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Sunday, 22 April 2018
Passage: John 10:11-18
Duration: 17 mins 19 secs
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” John 10:11 So begins our Gospel reading for this Sunday. What does it mean to lay down our life in love? Fortunately we are not all called to follow Christ literally to the cross, but the willing sacrifice of our Lord does require a response. It is the most unmerited gift in all of history, but it is also a witness, a model, an example that we are to follow. A shift in how we live; day in, day out; in working and resting; in giving and receiving; in relationships and in solitude.
Sunday, 15 April 2018
Passage: Luke 24:36-48
Duration: 15 mins 30 secs
Happy Easter! This week we celebrate the third Sunday of Easter and hear Luke’s account of Jesus appearing to all the disciples after his conversation on the road to Emmaus. To the two disciples on the road, Jesus “interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures;” to the disciples gathered, “he opened their minds to understand the scriptures.” The theology of the church is based in part on these conversations. The climax of God’s plan for redemption is anticipated, but not obvious in the Old Testament. So it is with minds opened, by truth taught by Jesus and the assistance of the Holy Spirit that we can see where the Old Testament points to the salvation that is accomplished by the Lamb of God.
Sunday, 08 April 2018
Passage: John 20:19-31
Duration: 18 mins 14 secs
This Sunday is the second Sunday of our Easter Season and in our Gospel we read about Jesus appearing to the disciples in the upper room with and without Thomas. Our other readings describe how the early church proclaimed the Gospel and lived out such unity that they became known by their love for each other.
Sunday, 01 April 2018
Passage: Mark 16:1-8
Duration: 13 mins 57 secs
We continue to celebrate the wonder of an empty tomb, the joyful proclamations of his resurrection, and the implications of life freed from death.
Saturday, 31 March 2018
Passage: Luke 24:1-12
Duration: 11 mins 26 secs
We begin our Easter celebration, with the light of Christ coming into the world, with the whole arc of salvation and with the waters of baptism.
Friday, 30 March 2018
Duration: 9 mins 13 secs
Friday, we focus on the Passion and the bleakness of the disciples despair in the face of the death of all their hope.
Thursday, 29 March 2018
Duration: 13 mins 52 secs
Tonight, we focus on the Last Supper, with echoes of Passover, and Jesus’ final discourse with his disciples.
Sunday, 25 March 2018
Passage: Mark 15:1-39
Duration: 9 mins 15 secs
Palm Sunday or Passion Sunday is the beginning of Holy Week. We will hear the Passion according to Mark and have a preview of Good Friday. As our journey through Lent comes to an end, how are we doing? Are we ready to walk with Jesus through this last week of his life on earth? Are we prepared for His greatest sacrifice? Journey with us and find out how the rest of the story ends.
Sunday, 18 March 2018
Passage: John 12:20-33
Duration: 16 mins 6 secs
During Lent this year, we have been reading and hearing the various covenants God has made with his chosen people. This Sunday we hear the Old Testament prophesy of the New Covenant, accomplished by the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, "Know the LORD," for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the LORD; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.
Sunday, 11 March 2018
Passage: Mark 9:2-9
Duration: 19 mins 36 secs
Sometimes we look at something so often that we don’t really see it anymore. We accept it as true, incorporate it into our lives and stop noticing it anymore. But when our senses are dulled, we can miss the good stuff – and sometimes get into real trouble! This Sunday, halfway through Lent, Canon Kimberley Pfeiler returns to St. James, to take a fresh look at our reality, in the context of the Good News of John 3:14-21.
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