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Sunday, 12 November 2017
Duration: 17 mins 14 secs
This week’s Gospel is about how the Kingdom of God is like … A waiting game… Ten bridesmaids who fall asleep waiting for the party to start and then scramble up hurriedly when the call comes. We are the bridesmaids entrusted with lamps to keep ready for the moment when the trumpets blast, the bridegroom arrives, and the great feast begins. But what does it mean and what does it take to keep our lamps sufficiently full of oil so as to be ready at a moment’s notice and to endure as long as needed?
Sunday, 05 November 2017
Duration: 12 mins 45 secs
This Sunday, we celebrate All Saints Day: that uncomfortable day when we celebrate those who are numbered among the saints and consider that we are also called to be in their midst. What does it take to be so pure in heart such that we shall see God as He is? After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, … “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb ~ Revelations 7 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God… Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure. ~ 1st John 3
Sunday, 29 October 2017
Duration: 15 mins 15 secs
In this week’s Gospel reading (Matthew 22:34-46), Jesus disrupts our lives. He doesn’t just interrupt our lives, he completely disrupts them. He tells us to love. No, He commands us to love both God and neighbor. Do you find this kind of love nearly impossible? You’re not alone. Truth is, none of us can love this way. There’s only been one Man to do so. The secret to fulfilling this commandment is to recognize Who is at the center of it. It’s not you or me, it’s God. When we rightly recognize God at the center of love itself, we can identity with Christ Who makes this disruptive love possible.
Sunday, 22 October 2017
Duration: 12 mins 2 secs
Every Sunday after the passing of the peace, before the Eucharistic prayers, we offer ourselves, represented by a portion of our time and resources, to the Lord. The liturgy of our nine o’clock service expresses it with the words: All things come of thee O Lord And of thine own have we given thee This idea, that all that we have and all that we are is given to us by the Lord, so that whatever we give to the Lord is given out what He first gave us, is the basis of Christian stewardship. In our Gospel this week, Jesus evades a trap set by his opponents by saying, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.” This Sunday, we will consider this answer and how it fits into a life of responding to the mercy and grace of God.
Sunday, 15 October 2017
Duration: 12 mins 24 secs
Isaiah talks about the downfall of a great city and a day to come in which the Lord of Hosts will swallow up death and provide a great feast on the holy mountain for all the peoples of the earth. What city is he thinking about?"
Sunday, 08 October 2017
Passage: John 3:1-6
Duration: 14 mins 45 secs
This week, our readings center on baptism: on being born again by water and spirit; on new hearts and new spirit; on new creations and new ministries; on new access to the presence and peace of God. In baptism we share in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We repent of our sins and leave behind the false idols and identities we have collected, and receive instead our new identity as member of Christ, beloved of God and redeemed. Each week we proclaim the creed to refresh our memory of who we are, by proclaiming the God who defines our new identity.
Sunday, 01 October 2017
Passage: John 15:9-16
Duration: 21 mins 58 secs
Bishop Todd Hunter's sermon at the institution of the Very Rev. Rob Patterson as the Dean of the NorCal Deanery.
Sunday, 01 October 2017
Passage: Luke 10:1-2
Duration: 22 mins 30 secs
Bishop Todd Hunter's sermon at the institution of the Rev. Cindy Stansbury as Rector of St. James. (The twenty seconds has low sound quality then it improves.)
Sunday, 24 September 2017
Duration: 15 mins 17 secs
Since the Fall, there is a sense of futility involved in any work, even work done for the kingdom of God. A house cleaned, gets messy the next day (or sometimes the next hour), software breaks, new bugs are found, children need feeding, customers and patients need help again and again, everyday there is new paperwork to do, and it wears on us. Sometimes the work we do and the results we get don’t seem to line up and we don’t like the feeling that our work is for nothing, not appreciated, or never ending. In our readings this week, we find three accounts of people, Jonah, Paul and the vineyard day workers, wrestling with whether the work they are doing for God matters, is fair, or should continue. Fortunately, there is an answer.
Sunday, 17 September 2017
Duration: 17 mins 40 secs
This week, our readings address the basis of Christian forgiveness. Why do we forgive, when do we forgive, how many times do we forgive? It is easy to think of forgiveness as a side benefit of being a Christian, or as a gift of generosity we may give someone from the goodness of our soul, or as something we withhold until our sense of fairness is appeased. But forgiveness is not a side issue, it is at the core of our life in Christ, in all our relationships, and it flows not from us in our goodness, but from God, and an awareness of our need for it in our own lives. We have mercy because He had mercy and it is to God that we and our brothers and sisters in Christ are accountable, not to our own corrupted and insufficient sense of justice.
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