Past Services

Here are videos from worship services recently offered in our Sunday worship times. You can also find written texts here for sermons (or “reflections”). If they are part of a series on a theme, they are grouped by that theme. Otherwise, they are listed in order of date, starting with the most recent.

Spring 2022

June 5   Pentecost Sunday  Waiting For What’s Next   Service Video   Sermon Video   Sermon text

June 12   Trinity Sunday  Tripping On Tiptoes   Service Video   Sermon Video   Sermon text

June 19   Indigenous Day of Prayer  We used resources from Rev. Evan Swance-Smith and the Toronto Urban Native Ministry. We are very grateful. For technical reasons, we are unable to share the video, unfortunately.


Easter 2022

April 17   Resurrection Sunday   Jesus Let Loose   Service Video   Sermon Video   Sermon text

April 24   2nd Sunday of Easter   The Ones who Did Not Get Away   Service Video   Sermon Video   Sermon text

May 1   3rd Sunday of Easter   Hauled Back In   Service Video   Sermon Video   Sermon text

Our worship on May 8 and May 15 was led by guest worship leaders. Unfortunately, the recordings for those services are not available.

May 22   6th Sunday of Easter   Guest Worship leader Jeff Smith   Service Video   Sermon Video 

On May 29 we had a shared worship time with Alma United Church and Bethany United Church, at the Alma Community Centre. We were not able to record that service.


Lent 2022  Vine & Branches (John 15)

Jesus describes our relationship with him as being like the intertwined, dependent relationship between a vine (him) and its branches (us). Jesus gives this teaching during his last hours with his closest disciples. What does it mean for us as we live with him today?

March 6   We finished up the previous series about “Our Mission Tree.” You can find that listed below.

March 13   Stick House   Service Video   Sermon Video   Sermon text

March 20   Stay to Go   Service Video   Sermon Video   Sermon text

March 27   Our Glorious Defeat   Service Video   Sermon Video   Sermon text

April 3   Invasive Species   Service Video   Sermon Video   Sermon text

April 10 Palm Sunday   Welcoming Party   Service Video   Sermon Video   Sermon text


Winter 2022  Our Mission Tree

We’re using a tree to imagine our life together. As we look to the future when the pandemic ends and beyond, the parts of a tree can help us hear God’s call and see what God is shaping us to be.

January 9   Leaves & Fruit   Video   Sermon text

January 16   Trees by the River  Video  Sermon text

January 23   Our Guest Worship Leader was Jeff Smith  Video

January 30   Roots  Sermon Video  Sermon text

February 6   Rooted and Grounded in Love  Sermon Video   Sermon text

February 13   Trunk & Branches  Sermon Video  Sermon text

February 20   Our Tree’s Knotty Parts  Sermon Video  Sermon text

February 27   No service

March 6   A New Tree  Sermon Video  Sermon text


Advent-Christmas 2021

November 28   The Christmas Gospel: Not Another Thing to Do!  Video  Sermon text

December 5     The Christmas Gospel: A Strange Sort of Kingdom  Video  Sermon text

December 12   The Christmas Gospel: Bigger and Smaller than We’d Imagine  Video  Sermon text

December 19   The Christmas Gospel: Come Along and See  Video  Sermon text

December 24 Christmas Eve Celebration   Video 

December 24 Christmas Eve Communion   Glory All Around Us   Video  Sermon text

December 26  Video 


Fall 2021

September 5   Percolating the Scriptures   Video     Sermon text
This introduces something we’re trying this fall. It’s a 3-week cycle approach to engaging with a Bible teaching. 

