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Sunday, 16 August 2015
Passage: & John 6:51-58
Duration: 14 mins 37 secs
In Sunday’s readings we are reminded that Jesus is the Word of God, Logos, wisdom, inviting us to table. In our Anglican tradition the focus of our Sunday service is not only scripture and teaching, not only worship and music, but is also Eucharist. Every week we are brought face to face with the reality of the Incarnation: Christ crucified, buried, resurrected, ascended and enthroned in glory. Rising from the table, we then turn and face the world: reminded, forgiven, equipped and hopeful.
Sunday, 09 August 2015
Duration: 15 mins 36 secs
How do we respond to a call? If we hear the Father, then we are called to respond. If we are of the one Spirit, then we are to live differently with one another. If we recognize Jesus as the bread of life, then it is because we have heard the call of God. Calls are not just for the ordained. We are all called; called to be to be transformed into new creatures, called to be imitators of God; and called to walk in love in the unity of the Holy Spirit.
Sunday, 02 August 2015
Passage: John 6:24-35
Duration: 15 mins 32 secs
Augustine once said, "How many there are who seek Jesus, only to gain some temporary gift...Jesus is scarcely sought for Jesus' sake." Have you ever caught yourself putting God to the test? For example, "If I can only do this better, maybe God will give me what I want." Oftentimes, what we really want is never what we need. Jesus' sermon following the famous feeding of the 5,000 in John 6 confronts our misguided motivations for seeking Jesus. This Sunday we explore what we truly need to live a nourished Christian life.
Saturday, 01 August 2015
Passage: John 10:1-16
Duration: 21 mins 51 secs
Bishop Todd Hunter preaches at the ordination of Randy Demary & Kimberley Talbot Pfeiler to the sacred order of priests.
Sunday, 26 July 2015
Passage: John 6:1-21
Duration: 21 mins 49 secs
What sort of Salvation are you looking for? What ailment healed? What social ill corrected? What leadership vacuum filled? What personal brokenness mended? What do yo want from God? The people flocked to Jesus, drawn by the healing he brought and astonished by his teaching. They had plans for his life. They had expectations of salvation. They hoped he was the one who would save them. But their expectations were not aligned with the salvation He embodied and His Father offered. This Sunday Fr. Ed reflects on the significance of the feeding of the 5,000+ and what this says about our hopes.
Sunday, 19 July 2015
Duration: 13 mins 55 secs
Jesus is the good shepherd and cares for His sheep, even when it’s inconvenient. In this Sunday’s Gospel reading we have the triumphant return of the disciples from their first ministry journey, a call to come away and rest and Christ’s compassionate response to those in need. In the last couple of weeks we saw Jesus preparing his disciples for rejection, and now we see Jesus’ response to their success.
Sunday, 12 July 2015
Passage: Mark 6:14-29
Duration: 12 mins 26 secs
This Sunday we hear the sordid story of how John The Baptist died. Arrested, imprisoned, and killed because he was the forerunner of Jesus and spoke truth to power. Following Jesus brings amazing fruit to our lives and places us at risk. On average, somewhere in the world today a Christian is being martyred once every five minutes. That's hard news. We are blessed to live where we do but let us not believe for a moment that our message of God's love and Grace will be welcome in all places. So what shall we do? Give up? Brace ourselves for coming trouble? Or shall we take a better way...
Saturday, 04 July 2015
Passage: Mark 6:1-13
Duration: 18 mins 11 secs
Jesus can be rejected. Not just belittled, questioned or pushed to the periphery like our modern culture often does, but flat out rejected. In this week’s Gospel, Jesus’ hometown is so offended by him as a miracle worker that He can only heal a few people. So he sends out his disciples to be rejected as well. We are not called to lives of safety and approval, we are called to the adventure of obedience, and the possibility of being instruments of an amazingly powerful and compassionate God.
Sunday, 28 June 2015
Passage: Mark 5:21-43
Duration: 18 mins 29 secs
Jesus healed many people in his ministry amongst his disciples. Healing is not magic. It is not something we can command or control. It is something we hope for and pray for. I have witnessed healing of the body, mind, and spirit. I have seen God's grace bestowed. This Sunday we will hear about two healings Jesus performed and we will pray for others. This Sunday we will consider what courage it takes to hope and seek such courage within ourselves as we pray for healing.
Sunday, 21 June 2015
Passage: Mark 4:35-41
Duration: 15 mins 20 secs
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