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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.
Sunday, 11 October 2015
The young rich man asks what does it take to have eternal life?
Sunday, 04 October 2015
Passage: Mark 10:2-16
Duration: 9 mins 54 secs
The Rev. Michael Penfield
Sunday, 27 September 2015
Passage: Mark 9:38-50
Duration: 21 mins 30 secs
Give it away. Ministry grows when its given away. This does not mean that we give it to anyone who asks. We are, for example, careful about who we ordain. Generous ministry reflects a bias or attitude that is grounded in Gospel and trusts the work of the Holy Spirit. In this week's Gospel Jesus teaches his disciples to act generously towards those bearing fruit in his name. Generous ministry recognizes and celebrates what God is doing. This is not the same as saying anything said in the name of Jesus should be welcome and applauded. This Sunday Fr. Ed will reflect on some amazing things God is doing in our midst.
Sunday, 20 September 2015
Passage: Mark 9:30-37
Duration: 15 mins 57 secs
It is Only through Grace...
Sunday, 13 September 2015
Passage: Mark 8:27-38
Duration: 18 mins 39 secs
In the face of this week’s readings, who dares to preach, to teach or even to speak! We think we have heard and understood, we think we are wise, but it is so easy to slip into following and teaching what we want Jesus to be instead of who he is. It is easy to start proclaiming a life of success, comfort, and safety in the knowledge of all truth, when in fact we only know one truth: Jesus. And for that Truth, we are called to deny ourselves, pick up our cross, and follow.
Sunday, 06 September 2015
Passage: Psalms 146
Duration: 13 mins 8 secs
"Praise the Lord!" is the echoing theme that litters the final 5 Psalms of the of the largest book of the Bible. The first of these 5 Psalms acts as an exhortation to the self. A reminder, an appeal, an act of will to constantly be worshiping the Lord because of His good deeds. This week we will be exploring the beautiful Psalm 146 more closely with the intention of bringing us into a time of praise and worship.
Sunday, 30 August 2015
Passage: Mark 7:1-23
Duration: 18 mins 35 secs
Our hearts, according to Jesus, are the place from which things that defile us come. This means that it is also the place where things that define us flow, for good or for ill. This week President Jimmy Carter is in the news as he talks about his upcoming battle with cancer. His faith is such that he is at peace with whatever comes. He is secure in God. It seems his heart is well as he has peace. Forgiveness, peace and love flow from a heart that loves God and is expressed in a life that reflects God into the world. This Sunday let us give thanks and pray for hearts that overflow with goodness.
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