September 12   “Sounds of Joy and Weeping” Listening to Ezra 3.10-13  Video     Sermon text

September 19   “Mixed Feelings” Learning from Ezra 3.10-13  Video     Sermon text

September 26   Our Responses to Ezra 3.10-13  Video

October 3 (World Communion)   “One Came Back” Listening to Luke 17.11-19  Video     Sermon text

October 10 (Thanksgiving)   “Wonderfully Thankful” Learning from Luke 17.11-19  Video     Sermon text

October 17   Our Responses to Luke 17.11-19  Video     Sermon text

October 24 (Our Anniversary)   “Many Places Together Video     Sermon text

October 31 (All Saints Memorial)   “Sowing Tears, Harvesting Joy Video     Sermon text

November 7 (Remembrance)   “Humble Greatness Video     Sermon text

November 14 (Children)   “Regressing to Greatness Video     Sermon text


Summer 2021  (continuing in 1st Peter)

July 4  A Community Flipped Around   Video     Sermon text

July 11  Found by the Hope   Video     Sermon text

July 18  Jesus’s Declaration, Sci-Fi Style   Video     Sermon text

July 25  Heaving Your Anxiety   Video     Sermon text


June 2021  (Indigenous Justice, Grief, and Right Relations)

Our country was horrified when the unmarked graves of about 215 children were found at the former site of an “Indian Residential School” on the unceded territory of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation in British Columbia. A few weeks later, about 751 more graves were found at a school site on the Cowessess First Nation in Saskatchewan.

We marked this in our regular worship time on June 6 (see following section). We made it the focus of our worship on the last 2 Sundays in June.

June 20 Indigenous Day of Prayer  Guest: Mitchell Anderson   Video

June 27 A Call to Responsibility  Guest: Ray Aldred
We shared a sermon by Rev. Dr. Ray Aldred. He is the Interim Academic Dean & Director of Indigenous Studies Program at the Vancouver School of Theology. He gave this sermon with First Baptist Church, Vancouver on June 6. We are grateful for Ray’s and First Baptist’s permission to share this in our worship. You can watch Dr. Aldred’s sermon here. After the sermon we listened to There’s a Balm in Gilead.


Spring 2021  (Focusing on 1st Peter)

April 11 Easter 2  Exiled at Home   Video     Written text

April 18 Easter 3  Stepping into Storms   Video     Written text

April 25 Easter 4  Guest: Curt Hammond  Video

May 2 Easter 5  HopeFully Devoted   Video     Written text

May 9 Easter 6  Guest: Rev. Young Seo   Video

May 16 Easter 7/Ascension  Hungry Babies   Video     Written text

May 23 Pentecost  The Rejected Stone(s)   Video     Written text

May 30 Trinity  How the Church Fights Back   Video     Written text

June 6 United Church Anniversary  Jesus Became Dehumanized to Humanize   Video     Written text

June 13 LGBTQ+ Pride  Looking Down on Jesus   Video     Written text


Holy Week 2021 

March 28 Palm Sunday  These Stones Cry Out    Video   Written text 

April 2 Good Friday   Video

April 4 Easter Sunday  The Magdalene Way   Video     Written text


March 21  We shared in worship with Grace United Church in Brampton. Here is the video and written text of the sermon Greg offered. You can watch the whole service here (passcode: +RPH37ha)


John 14    We continue our occasional series, meandering through John’s Gospel. 

February 7  The Spacious House  Written text  Video

February 14  What a Way!  Written text  Video

February 21  Joining the Family Business   Written text 

February 28  Your Forever Family  Written text

March 7  The House Guest Who Moves Us Out   Written text 

March 14  The Peace that Leads to Conflict   Written text 


January 2021 (Greg was away on a mini-sabbatical leave)

January 3 (service led by Jeff Smith)  Service Video  Sermon Video only

January 10 (guest speaker: Evan Swance-Smith)  Service Video  Sermon Video only

January 17 (guest speaker: Carol Vanderstoep)  Service Video  Sermon Video only

January 24 (guest speaker: Josh Martin)    Service Video  Sermon Video only

January 31 (guest speaker: Phil Irish)    Service Video  Sermon Video only


Advent-Christmas 2020

November 29   Birthed Before the Beginning     Written Sermon  Service Video  Sermon Video only

December 6  Stump     Written Sermon  Service Video  Sermon Video only

December 13 Could Jesus Catch Covid? Written Sermon  Service Video  Sermon Video only

December 20  The Worth of Souls  Written Sermon  Service Video  Sermon Video only

December 24  7pm service   Service Video

December 24  9pm Communion Service  Written Sermon   Service Video  Sermon Video only  

December 27    No worship recording available.


