Sermon: Vision


Rev. Karen J. Bowles

(readings are at the end of the sermon)

I had a dream the other night – while this week has been busy and filled with tasks and commitments to met – while this week has been difficult at times in meeting those tasks – in remaining available to those in need and attempting to carve the time for considering the scriptures for today – for contemplating and prayer and meditation on what to say this morning – all that came out in this dream – I dreamt that it was 10:30 this Sunday morning – 10:30 today and I had no sermon written – I had not a word to say – and as I was agonizing and fumbling and fretting Jason Meyers of our congregation came into my dream and said I have some articles on gospel museums that I can share for the sermon – would that help?  And I burst out laughing first that gospel museums even exist – what would they contain?  What bizarre corners of my dreaming unconscious would dream up such an institution and think it a good topic for a sermon?   Read more ›

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Sermon: Seed to Stalk


Rev. Karen J. Bowles

no recording today due to malfunctioning computer!

readings included in the sermon

Seed to Stalk

This morning we heard the story of the birth of Jacob and Esau – twin brothers and the story of how Jacob tricked Esau out of his birthright. and we will hear portions of the story of Jacob for the next 2 Sundays – next week will be Jacob’s ladder and the week following Jacob will wrestle with a mysterious stranger.

Genesis traces the early stages of the human relationship with the divine.  Genesis after all means the origin or coming into being of something.

“It is a story of beginnings – the beginning of the world, the beginning of the human race, the beginning of the people of Israel and the beginning of the experience of the reality of God.”  Karen Armstrong, In the Beginning

The writers of Genesis do not give us history – they do not write or even pretend to write first hand accounts of life in Palestine 2,000 years before the common era.  In fact they did not know anything about that time.  They were writing 1500 years later.   Read more ›

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Highlights in brief :

 Sunday July 13 , 20 : Karen Bowles leading.

Sunday July 27 – Kristin Philipson leading.

No August services at Rosedale United – next service here will be September 7



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Sermon : ‘Tough Crowd’


Doug Norris      July 6, 2014

I had an exciting moment last week.  Not long after preaching the sermon here on Sunday I saw an email in my inbox, titled ”please remove offensive comments in Rosedale United sermon”.  An email address in the UK. I was giddy!  This meant that not only had someone somewhere else in the world read the sermon, but had been offended!  Double gold.  Not that we set out to offend, but the gospel is very often going to say things and ask things of us that will disturb our comfort. Always, of course,  held in tension with saying other things that might comfort our disturbances. Read more ›

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