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7So Simon and the other fishermen in his boat signalled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them.
In preparation fro writing my 23rd Annual Report as Rector of St. Philip Church, I have been reflecting on the values to which I aspire for us as a church. Here, with a few additional reflections, is the second group of five values:
It is interesting occasionally to revisit old sermons. Twelve years ago, I preached a sermon on this coming Sunday’s Gospel reading – John 21:1-19.
What makes people generous?
5-7 Dec. 2003 Advent Retreat Glenairley Sooke, BC
Feel the mystery within and without.
Why are some people spontaneously generous, while for others generosity seems so difficult?
Eucharist embodies the truth at the heart of all existence. All of life is gift.
In 1999 the renowned Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann published a powerful and challenging essay in the Christian Century in which he characterized the biblical narrative as a story of tension between a mentality of abundance and the myth of scarcity. The entire article is well worth reading and can be viewed at http://www.religion-online.org/showarticle.asp?title=533
Why is it so hard to be generous?
The opening of John chapter 6 marks a radical departure in location from the end of chapter 5.