Fall 2020

September 6  Loving God: The Eternal Community     Written     Video

September 13  Prayer Practice: Between God’s Shoulders     Written     Video

September 20  Loving Neighbour: Vox Wellingtonia     Written     Video

September 27  Being a Neighbour: Keystone     Written    Video

October 4  Loving God: The Eternal Community     Written     Video

October 11  Gratitude, Grief, and Remembering Well     Written     Video

October 18  No Elora UC worship, as we joined with our region of UC congregations for an online worship service

October 25  Notice     Written    Sorry, No Video Available

November 1  Living in the Eternal Election     Written     Sorry, No Video Available

November 8  Remember the Alls     Written     Sorry, No Video Available

November 15   Love Your Neighbour As . . . ?     Written     Sorry, No Video Available      Neighbourhood Map

November 22   Unseen     Written     Sorry, No Video Available


Book of Jonah (Summer 2020)

July 5  Jonah, the Whole Book  Video

July 12  Running From (For) God     Written     Video

July 19  Praying from the Gut(s)     Written     Video

July 26  A God-Awful Sermon     Written     Video

August 2  Pity for the Pitiless?     Written     Video


Psalm 23: The Song of the Shepherd (Spring 2020)

April 26  Our Shepherd’s Person     Written     Video

May 3  Our Shepherd’s Provision     Written     Video

May 10  Our Shepherd’s Paths     Written     Video

May 17  Sorry, due to technical issues we were unable to celebrate worship online

May 24  Reflection by Jeff Smith    Video

May 31  Our Shepherd’s Presence     Written     Video

June 7  Not Fearing. By Fearing.    Written    Video

June 14  Our Shepherd’s Protection     Written     Video

June 21  Our Shepherd’s Provision     Written     Video

June 28  Our Shepherd’s Promise     Written     Video


Holy Week 2020

April 5  Triumph with Tears     Written     Video

April 12  Always a Surprise     Written     Video


God at Your Feet (Lent 2020)

March 8   God at Your Feet     Written

March 15  Worship cancelled due to pandemic.

March 22  Completely Clean     Written     Video

March 29  Your Turn     Written     Video


Bullseye: Aiming to Follow Jesus (Winter 2020)

January 12  Aiming at the Bullseye

January 19  Using Spiritual Practices

January 26  Worshiping Together Weekly

February 2  Discovering Authentic Community

February 9  Serving with Your Gifts

February 16  Giving Generously

February 23  Three Portraits of Jesus

March 1  Sharing Christ (also 1st Sunday in Lent)


Christmas Season (December-January 2019/20)

December 24  Joy Intrudes (Christmas Eve Communion)

December 29  Lessons & Carols service

January 5  A Price on His Head


Advent Begins in the Dark (December 2019)

Christmas creeps toward us in the darkness of December. And Jesus comes to us in our dark places: our souls, our communities, our world.

December 1   Waiting in the Dark

December 8  Getting Ready for Christ(mas)

December 15  The Disappointing Invasion

December 22  Adult Choir Christmas Cantata


November 24   The Presence Project  (A United Church of Canada initiative)

November 17   A Bible Bunch  (Resources for reading the Bible better)

November 10   Victory in the Valley  (For our annual Memorial service)


 A Season of Gratitude (October-November  2019)

Gratitude deserves much more than a single day. So we’re having a month of thanksgiving!

October 6   Rev. Dave Jagger, Stewardship Officer for our region, led us in worship.     Audio

October 13   An Uprising of Gratitude

October 20   Cries and Celebrations

October 27   Jeff Smith from our congregation led worship

November 3   Trusting the One Who


Amazed in God’s Grace (September 2019)

We live every moment held within God’s love. God’s love is active. God’s love is grace. Which is a way of saying that God’s love is unexpected, generous, undeserved, surprising, overflowing, dependable and trustworthy. We are all caught up in God’s grace, and when we realize that we are amazed.

