The Very Rev. Ed  McNeill

The Very Rev. Ed McNeill

Role: Rector & Dean
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Sunday, 19 March 2017
Passage: & John 4:5-42
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
Duration: 18 mins 7 secs
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.
Sunday, 15 January 2017
Passage: John 1:29-42
Duration: 15 mins 21 secs
There are moments in life when you know something wonderful has begun. Something mysterious that needs to be lived out to discover all of the wonderfulness that awaits. A great beginning and an epic journey. In this Sunday's Gospel, the Apostle Andrew, brother of Simon, knows he is at such a beginning and brings his brother along as well. He knew he had found the Messiah. The Christ. He knew it even though he had no idea what following Jesus would entail. Join us this Sunday as we reflect on the joy and wonder of following Jesus. -Fr. Ed
Sunday, 08 January 2017
Duration: 21 mins 33 secs
When Jesus is baptized, he hears the voice of God speaking from heaven, affirming that He is beloved and God is well-pleased. The voice of God, which also breaks cedars, shakes the wilderness, causes oaks to whirl and flashes forth flames of fire… that voice. As dramatic as the baptism of Jesus was, it was also only the beginning of his ministry; it was the beginning of his call to transform history, our hearts, and the ownership of this world. Likewise, our baptism is the beginning of our ministry, the beginning of our living out the call of God on our lives for his Kingdom. But we generally expect and perhaps hope for a gentler version of the Voice of God.
Sunday, 01 January 2017
Duration: 12 mins 3 secs
It's mind blowing! Ok, so I couldn't resist. An epiphany alters our perceptions on a core level. We are never quite the same after an epiphany. For example once you understand that God loves you and wants you to live for eternity much of the urgency goes out of our various appetites and needs. Life just never feels quite as desperate again. An epiphany is mind blowing. So this year we will celebrate the season of "Blown Minds" (no not really. Just kidding) and begin this Sunday with the feast of The Epiphany. Much is revealed. Lives are changed. God is very involved. Don't miss it. -Ed
Sunday, 18 December 2016
Duration: 13 mins 23 secs
When God calls, do not be afraid. What lies ahead may indeed be inconvenient, often terrifying, and personally costly. But it will also be glorious. In Sunday's Gospel from Matthew, we hear how God guided Joseph to take Mary as his wife despite her pregnancy. We hear what this child shall be named and what purpose the child would fulfill. Joseph and Mary are models of faithful obedience. They are preeminent among the Saints and role models for us to emulate. This Sunday we will celebrate God's activity and guidance in Jesus' Incarnation and reflect on ways we, like Joseph, may say yes to God. - Fr. Ed
Sunday, 04 December 2016
Duration: 14 mins 16 secs
This Sunday is the Second Sunday in Advent and our Gospel is from Matthew 3. If you are reading the Gospel of Matthew as an Advent discipline you will have already read Matthew's description of John the Baptist and his prophetic ministry. It's stunning in the blunt way prophets often are. Prophetic words have a way of sliding under or around our sense of self and landing home with greater impact than is comfortable. They help us clear the cobwebs of our spiritual life and see more clearly the reality we live within. They help us get real by shining light on our self deceptions and personal bargains. The journey into God is a journey into reality and marked with many moments of getting real. This Sunday as we continue to get ready St. John challenges us to get real. -Fr. Ed
Sunday, 20 November 2016
Passage: Luke 23:33-43
Duration: 10 mins
Every year we come around to Christ the King Sunday I find myself humming campfire songs from the 10 years I helped run summer camps in Alberta. "King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Glory Alleluia!" Fun times. Now a little older I approach this Sunday with more awe, wonder, and gratitude. Awe and wonder because I ever more clearly understand the world we see is not the world we live in. The world we live in includes what we see but also the "unseen" mentioned in our Creed. We live in a spiritual world just as real as the physical one we see. Gratitude that our Lord Jesus is more patient with us than we often are with ourselves. Judgement comes to us all but we have this time to live into the real world where Jesus is Christ the King. Please join with me this Sunday as we come towards his throne. - Fr. Ed
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