The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Matthew 17:1-9
10 mins 48 secs
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We end the Season of Epiphany recounting a most amazing moment in Jesus' earthly ministry. He is revealed in Glory. He is transfigured before Peter, James, and John. The disciples were unprepared for the moment and tried to respond. Should they have been ready? Would we, even knowing it happened, be ready for such an experience? I hope so but expect not. I have been caught unawares by the amazing activity of God in my life. These moments delight, surprise, and humble me. They are humbling precisely because they reveal the Glory of God and the Lordship of Jesus Christ. They are powerful reminders that my faith is not about me or my desires but about Jesus. How easy it is to think of our faith as something that is ours, or of us, or for us.
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The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
Matthew 4:1-11
15 mins 15 secs
Views: 116
Competition is the best form of training. Athletes get into "game shape" by playing in games. No practice ever sharpens the mind and body like playing in the game does. I used to cycle with a friend who was always faster than I was. Then he started entering races and competing. He got much faster very quickly. There is nothing like being in the game.
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
John 3:1-17
10 mins 3 secs
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This week's Gospel is John 3:1-17. Nicodemus comes to see Jesus one evening and learns he must be born from above to understand Jesus and the work that Jesus is undertaking. Being born from above, or born again, is the moment when life changes for us in our relationship with God. For some it comes suddenly and for others it is a slowly growing awareness of God's presence, love, and forgiveness. However it happens it is life changing and joy bringing. It brings satisfaction, you know the satisfaction the Rolling Stones couldn't find. This Sunday we will reflect on this new life and pray our way more fully into it.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
John 4:5-42
13 mins 33 secs
Views: 82
This week we look at the shocking encounter between Jesus and a Samaritan woman. This passage marks a shift in the size and breadth of the mission of redemption that is breathtaking, while also revealing the sustenance and refreshment needed to accomplish such a harvest. John 4:5-42
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
John 9:1-41
13 mins 40 secs
Views: 89
We have reached the halfway point in Lent and have begun our final preparation for Easter. This Sunday's Gospel from John reflects this focus. We hear about the event that precipitated active plotting of Jesus' arrest and crucifixion. This Sunday we will recall the story and reflect on the ways it applies to our current life as Jesus' disciples. We will acknowledge that we too want to limit God's activity in and influence upon our lives. We will pray for Grace and give thanks that once we were blind but now we too see.