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

January 29, 2017: Guest Speaker Amal Rana

Posted on Jan 31, 2017
On Sunday we welcomed Amal Rana as our guest speaker: Queer Muslim Poet, Educator, Facilitator and Writer. Amal’s work explores the often-contradictory spaces between the sacred and profane as sites of both trauma and resilience. In a time when even exhaling while being Muslim is considered a
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January 22, 2017: Empty Power by Rev. Beth Hayward (1 Corinthians 1:10, 18-21, 26)

Posted on Jan 22, 2017
Around the world yesterday there were peaceful gatherings in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington. Women and men and children, gay, straight and everyone in between, people of all colours, races and religions marched from Sydney, to Stockholm, from New Delhi to Nairobi, from to Paris
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January 15, 2017: Two Questions and an Answer by Rev. Beth Hayward (John 1: 29-42)

Posted on Jan 15, 2017
What Do You Seek?   Picture it, John the Baptist, teacher, guru, odd-duck prophet is walking down the road with a couple of his followers two days after he baptized Jesus. He’s still reeling from the experience. I expect John was pretty open to mystical sorts of things but even he must
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January 8, 2017: Tragedy, Comedy and Fairy tale by Rev. Beth Hayward (Matthew 2:1-12)

Posted on Jan 08, 2017
Prayer:  Holy One, May a word or a sigh, a glimmer of light spark the heart of us gathered in your heart this day.  Amen With the last remnants of Christmas being packed away I’ve been thinking a lot lately about gifts. I wonder if anyone else has had that experience of giving someone the
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January 1, 2017: Frances Kitson presiding

Posted on Jan 01, 2017
Our own Frances Kitson gave the sermon on New Year’s Day. Frances is currently a student at the Vancouver School of Theology and is a longstanding member of Canadian Memorial.
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