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St. James United Church,

5540 Osgoode Main Street,

Osgoode ON  K0A 2W0

Regular Service: Sunday 9:30am


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This Week at Worship

Good morning.


Oh, oh. Here he goes. Halloween just past. Remembrance Day is here. Christmas gift wrap already in the stores, Christmas candy too. That is just at my local grocery store (I can only imagine what is taking place in other stores near and far). And, it gets worse. Sales flyers have headlines that scream "amazing gifts available now at Black Friday prices" - the American mega Christmas shopping day that falls immediately after their thanksgiving. Not to be left behind, Bell is offering me a deal to subscribe to a TV channel to get access to 100 holiday movies. Yet other stores are enticing me to buy a new mattress for Christmas with the promise I don't have to pay for 2 whole years! Can we slow down a bit? Can we set aside shopping and not rush into Christmas but slowly build our anticipation beginning in a few weeks time with Advent? Maybe I am getting old and cranky in wanting to slow down and in thinking, 'and so it begins. Already. Too soon.'



As we marked Remembrance Sunday on November 3, I went "off-lectionary" for that service, choosing readings that were fitting for "remembering." So, this past Sunday we were using the readings that were set in the Revised Common Lectionary for November 3. Our first reading was from the Book of Habakkuk, Chapter 1, verses 1 through 4 and Chapter 2, verses 1 through 4. This reading puts into words the turmoil that the people of that time (and maybe us today) experience - violence, devastation, and strive in their and in our lives. Habakkuk poses the great question: "Why is injustice allowed to prevail?" Even as Habakkuk calls out to God saying, "how long shall I cry for help, and you will not listen," God does in fact respond. Justice will prevail! Our second reading was from the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 19, verses 1 through 10. The Gospel tells of an encounter between Jesus and Zacchaeus. Now, Zacchaeus doesn't have much going for him - he is short (with no offense to vertically challenged people) and he is a despised tax collector. If the position of tax collector does not resonate with you, feel free to insert the name of your least favourite politician. God certainly does not see the world as we do.


Let's gather this Sunday to sing, pray, and listen for God's living words.




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