The Rev. Carole Anderson
Matthew 2:1-12
14 mins 59 secs
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This Sunday, we celebrate the epiphany of our Lord. The visit of the magi begins the revelation of the Lord to the gentiles. God shows himself to the gentiles by the revelation of his son to the Magi. Join us as we take a deeper look at the characters of this reading from Matthew 2:1-12. Joseph, Mary's husband whose faith allowed him to act on the messages sent to him in dreams by God, and protected Mary, and the baby Jesus from harm. The Magi, who believed that the star announced the birth of a great ruler, and who upon finding Jesus, are overjoyed and bow in worship. Finally, Herod the Great, who only wants to destroy any competition to his throne, and tries to trick the Magi into revealing the whereabouts of the Baby Jesus. Isaiah 60:1-3 Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you. And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Luke 3:15-17 & Luke 3:21-22
19 mins 12 secs
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The ministry of John the Baptist was so impressive that the gathering crowds wondered if he might be the Messiah, but all the Gospel writers are careful to frame his ministry to keep the focus on Jesus. In our Gospel this week we read: “John answered all of them by saying, "I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming “I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” Luke 3:16 As Christians we are baptized in water in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and implicit in that is receiving this baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire. And then we have the privilege of living the rest of our lives , both here and in eternity, in the presence of that transforming love.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
John 2:1-11
19 mins 8 secs
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In our Gospel this week, Jesus has been baptized and tempted, gathered disciples and is attending a wedding in Cana. Apparently He is not quite ready to start His public ministry, but His mother is confident that He has the solution to the problem the host is facing, and we get to see the interplay of their conversation in this unexpected situation. Our Epistle reading is the first in series of seven readings from Paul’s letters to the Corinthians about life in the Spirit, life in the Body of Christ and the meaning of Christ’s resurrection. This week we are reminded that the variety of gifts, services and activities are all from one Holy Spirit. See you on Sunday!
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Luke 4:14-21
16 mins 22 secs
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We do not like limits and laws. Our culture (and Disney) tells us that we can grow up to be and do whatever we want if we hold to our dreams. So we want all the good parts in the story we inhabit. We desire the highest positions, the best toys, the best spiritual gifts, the leading roles… but a roomful of Elsas is not how the story works; and a roomful of people jostling for the same gifts and position of leadership is not how the Body of Christ works. Instead, we are parts of a body, interdependent, distinct, and necessary. Likewise, our culture tells us that God’s law is out of date, restrictive, even hateful. But that is not how our scriptures this week describe the law. Instead it is a beautiful and glorious thing; perfect, reviving the soul, rejoicing the heart, and enlightening the eyes. It is in the hope of right application of the law, that the psalmist cries out those familiar words “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord my rock and my redeemer.” But even this law -this beautiful gift- is insufficient for us who are unwilling or unable to follow it. So, the Word of God made flesh is our salvation, and it is in Jesus, in whom that word, that law, and that promise is fulfilled… in our lives, in our church and in the world.