All posts by Rev. Vera I. Bourne

Apple on Tree in Orchard

Here I Am – This Is Me

So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them. God said, “See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall

Adult boy in building

Out on a Limb

“What do you think? If a man has one hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine, go to the mountains, and seek that which has gone astray?” — Matthew 18:12 The parable of the Good Shepherd and his care

Woman sitting alone in rustic church

The Angel Within

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations. — Jeremiah 1:5 For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s

Pride celebration

The Rainbow People

One of the most incredible facts about our relationship with God is that before we were ever conceived God not only knew us; but had also consecrated us to be his light-bearers (Jeremiah 1:5). Our Creator had plans for our lives, plans that would provide

Hands holding seedling

Food by the Wayside

Psalm 23 v 1 states: “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” So many gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) people have had the doors of their churches slammed in their faces. Often discovering and revealing one’s sexual orientation mean that many doors

Hands sculpture water fountain

With No Thought for the Future

One of the most exciting stories in the New Testament is the calling of the John and James from their occupation as fisherman. Here were two brawny men, used to the rigors of fishing, busily tending their father’s nets. Yet, at the command of a

Starry night sky background

Can You Hear It?

While Jacob sat patting his young pup, his mother finished serving several portions of the evening meal into a large covered dish, and added a bag containing bread for all those who watched that night. It would be his job to take these meals to


To Speak or To Be Silent

Way back in those days when I was young, I was an activist in the first political group in Australia, CAMP NSW. I was also a hurting Christian, one who had been barred from her church because of her sexuality. In those days, before even

Black male hands resting on an open Bible

Beyond Fear: In the Arms of Faith

Each time we are issued with a boarding pass prior to a flight, either domestic or international, we presume that that flight will land us at the advertised destination. In the same manner when we buy a train or bus ticket, we trust that we

Dove flying in Lisbon, Portugal

One Word for the Whole World

An ancient Greek myth tells the story of Pandora, created by the gods to be the first woman in the world. She was made as a source of revenge on a man who had obtained fire from Prometheus. To Pandora was given a box she