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The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Matthew 17
17 mins 53 secs
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We live in the post-Incarnation, post-resurrection, post-ascension era of the Holy Spirit. Most of our experience of God’s presence is through the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit both within us as a temple of the Holy Spirit and within the Body of Christ. But this is not the only way God has revealed himself to His people.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Matthew 5:13-20
15 mins 42 secs
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Below are portions of our readings this week, and they contrast trying to appease God or even be with God for our purposes, from actually keeping His commandments and understanding the mind of God. God’s will and purpose is not always what we expect, but is also not inaccessible. It is both proclaimed in the scriptures, and implanted in our minds and hearts by the abiding Spirit of God.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Matthew 2:2
Sunday
13 mins 32 secs
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Even before his ministry, the presence of the Messiah draws people of all peoples to come and worship. How much more now is it appropriate that the Gospel travels to the far corners of the earth, and that people in all parts of the world join us in praising the triune God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Matthew 1:18-25
12 mins 46 secs
Views: 38
Very Soon Advent is almost complete, Jesus is coming soon! This Sunday in the fourth week of Advent, we hear Isaiah’s prophesy, and Joseph’s perspective of the virgin birth. The faith of both Mary and Joseph in the face of incredible proclamations are an inspiration to us in our walk with God. On Tuesday we celebrate Christmas Eve with a family service at 4 pm and a Candlelight and Harp service at 8 pm. Wednesday, Christmas Day we will celebrate again at 10 am and finish with cinnamon buns and coffee in the parish hall. Which brings us to another relevant, but entirely untheological point… We are moving back into the church! Today the pews were installed (not bolted down yet, but assembled and in place), the railing was added to the ramp, wainscoting and door casings were completed and the backdoor hardware was added. Tomorrow the church will be cleaned and Saturday afternoon we will move back into church. The rest of the renovations will be done Mondays through Fridays so that we can continue to worship in the church as it is completed over time. Many thanks to our architect and builder Salvatore Caruso and his assistant Navita Nirankari for excellent designs and implementation of these improvements. Praise God for all the grace filled moments that have helped this come together in time for Christmas.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Matthew 3:1-12
15 mins 51 secs
Views: 35
This week is the second Sunday of Advent and our Gospel is about John the Baptist and his call to Israel to “repent for the kingdom of God has come near,” as preparation for the coming Messiah. All of our readings touch on this theme of the coming kingdom of God and the world-wide reign of a righteous king. With the hindsight of living in a post -resurrection world, we know that Jesus is the righteous shoot out of the stump of Jesse. The Kingdom of God has begun and is also still in progress. We haven’t seen the complete fulfillment of the abiding peace, justice and mercy of the reign of King, but in Advent we long for that time when Jesus returns in all his glory and the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.
“But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” Matthew 24:36 This Thursday we give thanks to our Creator for all the blessings and provisions in our life and celebrate with family and friends. And on Friday, the Christmas Shopping Season begins with all of it’s pressures. But this Sunday is also the beginning of Advent and the beginning of a new Church year (Last week’s five baptisms was a great New Year’s Eve party!). Advent is a time to quiet our souls, to deepen our faith, and to follow Jesus more nearly as we anticipate both His birth and glorious return. We look forward to celebrating the Incarnation at Christmas, but our readings also look forward to the second coming of Christ which will come at an unexpected hour. How do we hold on to Advent in the midst of Christmas preparations? How do we hold on to a vision of eternity in the midst of the distractions and pressures of our time-bound lives?