September 8  God’s Amazing ‘Going-Out-to-Get-Us-In’ Grace

September 15  God’s Amazing ‘Making-Us-Right’ Grace                 Audio with Images

September 22  God’s Amazing ‘Starting-Us-Fresh’ Grace

September 29  God’s Amazing ‘Cleaning-Us-Up’ Grace             Audio with Images


Living Stones (Summer 2019)

In 1998 Westminster Abbey added new statues to the many that are already in and around that iconic church. These commemorate 10 Christians who, in the 20th century, gave their lives in witness to their faith in Christ Jesus. This summer we heard some of their stories. Some of the reflections were offered by Rev. Susan Clarke of Knox Presbyterian Church in Elora. You can read brief biographies of all of them here.

July 7  Manche Masemola

July 14  Maximilian Kolbe

July 21  Esther John

July 28  Martin Luther King Jr (by Susan Clarke)

August 4  Grand Duchess Elizabeth (by Susan Clarke)

August 11  Guest worship leader Rev. Jan MacInnis

August 18  Worship for Riverfest Sunday led by The Martin Brother’s Collective

August 25  Wang Zhiming (by Greg Smith-Young at Bethany UC)

August 25  Janani Luwum (by Susan Clarke)

September 1  Oscar Romero


The Wisdom of Solomon (Spring 2019)

April 28  What Shall I Give You?

May 5 . . . worship led by Caleb and Sarah, participants in Two Countries One World.

May 12  The Wisdom of Good Government

May 19   We had a multi-cultural music service.

May 26  Worship was led by a member of our congregation.

June 2  A Holy House for God

June 9  The One Place About Every Place

June 16   The Why of Wisdom

June 23  A Split Decision

June 30  Faithless Love


Easter Sunday 2019

April 21  Easter Unfinished (for the Sunday of the Resurrection!)


A Grain of Wheat (Lent 2019)

March 10  What’s that Smell?          Audio with Images

March 17  Following to Friday          Audio with Images

March 24  Disgracefully Glorious          Audio with Images

March 31  Seeing is Not (Necessarily) Believing

April 7  Transparency of Jesus      Audio with Images

April 14  The Donkey King      Audio with Images


Peforming Humans (Winter 2019)

February 10  Humans are Wonderfully Written          Audio with Images

February 17  Humans are Trashing the Scene          Audio with Images

February 24  The Writer Sneaks Onstage          Audio with Images

March 3  The Grand Finale


Being Attentive to God’s Presence (Winter 2019)

January 13  Hearts Aflame (sensing)

January 20  Taste and See (savouring)

February 3  Joined in Awe (sharing)          Audio with Images


Christmas & Epiphany 2018-19

December 24  Silent Night

January 6  Star of Wonder


Advent 2018 (from the Book of Hosea)

December 2  A Mis-Match Made in Heaven

December 9  The Lioness Cries

December 16  God’s Idea of a Romantic Getaway

December 23  Nativity Garden


Loving God | Loving Neighbour | Loving Each Other

October 7  An Overflowing of Thanksgiving

October 14  When Did We See You?

October 28  Peace-People for our Neighbourhoods

November 18  Sharing in Our Overflowing

November 25  Throne Amid the Turmoil (Reign of Christ Sunday)


Come and See

September 9  Where Are You Staying?

September 16  Can Anything Good Come?

September 23  Could This Man Be?

September 30  Where Have You Laid Him?


Other Fall 2018

October 21   Remember Them (for Bethany United Church’s 175th Anniversary)

November 4   Hope in the Middle (for our All Saints Memorial Sunday)

November 11   Rev. Greg’s reflection for the Elora-Salem Cenotaph services


Psalms for the Summer

June 30  Why Do the Nations Rage?  Psalm 2  (for  a special evening service before Canada Day)

July 8  Amazed in the Midst  Psalm 8

July 15  Arising Against Lying  Psalm 12

July 22  Our Friend at the Centre   Psalm 25

July 29  Waiting and Waiting   Psalm 40


Signed, Sealed, Delivered (on baptism)

June 10  Signed

June 17  Sealed

June 24  Delivered


Easter 2018 (including reflections from John 11)

April 1  The First Laugh

April 8  Waiting

April 15  no service (ice storm!)

