Category Noticings

Noticings – May 15, 2024

Identity“For me it was a new me.” One of the odd things about my upcoming transition has been thinking about my identity. I have been struggling to shift my language in sermons from ‘our’ to ‘your’ when talking about Faith…

Noticings – May 8, 2024

Growing Season“There’s a giant mound of dirt on my driveway.” There’s a giant mound of dirt on my driveway. It’s very exciting, because it means that it’s vegetable planting season. We’ve already enjoyed our first meal of asparagus from plants…

Noticings – May 1, 2024

Conversations“You have something very unique that no one else can offer.” We figure it was probably with our kids having birthday parties about 18 years ago that my spouse and I last went 5-pin bowling. That is, until this past…

Noticings – April 24, 2024

Patterns“We’ve always done it that way.” Last weekend was the annual 2-day spring meeting of our denominational regional council. As always, the best parts of such conferences are the reconnections we make with colleagues and friends within our region. And,…

Noticings – April 17, 2024

Visioning“It’s a season of renewal.” Spring is doing its thing all around us. It’s a season of renewal. In church-land we call the fifty days after the Resurrection the ‘Season of Easter’, and it too is a season of renewal…

Noticings – April 10, 2024

Be You“He didn’t mean to try to cop his licks note-for-note.” One of the things guitar players like to do is to learn to play riffs and licks that their guitar heroes play. We obsess over these things. We’ll go…

Noticings – April 3, 2024

(This is our Moderator’s Easter message. I hope you enjoy it!) Hello, I’m the Right Rev. Dr. Carmen Lansdowne, Moderator of The United Church of Canada. For the past several months, I have been thinking a lot about the nature…

Noticings – March 27, 2024

Holy Week and Church“It’s heavy.” An answer to prayer arrived in my inbox. In the busyness of putting together all of our Holy Week services and the numerous reflections and sermons therein I was not sure what I had left…

Noticings – March 20, 2024

Holy Week Looms“Our boats are different.” Buying and selling music gear is an interesting endeavour. This past week I did both. The characters you meet are fascinating. I was wanting to trade up one of my pedals to a more…

Noticings – March 13, 2024

PIE Day“I wonder how we might do it on our sleeves?” If you attended church at Faith on Sunday (in-person, livestreamed, or tuning in later) you heard me talk at Kids Time about this Thursday (tomorrow) being National Affirming /…