Pentecost 3 – June 25, 2017

Rev. Lyle McKenzie      Lutheran Church of the Cross of Victoria Gen. 21:8-21; Ps.86:1-10,16-17; Rom. 6:1b-11; Matt. 10:24-39 O God, we pray for the well being of all children, their love and care and support, and our difficult but essential calling to see that this, your desire is more realized in our time and places. … [Read more…]

Pentecost 2 – June 18, 2017

Rev. Lyle McKenzie      Lutheran Church of the Cross of Victoria Gen 8:1-15 21:1-7 Psalm 116:1-2,12-19 Rom 5:1-8 Matt 9:35-10:35 The new colour is green. And will be for more than half the year now. Following Pentecost red and celebrating the work of God’s Spirit in our lives and the world, and Trinity white and … [Read more…]

Holy Trinity – June 11, 2017

Rev. Lyle McKenzie      Lutheran Church of the Cross of Victoria Genesis 1:1-2:4a Ps.8 2Corinthians 13:11-13 Matthew 28:16-20 Things happen in threes, they say. Holy, Holy, Holy, who knew? A group of us were coming home from school and as we wrestled and played my “friend” Gordon, who was bigger and had football playing older … [Read more…]

Easter 7 – May 28, 2017

Rev. Lyle McKenzie  Lutheran Church of the Cross of Victoria Acts 1:6-14; Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35; 1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11; John 17:1-11 I want to begin by thanking you, the congregation, for the generous gift in celebration of my 30th Anniversary of Ordination to attend, with Lori, the Festival of Homiletics in San Antonio Texas, for … [Read more…]

Easter 4 – May 7, 2017

Rev. Lyle McKenzie      Lutheran Church of the Cross of Victoria Acts 2:42-47; Psalm 23; 1 Peter 2:19-25; John 10:1-10 Our National church has encouraged congregations to recognize this Sunday as a “Day of prayer for vocations in rostered ministry.” Although that may seem a little obscure, it is a day to pray for deacons/diaconal ministers … [Read more…]

Easter Festival – April 16, 2017

Rev. Lyle McKenzie      Lutheran Church of the Cross of Victoria Acts 10:34-43 Ps.118:1-2,14-24 Colossians 3:1-4 Matt. 28:1-10   Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed, Alleluia! They are a bit eclectic, the thoughts for this Easter morning’s sermon. In summary: earthquakes, fantastic, Ed Sheeran, Supermarket Flowers, trembling, “Don’t be afraid,” “Go!” and “ways everlasting.” I … [Read more…]

Easter Morning – April 16, 2017

Rev. Lyle McKenzie     Lutheran Church of the Cross Isaiah 25:6-10a, Psalm 114:7-8, John 20:1-18   Trembling, maybe just from the cold… we come here together. Did you hear Jesus’ question to Mary? Not only “Why are you weeping?” by the angels and Jesus. A question that would be cruel, if it wasn’t spoken … [Read more…]

Lent 5  –  April 2, 2017

Rev. Lyle McKenzie      Lutheran Church of the Cross of Victoria Ezekiel 37:1-14; Psalm 130; Romans 8:6-11; John 11:1-45   (Breathe deeply before and after this Gospel reading, big deep breaths that you can hear… consciously through the reading) Let’s review this year’s journey of Lent: Lent 1 – In the wilderness of temptation but assured … [Read more…]

Lent 4 – March 26, 2017

Rev. Lyle McKenzie      Lutheran Church of the Cross of Victoria 1Samuel 16:1-13; Psalm 23; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41   (…invited to continue to keep your eyes closed for this meditation on the story, if you wish… may risk going to sleep…) It is a marvelous story… carefully told to show what it speaks of… healing … [Read more…]

Lent 3 –  March 19, 2017

Rev. Lyle McKenzie      Lutheran Church of the Cross of Victoria Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 95; Romans 5:1-11; John 4:5-42 At the ELCIC National Convention this summer, we are planning a National Reformation Commemoration Worship on the Friday evening of the convention. It will take place at St. Gianna Beretta Molla Roman Catholic Church in south Winnipeg. … [Read more…]