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Sunday, 07 February 2016
I love that the season of great beauty and wonder immediately precedes the season of Lent. Epiphany is a season of great beauty. We may not often think of it in this way. I call it a season of great beauty as it is the season that focuses on the self revelation of God. We get glimpses of glory and are moved to wonder. Epiphany began with the adoration of the Magi, included Jesus’ Baptism and the voice of God, amazing wine at his first miracle at Cana of Galilee. This Sunday we celebrate the feast of the Transfiguration when Jesus is revealed in His glory. Such great beauty. On my recent trip to Israel I was stunned by the beauty of the Church of the Transfiguration. It is the most beautiful church I have ever prayed in. How appropriate. As I prepare for preaching this Sunday I am grateful that this season of beauty precedes a season of repentance. What better motivation for a change in heart and life direction than a vision of God’s beautiful love, life and desire for us? Please join me on Sunday as we respond to God’s love with our simple offering of praise and the turning of our hearts and minds. - Ed
Sunday, 31 January 2016
Passage: Luke 4:21-30
Duration: 16 mins 5 secs
The readings for this week are amazing, and I encourage you to read them before Sunday morning. A young Jeremiah is given a voice, Jesus is given a scroll, to proclaim to nations, kingdoms and hometowns. What's is our voice, to whom do we proclaim and what should we fear? Jeremiah 1:4-10; Psalm 71:1-6; 1 Corinthians 13:1-13; Luke 4:21-30
Sunday, 24 January 2016
Passage: Luke 4:14-21
Duration: 13 mins 55 secs
Jesus delivers a 20 second sermon that changed the course of mankind. In Luke 4 the Gospel is revealed to us in a pithy, yet powerful way to illustrate the thrust of Jesus' mission. Namely, that He gives us freedom. But what does freedom in this sense mean? Jesus offers us something much more inclusive than our consumerist mindset might think. Freedom is more than a vote in an election, much more than a choice between double-stuffed Oreos and regular Oreos. Christian freedom is what makes us more human than we were before.
Sunday, 17 January 2016
Passage: John 2:1-11
Duration: 15 mins 4 secs
It is shockingly easy to underestimate God's love and gracious attitude. This week we will reflect on Jesus' first miracle. He turned water into wine at at wedding. Great wine in large quantities. For a wedding. Because Mary asked him to. There are many possible lessons here that we will touch on. All together they help us remember ourselves in the context of God's love. What He desires for us greatly exceeds our expectations, hopes, and dreams. When we get a glimpse of the overwhelming blessing God wills for us it brings us to our knees in prayers of thanksgiving and renews our worldview.
Sunday, 10 January 2016
Duration: 14 mins 47 secs
“But now thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.” … “And a voice came from heaven, "You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased." These two verses frame our readings this Sunday and they frame our understanding of the baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ, and of our own baptism. In baptism we die to sin and die to self; we are washed clean, filled with the Holy Spirit and begin a new life. With small and stumbling steps we start becoming a new creation.
Sunday, 03 January 2016
Passage: John 1:1-18
Duration: 9 mins 49 secs
This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of The Epiphany. Wise men following a star come and rejoice with great joy, then offering gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh they worshiped Jesus. St. Augustine famously wrote "You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you". There is a moment in each of our journeys in God that our hearts rejoice with great joy and we too know the true rest that we experience in God. This rest is not to be confused with the affairs of this world as though it were a respite from our busy lives or a panacea for our pain. No it is like the peace that passes understanding that places all else into perspective. It happens in epiphany, when our deep places open to the truth of Jesus and we see him anew. Lord of Lords and King of Kings.
Sunday, 27 December 2015
Passage: Luke 2:41-52
Duration: 13 mins 11 secs
The story of Jesus as a boy in the temple.
Friday, 25 December 2015
Duration: 9 mins 17 secs
Jesus is born! Come let us adore him.
Thursday, 24 December 2015
The light of Christ comes into the world. Let us adore him.
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.
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