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Sunday, 20 December 2015
Passage: Luke 1:39-45
Duration: 16 mins 16 secs
When my sister was having her first child 10 years ago, my entire family sat anxiously by the phone waiting for the phone call I'm in labor! There was so much excitement in our family since this was the fist child of a new generation for us. It marked a new day, a new season for our family. When Elizabeth was greeted by the Virgin Mary, her child "leaped for joy." The excitement for my sister's kid cannot even begin to compare to the excitement for the birth of the Messiah. In the 4th Sunday of Advent, we anxiously await a new day in salvation history with Mary. Both Mary and Elizabeth knew that the Son of God was preparing to enter the world through Mary's womb. O Come, Immanuel.
Sunday, 13 December 2015
Passage: Luke 3:7-18
Duration: 15 mins 41 secs
John the Baptist called people beyond the presumption of privilege. It is tempting to say "I believe, isn't that enough" and go merrily on our way following the whims and desires of our hearts wherever they may take us. John warns people that the children of God bear fruit worthy of repentance. Preparing the way of the Lord, preparing our selves for Christmas and Jesus' coming again in glory, results in our bearing fruit. This is Good News. Life in Christ is so much more than cognitive assent. Its Life with a capital L. This Sunday Fr. Ed will reflect on the amazing gift of forgiveness, Grace, and the Peace that passes all understanding. Life in Christ.
Sunday, 06 December 2015
Passage: & Luke 3:1-6
Duration: 20 mins 56 secs
In the midst of messy politics and complex power structures of the Roman Empire, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. This week we consider the beginning of John the Baptist's ministry: how God breaks through circumstances and calls us for His purposes, and what it means to prepare a way for the Lord, both in our hearts and and in our lives.
Sunday, 29 November 2015
Release. Freedom. Restoration. What words come to your mind when you think on Salvation? What does it mean for our lives now and into the future? This Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent. During Advent we focus on preparing ourselves for Jesus Second Coming and for the celebration of his Birth in Bethlehem. This Sunday we will reflect on a word that Jesus used to describe our hope and our challenge.
Sunday, 22 November 2015
Passage: John 18:33-37
Duration: 13 mins 26 secs
If you're bored with happiness, I recommend watching the news. The evils of this world are noisy gongs and clashing cymbals. It's a sure way to become depressed. It causes us to pray more fervently the Lord's Prayer. "Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven." We long for that Day when the wrongs will be made right, evil washed away, and justice, peace, and love will all harmoniously work together on earth to create a symphony of praise. Come celebrate with us, not only that coming Day, but also the King of kings and Lord of lords, Christ the King.
Saturday, 14 November 2015
Passage: Mark 13:1-8
Duration: 24 mins 36 secs
In this Sunday's Gospel, the disciples are in awe of the formidable masonry of the temple. But Jesus responds by telling them that it will all be undone. As Christians, we live with the knowledge that the world as we know will be undone. As we live through times that feel like our world is coming undone, how are we called to live? Not by throwing tantrums over coffee cups.
Sunday, 08 November 2015
Passage: Mark 12:38-44
Duration: 19 mins 15 secs
Jesus sits and observes the people donating to the treasury. He comments that the widow has given more with her mite than those who have given from their plenty.
Sunday, 01 November 2015
Passage: John 11:32-44
Duration: 14 mins 16 secs
All Saints Day is a celebration that honors God and all of His saints—known and unknown. It is a commemoration of all martyrs and all the apostles, confessors, and all servants of God.
Sunday, 25 October 2015
Passage: Mark 10:46-52
Duration: 15 mins 30 secs
Courage to respond to God's call.
Saturday, 17 October 2015
Passage: Mark 10:35-45
Duration: 13 mins 6 secs
“…whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.” In our readings this week, we are reminded that Jesus turned leadership upside down. Rather seeking glory, He poured out his life to save others. The challenge of this gospel is that we are called not only to benefit from the sacrificial love of Christ, but also to echo it in our own lives. That is, to live not seeking comfort and ease, but seeking places to serve in the midst of an ever-changing wild adventure.
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