The Spirit of the Lord is upon me;
he has appointed me
to preach Good News to the poor;
he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted
and to announce
that the blind shall see,
that captives shall be released
and the downtrodden shall be freed
from their oppressors.
{Luke 4:18}

Preaching is a central part of sharing the Christian faith. It is not an attempt to convince or force anyone into believing something, it is sharing the rich spiritual tradition and wisdom of Jesus with each other. Christianity is a communal faith – we go beyond our own personal practice and come together to be challenged, enlightened and to deeply question our beliefs.

Sermons at Canadian Memorial will include Scripture, the latest thinking in philosophy and psychology, social justice themes, contemporary issues, myth and personal honesty. Come and be challenged!

Interested in the readings for the week? Click here for the lectionary generally used throughout the year.  The Bible we use is the New Revised Standard Version.

All Sermons

April 16, 2017 Easter: It’s All About the Experience by Beth Hayward (John 20: 1-18)

Posted on Apr 16, 2017
Let me begin by naming the elephant in the room. I don’t want to get distracted by this and I certainly don’t want to spend all day on it but it has to be said. It’s like the question that comes up at Christmas about the virgin birth. At Easter the stakes are higher and I dare say our lines in
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April 9, 2017: Turning a Parade into a Protest by Rev. Beth Hayward (Mark 11: 1-11)

Posted on Apr 09, 2017
There were two parades in Jerusalem that day. There was the one that happened every year at the time of the Passover celebrations, a spectacle of Rome’s military force. It happened quite intentionally just before the Passover, serving as a reminder to the religious faithful of just who was in
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April 2, 2017: When Jesus Weeps by Rev. Beth Hayward (John 11: 1-45)

Posted on Apr 02, 2017
There’s a famous sketch by the iconic British comedy team Monty Python in their Search for the Holy Grail movie. A man is seen walking through this wasteland of a village pushing a cart filled with recently dead bodies. As he walks along he hollers “Bring out your dead, bring out your dead!” A
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March 19, 2017: Testing Faith, Fighting for Water by the Rev. Dr. Carmen Lansdowne (Exodus 17:1-7)

Posted on Mar 29, 2017
On March 19, 2017, we welcomed Rev. Dr. Carmen Lansdowne, a member of the Heiltsuk First Nation, and an ordained minister in the United Church of Canada. Carmen holds an M.Div and a Th.M from the Vancouver School of Theology, and a Ph.D from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. She is
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March 12, 2017: The Woman at the Well by Rev. Beth Hayward and Frances Kitson (John 4:5-42)

Posted on Mar 14, 2017
Last Sunday, we enjoyed a dramatic interpretation of the parable of The Woman at the Well by Rev. Beth Hayward and Frances Kitson. Frances is a member of our congregation, a trained actor, and a student at the Vancouver School of Theology.
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