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Reflections, Images, and Videos from Our Canada Day (July 3) Service

July 4, 2016

July 3 - 9.30

Embedded immediately below are 3 videos that were shown before our 9:30 a.m. Service on July 3, to prepare us for worship.


[The following section contains adapted excerpts from the July 3 sermon time.]

On this Canada Day weekend, I thought it  would be good to begin the sermon with a video reminding us about how wonderful this country is in which we’re blessed to dwell.

The physical beauty of this country is stunning. But I think even more beautiful are the people, when we’re at our best. There’s an example of this in the following video of Canadian children offering their welcome to refugee children from Syria, such as the one on our screens and Order of Service cover [and the top of this blog posting].

This is Canada at its most beautiful!

Today’s Gospel, chosen in the Lectionary for Canada Day, reminds us that as Christians we can contribute greatly to making our nation and indeed our whole world a more beautiful place.

Jesus said in John 15:16: “You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name.”

Acting “in the name of Jesus” means relying on Jesus’ credentials, authority, not ours. But also: acting as Jesus’ representative, agent. We’re called to embody the love of God, so to live our lives that our Lord Jesus is acting through us as his hands and feet.

As Jesus’ agents, we bear the fruit that comes from having his own life within us, fruit that will last – for as 1 Corinthians 13:8 says, “Love never fails;” it is eternal.

All of us can do it.

Here are a few minutes of a video of one of our youth, Heather Thompson, and other members of her school, bearing fruit in an outreach trip to The Pas in April.

Young, old, whatever our circumstances, each of us as a disciple is filled with the risen life of Our Lord, and thus has the incredible privilege – the joy – of bearing fruit that feeds a hungry world, fruit that will last, making a difference in lives for ever.

Anglican Bishop C. Venn Pilcher understood this. I’d like to end this Canada Day sermon with the alternative closing verse to “O Canada” he penned for the 1938 Book of Common Praise:  

O Canada, our land, our pride, our love,
High be thine aim, all selfish aims above:
Thy maple leaves, blood-red, recall
Christ’s cross of costly pain:
Thy golden sheaves, made bread for all,
His life, whose death was gain:
Thine be this mind! God’s prize to find,
Following Christ to serve all humankind,
Following Christ to serve all humankind.

May we all fulfill our call as disciples to add by our lives to the beauty of our beloved country of Canada, and all our beloved world, for now and for all eternity. Amen.


Following the Service, we showed the following videos, celebrating Canada with comedy. 

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