Posts by West Epping UCA

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5th Sunday after Pentecost

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You have probably heard of middle child syndrome.  Middle child syndrome is the belief that middle children are excluded, ignored, or even outright neglected because of their birth order.  I wonder if Isaac would consider himself a victim of ‘middle child syndrome’ or maybe more accurately middle forefathers syndrome?  Isaac is the second of the […]

4th Sunday after Pentecost

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Matthew 10:5-14, 40-42 During this time of Covid-19, I have been reflecting on what it means to be welcoming and hospitable.  I have been asking, how do we do this when we are not physically gathering and are unable to share a meal with each other?  It is a question that many churches are asking […]

3rd Sunday after Pentecost

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Matthew 10:24-39       Rev Tammy Hollands On Thursday I had an ecumenical lunch and it is the first time back to a restaurant since the Covid-19 lockdown.  It was lovely to have a menu put in front of me and I could pick what I wanted and have it served up to me on a […]

2nd Sunday after Pentecost

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Genesis 18:1-15, 21:1-7 I have a great admiration for people who can speak more than one language and those who try to learn a second language.  I have never been very good at languages.  I find pronouncing words and sounds from other languages very difficult, especially languages that roll their “R”s or have guttural sounds. […]

Trinity Sunday ~ Matthew 18:16-20

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Rev Tammy Hollands This Sunday is Trinity Sunday or as I like to refer to “heresy Sunday”.  It is unusual when compared to other days in the Christian calendar as it is the only day church celebrates a doctrine not an event or a person.  And what a doctrine!  There are multiple analogies to try […]

Pentecost Sunday, Acts 2:1-21 and 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13

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Rev Tammy Hollands I came across a post on Facebook this week that said something like: If this, Corona virus, were happening to the ancient Israelites we’d be stuck with an annual holiday where we’d have to stay inside for 50 days. Happy Koronakah!  Such a festival might look like this: Families gather over Zoom […]

Lent 2: John 3:1-17

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You may have heard the story of Cornelia Arnolda Johanna “Corrie” ten Boom.  Corrie was a Dutch watchmaker and later a writer who worked with her father, Casper ten Boom, her sister Betsie ten Boom and other family members to help many Jews escape the Nazi Holocaust during World War II.  The family were devote […]

Lent 1: Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7

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In the Disney version on Pinocchio there is a scene in which Jiminy Cricket teaches Pinocchio about temptation.  Jiminy says to Pinocchio “the world is full of temptations” “Temptations?” Pinocchio replies “Yep, they are the wrong things that seem right at the time” The Genesis story is a story about temptation.  “So when the woman […]