Marked as Christ’s Own Forever – Br. David Vryhof

The Feast of Pentecost

John 20:19–23

It has been 2,000 years now since a special child was born in the land of Israel. He was a Jew, and even as a boy, he seemed to have a deep interest in the things of God. Once, when his family had gone to Jerusalem to attend a festival, he wandered away, and when his anxious parents finally found him, it was in the temple, where he was engaged in serious discussion with a group of religious teachers. Continue reading

Jesus Christ Savior of the World – Br. Curtis Almquist

Psalm 47

John 17:20-26

In the Psalm appointed for today – Psalm 47, which we have just sung – we proclaim that “the Lord , the Most High, is awesome, a great king over all the earth….” If you were of the Jewish faith, you would acknowledge the truthfulness of this testimony, that “the Lord , the Most High, is awesome, a great king over all the earth….” Continue reading

Fellowship of St. John Day

Preached by the Most Rev. Michael G. Peers

John 20:1-9

The Most Reverend Michael G. Peers, a long-time friend of the SSJE community and member of our Fellowship of Saint John, retired from office as Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada on February 1st after having served as Primate since 1986. A hallmark of his tenure as Primate has been his witness for greater inclusiveness in the life of the church. Archbishop Peers is a linguist – fluent in French, German, and Russian as well as English – and has traveled widely on behalf of the Church. He continues to serve as President of the Metropolitan Council of Cuba, providing a personal link between the Cuban Episcopal Church and the rest of the Anglican Communion. He and his wife, Dorothy, live in Toronto and have three grown children and two grandchildren. Continue reading

Belonging to God – Br. David Vryhof

John 10:20-33

Know that the Lord is God; it is he that has made us and we are his.

We are his people and the sheep of his pasture. Psalm 100:2

I have many memories of the Dutch Calvinist home in western Michigan in which I grew up. One of those memories is of a framed piece of calligraphy which still hangs in the family room. Written there was a quotation from the Heidelberg Catechism, an explanation of Reformed faith that is organized into 52 sections, conveniently called “Lord’s Days,” so that the preacher could preach on one section each week throughout the year. And he did – every Sunday morning! Continue reading