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Sunday, 14 January 2018
Passage: John 1:43-55
Duration: 13 mins 57 secs
“Lord, you have searched me and known me; you know my sitting down and my rising up; you discern my thoughts from afar.” The opening words to the Psalm this week could - and probably should - give us anxiety. Do we want to be known in this way? Every detail and inner thought in our minds on perfect display? The truth of the matter is that all of us hide pieces of who we are. Whether we’re hiding things from coworkers, family, friends, or even our spouses, we are timid to divulge ourselves in full. What causes the anxiety is the fear that we won’t be loved as a result of our inner-self. But the gospel teaches us that God, through Jesus, sees beyond our sin to know and to love us.
Sunday, 07 January 2018
Passage: Mark 1:4-11
Duration: 16 mins 10 secs
What an eventful week! Today is the 11th day of Christmas and this Saturday is Epiphany, which means 'revelation.' On Epiphany, we celebrate how the Magi helped reveal the significance of Jesus by coming from afar to worship Him. This Sunday is the first Sunday after Epiphany when we can either celebrate Epiphany or celebrate a different moment of revealing: the baptism of Jesus, the moment when He came out of the waters of baptism to the voice of the Father, and the descent and presence of the Holy Spirit. Since this Sunday at the 10:30 service we also have the joy and privilege of baptizing Beth Cyrus, we will focus on the baptism of Jesus, the meaning of baptism, and the presence of the Trinity.
Sunday, 31 December 2017
Passage: Luke 2:22-40
Duration: 12 mins 51 secs
When the time comes, will we be ready to listen, hear and do what we are called to do? Mary, Joseph, Simeon and Anna were. Find out the rest of the story on Sunday!
Monday, 25 December 2017
Passage: Luke 2:1-20
Duration: 14 mins 26 secs
Sunday, 24 December 2017
Passage: John 1:1-14
Duration: 10 mins 50 secs
The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us...
Sunday, 24 December 2017
Passage: Luke 2:1-20
Duration: 17 mins 55 secs
Sharing the Nativity Story
Sunday, 24 December 2017
Passage: Luke 1:26-38
Duration: 13 mins 7 secs
This Sunday is the 4th Sunday of Advent. In our 10:00 AM combined morning service, we will go from the angel Gabriel announcing to Mary what God has in mind, to Mary treasuring and pondering the shepherds’ description of a multitude of angels celebrating the most extraordinary birth in human history. From the moment of Gabriel’s visit to the time of her death, Mary’s life was centered on the birth and life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Her life was reshaped by that one answer to God: “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And 2000 years later we know that not only her life, but the lives of all mankind have been reshaped by the presence of God in our midst: Immanuel. May the rest of your week be filled with hopeful anticipation, and may your Christmas be filled with joy and the peace that is abiding in all circumstances.
Sunday, 17 December 2017
Duration: 13 mins 55 secs
In our readings this week, we continue to hear of God’s promises of justice and mercy, of restoration and peace. In this time, we live by hope; looking towards the Light of the world in a season of darkness; walking by faith and rejoicing always in a time of chaos and discouragement. This Sunday we celebrate the third Sunday of Advent and hear of John the Baptist being interrogated by representatives of the Pharisees who came out from Jerusalem to Bethany to quietly confront and shut down this potential troublemaker. But John warns that he is not the one they should be worried about. What God has put in motion shall come to pass, just as Spring follows Winter, and the One who will baptize by fire is already in their midst.
Sunday, 10 December 2017
Passage: Mark 1:1-8
Duration: 14 mins 40 secs
This week, we are celebrating the Second Sunday of Advent and in our readings we hear John the Baptist as the voice crying out in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord!” We hear the prophetic passage in Isaiah, which is the origin of this cry, and we hear from Peter, that the Lord is not slow in arriving, but is waiting to allow time for more to enter into salvation. All of the passages reinforce the message of expectant waiting for forgiveness and redemption from the Lord, but this is not a passive waiting, it is a time of preparing our hearts, clearing away the debris, making ready for the procession of the King, the coming of Jesus, the full presence of Immanuel.
Sunday, 03 December 2017
Passage: Mark 13:24-37
Duration: 13 mins 43 secs
This Sunday signals the beginning of Advent, literally "the Coming of Christ." It is the churches' New Year's Day. Our readings call us to: 1- Focus on what God has done for us (Isaiah 64) 2 - Pray for the restoration of our relationship with God (Psalm 80) 3- Remember- Paul's words to the church, that we will lack nothing we need as we wait for for our Lord's return (1 Cor l) 4- Be ready or watchful -In Mark's discourse on the "The End of the Age"( Mark 13) we are reminded that no one knows the day or the hour of Christ's return, so we need to stay awake. What should our attitude be as we await His coming in glory?
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