-daughter Cara, when she was much younger, was caught up with the life of a princess.  She would want to say Grace at the supper table and upon completion she would lift her hands and pronounce: “Let the Royal Feast begin.” Jesus turns to his disciples and says […]

Merv’s Musings – 2020.07.25

by Peter Clarke

Romans 8:28:  “And we know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” This week’s reading from Paul’s letter to the Romans is one of my favourite passages of scripture.  I quote it often.  God works for good in “all” things.  Not […]

Merv’s Musings – 2020.07.18

by Peter Clarke

Matthew 13:  24-30 & 36-43 This week’s Gospel reading from Matthew is the familiar passage about the wheat and the tares or as the newer Bible versions translate it:  the parable of the wheat and the weeds. Sue is the gardener in our family.  She tells me what to pull, what to leave;  especially in […]

Merv’s Musings – 2020.07.11

by Peter Clarke

Romans 8:1-11      10 years ago I had heart surgery and leading up to the surgery I wore a Nitro Patch each day.  Well, I heard a story of a heart patient who had visited his cardiologist for his two-week follow-up appointment.  He informed the doctor that he was having trouble with one of his medications.  […]