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Peter Andrew Smith

Peter Andrew Smith is an ordained minister in the United Church of Canada currently serving St. James United Church in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. He is the author of All Things are Ready (CSS) a book of lectionary based communion prayers and a number of stories and articles, which can be found listed at www.peterandrewsmith.com.
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A New Season -- Matthew 25:31-46, Psalm 148 -- Peter Andrew Smith, Keith Wagner -- New Year's Day - A -- 2017
Contents "A New Season" by Peter Andrew Smith
Burning Hearts -- Luke 24:13-35, Acts 2:14a, 36-41 -- Peter Andrew Smith, John Fitzgerald -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2017
Contents "Burning Hearts" by Peter Andrew Smith
Intimacy -- John 17:1-11, Acts 1:6-14, 1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11 -- C. David Mckirachan, Peter Andrew Smith -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - A -- 2017
Contents "Intimacy" by C. David McKirachan
Going Native -- Matthew 10:24-39, Genesis 21:8-21, Romans 6:1b-11, Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17 -- C. David Mckirachan, Peter Andrew Smith -- Proper 7 | Ordinary Time 12 - A -- 2017
Contents "Going Native" by C. David McKirachan
The Sower -- Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Psalm 119:105-112 -- Peter Andrew Smith, John Fitzgerald -- Proper 10 | Ordinary Time 15 - A -- 2017
Contents "The Sower" by Peter Andrew Smith "Big Rocks" by John Fitzgerald
Faithful Works -- Romans 10:5-15, Psalm 85:8-13 -- Peter Andrew Smith, John Fitzgerald -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - A -- 2017
Contents "Faithful Works" by Peter Andrew Smith
Teeth -- Matthew 18:15-20, Exodus 12:1-14 -- C. David Mckirachan, Peter Andrew Smith -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A -- 2017
Contents "Teeth" by C. David McKirachan "Being Ready" by Peter Andrew Smith
Redefining Fair -- Matthew 20:1-16, Exodus 16:2-15, Philippians 1:21-30, Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45 -- Peter Andrew Smith, Frank Ramirez -- Proper 20 | Ordinary Time 25 - A -- 2017
Contents "Redefining Fair" by Peter Andrew Smith
What We Give to God -- Matthew 22:15-22, Psalm 96:1-9 -- Peter Andrew Smith, John Fitzgerald -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - A -- 2017
Contents "What We Give to God" by Peter Andrew Smith
Watch -- Matthew 25:1-13, Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 -- C. David Mckirachan, Peter Andrew Smith -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2017
Contents "Watch" by C. David McKirachan
I Was A Prisoner -- Matthew 25:31-46, Psalm 65 -- Peter Andrew Smith, John Fitzgerald -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - A -- 2017
Contents "I Was A Prisoner" by Peter Andrew Smith
A New Season -- Matthew 25:31-46, Psalm 148 -- Peter Andrew Smith, Keith Wagner -- New Year's Day - A -- 2017
Contents "A New Season" by Peter Andrew Smith
Make a Way Through the Desert -- Isaiah 40:1-11, Mark 1:1-8 -- Frank Ramirez, Peter Andrew Smith -- Second Sunday of Advent - B -- 2017
Contents "Make a Way Through the Desert" by Frank Ramirez
Let it Be -- Luke 1:26-38, 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16, Romans 16:25-27 -- Keith Wagner, Peter Andrew Smith -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - B -- 2017
Contents "Let it Be" by Keith Wagner "Faith and Obedience" by Keith Wagner
Show Me Jesus -- John 1:29-42, Isaiah 49:1-7, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, Psalm 40:1-11 -- Peter Andrew Smith -- Epiphany 2 | Ordinary Time 2 - A -- 2017
Contents "Show Me Jesus" by Peter Andrew SmithShow Me Jesus
Resolutions -- Matthew 5:13-20, Isaiah 58:1-9a (9b-12), 1 Corinthians 2:1-12 (13-16), Psalm 112:1-9 (10) -- C. David Mckirachan, Peter Andrew Smith -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - A -- 2017
Contents "Resolutions" by C. David McKirachan
Down From The Mountain -- Matthew 17:1-9, Exodus 24:12-18, 2 Peter 1:16-21, Psalm 2 -- Peter Andrew Smith, John Fitzgerald -- Transfiguration Sunday - A -- 2017
Contents "Down from the Mountain" by Peter Andrew Smith
Witness In The Wilderness -- John 4:5-42, Exodus 17:1-7 -- Peter Andrew Smith, C. David Mckirachan -- Third Sunday in Lent - A -- 2017
Contents "Witness in the Wilderness" by Peter Andrew Smith
Paul And Silas, Bound In Jail -- John 17:20-26, Acts 16:16-34, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, Psalm 97 -- Sandra Herrmann, Peter Andrew Smith -- Seventh Sunday of Easter - C -- 2016
Contents "Paul and Silas, Bound in Jail" by Sandra Herrmann
Repentance -- Matthew 3:1-12 -- Peter Andrew Smith -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2016
Contents "Repentance" by Peter Andrew Smith Repentance
In The Wilderness -- Luke 4:1-13, Deuteronomy 26:1-11 -- Peter Andrew Smith, Sandra Herrmann -- First Sunday in Lent - C -- 2016
Contents "In the Wilderness" by Peter Andrew Smith
All For Christ -- John 12:1-8, Isaiah 43:16-21, Philippians 3:4b-14, Psalm 126 -- Peter Andrew Smith, Keith Wagner -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - C -- 2016
Contents "All for Christ" by Peter Andrew Smith
Forsaken But Not Forgotten -- Psalm 22 -- Peter Andrew Smith -- Good Friday - C -- 2016
Contents "Forsaken but not Forgotten" by Peter Andrew Smith

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Teeth -- Matthew 18:15-20, Exodus 12:1-14 -- C. David Mckirachan, Peter Andrew Smith -- Proper 18 | Ordinary Time 23 - A -- 2017
Contents "Teeth" by C. David McKirachan "Being Ready" by Peter Andrew Smith
Watch -- Matthew 25:1-13, Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 -- C. David Mckirachan, Peter Andrew Smith -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - A -- 2017
Contents "Watch" by C. David McKirachan

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Not the Hour or the Day
by Peter Andrew Smith
Acts 1:1-11

“God, I know that I’m supposed to have faith and trust,” Paul said softly as he sat on the bench outside of the nursing home. “Yet a part of me wishes you would tell me when.”

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