Lent 2 – March 17, 2019

Rev. Lyle McKenzie Lutheran Church of the Cross of Victoria     Gen.15:1-12,17-18; Ps. 27; Philippians 3:17-4:1; Luke 13:31-35 Last week, the first Sunday in Lent, a time of wilderness disruption as Pastor Lyndon described it, was a day of temptations for Jesus. Jesus was tempted to pursue self satisfaction and preservation, self interest and power, and … [Read more…]

Lent 1 – March 10, 2019

Pastor Lyndon Sayers Lutheran Church of the Cross Deuteronomy 26:1-11 / Psalm 9:1-2, 9-16 / Romans 10:8b-13 / Luke 4:1-13 “What does it mean to settle into an unsettling inheritance?” Reading the land acknowledgements every time we gather for worship is new for me having moved to Victoria from Lexington, Virginia, three months ago. It … [Read more…]

Transfiguration – March 3, 2019

Rev. Lyle McKenzie Lutheran Church of the Cross of Victoria     Exodus 34:29-35 / Psalm 99 / 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2 / Luke 9:28-43a Listen… There is a lot to hear in these stories. The account of Moses’ second journey up Mount Sinai and returning to the people with the commandments of God on new tablets. Moses’ … [Read more…]

Epiphany 7 – February 24, 2019

Rev. Lyndon Sayers Lutheran Church of the Cross Luke 6:27-38 Mayor of Fernwood  In a local café hangs the portrait of a cat titled the Mayor of Fernwood. I have many questions. It’s a painting featuring a large tabby surrounded by cherry blossoms and the splendor of a green ribbon bearing the words “The Mayor … [Read more…]

Epiphany 6 – Stolen Sisters February 17, 2019

Rev. Lyle McKenzie Lutheran Church of the Cross of Victoria    Jeremiah 17:5-10, Psalm 1,1Corinthians15:12-20, Luke 6:17-36 They are some of the most important words of the Bible. Jesus’ blessings and woes, assurances and warnings, that are critical to hear, to let sink in, to trust, to love, to live, by God’s grace.   But I … [Read more…]

Epiphany 5 – February 10, 2019

Rev. Lyndon Sayers  Lutheran Church of the Cross   Luke 5:1-11 Municipal Pool Push off the wall. Bending elbow. Extending arm forward. Scooping water. Pushing water down across body. Kicking. Breathe. Repeat. Swimming is just like riding a bike some people say. You never forget. Going for a swim at the municipal swimming pool you learn … [Read more…]

Epiphany 4 – February 3, 2019

Rev. Lyndon Sayers Lutheran Church of the Cross Luke 4:21-30 Lincoln M. Alexander             As we begin Black History Month in Canada, I think about people like the Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander born in Toronto in 1922 and served with the Royal Canadian Air Force during WWII. He became an attorney and was the first … [Read more…]

Baptism of Our Lord – January 13, 2019

Rev. Lyle McKenzie – Lutheran Church of the Cross of Victoria  Isaiah 43:1-7, Psalm 29, Acts 8:14-17, Luke 3:15-17, 21-22     All the people were baptized, and Jesus also was baptized. That’s the way the Gospel reads. It’s that simple, that connected. We’re celebrating Baptism today. So, we’re celebrating Baptism. We put it on the … [Read more…]