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The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Mark 10:35-45
13 mins 6 secs
Views: 95
“…whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.” In our readings this week, we are reminded that Jesus turned leadership upside down. Rather seeking glory, He poured out his life to save others. The challenge of this gospel is that we are called not only to benefit from the sacrificial love of Christ, but also to echo it in our own lives. That is, to live not seeking comfort and ease, but seeking places to serve in the midst of an ever-changing wild adventure.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Mark 8:27-38
18 mins 39 secs
Views: 139
In the face of this week’s readings, who dares to preach, to teach or even to speak! We think we have heard and understood, we think we are wise, but it is so easy to slip into following and teaching what we want Jesus to be instead of who he is. It is easy to start proclaiming a life of success, comfort, and safety in the knowledge of all truth, when in fact we only know one truth: Jesus. And for that Truth, we are called to deny ourselves, pick up our cross, and follow.
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 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
Mark 6:30-34 & Mark 6:53-56
13 mins 55 secs
Views: 111
Jesus is the good shepherd and cares for His sheep, even when it’s inconvenient. In this Sunday’s Gospel reading we have the triumphant return of the disciples from their first ministry journey, a call to come away and rest and Christ’s compassionate response to those in need. In the last couple of weeks we saw Jesus preparing his disciples for rejection, and now we see Jesus’ response to their success.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Mark 6:1-13
18 mins 11 secs
Views: 135
Jesus can be rejected. Not just belittled, questioned or pushed to the periphery like our modern culture often does, but flat out rejected. In this week’s Gospel, Jesus’ hometown is so offended by him as a miracle worker that He can only heal a few people. So he sends out his disciples to be rejected as well. We are not called to lives of safety and approval, we are called to the adventure of obedience, and the possibility of being instruments of an amazingly powerful and compassionate God.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
John 15:9-17
14 mins 7 secs
Views: 113
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The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
John 10:11-18
16 mins 9 secs
Views: 101
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The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
John 20:19-31
7 mins 38 secs
Views: 156
This Sunday’s gospel is usually called Doubting Thomas, but there is much more than just an apostle who wants to see for himself that the Lord has risen. Thomas believed because he saw, but John wrote so we could hear, believe, and join the communion of saints. All of our readings are also about unity in the body, forgiveness and reconciliation.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
John 12:20-33
14 mins 12 secs
Views: 115
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me…”, “I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people…”, “Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life…”, “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself…”, This week’s readings are an intersection of powerful ideas. What does is mean for us to have a clean heart with God’s law written on it, and what then are the consequences on how we see and use the rest of our lives?