The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
John 20:1-18
23 mins 29 secs
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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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The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Mark 15:1-39
13 mins 5 secs
Views: 90
Donkeys and palm branches, the king who brings peace… Hosanna! Wait! Who is this? The city is in an uproar… What is he doing, we didn’t authorize this impending disaster! We must stop him… arrest him, send him to Pilate… Who do you say that you are? What shall I do with this man? Crucify him! A purple cloak, a crown of thorns, mocking voices And then stripped, beaten, and led to the place of his execution… At noon, darkness for three hours… A proclamation of surrender a loud cry, a last breath… and then the witness: “Truly this man was the Son of God!” Palm Sunday is the preview of Holy Week, the most dramatic week in human history; it is enough to give us emotional whiplash! But this is also the first part of the climax of God’s redemption of the world; it is the story that should be defining and shaping our hearts and very lives. So please take time this week, in preparation for Palm Sunday, for Holy Week, and for Easter, to read the full account in Matthew 21:1-11: & 26:14 – 27:66; Of Jesus, God incarnate, walking in obedience, humility and love, laying down his life as willing sacrifice, in the midst of the praise, cries, jeers, and condemnations of the very ones He came to save.
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
& John 11:1-45
17 mins 15 secs
Views: 115
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
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
John 9:1-41
19 mins 26 secs
Views: 94
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
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
& John 4:5-42
19 mins 42 secs
Views: 107
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
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
John 3:1-17
16 mins 16 secs
Views: 82
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.
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
Matthew 4:1-11
18 mins 7 secs
Views: 82
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