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, 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, 04 June 2017
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
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
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