Ripe for the Harvest

3rd Sunday of Lent A Sermon from Joanna Manning Full Service Recording with Readings and Music Hello everyone, we welcome to join us for the Third Sunday of Lent. We read from Exodus the Romans and the Gospel of John. Homily is provided by Joanna Manning and service coordinated by Bill Whitla, Presided by Rev. […]

Christ be our light

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany – Sunday Gathering A Sermon from Joanna Manning Full Service Recording with Readings and Music Hello everyone. We welcome you to watch the recording of our Sunday Morning Gathering on this 5th Sunday after Epiphany. This week we read from Isaiah, Book of Psalm and the Gospel According to Matthew. The […]

“Open wide your hand”

A Sermon from Joanna Manning In the spring of 2008, I met Julia Esquivel, whose poem we have just heard. I was in my first year of training for ordination and I had got permission to do part of my internship at the church in Santa Maria del Quiche, high up in the mountains of […]

COP26, day 4 reflection

photo of Richard Wagamese

This morning I was listening to an interview with a U of T student on CBC Metro morning. She was getting ready to spend Reading Week in Glasgow with other young activists. At one point the interviewer asked: ‘What can the rest of us who are here in Toronto do to support you?’ She replied: […]

finding a new route home

Homily on the Feast of the Epiphany 2020 Joanna Manning I know a lot of people in this congregation will be familiar with that popular feminist ballad: ‘Sometimes I wish my eyes hadn’t been opened.” We’ve even sung it here on a number of occasions. The chorus goes like this: Sometimes I wish my eyes […]

Are You Woke?

photo of a coffee mug that says "wake up!"

It is now the hour to wake from your sleep! That’s the summons from the readings at the beginning of this Advent, as we embark once again on a new cycle of the church’s year. But this year I’d like to pose that question in a slightly different way. Are you “woke?” Being ‘Woke’  is […]

Listen and Learn

PENTECOST 2019      A couple of weeks ago, I got a message from a friend, requesting that I come to Queen’s Park about 4.00 pm the following Monday to join a demonstration. The occasion for this was the attempt on the part of the NDP to pass a bill declaring climate change an emergency. But […]

God of extravagant love

Mary of Bethany by George William Joy (detail) - 1900; public domain

Readings: Isaiah 43:16-21, Psalm 125, John 12:1-8, and “The Heavens Torn Apart” – John Terpstra Joanna Manning The readings today are full of the promise of restoration. Isaiah has rivers gushing in the desert; the psalmist sings of those who sowed with tears reaping with joy and carrying home their sheaves; Paul tells us to […]