Sunday, 12 March 2017
Duration: 16 mins 16 secs
In the midst of Lent, the season in which we contemplate ashes, mortality, repentance, fasting, and penitence, this Sunday we read about blessings, protection, faith, mercy and being born of the spirit. Our readings culminate in the book of John with a familiar passage:
And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.
"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.
"Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. John 3:14-16
Come join us this week to continue the adventure of a Holy Lent.
Wednesday, 01 March 2017
Duration: 12 mins 58 secs
Sunday, 26 February 2017
Duration: 13 mins 19 secs
This Sunday, just before we begin our journey through Lent on our way to Holy Week, we celebrate the Transfiguration: the day Jesus, on his way to Jerusalem and his crucifixion, pauses to go up a mountain with his closest disciples, where He shines like the sun, speaks to Moses and Elijah, and is commended by the voice of God booming out of an overshadowing bright cloud. Unsurprisingly, the disciples fall on their faces in fear. Come join us in contemplating this remarkable moment and how it colors our view of Lent.
Sunday, 19 February 2017
Duration: 16 mins 22 secs
This Sunday, we continue to sit at the feet of Jesus listening to the Sermon on the Mount. In this teaching, Jesus demolishes human wisdom and even exceeds Old Testament law regarding defending our rights, resisting evil and retaliation. Instead, we are called to give way, ignore insults and disarm our enemies by unexpected generosity and love. We are called to be the children of our Father in heaven, who extends costly self sacrificing love to the whole world; including those who rejected Him to the point of crucifixion. Would that we could live and speak in ways that point past our flaws of pride and selfishness to the perfect love of the Father.
Sunday, 29 January 2017
This week’s readings are a powerful summary of God’s call on us to live righteously. Please read them not as fodder for guilt, but as a clear image of who we are called to become by the grace and forgiveness of the crucifixion and the power of the Holy Spirit. We are to live in truth, mercy, and justice, as peacemakers, in humility before God, following not the wisdom of men, but the crucified Son of God. As you have time this week, I invite you to consider and contemplate the core of our readings:
He has told you, O mortal, what is good;... Micah 6:8
O LORD, who may abide in your tent? .... Psalm 15
“For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, ... but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles....” 1 Corinthians 1:18, 22-25
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven..... Matthew 5:3-10
Sunday, 22 January 2017
Duration: 12 mins 14 secs
“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness on them light has shined.” This week we are still celebrating the coming of a great light, The Great Light, into a world previously cast into darkness. The Light of the World, the Lamb of God, the Redeemer, has come to Israel, has called to the fishermen of Galilee, and has brought the kingdom of heaven near. In our gospel this week, John has been arrested and Jesus has begun his ministry by calling the disciples out of their previous livelihoods, healing the sick and proclaiming the kingdom.
Sunday, 25 December 2016
Duration: 10 mins 47 secs
This week, we celebrate the tipping point of human history. The night the world both natural and supernatural irrevocably changed. God became man and dwelt among us. The Word became incarnate and humbled himself to be human, infant, dependent, and adored. In the relentless rush of time, there was a moment when the obedience and labor of Mary, the care of Joseph, the song of angels, and adoration of shepherds all focused on the One who brings salvation, peace and true hope to the entire world.
Sunday, 11 December 2016
Duration: 14 mins 39 secs
This Sunday, we are waiting. It’s the third Sunday of Advent and we are waiting both for Christmas and for the second coming of Christ. Both for a day of rejoicing with gifts and family or friends, and a time when the brokenness, suffering, poverty and injustice of this world is replaced with the joy, healing and reconciliation of God’s full redemption of the earth. And they both seem to be coming both too quickly for the work to be done in time, and too slowly.
In our epistle we read: “Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near.” James 5:7-8 And in our Gospel reading we have John the Baptist in prison sending emissaries to Jesus in a fit of impatience : "Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?" Matthew 11:3. Sometimes our expectations blind us to what God is really doing in our midst, and we need to practice the discomfort of patience while persevering in the work that is set before us.
Sunday, 27 November 2016
Happy Thanksgiving! In a few days we will celebrate Christian New Years otherwise known as Advent 1. We begin our new year with a celebration of our hope that Jesus will come again in glory and judgment. This age will be brought to a sudden close and the new creation will be ushered in. Justice and mercy shall reign. Suffering and pain will end and the company of saints will get their new bodies in a new creation. There will be no business as usual. Now we live awaiting a new day in the early light of dawn patiently awaiting the sun's full rise. Its time to be ready.
Sunday, 13 November 2016
It's time to put down our internet news, our TV remote, our radio and paper for a few minutes and pick up this week’s scripture; to take our eyes off the drama, name calling, blaming, relief, disbelief, confusion, and gloating of the election and look into the eyes of our Savior. It is possible to be hated, misunderstood, falsely accused, and mocked and still respond in love; just look at our Savior on the cross. It is possible to meet the broken, the wounded, the fearful, and the outcast, and those acting like toddlers, and bring healing, mercy and grace; just look at the life of our Savior.
The drama of this election and the various reactions to it are very small in comparison to what this week’s gospel prepares us to face, and small indeed to what other Christians in the world today are facing. All of this is temporary, but it is also opportunity to practice loving those who disagree with us, in preparation for proclaiming the gospel in word and deed to others who may someday want to arrest and kill us because of His name.