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Sunday, 06 August 2017
Duration: 14 mins 50 secs
The Lord’s provision is not skimpy or thin. It is not for only a small select few, or only for certain groups of people. God first made a covenant with Israel, that they would be his people; but he also made them to be light to nations they didn’t even know. In our Gospel reading, Jesus has compassion on the crowds and heals when he wants to be alone. And when they are hungry, he takes what is small and insufficient, and multiplies it until the whole crowd is fed. The compassion and provision of the Lord is indeed great. Like the disciples, like the Israelites, as the people of God, we are the instrument of his grace, compassion and provision for people that we don’t yet know.
Sunday, 30 July 2017
Duration: 20 mins 34 secs
This week, we have an amazing collection of readings, from the wisdom of Solomon, to the psalmist’s love of God’s word, to the Spirit interceding for us according to the will of God, to the parables that describe the Kingdom of God as precious, hidden and growing, in stories of mustard seeds, pearls, and leaven hidden in flour. What we have and what we seek and what we grow into in this new life in Christ is absolutely amazing. God provides what we need to accomplish His will, even shaping us into instruments of his grace and love. Come join us this Sunday as we worship and learn and find healing and fellowship in the Body of Christ. In the meantime, I invite you to read and dwell on our scriptures appointed for this week: 1 Kings 3:5-12 Psalm 119:129-136 Romans 8:26-39 Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
Sunday, 23 July 2017
Duration: 10 mins 37 secs
This Sunday’s Gospel carries on from last week’s parable of the sower and describes God’s patience with us. This is the foundation of our patience with one another and with those whom we love and pray for. The gospel also helps us to remember not to confuse patience with approval. Still the biggest message is patience. There is also in this gospel a strong basis for church planting, and a peak into my motivation to move to Hawaii. - Fr. Ed
Sunday, 16 July 2017
Duration: 20 mins 37 secs
This weeks gospel is one of my favorite passages --The parable of the sower. It is one of eight parables that appear in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. It is one that Jesus took time to explain to his disciples. The Gospel of Mark is only 16 chapters long and this parable occupies half a chapter! Simply put, this parable is central to Jesus' teaching. In the book I am taking forever to write, this parable will have it's own chapter. This parable is about faith and offers important insights into the nature of faithfulness. I hope you will come and worship at St. James and reflect with me on the nature of faith. - Fr. Ed
Sunday, 09 July 2017
Duration: 13 mins 27 secs
In this week's Gospel, Jesus compares the religious leaders of the day to children in the market shouting and complaining that other people won't care and respond the way they want them to. It reminds me of some of the threads I've read on social media. Most people want to be good moral people, but in a sea of competing, conflicting, inconsistent world views, pleasing everyone is a hopeless endeavor. Someone will always be disappointed in you, someone will always be judging you. In response, Jesus invites us to be yoked with him... to hear and follow one voice, one heart, one love.
Sunday, 02 July 2017
And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.”
Sunday, 25 June 2017
Duration: 9 mins 5 secs
When we become a Christian, we accept the forgiveness and the lordship of Jesus Christ. The forgiveness frees us to live a life of joy and peace and to experience the love of God. Accepting the lordship of Christ means choosing to follow him; allowing God to reshape our hearts, our minds, our priorities, passions, and dreams. We choose to use our life and our voice for the Kingdom of God, and by the power of the Holy Spirit, amazing things are accomplished. But the mighty works of God do come at a cost. This week we have dramatic readings about the cost of following the Lord: Jeremiah for whom the word of God becomes a fire in his bones if he does not speak it… The Psalmist recounting how he has been rejected by all for his worship of God… Paul, teaching about how our old self is crucified with Jesus, so the we may no longer be slave to sin… and the challenging words of Jesus to his disciples: Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.
Sunday, 11 June 2017
Duration: 15 mins 23 secs
After the excitement of Pentecost, and the coming of the Holy Spirit poured out on all the disciples, with wind and flame, and in our case, baptism… this week we turn to the complexity of the Trinity. This is one of the most difficult and yet most central doctrines of Christianity. Trying to understand it fully is like trying to carry the ocean in a bucket. There are some who would like to diminish by calling it a post-canonical innovation, but this week we look at three of the readings which support this complex but important revelation of God. We also hear the Great Commission in this week’s Gospel reading, and it is all the more important to know the triune God in whom we baptize and make disciples.
Sunday, 04 June 2017
Passage: John 20:19-23
Duration: 21 mins 1 sec
Come Holy Spirit, Come! This Sunday we celebrate new birth. The birth of the church and the new birth we enjoy in Christ. Pentecost! This Sunday we will celebrate the birth of the church and rejoice as we baptize a new Christian into the Church. We will also renew our own Baptismal Covenant and rejoice in the Holy Spirit. -Fr. Ed
Sunday, 28 May 2017
Passage: & Luke 24:44-53
Duration: 16 mins 40 secs
Jesus ascended, returned to The Father and The Holy Spirit before He could send the Holy Spirit. This is how things got intensely personal. Before the Ascension, Jesus could be in one place at one time. If he was in Galilee he couldn't be anywhere else. After the Ascension, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit, God's presence and Third Person of the Trinity who is not limited by being Incarnate. God is everywhere at all times. The Ascension of Jesus prepares the way for God to be personally present to us in the person of the Holy Spirit. The Ascension is also a celebration that we get to participate in. I'll be reflecting on all of this on Sunday. -Fr. Ed
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