The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
John 13:31-35
13 mins 6 secs
Views: 288
Love one another, Jesus commands, in this sermon we are challenged to pray for one another, share our lives with one another and come together to worship.
Jesus, as he prepared for his death and resurrection, gave some instructions to his disciples. He gave them a new commandment and taught them that who ever received a person sent to them by Jesus received Jesus also and His Father who sent Him. This is a kind of flip side to Jesus teaching around the final Judgement where he tells the "sheep" that whenever they gave even a cup of water to one who thirsts they gave it to Him. This is part of a larger theme in scripture related to hospitality, but in this weeks Gospel Jesus makes it clear that this involves the full presence of God in Himself. This Sunday I wll reflect on Loving God, each other, and awaiting those whom God sends us.
The Rev. Carole Anderson
John 13:31-35
12 mins 28 secs
Views: 33
13:31-35), Jesus says to His disciples, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Jesus calls all of us to love one another, not just with the love that we can give, but the with the love that only Jesus can give. Think about that for a moment, how many of us are willing to sacrifice our lives for people we don’t even know? In 1st John 3:16 John tells us, “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.” John continues on in vs. 19, “if anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?” Our actions show others how much we love God. In fact, I think, we cannot truly love one another without God. Even when we have God, it is difficult for us. We are too self-centered most of the time. John admonishes us in vs. 18, “Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.” God knows everything!
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
John 14:1-14
12 mins 47 secs
Views: 86
Jesus uses many images to explain who he is. Even after the resurrection, he is explaining to the apostles who he is. Do we understand, do we have faith? Faith is belief, obedience, trust, hope and persistence. Join us Sunday in celebration and worship of our God who persists in his love of his people.
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
John 14:8-17 & John 14:25-27
12 mins 50 secs
Views: 270
Pentecost was one of the annual feasts celebrated throughout Israel during Jesus' earthly ministry. In the Qumran Community and perhaps elsewhere in Israel Pentecost was the celebration of the events at Mt. Sinai. At Mt. Sinai, God came down and dwelt among the People of Israel. This Sunday we remember and celebrate the first Pentecost after Jesus' Resurrection and Ascension.
Pentecost! The great day of the divine gift of intimacy with God. On Pentecost the extraordinary became ordinary as the gift of divine presence that marked the lives of the Prophets became the experience of all the faithful. Jesus' promise in John 14:23 "Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him." came about in an amazing way. This Sunday I will reflect on a life lived in the Company of God.
Pentecost Sunday is the birthday of the church, the day we celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the disciples gathered in Jerusalem after the Ascension of Jesus. The Holy Spirit equips, empowers and directs us, both individually and as the Body of Christ. Our worship and our unity are sustained by the Holy Spirit. The presence of the Holy Spirit is how God dwells in our midst as we gather, proclaim the Word, and sing praises to our God and King. This Pentecost we have the added joy and honor at the 10:30 service, to welcome a new Christian into the family of God. Please come join us!
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
John 14:15-21
10 mins 30 secs
Views: 118
”I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live. On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.”
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
John 14:15-21
13 mins 31 secs
Views: 207
God is not shaped by our desires and plans. He is not a pocket god, a small god, that we can carry around as part of our plans. At the same time, God is not unknown to us, unknowable, or inaccessible. To know the Father, we need to know and love the Son, to love the Son is to follow His commandments, to follow His commandments requires allowing the deepest parts of us to be transformed; to live a life that reflects the wholeness, beauty, grace and love of God Himself. But by ourselves we are helpless to change the fundamental shape and desires of our soul. So our efforts at keeping His commandments either fail and fade away or fall into the legalism of fixing only the most visible parts of our life. This is where the Holy Spirit, the apparently elusive Third Person of the Trinity saves us. After our creation, after our redemption, we are invited to be transformed by the abiding presence of the Spirit of Truth into the likeness of Christ.
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Todd Hunter
John 14:15-21
24 mins 27 secs
Views: 175
Bishop Todd Hunter confirming & receiving people.