The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
& Luke 24:44-53
16 mins 40 secs
Views: 93
Jesus ascended, returned to The Father and The Holy Spirit before He could send the Holy Spirit. This is how things got intensely personal. Before the Ascension, Jesus could be in one place at one time. If he was in Galilee he couldn't be anywhere else. After the Ascension, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit, God's presence and Third Person of the Trinity who is not limited by being Incarnate. God is everywhere at all times. The Ascension of Jesus prepares the way for God to be personally present to us in the person of the Holy Spirit. The Ascension is also a celebration that we get to participate in. I'll be reflecting on all of this on Sunday. -Fr. Ed
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
John 14:15-21
13 mins 31 secs
Views: 207
God is not shaped by our desires and plans. He is not a pocket god, a small god, that we can carry around as part of our plans. At the same time, God is not unknown to us, unknowable, or inaccessible. To know the Father, we need to know and love the Son, to love the Son is to follow His commandments, to follow His commandments requires allowing the deepest parts of us to be transformed; to live a life that reflects the wholeness, beauty, grace and love of God Himself. But by ourselves we are helpless to change the fundamental shape and desires of our soul. So our efforts at keeping His commandments either fail and fade away or fall into the legalism of fixing only the most visible parts of our life. This is where the Holy Spirit, the apparently elusive Third Person of the Trinity saves us. After our creation, after our redemption, we are invited to be transformed by the abiding presence of the Spirit of Truth into the likeness of Christ.
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
John 14:1-14
12 mins 47 secs
Views: 86
Jesus uses many images to explain who he is. Even after the resurrection, he is explaining to the apostles who he is. Do we understand, do we have faith? Faith is belief, obedience, trust, hope and persistence. Join us Sunday in celebration and worship of our God who persists in his love of his people.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
John 10:1-10
11 mins 26 secs
Views: 102
He is the gate to a life in pasture, the voice we know and follow, our provider and also and our model for our own life in Christ. But what does that look like? If that means that our lives are to be full of only green pastures, lands of milk and honey, with no drama, or heartache, then apparently many of us are in the wrong pasture. But if our lives are also to be modeled on His life and the life of the early church, then perhaps it is time to let go of false expectations and hold on to the voice of our Lord, speaking to us and guiding us in the midst of our actual life.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Luke 24:13-35
13 mins 5 secs
Views: 109
Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
John 20:19-31
15 mins 53 secs
Views: 92
When Jesus appeared to the Disciples following his Resurrection, it took them some time to come to terms with the full implications of his Resurrection. Sometimes a change is like flicking a light switch on or off. Other times change is like a slowly adjusted dimmer switch. In this weeks Gospel Jesus appears to the disciples twice. We also hear the voice of "Doubting Thomas" and his subsequent believing. We get a glimpse of the process the disciples went through as they went from hiding to fearless missionaries.
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
John 20:1-18
23 mins 29 secs
Views: 331
The first sermon of Easter was short and to the point. Jesus Christ is Risen. This amazing good news changes everything. For those with ears to hear, it changes the way we understand the world and ourselves in it. It brings hope to every situation and circumstance. It is fitting that this good news came through an Angel. Mary Magdalene heard it. Why Mary and not Peter and the beloved disciple? This Sunday I'll be preaching on the amazing good news, why it is believable, why it matters, and the example Mary gives us as we seek to live lives of faith. I hope you will join with me in worship on the biggest feast of the year. -Fr. Ed
The moment before the world changed...
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Mark 15:1-39
13 mins 5 secs
Views: 101
Donkeys and palm branches, the king who brings peace… Hosanna! Wait! Who is this? The city is in an uproar… What is he doing, we didn’t authorize this impending disaster! We must stop him… arrest him, send him to Pilate… Who do you say that you are? What shall I do with this man? Crucify him! A purple cloak, a crown of thorns, mocking voices And then stripped, beaten, and led to the place of his execution… At noon, darkness for three hours… A proclamation of surrender a loud cry, a last breath… and then the witness: “Truly this man was the Son of God!” Palm Sunday is the preview of Holy Week, the most dramatic week in human history; it is enough to give us emotional whiplash! But this is also the first part of the climax of God’s redemption of the world; it is the story that should be defining and shaping our hearts and very lives. So please take time this week, in preparation for Palm Sunday, for Holy Week, and for Easter, to read the full account in Matthew 21:1-11: & 26:14 – 27:66; Of Jesus, God incarnate, walking in obedience, humility and love, laying down his life as willing sacrifice, in the midst of the praise, cries, jeers, and condemnations of the very ones He came to save.