Sunday, 14 May 2017
Duration: 12 mins 47 secs
Jesus uses many images to explain who he is. Even after the resurrection, he is explaining to the apostles who he is. Do we understand, do we have faith? Faith is belief, obedience, trust, hope and persistence. Join us Sunday in celebration and worship of our God who persists in his love of his people.
Sunday, 23 April 2017
Duration: 15 mins 53 secs
When Jesus appeared to the Disciples following his Resurrection, it took them some time to come to terms with the full implications of his Resurrection. Sometimes a change is like flicking a light switch on or off. Other times change is like a slowly adjusted dimmer switch. In this weeks Gospel Jesus appears to the disciples twice. We also hear the voice of "Doubting Thomas" and his subsequent believing. We get a glimpse of the process the disciples went through as they went from hiding to fearless missionaries.
Sunday, 16 April 2017
Duration: 23 mins 29 secs
The first sermon of Easter was short and to the point. Jesus Christ is Risen. This amazing good news changes everything. For those with ears to hear, it changes the way we understand the world and ourselves in it. It brings hope to every situation and circumstance. It is fitting that this good news came through an Angel. Mary Magdalene heard it. Why Mary and not Peter and the beloved disciple? This Sunday I'll be preaching on the amazing good news, why it is believable, why it matters, and the example Mary gives us as we seek to live lives of faith. I hope you will join with me in worship on the biggest feast of the year. -Fr. Ed
Friday, 14 April 2017
It is finished...
Sunday, 02 April 2017
Duration: 17 mins 15 secs
As Lent draws towards its conclusion, our attention turns to the big question of life and death. In this Sunday's Gospel, Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead. After 4 days in the tomb. After delaying his return to Bethany and Jerusalem for 2 days. No one could say Lazarus was just sleeping. He was dead.Truly and surely dead. Jesus resuscitated him.
On Easter, we will celebrate Jesus' final victory over the grave. We will rejoice that death has lost its sting and rejoice in our confidence that we have a life after death to look forward to.This Sunday we celebrate Jesus' authority over death and the confidence this gives us to live differently. -Fr. Ed
Sunday, 26 March 2017
Duration: 19 mins 26 secs
The blind man in John 9 was blind from birth. Jesus says this is not because of sin but in order, "that the works of God might be displayed in him." Yep. God let this man be blind his entire life so that this moment could occur and his life be wholly changed. If our perspective is such that this life is what we hold dearest, God will seem cruel towards this poor man. If this is our response, it means we are blind to the life that Jesus offers and which this man embraces joyfully.
Living a converted life means allowing God to be God and submitting our life to His divine will. When we sing, "Here I am send me," we can't be surprised when God says, "Ok then," and gives us a difficult task to do. This Sunday, I'll be preaching on the joys and challenges of having our eyes opened. - Fr. Ed
Sunday, 19 March 2017
Duration: 19 mins 42 secs
The concerns of this life are endless. Politics, finances, employment, relationships, health, career, children, and housing are just some of the areas that generate worries in life. Everyone has life disappointments. Each of us gets our own little mix of issues that occupy our attention and seek to shape our concerns. What is a Christian to do with life's disappointments? Some preach a gospel where life's disappointments are signs of a lack of faith. This is a false gospel. This Sunday I will be reflecting on the one thing that sustains us in our troubles and sustains us to eternal life. -Fr. Ed
Sunday, 05 March 2017
Our belief is imperfect. If you suppose belief is binary, something you have or don't have, you are not understanding belief as the word is often used in Scripture or Tradition. Here, belief can mean Faith and include echoes of Trust, Hope, Persistence and Obedience. Our Unbelief is those areas of our faith in God where we get in our own way. These are the places where God is not first.
Lent is a season to engage the areas of unbelief in our lives in order to grow in faithfulness. Please join me on Sunday as we reflect on Jesus' temptation and our life of faith. - Fr. Ed
Sunday, 12 February 2017
Duration: 11 mins 17 secs
We live in a very political time in which rights, legalities, roles, and loopholes occupy our news cycles and our nation's attention. These topics are never really very far from people's minds most of the time as life inevitably involves them. In this week's Gospel, Jesus challenges this very human focus with a teaching that shifts our attention from such peripheral concerns to the heart of our relationship with God. If we approach God through a filter of rights, legalities, roles and loopholes, we will never escape a focus on ourselves in order to appreciate that God is God and we are not.
Please join me this week as we continue our "pivot" towards lent and do a little spiritual spring cleaning. -Fr. Ed
Sunday, 05 February 2017
Duration: 15 mins 40 secs
This Sunday's reading from the Sermon on the Mount reminds us that being a Christian involves mission. We are salt and light in the world. Jesus doesn't say that we can become salt and light but that we are salt and light. It's not optional. What is an option is whether we are salt that has not lost its flavor or light that is hidden.
This week I had opportunity to tell the story of how God gave us buildings. I rarely tire of telling the story. It's a light that shines and reveals God's Glory. It also reminds me at a very deep level that all that we do at St. James is an act of stewardship and worship. Stewardship because all that we have is a gift of God and worship because what we seek to do is give God Glory. This Sunday I will reflect on Salt and Light and the privilege of worship.