Pentecost 24 – Nov. 19, 2017

Rev. Lyle McKenzie         Lutheran Church of the Cross of Victoria Judges 4:1-7 Psalm 123 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 Matthew 25:14-30   O God, how could you entrust humanity with everything you have created, and how do we find our way to faithfulness over division, disparity, and self-destruction. Only you know the way and continue to … [Read more…]

Pentecost 23 – November 12, 2017

Rev. Lyle McKenzie         Lutheran Church of the Cross of Victoria Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25; Psalm 78:1-7; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 25:1-13 God of grace and faithfulness, could it be true that you may appear at any moment? And when you do, are we awake and ready to share in the wedding banquet that you plan … [Read more…]

Thanksgiving Sunday – October 8th, 2017

Rev. Lyle McKenzie      Lutheran Church of the Cross of Victoria Deuteronomy 8:7-18; Ps.65; 2Corinthians 9:6-15; Luke 17:11-19   – Two years ago we received a call from one of our children with the news that a former colleague and friend died suddenly of a heart attack at 56 years of age. – Director of … [Read more…]

Pentecost 14 – September 10, 2017

Rev. Lyle McKenzie      Lutheran Church of the Cross of Victoria Exodus 12:1-14, Psalm 149, Romans 13:8-14, Matthew 18:15-20 – Today, let’s take Jesus at his word. – He says, “Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” – Let’s take this word of Jesus to be good. – … [Read more…]

Pentecost 12 – August 27, 2017

Rev. Lyle McKenzie      Lutheran Church of the Cross of Victoria Exodus 1:8-2:10 Psalm 124 Romans 12:1-8 Matthew 16:13-20   Let’s hear it for midwives! Hooray! Hip, hip hooray! – Or should it be L’chaim! – “to life” or Hallelujah!,” since these are Hebrew midwives? – Two of them are even named – Shiphrah and … [Read more…]

Pentecost 10 – August 13, 2017

Rev. Lyle McKenzie      Lutheran Church of the Cross of Victoria Genesis 37:1-4,12-28; Ps.105:1-6,16-22,45b; Romans 10:5-15; Matthew 14:22-33   – We began worship singing the “Naval hymn” – “Eternal Father Strong to Save” I know it has a history and meaning for some… – At a music planning meeting, we discussed this song and especially … [Read more…]

Pentecost 9 – August 6, 2017

Rev. Lyle McKenzie      Lutheran Church of the Cross of Victoria Genesis 32:22-31; Psalm 17:1-7,15; Rom. 9:1-5; Matthew 14:13-21 – I can’t hear today’s story of Jacob without remembering a quote from Lutheran pastor and writer, Nadia Boltz Weber. She was presenting on preparing sermons and said that like Jacob, she wrestles with the readings … [Read more…]

Pentecost 7- July 23, 2017

Rev. Lyle McKenzie      Lutheran Church of the Cross of Victoria Genesis 28:10-19a; Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24; Romans 8:12-25; Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 – My Dad grew up on a farm, had an agricultural degree and was an agronomist. He spent the first half of his career working for a grain company, and the second in agricultural … [Read more…]

Pentecost 4 – July 2, 2017

Rev. Lyle McKenzie       Lutheran Church of the Cross of Victoria Genesis 22:1-14 Psalm 13 Romans 6:12-23 Matthew 10:40-42 – How many of you took in Canada Day events yesterday? Live or on television/radio/over the internet … How was it? (Started with an annual Canada Day eve neighbourhood party… morning speeches from Ottawa… Prime Minister, … [Read more…]