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The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
John 15:26-27 & John 16:4-15
15 mins 26 secs
Views: 184
This Sunday we celebrate Pentecost, when after days of waiting and praying in Jerusalem, as instructed, the disciples experienced the mighty rushing outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, the Advocate. The clamor of voices praising God was so loud that it drew a crowd, and as Peter preached, all those gathered heard him speak in their own language, their own dialect. It is the beginning of a new era. I frequently refer to us as living in a post-resurrection world, but we are also living in a post-Pentecost world… and nothing will ever be the same.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
John 17:6-19
14 mins 23 secs
Views: 181
we celebrate the Ascension of our Lord. After His birth, baptism, ministry, crucifixion, and resurrection, Christ appeared to 500 of his disciples at various times, eating with them, opening scripture for them, and preparing them. But then a day comes when he has his final conversation, his final instructions, and is lifted up and out of their sight. On this day, we mark the moment when the disciples are left staring at the sky wondering what happens next. It is appropriate and necessary to mark this absence before we celebrate Pentecost and the pouring out of the Holy Spirit on the disciples. God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. -Ephesians 1: 20 – 23
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
John 15:9-17
16 mins 57 secs
Views: 175
This Sunday we continue in the farewell discourse in the Gospel of John and continue the themes of abiding in God’s love and loving one another. But our readings also start to pick up themes of baptism, mission and bearing fruit. As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love… I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. -John 15:9, 15-16
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
John 10:11-18
17 mins 19 secs
Views: 104
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” John 10:11 So begins our Gospel reading for this Sunday. What does it mean to lay down our life in love? Fortunately we are not all called to follow Christ literally to the cross, but the willing sacrifice of our Lord does require a response. It is the most unmerited gift in all of history, but it is also a witness, a model, an example that we are to follow. A shift in how we live; day in, day out; in working and resting; in giving and receiving; in relationships and in solitude.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Luke 24:36-48
15 mins 30 secs
Views: 101
Happy Easter! This week we celebrate the third Sunday of Easter and hear Luke’s account of Jesus appearing to all the disciples after his conversation on the road to Emmaus. To the two disciples on the road, Jesus “interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures;” to the disciples gathered, “he opened their minds to understand the scriptures.” The theology of the church is based in part on these conversations. The climax of God’s plan for redemption is anticipated, but not obvious in the Old Testament. So it is with minds opened, by truth taught by Jesus and the assistance of the Holy Spirit that we can see where the Old Testament points to the salvation that is accomplished by the Lamb of God.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
John 20:19-31
18 mins 14 secs
Views: 106
This Sunday is the second Sunday of our Easter Season and in our Gospel we read about Jesus appearing to the disciples in the upper room with and without Thomas. Our other readings describe how the early church proclaimed the Gospel and lived out such unity that they became known by their love for each other.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Mark 16:1-8
13 mins 57 secs
Views: 94
We continue to celebrate the wonder of an empty tomb, the joyful proclamations of his resurrection, and the implications of life freed from death.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Luke 24:1-12
11 mins 26 secs
Views: 72
We begin our Easter celebration, with the light of Christ coming into the world, with the whole arc of salvation and with the waters of baptism.
Tonight, we focus on the Last Supper, with echoes of Passover, and Jesus’ final discourse with his disciples.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
John 12:20-33
16 mins 6 secs
Views: 91
During Lent this year, we have been reading and hearing the various covenants God has made with his chosen people. This Sunday we hear the Old Testament prophesy of the New Covenant, accomplished by the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: 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. No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, "Know the LORD," for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the LORD; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.