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The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Luke 10:1-11
13 mins 38 secs
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In our Gospel this week, Jesus sends out 70 of his followers to go before him into ministry, and they come back rejoicing. In his instructions there is wisdom for our journey as well. For like the 70, we are also sent out into a mission field that is in our front yard, in our daily lives. The hazards, opportunities, challenges and blessings we encounter, deepen and shift our understanding of God and our love for his people. Come join us in worship and fellowship this Sunday!
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Luke 9:51-62
14 mins 17 secs
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This week, our readings are about following God into his mission --even when it is inconvenient, difficult or at odds with our plans. The Samaritan village doesn’t want to receive Jesus because his face is set for Jerusalem; they don’t like where he is going. Elijah throws his mantle on Elisha while he is plowing and watches to see his reaction to this call. Others want to follow Jesus, but on their own terms, in their own time. But when we choose to follow Christ, we choose to live by the Spirit and also to be guided by the Spirit into the ministry and mission to which God has called us.
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
Luke 24:44-53
13 mins 36 secs
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In one more week we celebrate Pentecost and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, but this week we look at Ascension. After the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus; after his suffering, death and burial; after his glorious resurrection; Jesus appeared to his followers, ate and drank with them, opened the scriptures and gave them instructions to prepare them for what was next. And then, almost mid-sentence, he ascended into heaven and was removed from their sight. That unexpected moment is neither the end of the story nor an afterthought. The implications of the Ascension and enthronement of our Lord are far reaching and profound. We are called to embrace and live out God’s mission in this age between Ascension and the second coming of Christ.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
John 14:23-29
16 mins 21 secs
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A certain woman named Lydia, a worshiper of God, was listening to us; …The Lord opened her heart to listen eagerly to what was said by Paul. When she and her household were baptized, she urged us, saying, "If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come and stay at my home." And she prevailed upon us. Acts 16: 14-15 And in the spirit he carried me away to a great, high mountain and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God. … I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. … And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb. Revelations 21:10, 22-23, 22:5 Jesus answered him, "Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. John 14:23 Abide with me… stay at my home… make our home with them... Not just a visit, not just an hour once a week, but dwelling, abiding day-in and day-out in the presence of God. Allowing the Holy Spirit to take up residence in the midst of our life, in our hearts and in our minds. This promise is the center of God’s promises to us.Immanuel, God is with us. So how do we live in the presence of God? It is the cry of David’s heart in Psalm 23, and it is a constant struggle for most of us in this extremely distracting, busy place we call home.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
John 10:22-30
14 mins 5 secs
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esus is the Passover Lamb of a new exodus into a new promised land: eternal life. That is one excellent way to interpret the meaning of this Easter season, and this week’s readings are full of references to the ways God rescues us from dark valleys, death and martyrdom, into life and worship. Our readings are also full of references to shepherds, sheep and lambs. He cares for us in ways that are beyond our imagination, and He cares for us in ways we each see in our lives. Come join us this week to celebrate our Shepherd and our Lamb.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
John 20:1-18
15 mins 13 secs
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Welcome to Holy Week. Tonight at 7:30, we celebrate the evening of the Last Supper and also read about Passover. There will be foot washing for those who are willing, but it is entirely optional. The service starts in celebration, with the palms and purple still up from Palm Sunday, but the service ends in silence as the congregation helps to strip the palms while Altar guild strips the altar. Tomorrow is Good Friday. We have services at noon and 7:30 PM. It is a somber but meaningful marking of the Passion and death that saves us. It is a celebration of the self-sacrificing love of God breaking the power of sin, death and evil. Saturday night at 8 PM, we celebrate Easter Vigil. We light a new Paschal candle from a new fire, processed into the church, we hear more of the whole arc of redemption beginning with creation, we renew our baptismal vows, and then we celebrate with great joy the Resurrection! Sunday morning we celebrate Easter and Resurrection with joyful songs, Eucharist, and readings of the empty tomb. There will also be mimosas at each coffee hour and an egg hunt after the second service. It is my prayer that as much of our community as possible will gather to celebrate as much of this Holy Week as possible. This is our great celebration of the year. These events are the expression and basis of the love and hope that shapes and direct our lives. Please come join us! Maundy Thursday 7:30 PM Good Friday Noon & 7:30 PM Easter Vigil 8 PM Easter Morning 9 & 10:30 AM
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Luke 19:28-40
15 mins 54 secs
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This Sunday is Palm Sunday… the Sunday of emotional whiplash. A joyous procession leading to the most incredible miracle of all. We will begin in the courtyard and gather palms to process into the church, praising God and rejoicing in the arrival of the Messiah. But then we will hear of hardship even in the face of obedience to God. We will hear of Christ emptying himself, taking on the form of a servant and humbling himself by being obedient unto death. And finally we will walk through his final hours to the cross and the silence that follows. This is how we enter Holy Week. Palm Sunday is a foretaste of Holy Week. The path to Easter morning passes through the Passion, when our Lord laid down his life for ours. But we live in the light of the resurrection, and we are sustained by that light even in the face of the cross. I hope you will join us this Sunday for Palm Sunday and also join us for the rest of Holy Week .
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Luke 15:11-32
18 mins 59 secs
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Last week, our readings pointed to our need to repent. This week our readings are focused on God’s forgiveness. In our Gospel, we hear the story of the prodigal son and the forgiving father. It is a summary of God’s love for us, and the extent to which he will go, to extend grace, to forgive and to rejoice in our return. The purpose of the Incarnation is the redemption and reconciliation of mankind with the Triune God. All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:18-21
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Luke 13:1-9
14 mins 57 secs
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Appropriate to Lent, our readings this week are filled with invitations to come to God, but also warnings and reminders of our need to repent, to watch, to bear fruit… He asked them, "Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did. --Luke 13:2-3 So he said to the gardener, 'See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?' He replied, 'Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it. If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.'" --Luke 13:7-9 So if you think you are standing, watch out that you do not fall. 1 Corinthians 10:12 Seek the LORD while he may be found, call upon him while he is near; --Isaiah 55:1-9 We are given grace, and forgiveness, and invitations to a lavish feast. We have been entrusted with the Word of God, with the revelation of the Father in the life of the Son. But we are also called to repent, to bear fruit, to seek God above all else.