April 22  If Only You Had Been Here

April 29  Greg away

May 6  The Weeping Resurrection

May 13  But on the Other Side of the Stone

May 20  Our Mother Tongues (Pentecost)


Lent 2018 (including reflections from John 10)

Feb 18  We’re All In This Together

Feb 25  Lying Down on the Job

Mar 4  The  Fight with the Wolf

Mar 11  Gripped

Mar 18   Rev. Dr. Donna Mann led worship

Mar 25  They Got Jesus


Winter 2018 (including reflections based on John 9)

Jan 7  Surely the Presence

Jan 14  Invading the Darkness

Jan 21  Interrogating the Light

Jan 28  All I Know

Feb 4  Brought Into Focus

Feb 11  Your Good News


Advent & Christmas 2017: Stepping into the Waves

Listening to the events around Jesus’ birth, we ask how God called people to “step into the waves.”

Dec 3  Stepping . . . When Things Haven’t Turned Out Right

Dec 10  Stepping . . . Into the Extraordinary Ordinary

Dec 17  Stepping . . . When You’re Already Doing the Right Thing

and for Christmas Eve:  Singing Adoration


Fall 2017

Oct 22 Called to Be a Temple (for our 182nd Anniversary)

Oct 29 Celebrating What Luther Celebrated (Protestant Reformation’s 500th anniversary)

Nov 5  Okay, But Not Okay, and That’s Okay 

Nov 12  Ready for the Long Wait

Nov 19  Risky Investments


Practicing God’s Presence (2017) Exploring how prayer and the Lord’s Supper help us know the presence of Jesus

September 10:  Praying in Jesus’ Presence (also the skit “Our Father“)

September 17:  Praying with Jesus Around Our Neighbourhoods

September 24:  They Were Not Strong Enough

October 1:  Formed for Jesus’  Presence by Broken Bread

October 8:  Jesus’ Thanksgiving Table

October 15:  Supper at Simon’s


A Ruler for God’s People (2017) More reflections on the times of King David

April 30: A Daring and Costly Choice

May 14: Escaping the Cave

May 21: Your Splendour Lies Slain

June 4: Dangerous and Delightful

June 11: Building the House

June 18: The Thing David Did

June 25: The Grace of Not Getting Away with It

July 2: A Wise Woman for a Broken King

July 9: The Agony of Victory

July 16: Why David?

July 16: Great David’s Greater Son


Easter Season 2017

April 16: They Knew

May 7: Showing Up Early


The Gospel of John (2017) Continuing our look at this early record of Jesus.

January 15: Following Jesus UnSuccessfully

January 22: Challenging Authority

January 29: Knowing the One Who was Sent

February 5: Come Thirsty and Drink

February 12: Divided, Dismissive and Dumbfounded

February 19: Rock of Mercy

March 5: Seeing the Light

March 12: The Light Across the Ice

March 26: Our Noxious Burden

April 9: The Last Enemy


February 26: Tending to the Time

(the Sunday of Elora UC’s annual finance & property meeting)


Advent & Christmas 2016: Getting Ready for Jesus by Worshiping with the Canticles

A canticle is a song found in the Bible. Canticles have often been given a
title that is their first word in Latin. Luke’s account of Jesus’ arrival includes some
well-known canticles. This Advent and Christmas, we’ll be listening as these canticles
draw us closer to the Saviour.

Nov 27  Singing after the Silent Treatment (Zecharias’ Benedictus)

Dec 4  Singing after the Quickening (Elizabeth’s Ave Maria)

Dec 11  Singing after the Blessing (Mary’s Magnificat)

Dec 18  Singing after the Consolation (Simeon’s Nunc Dimittis)

Christmas Eve Celebration   Excelsis (The Angels’ Gloria)

Christmas Eve Communion  Singing after God’s Pleasure (The Angels’ Gloria)


Called to Be EloraUC stewardship-themed reflections (a special section)


Oct 30  Yet I Will Wait (Annual Memorial Service)

Oct 27 Refugees’ Rage (St. John’s Anglican Church Evensong service)

Oct 23 Jesus’ Family (for our 181st Anniversary)

Sept 25 Calling and Celebrating Together (Touchstones)

Oct 2 Really, Really Big Meal (World Communion)


A Ruler for God’s People (2016) Reflections on the times of King David

June 19 What’s It All About?

