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Sunday, 05 June 2016
Passage: Luke 7:11-17
Duration: 17 mins 28 secs
This week in both our Gospel and our Old Testament readings, we hear of God raising a beloved son from the dead. Both times, the compassion shown is evidence against the modern absurd idea that the death of Jesus was due to some lack of parental love. Both times also, restoring life is seen as clear evidence of divine action and met with relief, rejoicing or fear. How limitless is our God and how compassionate is His hand! As we remember our weakness in the face of His power, do we respond in relief or fear? As instruments of His will, do we reach out in complacency or compassion?
Sunday, 29 May 2016
Passage: Luke 7:1-10
Duration: 15 mins 20 secs
In this week's Gospel we recount Jesus's healing of the Centurion's servant in Capernaum. The local elders come to Jesus to convince him to go to the Centurion's home as the servant was close to death. They passionately lobby for the Centurion. They genuinely value him. They tell Jesus he is worthy of this healing because of his love for them and the wonderful things he has done. He built the Synagogue. That's actually pretty impressive. The foundations of that synagogue are still in Capernaum. Next time I'm there I will thank God for the witness of the Centurion. Not for building the synagogue, but rather what he did when he found out Jesus was on the way. This Sunday we will reflect on the nature of Faith and a proper attitude towards God.
Saturday, 21 May 2016
Passage: John 16:12-15
Duration: 15 mins 4 secs
For some, gazing up at the stars make them feel small; for me, considering the glory of God makes me feel small. Our readings this week make it clear: it’s not about us! …And yet, we are invited by God to share in his glory; to have dominion over the works of his hand; and by the Spirit of Truth, be guided into all truth. Come join us this Sunday as we consider and celebrate the glory, the mystery and the truth of the Trinity.
Sunday, 15 May 2016
Duration: 26 mins
Pentecost! The great day of the divine gift of intimacy with God. On Pentecost the extraordinary became ordinary as the gift of divine presence that marked the lives of the Prophets became the experience of all the faithful. Jesus' promise in John 14:23 "Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him." came about in an amazing way. This Sunday I will reflect on a life lived in the Company of God.
Sunday, 08 May 2016
Passage: John 17:20-26
Duration: 16 mins 38 secs
In this week’s gospel, Jesus prays for his disciples and those (us) who will believe in Him through the disciples’ words, that they will be one like He and the Father are one. Living in the unity of the Holy Spirit, sharing in the intimacy of the Trinity, we can know and love God and are known and loved by God. And from that place of security, we can enter into the work of the Kingdom: loving, healing, reconciling and bringing peace into places of brokenness. This week also, we see Paul & Silas praying and singing in prison after being arrested and flogged; even in the midst of these circumstances their hearts are full of joy and confidence in their Lord. And once again, they are not wrong to have such faith.
Sunday, 01 May 2016
Passage: John 14:23-29
Duration: 14 mins 53 secs
This week we focus on the gift of peace... Jesus says, "do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid." Peace is elusive in our culture. Stress and busyness are rampant. Worry sucks the peace and joy out of everything. So how do glimpses of the Kingdom of God and this promise of peace - a peace beyond human understanding - empower us to overcome our natural tendencies to fret, and instead, serve and witness more effectively? Could you use a little more peace in your life?
Sunday, 24 April 2016
Jesus, as he prepared for his death and resurrection, gave some instructions to his disciples. He gave them a new commandment and taught them that who ever received a person sent to them by Jesus received Jesus also and His Father who sent Him. This is a kind of flip side to Jesus teaching around the final Judgement where he tells the "sheep" that whenever they gave even a cup of water to one who thirsts they gave it to Him. This is part of a larger theme in scripture related to hospitality, but in this weeks Gospel Jesus makes it clear that this involves the full presence of God in Himself. This Sunday I wll reflect on Loving God, each other, and awaiting those whom God sends us.
Sunday, 17 April 2016
Passage: John 10:22-30
Duration: 14 mins 44 secs
After Jesus' Resurrection his Disciples returned to Capernaum by the Sea of Galilee. Led by Peter they went fishing in the familiar waters. They caught nothing. In the morning Jesus aided them from shore. They catch an incredible number of fish and recognize that it is Jesus on shore. Jesus feeds them and Peter is restored. Jesus then tells Peter to "follow me". Life with Jesus fills our nets in ways we can never anticipate. Restoration of our relationship with God leads to amazing adventures in ministry. In this Sunday's Gospel we find the pattern of our weekly worship: Gathering together in a "Nave", getting instruction from Jesus, being fed and restored by Jesus, and finally being called to follow in ministry.
Sunday, 10 April 2016
Passage: John 21:1-19
Duration: 12 mins 22 secs
After Jesus' Resurrection his Disciples returned to Capernaum by the Sea of Galilee. Led by Peter they went fishing in the familiar waters. They caught nothing. In the morning Jesus aided them from shore. They catch an incredible number of fish and recognize that it is Jesus on shore. Jesus feeds them and Peter is restored. Jesus then tells Peter to "follow me". Life with Jesus fills our nets in ways we can never anticipate. Restoration of our relationship with God leads to amazing adventures in ministry. In this Sunday's Gospel we find the pattern of our weekly worship: Gathering together in a "Nave", getting instruction from Jesus, being fed and restored by Jesus, and finally being called to follow in ministry.
Sunday, 03 April 2016
Passage: John 20:19-31
Duration: 18 mins
The contrast between Thomas’ doubt in our Gospel this week, and the courage of the disciple’s preaching in Acts illustrates the difference the resurrection makes. Thomas (and all the disciples) lived, listened, watch and traveled with Jesus for three years, but until they saw proof that he had risen from the dead, they were frightened, discouraged and ready to walk away. After they saw Jesus for themselves and were empowered by the Holy Spirit, they were unstoppable in spreading the Gospel. So bring your questions, wrestle with your faith, but do it in the company of Christians, in the presence of the Holy Spirit, in the context of the Word.
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