Pastors' Blog

Archives: January 2020

Jan 30, 2020 - Kent French

Last Sunday, we talked about discipleship as an adventure in faith. Many thanks to those of you who emailed your post-Sunday thoughts to me about what adventure looks like to you. I am enjoying reading them.

This Sunday, we will welcome an inspiring adventurer in faith and a good friend of United Parish, André de Quadros. As he likes to put it, he is an "admirer" who is "inspired by the vision" of our...

Jan 23, 2020 - Kent French

Imagine if you were at work one day, minding your own business, copying something on the photocopier, when a man walks up to you and says something like, "Follow me and I will make you copy joy and love wherever you go." It could be any setting: shopping for groceries, getting on the bus, seeing patients or clients, teaching students, washing windows. You're just going about your daily life and it gets interrupted by an invitation, changing your course forever.

What would cause you to...

Jan 15, 2020 - Amy Norton

Dear United Parish Family,

This Sunday, we have the joy of celebrating our confirmation class and the educational and spiritual journey they have taken.

Over the past church 'semester,' our confirmation class has been diving into some pretty big questions: 

What is faith?

Who is God?

Who is Jesus?

What is the Holy Spirit?

What does it mean to be a Christian in the world?

What does it mean to be a Christian at United Parish?


Jan 09, 2020 - Jaz Buchanan

This Sunday, we will remember Matthew’s account of Jesus’s baptism (Matthew 3:13-17), together. If you have ever asked yourself, why did Jesus need to be baptized when he is the son of God? You are not alone! I ask myself that, too.

I do not have the answer, but as I prepare a message for all of us to engage with and think about, I think Jesus’s baptism boils down to humility. Perhaps, even more importantly, his...

Jan 02, 2020 - Kent French

It is likely that you do not have the Feast of the Epiphany (January 6) written, typed in or pre-printed in your calendar. No worries. We've been celebrating it regularly here at United Parish, like a lot of other churches, on the Sunday closest to the date. It hasn't quite caught on in the rest of our culture.

It marks the end of the 12 days of Christmas and commemorates the familiar story of the Magi, or wise ones, following a bright star, meeting the baby Jesus and his parents and...