The Very Rev. Ed  McNeill

The Very Rev. Ed McNeill

Role: Rector & Dean
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Sunday, 27 August 2017
Knowing the right question is critical. Jesus asks Peter The Question on which all rests. "Who do you say that I am?" The Creeds were written to answer this question. Our church was started because of how we answered this question. The great divisions within contemporary Christianity are because of how people answer this question. Revisiting this question is important for believers as it helps us reset ourselves firmly on a foundation that makes the greatest difference. What a great question to preach on for my final sermon as Rector of St. James. Perfect, just perfect. - Fr. Ed
Sunday, 20 August 2017
Duration: 24 mins 3 secs
Winston Church Hill famously said “Never, ever ever ever ever give up.” Persistence is an important part of any great achievement. Few great accomplishments occur without effort that has to press through problems. Persistence is also an import aspect of Faith. In this week's Gospel Jesus responds to a persistent mother and gives her what she seeks. On Sunday I will be reflecting on this week's Gospel and my own faith experience as I begin the slow work of planting a church in Hawaii. - Fr. Ed
Sunday, 23 July 2017
Duration: 10 mins 37 secs
This Sunday’s Gospel carries on from last week’s parable of the sower and describes God’s patience with us. This is the foundation of our patience with one another and with those whom we love and pray for. The gospel also helps us to remember not to confuse patience with approval. Still the biggest message is patience. There is also in this gospel a strong basis for church planting, and a peak into my motivation to move to Hawaii. - Fr. Ed
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
Passage: John 20:19-23
Duration: 21 mins 1 sec
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
Passage: & Luke 24:44-53
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
Passage: John 14:1-14
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
Passage: John 20:19-31
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
Passage: John 20:1-18
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
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