Tammy’s Reflections

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

by West Epping UCA

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 […]

Easter 6A John 14:15-21

by Tammy Hollands

Why can’t you always be good?”  These were my words, a few years back, directed at one of my children after they did or said something particularly helpful or nice.  I don’t remember the details of what made me say it but I do remember the response. “I try to be good all the time, […]

John 14:1-14

by Tammy Hollands

This Sundays’ Gospel reading is a popular one at funerals and with good reason since in this reading we hear Jesus’ words of comfort to the disciples as he prepares his disciples to say goodbye to him.  It comes after Jesus washed the disciples’ feet and has instructed them that they also should wash other’s […]

Abundant Life

by Tammy Hollands

St. Augustine of Hippo in his book Confessions says “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.” We have been made to be in relationship with the God who made us and we are restless searching for meaning and purpose.  Searching for a way to […]

Lent 2: John 3:1-17

by West Epping UCA

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

by West Epping UCA

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 […]

Transfiguration: Matthew 17:1-9

by West Epping UCA

Transfiguration is the change of form or appearance into a more beautiful or spiritual state.  There are many different children’s stories that feature the transfiguration of a Character.  One example is the Beast from Beauty and the Beast.  In the Disney version, the story start by telling the story of a selfish and unkind prince […]

Epiphany 6A ~ Deuteronomy 30:15-20

by West Epping UCA

Choices, Choices! How are you when it comes to making decisions?  Do you like to make decisions quickly and get on with the decision?  Do you prefer to gather all the information and make as informed decision?  Do you wait as long as possible and make a decision only when you have to?  Do you […]

Epiphany 5A ~ 1 Corinthians 2:1-16

by West Epping UCA

I have always had a very inquisitive mind.  I was one of those toddlers that always asked “Why?  Why?  Why?  Why? Why?” “But why?” So it was probably not a great surprise that I went into science where discovery and an understanding of how the world works could be further explored.  My favourite field within […]