In the Wilderness

Matthew 3:1-12 Reflection I had a truly bizarre experience this last summer.  Jen and I went off to Buffalo Pound Lake and there was this guy by the lake.  I don’t know where he got his cloths but they sure didn’t fit and he had the most wild hair and beard that you’d ever want … Read more

Newsletter December 2017

The United Church Of Canada St. Andrew’s United Church 60 Athabasca East, Moose Jaw, Sask. S6H 0L2 Phone 306-692-0533 – Fax 306-692-0534 E-Mail: st.andrew’smj@sasktel.net From Jim’s Desk: Keep Christ in Christmas! This is a familiar saying this time of year; whether it’s someone objecting to the latest design on a takeout coffee cup or the … Read more

Council Minutes November 15, 2016

Page 2016 – 1 St. Andrew’s United Church Council Minutes for Tuesday, November 15, 2016  “Treaty People” We acknowledge that we are Treaty people and that, we are gathered in the traditional territory of Nakota, Lacota and Cree First Nations, an area more recently known as the Larger Area included in Treaty 4. A.   Call to … Read more

Conflicting Visions

Scripture Readings Isaiah 65:17-25 Luke 21:5-19 Reflection Many of you know that last week Jen and I were in a resort in Mexico.  We’d spend our days going to a huge buffet for our meals, sit in the sun and relax and when we got too hot, we’d slip into the ocean for a swim.  … Read more

Council Minutes October 2016

Page 2016 – 1 St. Andrew’s United Church Council Minutes for Tuesday, October 18, 2016 “Treaty People” We acknowledge that we are Treaty people and that, we are gathered in the traditional territory of Nakota, Lacota and Cree First Nations, an area more recently known as the Larger Area included in Treaty 4. A. Call … Read more

By Faith of Works?

Isaiah 1:10-17   Reflection The time was right.  All the conditions were in place and the world was ready for a change.  Many new that corruption was taking over the church.  Indulgences were being sold as forgiveness of sin so if you had deep enough pockets, you could sin all you wanted.  Priests were subcontracting … Read more

Can’t I Be Just A Little Proud?

Scripture reading: Luke 18: 9-14 Reflection Humility is hard.  I’ll be walking to church and I look up at this grand building and think, “I work here!  I must be a whole hill of beans and a carrot on the side!”  Then I realize my lack of humility and feel a bit embarrassed and remind … Read more

Filling the Chasms

Luke 16:19-31 Reflection There’s a United Church tradition that goes all the way back to the days of our founding denominations.  It’s a tradition that says that ministers are not employed by individual congregations but by the church as a whole.  Think of is as a minister library.  You take out on loan a minister … Read more

Hiding Away our Spirit of Infirmity

Scripture Reading Luke 13:10-17 Reflection I love the idea of Sabbath.  It’s one of those Biblical laws that makes such good pragmatic sense.  Take a day off, you need to rest.  It’s a law that’s so important that it even made the top ten list – it’s number 4, right after not taking God’s name … Read more

Are We There Yet?

Luke 12: 32-40 Reflection: “Are we there yet?”  “Are we there yet?”  Have you ever been on a road trip and heard this refrain from the back seat?  I myself had said it many many times as we’ve driven home along the #1 from Calgary – “Are we there yet?  Please?”  Sure, getting there is … Read more