What Gardens Can Teach Us About Redemption: Part III

To read the previous blog posts on this topic, check out:

What Gardens Can Teach Us About Redemption:  Part I

What Gardens Can Teach Us About Redemption:  Part II

“When a thing is wick, it has a life about it,” so says Dickon to Mary when they first discover a secret garden on the property in Yorkshire England where Mary has come to live after the passing of her parents. Continue reading What Gardens Can Teach Us About Redemption: Part III

What Gardens Can Teach Us About Redemption: Part II

A couple of weeks ago, I told the story of two gardens – Butchart Gardens on Vancouver Island, B.C. and a small community garden on the East Side of VanCity.   Be sure to check out their stories here. They are stories of redemption – of taking old, forgotten, used-up, trashed places and transforming them into places of beauty, hope, and life. Continue reading What Gardens Can Teach Us About Redemption: Part II

What Gardens Can Teach Us About Redemption: Part I

By Rev. Kristen Yates

Inspired by my recent time in the Guadelupe Garden of St. Francis Center in Redwood City, CA, I decided to write a series of posts on gardens and redemption. This is my first post.

Over a decade ago, I went to Butchart Gardens on Vancouver Island, B.C. for the first time in my life, and I immediately fell in love with it. It is an absolutely stunning set of gardens. Then I heard the story behind it, and I fell in love with it even more. These gorgeous gardens, brimming with life and beauty, were once the site of an ugly, desolate limestone quarry, which had been exhausted of its resources and its reason for being. Continue reading What Gardens Can Teach Us About Redemption: Part I

When We Encounter Suffering and Pain

A Sermon by Rev. Kristen Yates delivered on June 21, 2015.

This sermon was based off the week’s lectionary readings (1 Samuel 17:57-18:5, 10-16, Psalm 133, 2 Corinthians 6:1-13, Mark 4:35-41.) It explores the reality that just because David and Paul were called by God, who is good and loving, didn’t mean that their lives were difficulty-free. And like them, we may also encounter suffering. As Christians, how are we to respond to suffering in our midst?

This sermon followed in the wake of the tragic shooting in Charleston, SC. We addressed this briefly in our sermon and also prayed for the victims and family that evening. While the prayers can longer be found online, prayers for similar situations can be found at onechurchliturgy.com.

The full manuscript for the sermon can be found here.


Trusting in Things Unseen

– A Sermon by the Rev. Kristen Yates

Based off the lectionary readings for this week (1 Samuel 8:4-20, 11:14-15, Genesis 3:8-15, Psalm 138, Psalm 130, 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1,Mark 3:20-35) this sermon speaks of our proclivity to judge people on appearances rather than their hearts for God and for others. It also explores what it means to trust God.  For a full manuscript of this sermon, click here.

Note:  At minutes 1, there is a brief interruption, but the sermon continues shortly thereafter.

The Two Pentecosts

– A Sermon by the Rev. Kristen Yates

This sermon shows the link between the Jewish Pentecost and the Church’s Pentecost – the day when the Holy Spirit decended upon Jesus’ followers and the church was born.  For a manuscript of the sermon, click here.

Abiding in Christ through the Holy Spirit

As a follow up to “Love and Believe” and some teaching on Abiding in Christ (not online), Rev. Kristen’s sermon from last night continues the trajectory of the lectionary readings for the past three weeks. First, it was “Believe in Jesus and Love Others”. Then it was “Do this by Abiding in Christ”. And in this sermon, we talk about about how we abide in Christ through the presence of the Holy Spirit. The lectionary readings for this week include Acts 10:44-48,1 John 5:1-6, and John 15:9-17.

A manuscript of this sermon can be found here.

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“Believe and Love”

By the Rev. Kristen Yates

This homily is a reflection on the lectionary readings: John 10:7-18, 1 John 3:16-24, and Acts 4:5-12. It talks about our need to believe in Jesus and to love another. It retells the story of William Wilberforce, a man of belief and action who helped eliminate the slave trade in Great Britain.  It also speaks about the Christological significance of Jesus as the “Good Shepherd”.  For a manuscript of the sermon, click here.

About Community of the Way’s Blog

We’re just getting started, but in the very near future, our community will begin blogging regularly about living in the Way of Jesus.  A key element of our life together will be developing rhythms of “Up, In, Out, and Down” both individually and communally, and we will write about it here on our blog.  We will also post sermons and teachings here.  We’re excited!  Welcome to our blog!

– The Rev. Kristen Yates

And in case you haven’t yet seen our “Rhythms” page, this is what we mean by Up, In, Out, and Down!

Up movements are opportunities for worshipping God, such as Sunday services but extending to all intentional times of bringing glory and thanksgiving to God.

In movements are opportunities for discipleship and spiritual formation, such as weekly discipleship groups, spiritual direction meetings, pastoral care, healing prayer, and individual times of prayer, study, and engagement with other spiritual disciplines.

Out movements are opportunities for serving the community, inviting others into the Way by sharing the Good News of Jesus, and living out our call and vocations in our places of work and our homes.

Down movements are intentional times of Sabbath rest, relationship-building, and down-time with family, friends, and members of our city and region.

(These terms come from Mike Breen’s rhythms for Missional Communities, although a fellow pastor of mine added the “down”, which I though was much needed.)



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