UPC Community Church

    600 Village Parkway, Unionville, ON  L3R 6C2      905-475-6233

                                                


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Sermons from our minister


Rev. Marty Molengraaf

June 5, 2016

“Sex and the Bible, Part 1”

Reader beware.  The Bible is sometimes presented in black and white. The Word of God is Christ; not the literal bible.  Take the culture of the time into context plus the difficulties in translation.  Concepts today are not the same concepts or thinking patterns of years ago.  Reader beware, at times the literal reading of the word is horrendous ...


October 25, 2015

“Memorial service”

On this Sunday here at UPC we celebrated the first annual memorial service.  It was a time of sacred memory.  We listened to stories of people who have passed away.  We lit candles in their memory.  We observed times of silence and also listened to powerful music offered by our Choir Director, Rachad.  We began with a story about Bob ...


October 18, 2015

“Letting Go”

I love the game of golf.  And I understand it a little.  Don’t play it well, but I understand it - little white ball, 18 holes.  Object is to get that little white ball into the cup 18 times taking as few strokes as possible ...


October 11, 2015

“Thank You”

I did a funeral yesterday for a man who reminded me of my dad - a very, very stubborn man.  You see, as much as I love my dad, there are times when he drives me crazy.  He is so stubborn.  And there are times that my wife, Barb, in exasperation says to me, “oh you're just like your dad”.  And I scream “nooooooooo”...


October 4, 2015

“Jesus' Response to Arrogance”

We often leave it to the comedians to talk about those issues that are hard for us to talk about in ‘polite’ conversation.  Things like religion and politics and within the Christian church, the topic of divorce ...


September 27, 2015

“Connectedness”

Science shows us that people who live together begin to look like each other.  Perhaps there is a connection between us as human beings we don’t really understand ...


September 20, 2015

“Mirror Mirror...”

A little boy went to a new church with his parents one Sunday.  The parents went into worship, the boy into Sunday School.  During the lesson, his Sunday School teacher kept talking about how important it was for children to grow up in a Christian home.  This was emphasized over and over again.  The little boy became agitated ...


September 13, 2015

“Who is Jesus”

Who is Jesus?  The writer of the Gospel of Mark tells the story of Jesus asking his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?”  The disciples responded, “Some say that you are Elijah, or one of the prophets.”  Jesus then asked them, “Who do you think I am?”  And Peter responded, “You are the Christ.”  Then surprisingly Jesus told them ...


September 6, 2015

“Dogs and Family”

Barb and I had a wonderful little encounter the other day.  We had to go shopping and as we approached the car, Barb said, “Do you want me to drive or do you want to drive?”  Now we have a history of both wanting to drive and it is a little competition between us.  So I said, half in jest, “Well it depends on which seat you want to drive from?”  Because, you see, Barb is a terrible back seat driver.  “Just for that” she said, “I’m going to drive.”  She started the car and ...


August 30, 2015

“Give Me That Old Time Religion”

What is old time religion to you?  Several years ago we celebrated the 175th anniversary of Duff’s Presbyterian Church, the church I served for the last 14 years.  We all dressed up in late 19th century clothing.  I used a picture of the minister at the time - and I preached on the sanctity of Sunday - observance of the Sabbath which was a hot topic in the late 1800’s.  Is that old time religion? ...


August 23, 2015

“I See You”

Yesterday I spent time with my three year old grandson, Keegan, at Centre Island and we had a wonderful day, lots of beautiful memories and on our way home, as we were walking through Yorkdale Mall towards the spot we had parked the car ...


August 16, 2015

“The Library”

Barb and I just returned from vacation at the cottage; a wonderful time full of memories.  We added to the library of memories of our grandson Keegan, who spent the better part of a week with us.  We have a “lily pad” at the cottage which is basically a 6 feet wide by 14 feet long piece of compressed foam that you can actually sit on and walk on while it is on top of the water.  So ...


July 19, 2015

“The Power of Story”

Every Sunday a church school teacher would tell the children about stories of the Bible, stories of the people of Israel.  One day a little boy raised his hand and said, “Teacher, can I ask you a question?”  Of course, the teacher said.  “Well, the boy replied, “the Bible says that the children of Israel crossed the Red Sea and the children ...


July 12, 2015

“Surrounded”

The Pan Am and Para Pan Am Games started here in the GTA this past Friday and it began with some introductions to the various athletes themselves - who to watch for, what to expect especially from the Canadians.  And so we have begun to get to know athletes like Janine Beckie (soccer), Ryan Cochrane (swimming) and Markham’s own Andre de Grasse (track and field.)  What holds our attention ...


July 5, 2015

“Not My Problem”

Barb and I went to see the movie Inside Out by Pixar.  Its  the one that has to do with emotions – five basic emotions we all have as human beings – joy, sadness, disgust, fear and anger.  It actually was very well done and would be a wonderful discussion starter on the necessity for all of us to take time to feel and process our emotions as opposed to repressing them and pushing them aside ...


June 28, 2015

“A Radical Leaning”

A little girl asked her mother, "Where did people come from?"  Her mother answered,  "God made Adam and Eve and they had children and that's how all humankind was made." A couple of days later she asked her father the same question.  The father answered, "Many years ago there were monkeys, which the human race evolved from."  The confused little girl returned to her mother and said ...


June 21, 2015

“Let’s Go Boating”

How many of you enjoy boating?  I invite you to think about mishaps, misadventures you may have had falling out of boats, tipping over canoes, etc.  I know I have had my share ...