The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
& John 6:51-58
14 mins 37 secs
Views: 123
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.
The Rev. Kyle Logan
& John 20:1-18
15 mins 29 secs
Views: 106
Death is known as the great equalizer. It is that which all men must find their end. It is also when we will ultimately realize just how powerless we really are. Death is the great opponent that none of us will defeat on our own. All men live and die; only one man died and lives, and his name is Jesus. It is by and through his victory that the power of death no longer constrains us. The Resurrection is not a moment tied to history. Rather, Jesus' Resurrection opens to us a new history that screams victory amidst our failures, forgiveness over our sins, and rightly crowns Jesus with his eternal crown. Come celebrate with us this Sunday as we pop champagne and sing praises to our Savior. Alleluia! -Kyle
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
& John 4:5-42
19 mins 42 secs
Views: 117
The concerns of this life are endless. Politics, finances, employment, relationships, health, career, children, and housing are just some of the areas that generate worries in life. Everyone has life disappointments. Each of us gets our own little mix of issues that occupy our attention and seek to shape our concerns. What is a Christian to do with life's disappointments? Some preach a gospel where life's disappointments are signs of a lack of faith. This is a false gospel. This Sunday I will be reflecting on the one thing that sustains us in our troubles and sustains us to eternal life. -Fr. Ed
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
& John 11:1-45
17 mins 15 secs
Views: 126
As Lent draws towards its conclusion, our attention turns to the big question of life and death. In this Sunday's Gospel, Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead. After 4 days in the tomb. After delaying his return to Bethany and Jerusalem for 2 days. No one could say Lazarus was just sleeping. He was dead.Truly and surely dead. Jesus resuscitated him. On Easter, we will celebrate Jesus' final victory over the grave. We will rejoice that death has lost its sting and rejoice in our confidence that we have a life after death to look forward to.This Sunday we celebrate Jesus' authority over death and the confidence this gives us to live differently. -Fr. Ed
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
John 1:1-18
9 mins 49 secs
Views: 88
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.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
John 1:1-14
10 mins 47 secs
Views: 81
This week, we celebrate the tipping point of human history. The night the world both natural and supernatural irrevocably changed. God became man and dwelt among us. The Word became incarnate and humbled himself to be human, infant, dependent, and adored. In the relentless rush of time, there was a moment when the obedience and labor of Mary, the care of Joseph, the song of angels, and adoration of shepherds all focused on the One who brings salvation, peace and true hope to the entire world.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
John 1:1-14
10 mins 50 secs
Views: 73
The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us...
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
John 1:6-8 & John 1:19-28
14 mins 34 secs
Views: 101
John was the forerunner for Jesus. His role, his one job, was to prepare the way for the Messiah and to announce his arrival. He told people that the Messiah stood among them and they did now know him. Knowing Jesus is the point of discipleship. Knowing another person takes familiarity and study. Familiarity comes from spending time together and study leads to deeper appreciation. A popular book for marriage these past few years is "The FIve Love Languages". Truly there is a lot of effort that goes into loving and appreciating others. Knowing Jesus and being known by him is not a mystery or particulary difficult thing to do, and it is our Advent discipline.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
John 1:6-8 & John 1:19-20
13 mins 55 secs
Views: 97
In our readings this week, we continue to hear of God’s promises of justice and mercy, of restoration and peace. In this time, we live by hope; looking towards the Light of the world in a season of darkness; walking by faith and rejoicing always in a time of chaos and discouragement. This Sunday we celebrate the third Sunday of Advent and hear of John the Baptist being interrogated by representatives of the Pharisees who came out from Jerusalem to Bethany to quietly confront and shut down this potential troublemaker. But John warns that he is not the one they should be worried about. What God has put in motion shall come to pass, just as Spring follows Winter, and the One who will baptize by fire is already in their midst.