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The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
John 17:20-26
16 mins 38 secs
Views: 99
In this week’s gospel, Jesus prays for his disciples and those (us) who will believe in Him through the disciples’ words, that they will be one like He and the Father are one. Living in the unity of the Holy Spirit, sharing in the intimacy of the Trinity, we can know and love God and are known and loved by God. And from that place of security, we can enter into the work of the Kingdom: loving, healing, reconciling and bringing peace into places of brokenness. This week also, we see Paul & Silas praying and singing in prison after being arrested and flogged; even in the midst of these circumstances their hearts are full of joy and confidence in their Lord. And once again, they are not wrong to have such faith.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
John 10:22-30
14 mins 44 secs
Views: 90
After Jesus' Resurrection his Disciples returned to Capernaum by the Sea of Galilee. Led by Peter they went fishing in the familiar waters. They caught nothing. In the morning Jesus aided them from shore. They catch an incredible number of fish and recognize that it is Jesus on shore. Jesus feeds them and Peter is restored. Jesus then tells Peter to "follow me". Life with Jesus fills our nets in ways we can never anticipate. Restoration of our relationship with God leads to amazing adventures in ministry. In this Sunday's Gospel we find the pattern of our weekly worship: Gathering together in a "Nave", getting instruction from Jesus, being fed and restored by Jesus, and finally being called to follow in ministry.
The contrast between Thomas’ doubt in our Gospel this week, and the courage of the disciple’s preaching in Acts illustrates the difference the resurrection makes. Thomas (and all the disciples) lived, listened, watch and traveled with Jesus for three years, but until they saw proof that he had risen from the dead, they were frightened, discouraged and ready to walk away. After they saw Jesus for themselves and were empowered by the Holy Spirit, they were unstoppable in spreading the Gospel. So bring your questions, wrestle with your faith, but do it in the company of Christians, in the presence of the Holy Spirit, in the context of the Word.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Luke 19:28-40
14 mins 7 secs
Views: 85
Come join us this Sunday for blessing palms, processing and celebrating Palm Sunday. It is the beginning of Holy Week and this year we are saving the Passion for Good Friday and concentrating on the many meanings of Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem: King, Messiah, Prince of Peace, Victim, Event Planner… Soon enough, the crowds, like our own hearts, will turn on Him, but this morning, they are cheering for the glory of God and all of creation, even the stones are prepared to join in the chorus.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
John 12:1-8
14 mins 32 secs
Views: 101
We have a God that makes a path in the sea, a way in the wilderness and a river in the desert. There are times when it feels like there is no way forward and fearful things surround every part of our life, or like we are heading on a path that just leads to our destruction, but God is at work shaping and sanctifying us. And like Paul, we are called to forget what lies behind and strain forward into the path God lays before us. With unusual understanding of what lays ahead of Jesus in Jerusalem, Mary pours out her gratitude for the life of her brother in the prophetic act of anointing Jesus’ feet with costly perfume.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Luke 13:31-35
15 mins 5 secs
Views: 81
"The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?" God longs to gather us under his wings; to shelter us in the day of trouble; that we may fear nothing. But He won't force us to love him, he won't make us prisoners for the sake of security. Instead He longs, and we either respond or resist.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Luke 4:21-30
16 mins 5 secs
Views: 93
The readings for this week are amazing, and I encourage you to read them before Sunday morning. A young Jeremiah is given a voice, Jesus is given a scroll, to proclaim to nations, kingdoms and hometowns. What's is our voice, to whom do we proclaim and what should we fear? Jeremiah 1:4-10; Psalm 71:1-6; 1 Corinthians 13:1-13; Luke 4:21-30
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Luke 3:15-17 & Luke 3:21-22
14 mins 47 secs
Views: 93
“But now thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.” … “And a voice came from heaven, "You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased." These two verses frame our readings this Sunday and they frame our understanding of the baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ, and of our own baptism. In baptism we die to sin and die to self; we are washed clean, filled with the Holy Spirit and begin a new life. With small and stumbling steps we start becoming a new creation.