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 Very Rev. Ed McNeill
John 6:1-21
21 mins 49 secs
Views: 110
What sort of Salvation are you looking for? What ailment healed? What social ill corrected? What leadership vacuum filled? What personal brokenness mended? What do yo want from God? The people flocked to Jesus, drawn by the healing he brought and astonished by his teaching. They had plans for his life. They had expectations of salvation. They hoped he was the one who would save them. But their expectations were not aligned with the salvation He embodied and His Father offered. This Sunday Fr. Ed reflects on the significance of the feeding of the 5,000+ and what this says about our hopes.
In our gospel for Sunday, John 6:1-21, Jesus feeds the five thousand and walks on water. Two powerful miracles in a row. The 5000 saw a king who would give them food, with no effort on their part. Someone who would heal their sick and give them a better life here on earth, not bad things. They did not realize that Jesus would set them free not only from sin but also from death. Where do we stand on this? How do we see Jesus?
The Rev. Kyle Logan
John 6:24-35
15 mins 32 secs
Views: 141
Augustine once said, "How many there are who seek Jesus, only to gain some temporary gift...Jesus is scarcely sought for Jesus' sake." Have you ever caught yourself putting God to the test? For example, "If I can only do this better, maybe God will give me what I want." Oftentimes, what we really want is never what we need. Jesus' sermon following the famous feeding of the 5,000 in John 6 confronts our misguided motivations for seeking Jesus. This Sunday we explore what we truly need to live a nourished Christian life.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
John 6:24-35
18 mins 15 secs
Views: 4
This week’s gospel is the aftermath of the feeding of the 5000, a discussion between Jesus and the crowds about motivations, signs, manna, Moses and the Bread of Life. But it also contains this exchange: “What must we do to perform the works of God?” Jesus answered them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent." John 6:28-29 The purpose of God’s work is that we believe in Jesus as sent by God. Our “work” is to believe the Truth of who Jesus is and then, in the words of our epistle this week, “to lead of life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace". Living and worshiping together as one body, using the gifts we are given to build up the body of Christ, is not an extra thing, an optional thing that we add to our already full life, it is the center of our response to God and his gift of eternal life.
The Rt. Rev Frank Lyons
John 6:35 & John 6:41-51
18 mins 58 secs
Views: 183
God is in our midst and invites us to partake
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
John 6:35 & John 6:41-51
15 mins 36 secs
Views: 115
How do we respond to a call? If we hear the Father, then we are called to respond. If we are of the one Spirit, then we are to live differently with one another. If we recognize Jesus as the bread of life, then it is because we have heard the call of God. Calls are not just for the ordained. We are all called; called to be to be transformed into new creatures, called to be imitators of God; and called to walk in love in the unity of the Holy Spirit.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
John 6:35 & John 6:41-51
12 mins 31 secs
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Crowds have followed Jesus for the signs that He may be the next Moses to lead them to victory. Crowds have pursued Him for the bread that has filled their stomachs and the potential prosperity He represents. But then Jesus begins to say that He is the bread of life, the bread sent by God, the bread of heaven, and that their future, their life, depends on believing that Jesus has seen the Father, is sent from the Father and that “Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me.” Jesus is no longer looking like the leading man in a story they know, but is asking them to embrace an entirely new story. He is claiming to have seen God face to face, and asking them to have faith in Him. And it is too much for them: they grumble they complain and begin to fall away. We too are prone to the same tendency: to create a version of God that fits in our minds and in the constraints of our lives, rather than to listen and follow who He reveals himself to be. We can become so comfortable with our image of God, of what kind of God we are willing to follow, and how far we are willing to go, that we try to confine God to be a safe god, a small god, instead of the Almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
John 6:51-58
13 mins 5 secs
Views: 3
Most of our readings this week advise and exhort us to live in way of insight, in the fear of the Lord, not as unwise people, but as wise. But in our Gospel, Jesus says: Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day. All the encouragement and instructions are worthy and valuable, but as Christians, we do not live only by precepts of wisdom, practices and godly habits, but also by being nourished each week by partaking of the body of Christ, both in Eucharist and by gathering and worshiping together. Each week, we praise God and remember that is not by our efforts that we are saved, but by His sacrifice. It is not our habits that protect us from sin and death, but by His life that we are forgiven and live. And it is not by our emotional maturity that we have unity, but by the blood of Christ that we are reconciled to the Father and one to another. Come join us in worship of the Bread of Life this week.