June 26 Can We Sing with Hannah?

July 3 Ichabod: God’s Glory, Gone!

July 10 Ichabod: Glory in the Dark

July 17 Ichabod: Glory on a Cow-Cart

Aug 14 Your Servant is Listening

Aug 21 Everyone Else

Aug 28 The Broken King

Sep 4 The Lord Sees

Sep 11 The Loving God! . . . Remember?

Sep 18 Washing Away the Dust of the Soul


Various reflections (2016)

May 8 (Ascension Sunday):  What do we mean when we . . . Pray in Jesus’ Name?

May 15  (Pentecost):  We took part in a pulpit exchange.

May 22 (Trinity):  The Audacity of Experiencing God

May 29:  What do we mean when . . . We Call the Bible ‘God’s Word’

June 5: Deep Roots of Happiness


The Gospel of John (2016) Continuing our look at this early record of Jesus. (Earlier reflections are further down this page)

February 21: More That We Can Handle

February 28: Taking Him Into the Boat

March 6: Held in Trust

March 13  Greg was away.

March 20: Hard to Take

March 27:  Rushin’ To-and-Fro and His Suggestive Absence

April 3: Magdalenic Faithfulness

April 10: People Breathing Peace

April 17: Praising Thomas

April 24   Greg Smith-Young was away.

May 1: Reading for Life


February 14 (First Sunday of Lent):  What do we mean when we . . . Confess our Sins?


February 10: Church People Need AshesRev. Greg preached during the Ash Wednesday service held at St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church in Elora


January 2016: The Story of Esther

An  orphan  in  exile  becomes  the   most  powerful   woman  in  the  empire.  A
condemned  man  becomes  prime  minister.  A  hateful  fool  does  himself
in.  A humiliated and endangered minority comes to be saved and respected. It’s all in
the Book of Esther!

January 17: Who Knows?

January 24: Pop Goes the Weasel

January 17: Saved to Stay

February 7: We celebrated the festival of Purim. No sermon this week. Just lots of silliness!


Christmas Eve Communion  Keeping Company with Shepherds (Angels We Have Heard on High)


Advent 2015: When We Centre on Christ . . . 

What difference does it make when we find Jesus at the centre of
our lives? This Advent, we explore how the Baby in a manger changes how we see everything.

November 29  . . . We See God Differently

December 6 . . . We See the World Differently

December 13 . . . We See Humanity Differently

December 20 . . . We See Love Differently


Fall 2015

September 6  New and Renewing  The Work of the United Church’s 42nd General Council

September 13  We Still Believe!

September 20  I Still Believe! My Un-Apologetic Apology

September 27   We had a congregation meeting during worship.

October 4  Reconciliation Journey: Legacy of the Indian Residential Schools

October 11  Carole Kennedy reflected on her recent pilgrimmage along El Camino de Santiago in Spain

October 25   Guest preacher: Debbie McMillan

November 1  The Gospel in Miniature  (guest preacher: Paul Miller)

Called to be the Church . . . An Embassy (different versions on different occasions)

October 18   Elora United Church’s 180th anniversary

November 1   United United Church’s 7th anniversary (near Midland, Ontario)

November 8   Bethany United Church’s 172nd anniversary

November 8  Walking with My Black Dog (a personal reflection about depression) 

November 15  Stay With Us (for our annual memorial service)

November 22  Guest preacher: Rabbi Cory Weiss


The Gospel of John (2014-2015)

The earliest Christian records include 4 different accounts of Jesus. One of these is called “The Gospel of John.” “Gospel” means good news. The word’s roots are in public celebrations of great events. John, who was perhaps one of the first followers of Jesus, tells us about his experience of the Lord. This is Good News, for us all!

