Filling in Mark’s wilderness gaps – Pastor Thoughts for Lent
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by The Rev. Erik Parker
2d ago
Each Lenten season takes its own shape and form, at least in my experience. Whether it is things going on in the world, things happening locally in the congregation, things happening in our personal lives or simply the fact of getting older, each year Lent has a different slant to it. Who can forget the ..read more
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Finding hope to hold on to – Pastor Thoughts
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by The Rev. Erik Parker
3w ago
Mark is my favourite Gospel. This year we are in the Lectionary year of Mark. As we begin hearing the stories of Jesus’s teaching and ministry, particularly stories around Jesus calling his first disciples and Jesus beginning to minister in the region of Galilee, I cannot help but think about how our world has rapidly ..read more
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Mark and the Year B Lectionary – Pastor Thoughts
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by The Rev. Erik Parker
1M ago
This year we are in Lectionary year B, which is the year of Mark. For those who might be wondering, the lectionary is the 3-year cycle of appointed readings for every Sunday (every day in fact) of the church year.  The lectionary that we use is called the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL), which is used ..read more
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Don’t let the Christmas notalgia make us forget Advent – Pastor Thoughts
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by The Rev. Erik Parker
2M ago
We are through Advent and awaiting the big night to celebrate the birth of the Messiah. We have waited and watched, we have prepared. But we have also heard again the promises of God given in Advent stories. Advent stories that give context to the Messiah who is about to come, stories that help us ..read more
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Dying with Mary at the end of Advent? – Pastor Thoughts
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by The Rev. Erik Parker
2M ago
Years ago, as the “decline” of Christianity in North America was just starting to be noticed by church leadership, I read an article by a clergyperson trying to describe and diagnose the church’s condition. She wrote that as a church we have begun to tire and slow down, that as a body we are transforming into something we don’t recognize and it feels like we are no longer in control of what is happening to us, we are headed towards something that we know will change us forever. Some would diagnose this as the symptoms of dying ..read more
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Questioning our identity in Advent – Pastor Thoughts
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by The Rev. Erik Parker
2M ago
Every so often, I find myself in a situation where someone is trying to figure out who I am and what I do. Maybe at a funeral, or a community event, sometimes when meeting other clergy from other denominations. One particular conversation stands out for me when I was serving at Messiah in Camrose, Alberta ..read more
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Making decisions above my pay grade – Pastor Thought
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by The Rev. Erik Parker
3M ago
In 15 years of serving as a pastor, I have remained a mostly “by the book” person. That is to say, when it comes to worship and liturgy, I tend to stick to the orders, texts and traditions of the church. It is not that I am unwilling to try new or different ideas,  nor ..read more
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All Saints according to Coco – Pastor Thoughts
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by The Rev. Erik Parker
3M ago
All Saints Sunday is one of my favourite times of the year, and not because it is the same Sunday as the time change when we ‘fall back’ to daylight savings time.  Our family has had an All Saints Sunday tradition of watching the movie “Coco” in the afternoon. Coco is a Disney/Pixar animated film that tells the ..read more
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Reformation: A Compelling Origin Story – Pastor Thoughts
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by The Rev. Erik Parker
4M ago
Last weekend, one of my colleagues invited me to come to a confirmation class to teach something about Martin Luther.  Back in seminary, my classmates would often take to teasing me for quoting the Book of Concord or Augsburg Confession. They would roll their eyes when I answered professors’ questions with things like, “According to ..read more
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Imagining the Worst to Alleviate Stress – Pastor Thoughts
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by The Rev. Erik Parker
4M ago
This week I handed in the first paper for my Doctor of Ministry program. It has been 15 years since I last had to produce papers or complete assignments for school. While it is certainly different and new at the doctoral level, a lot of those memories and feelings from another time in my life ..read more
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