Good Shepherd Barrhaven Sermon Stream

Weekly Sermons from Good Shepherd, Barrhaven

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Giving Praise Where It's Due

Season 2019, Ep. 14

Faith is less understood today than it was in past generations. Today, many people are convinced that faith is a waste of time. Yet, this isn't a new situation. In today's sermon, we learn that sometimes the people in Jesus' day were just as critical. Mary shows special devotion to Jesus, but is criticized for it too. The story helps us understand how best to worship God in an indifferent world, and reminds us that what matters most is to serve Him regardless of what it looks like to others

Scripture references: John 12:1-8

Preached on the Fifth Sunday in Lent, April 7, 2019 by Rev. Stephen Silverthorne

Sermon Highlights

  • Westerners increasingly live without God
  • Faith seems like a waste of time to many people
  • Mary gives an appropriate response to Jesus' goodness
  • She doesn't care what people think
  • We worship to give an appropriate response to Jesus' goodness
  • We shouldn't care what people think
  • Church helps us serve our neighbour better
  • There is room for different personalities to serve Jesus
  • By serving Jesus we bring brightness to our world

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A Scandalous Love

Season 2019, Ep. 13

Some stories in the bible are so well known, they have a tendency to lose their power from over-hearing. The story of the prodigal son is one of those stories. Yet, when we read it with fresh eyes we start to see why it has become so popular. It is a story of profound challenge and profound hope. In this sermon, Fr. Stephen explores why the story of the prodigal son should shock us into a greater trust in God and a greater love for people who wander far from the right path.

Scripture references: Luke 15:11-32

Preached on the Fourth Sunday in Lent, March 31, 2019 by Rev. Stephen Silverthorne

Sermon Highlights

  • The prodigal son's ruin brought shame to his family
  • The father's acceptance shows he doesn't care how his love looks to others
  • God is more concerned with saving His children than with obeying our idea of fairness
  • Both sons failed to trust that they were beloved children
  • We can trust we are children because God says we are
  • The story teaches patience to parents with wayward kids

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Everyday Superheroes

Season 2019, Ep. 12

Superheroes are now a staple of movie entertainment, and continue to be popular because they take action to overcome injustice. We forget sometimes that God empowers us to be heroes as well, through honestly facing up to where we have become comfortable with injustice. How do we grow out of condemning others, and instead start asking where we need to change? Where do we find courage to act for the benefit of others? This sermon addresses these challenges and encourages us to grow into the kind of people who bring justice wherever we are.

Scripture references: Luke 13:1-9; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13

Preached on the Third Sunday in Lent, March 24, 2019 by Ed Montano

Sermon Highlights

  • Oscar Romero is a great example of Christian faith
  • He is an example of speaking truth to the powerful
  • We sometimes ignore injustice because of dual loyalties
  • Our first loyalty is to Christ, not to the powerful of our world
  • Christ frees us from the idols of our age
  • Christ also challenges us to look at our own lives
  • Rather than blaming others, what are we doing?
  • We should view the world through God's eyes
  • This view should colour our approach to personal and public life

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A Song of Judgment and Grace

Season 2019, Ep. 11

Nobody likes judgment, yet there are many parts of the Bible which talk about it. In this week's Gospel, Jesus talks about a judgment on Jerusalem and its temple. What benefit do we get from hearing these difficult words? How can we find words of judgment to be good news? This sermon explores what Jesus meant to his original audience, but also what he is saying to us today about God's challenge to our way of life.

Scripture references: Luke 13:31-35; Jeremiah 7:1-20

Preached on the Second Sunday in Lent, March 17, 2019 by Rev. Stephen Silverthorne

Sermon Highlights

  • Jesus' statements in the Gospel rely on the prophet Jeremiah
  • Jeremiah's judgment on the temple is that it would not allow God in
  • God was pushed out by their faithlessness
  • So, God will come to judge the temple
  • Jesus similarly is pushed out by leaders' faithlessness
  • So, Jesus comes to judge the temple
  • Jesus invites us to ask, where have we pushed him out?
  • Must ask if our church faithfully reflects God's mercy
  • Must ask if I faithfully reflect God's mercy
  • God's challenge is also a mercy
  • Accepting the challenge opens us up to His mercy

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Freedom and Self-Denial

Season 2019, Ep. 10

Most people who were raised in an Anglican, Lutheran or Catholic tradition know a bit about the season of Lent. It's a time for self-reflection, repentance and self-denial. The reasons for repentance and reflection may seem obvious to us, because everyone could stand to improve some things in their lives. But why self-denial? This sermon examines Jesus' temptation in the wilderness to answer this question. Jesus' 40 days of temptation is the model for the 40 days of Lent we celebrate in the church, and it shows us that self-denial helps us on the road to more patience and self-control. These are things we benefit from throughout the year.

Scripture references: Luke 4:1-13; Genesis 3

Preached on the First Sunday in Lent, March 10, 2019 by Rev. Stephen Silverthorne

Sermon Highlights

  • Jesus' temptation reminds us we all will be tempted
  • Jesus' temptations are temptations to impatience
  • The things the devil offered were good, but the means and timing were bad
  • We practice self-denial to teach us patience with God
  • God gives good things, but we must learn to receive them at the right time
  • Jesus' victory over temptations is foretaste of his victory over death
  • Jesus gives us victory over our temptations
  • These victories give us hope he will give us victory over death

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Season 2019, Ep. 9

Probably all of us have had what we would call Mountaintop Experiences in our lives. Yet, these experiences don't always mean much to us in the long run. This sermon was delivered on a church festival called the Transfiguration. It highlights a great mountaintop experience of for Jesus' disciples. On the top of a mountain, they see Jesus unveiled as the divine Son of God. Yet, what difference should this great experience make for us? So what if they had a mountaintop experience? This sermon delves into what this experience shows us: that we should learn to Jesus in the everyday experiences of life, and that we should let our own mountaintop experiences with God transform us into people who provide those experiences for others.

Scripture Reference: Luke 9:28-43; Exodus 34:29-35; 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2

Preached on the Feast of Transfiguration, March 3, 2019 by Rev. Stephen Silverthorne

Sermon Highlights

  • The transfiguration shows the divine nature of Jesus
  • Disciples found it easy to see him as Messiah when he was glorious
  • They found it harder to believe in him when he seemed ordinary or weak
  • We have the same problem
  • We often see Christ in times of worship
  • This should help us recognize him when we go out in the world
  • The disciples were not transformed by this experience with Jesus
  • The transformation only came at Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came
  • Then, they began to show the world Jesus' goodness
  • Worship should transform us to reflect Jesus' light in the world
  • This only happens when we ask God to prepare us to receive Jesus' light

Further Reading