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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.

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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:

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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.

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What makes people generous?

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5-7 Dec. 2003 Advent Retreat Glenairley Sooke, BC

Feel the mystery within and without.

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Why are some people spontaneously generous, while for others generosity seems so difficult?

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Eucharist embodies the truth at the heart of all existence. All of life is gift.

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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

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Why is it so hard to be generous?

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The opening of John chapter 6 marks a radical departure in location from the end of chapter 5.

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