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I am with you, and will watch over you, wherever you go

For almost 70 years, people have come through the doors of Devon United Church seeking hope, forgiveness, grace, or just understanding.    We have rejoiced as babies have been baptized, we have smiled as newlyweds have kissed, we have cried with families and friends who mourn those who have died...    For almost... Read More

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I was a stranger and you welcomed me

So you’ve got a good job, your life is great, everything is going along as you planned it, all is good and you may think “Why do I need the church?” But then something happens, and you don’t know where to turn ...   In recent years, many have turned to us at Devon United Church in their hour of need.  Your... Read More

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Who do you say that I am?

“Your praise rises in us like a great river. God of all things, Creator,  Provider, pour out your Spirit upon  the whole earth and make it your new creation.  Gather your church together from the ends of the earth, into your realm where peace and justice  are revealed.”            - author unknown   Shannon’s... Read More

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Developing Your Spiritual Core - LISTEN, REALLY LISTEN

Some sounds clearly belong to summer: green leaves softly rustling in the wind, the droning buzz of insects, children’s shrieks of delight from a spray park , waves gently lapping on a shore, the mechanical earworm music of the ice cream truck. One moment these sounds combine in a summer symphony while at other... Read More

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Understanding Seasons of the Church - Pentecost

Pentecost is considered to be the birthday of the Christian church. After his death and resurrection, Jesus’ disciples, along with pilgrims from all over the known world, had gathered in Jerusalem for a Jewish holiday that takes place 50 days (or ‘pente cost’ in Greek) after Passover. What began as a festival of... Read More

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Developing Your Spiritual Core - TAKE A BREAK

I love the idea of “Sabbath,” the practice of setting time aside to consciously rest and relax. This practice is rooted in the Bible story of God’s creation of the world.  The story goes that God created everything in six days, but “…God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all... Read More

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Understanding Seasons of the Church - Easter

Easter is the most important Holy Day in the Christian faith. At Easter we remember the story of Jesus’ resurrection. Resurrection was part of an ancient Jewish belief that God will at some point renew, complete and perfect the world, people included, even people who had died. Those who saw Jesus after his death... Read More

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Becoming Canadian

BLESSINGS FOR THE JOURNEY - PART 2 “I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” – Matthew 25:35 This week the blessings continue, as Mary and Jack and Linda and Joanne settle into the Canadian life…     In Canada: We soon settled in with our two daughters on the Adam dairy farm in south Edmonton (now Millwoods) and... Read More

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Becoming Canadian

BLESSINGS FOR THE JOURNEY   It’s hard to believe it’s been 50 years!   This April 21, 2017 marks our 50th year in Canada!  How do you decide to leave the country of your birth but when you can’t see a future where you are, what’s there to loose.  We didn’t have anything to loose (other than family), so when Canada... Read More

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Understanding Seasons of the Church - Holy Week

Holy Week begins on the final Sunday of the season of Lent on what is known as “Palm Sunday.” It is such an important week in the church year that we remember stories about the last week of Jesus life in special worship services on what are known as Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. During his last week there were... Read More