September 7, 2014  Someone You Do Not Know

September 21, 2014   The Lamb Soaking Wet

September 28, 2014   Seeking, Staying, Seeing

October 5, 2014   The Ladder

November 30, 2014   Advent 1  The Beginning Word

December 7, 2014   Advent 2  Rejected and Received

December 14, 2014   Advent 3  Down and Dirty

January 25   A Wedding Saved

February 1  Contemplating Cana

February 8  Crashing the Temple

February 22  God Loves Making Babies

March 1  Snake on a Stick

March 8  Out of Darkness

March 15  Popularity Contest(ed)

May 3  Come Thirsty

May 17  Worship for Wounds

May 24  Being the Well

July 5  Hearing is Believing

July 12  Do You Want to be Well?

July 19  Like Father, Like Son

July 26  Jesus’ Witnesses


Loving God Many Ways (2014-2015)

We are all made to love God. A relationship with God is at the core of our spiritual DNA. However, just as our genetic DNA is different from person to person, so too is our spiritual DNA. We have different ways of living and expressing our love for God. Through the year, we’ll be looking at the different “spiritual pathways” we can follow as we love God. Which ones fit you?

September 14, 2014  Loving God Many Ways

October 12, 2014  Care Givers: Loving God by Loving Others

November 16, 2014   Traditionalists: Loving God with Our Ancestors

January 18   Activists: Loving God through Seeking Justice

February 15  Contemplatives: Loving God through Adoration

March 22  Ascetics: Loving God in Solitude and Simplicity

April 19  Enthusiasts: Loving God Emotionally, Creatively and Expectantly

June 14  Naturalists: Loving God Outside

June 21  Intellectuals: Loving God with our Minds

June 28  Sensates: Loving God by Engaging Our Senses


United Church’s 90th Anniversary 

We were part of a shared worship service with 7 other congregations. My reflection was the middle of 3.

June 7  Flowing Life


Palm Sunday and Easter

Palm Sunday  March 29  Singing at Both Ends of the Week

Easter Sunday  April 5  Catching Up to Resurrection

April 12  Breathing Out Resurrection


Christmas Season 2014

December 21, 2014  Waiting for God (reflections on “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel)

December 24, 2014  Christmas Eve Communion:  Iesus Ahatonnia (reflections on “The Huron Carol”)

December 28, 2014  ‘Tis the Season


What Can I Say? (Fall 2014)

We’ve all had the experience of being with someone who is grieving. We wonder what we can say to help. And we don’t want to say something that hurts. 

November 2, 2014   Okay, But Not Okay, and That’s Okay

November 9, 2014   Sitting by the Sandcastle

November 23, 2014  Sitting with the Unanswered Question


Other Fall 2014 Sermons

August 31, 2014  God’s People at Work — for Labour Day Weekend (Bethany only)

October 19, 2014  The Heavenly Choir — for the final service with our music director, Louise Elder

November 2, 2014  Rock Solid — for Bethany United Church’s anniversary service



From May to August, Greg Smith-Young was away on a sabbatical, and also some vacation time. We hosted various guest preachers, and also worshiped at Knox Presbyterian Church.


Holy Week  (Spring 2014)

April 13, 2014  Wales Window (Palm & Passion Sunday)

April 20, 2014  Seeing Things (Easter Sunday)


Learning to See: The Letter to the Ephesians  (Winter-Spring 2014)
Even on the darkest night, we can see . . . if we have something to help us. We are using the Letter to the Ephesians to help us see better. Who is God? Who are we? What sort of world are we living in? How is Jesus changing things? What does all this mean for our daily lives? . . . all questions this letter wrestles with.

January 12, 2014  Flares in Our Dark Sky

January 19, 2014  Power Shift

January 26, 2014  A Most Unlikely Turn of Events

February 2, 2014  Walls Broken Down

February 9, 2014  A Most Blessed Failure

February 16, 2014  Walking in Balance

February 23, 2014  Walking in Step

March 2, 2014  Walking Well

March 9, 2014  Walking in Love

March 16, 2014  Walking in Marriage

March 23, 2014  Jesus Gets Married

April 6, 2014  Slaves and Masters: Rewriting the Code

April 27, 2014  Gearing Up