The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
& Matthew 25:31-46
15 mins 11 secs
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This week our readings continue our pre-advent theme of anticipating the day of the Lord. But this week, we find that our judge on that day of accounting is none other than our own Good Shepherd, who knows his sheep better than they know themselves. And we are reminded that serving Christ means finding Christ in the faces of those we meet each day. ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’… ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ Matthew 25: 40, 45
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Matthew 1:18-25
11 mins 18 secs
Views: 542
This Sunday is the Third Sunday of Advent. John, in prison, sends to Jesus to ask, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?”. John, who baptized Jesus in the river Jordan and saw the heavens open, had to ask if Jesus was the one. This was because Jesus wasn't acting the way John expected the Messiah to act. When you expect one thing, you can miss what is right in front of you.
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
Matthew 1:18-25
13 mins 23 secs
Views: 81
When God calls, do not be afraid. What lies ahead may indeed be inconvenient, often terrifying, and personally costly. But it will also be glorious. In Sunday's Gospel from Matthew, we hear how God guided Joseph to take Mary as his wife despite her pregnancy. We hear what this child shall be named and what purpose the child would fulfill. Joseph and Mary are models of faithful obedience. They are preeminent among the Saints and role models for us to emulate. This Sunday we will celebrate God's activity and guidance in Jesus' Incarnation and reflect on ways we, like Joseph, may say yes to God. - Fr. Ed
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
Matthew 2:1-12
13 mins 17 secs
Views: 468
This Sunday we mark the end of Christmas the season in the celebration of the Feast of The Epiphany. Magi came bearing gifts and went home another way. They worshiped, shared what they knew, and left gifts that reveal who Jesus is and anticipate what is to come.
Ginny Barry
Matthew 2:1-12
10 mins 51 secs
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It's mind blowing! Ok, so I couldn't resist. An epiphany alters our perceptions on a core level. We are never quite the same after an epiphany. For example once you understand that God loves you and wants you to live for eternity much of the urgency goes out of our various appetites and needs. Life just never feels quite as desperate again. An epiphany is mind blowing. So this year we will celebrate the season of "Blown Minds" (no not really. Just kidding) and begin this Sunday with the feast of The Epiphany. Much is revealed. Lives are changed. God is very involved. Don't miss it. -Ed
The Rev. Carole Anderson
Matthew 2:1-12
14 mins 59 secs
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This Sunday, we celebrate the epiphany of our Lord. The visit of the magi begins the revelation of the Lord to the gentiles. God shows himself to the gentiles by the revelation of his son to the Magi. Join us as we take a deeper look at the characters of this reading from Matthew 2:1-12. Joseph, Mary's husband whose faith allowed him to act on the messages sent to him in dreams by God, and protected Mary, and the baby Jesus from harm. The Magi, who believed that the star announced the birth of a great ruler, and who upon finding Jesus, are overjoyed and bow in worship. Finally, Herod the Great, who only wants to destroy any competition to his throne, and tries to trick the Magi into revealing the whereabouts of the Baby Jesus. Isaiah 60:1-3 Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you. And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
Matthew 2:13-23
15 mins 14 secs
Views: 461
Right after Christmas, we are reminded that the light shines in the darkness.
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
Matthew 3:1-12
19 mins 46 secs
Views: 522
This Sunday is the Second Sunday of Advent. Its our annual date with John The Baptist and his prophetic ministry. He lived the life of a prophet and called the people of Israel to redirect them selves to God. He called them to reorder their lives by reorienting themselves. That is what is meant by the word "repent".
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
Matthew 3:1-12
14 mins 16 secs
Views: 83
This Sunday is the Second Sunday in Advent and our Gospel is from Matthew 3. If you are reading the Gospel of Matthew as an Advent discipline you will have already read Matthew's description of John the Baptist and his prophetic ministry. It's stunning in the blunt way prophets often are. Prophetic words have a way of sliding under or around our sense of self and landing home with greater impact than is comfortable. They help us clear the cobwebs of our spiritual life and see more clearly the reality we live within. They help us get real by shining light on our self deceptions and personal bargains. The journey into God is a journey into reality and marked with many moments of getting real. This Sunday as we continue to get ready St. John challenges us to get real. -Fr. Ed