In this week’s gospel reading, Jesus sends out seventy followers to proceed him into towns he intends to visit on his way to Jerusalem. His instructions are the “what not to wear” for missionaries through out the centuries; though we haven’t always followed them. The seventy come back amazed by the power they were given and Jesus reminds them to rejoice in their place in the Kingdom, not in power; even God-given power. It is in humility and vulnerability that we face the wolves and daunting task of bringing the gospel to those who need to hear it. It is the peace of God we bring, when our face is the first version of Christ people meet. And it is in hope, not power, that we rejoice.
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
Luke 9:51-62
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This Sunday, we consider the type of commitment Jesus expects of his followers. What do we do when faced with rejection, persecution, competing interests and obligations? This week's Gospel is filled with such examples that all together point to the type of mindfulness that is unmovable. In an area that seems increasingly alien to Christian Faith, we find guidance for our journey in this week's Gospel. "He (Jesus)...persuaded them to be patient and to cherish a mind that is unmovable by anything like this." Cyril of Alexandria (Commentary on Luke, Homily 56)
David Evans
Luke 8:26-39
8 mins 50 secs
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In this Sunday's Gospel, Jesus healed a man who had been possessed by a legion of demons. The demons recognize Jesus as "Son of the Most High God" and they were afraid that he would order them to return to the abyss. The townspeople were also afraid of Jesus and begged him to leave. Frightened of a man who could cast out demons, they turned away from their chance for healing and grace. The man who was healed begged to go with Jesus but he was sent on his way to proclaim "how much God has done for you". Are we afraid like the Gerasenes or do we proclaim how much Jesus has done for us?
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
Luke 7:36-8:3
18 mins 6 secs
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Last week Jesus restored life, this week he restores wholeness by forgiving a woman's sins. We see her joy and gratitude demonstrated by her actions in caring for Jesus, washing his feet with her tears of joy, kissing and anointing his feet in gratitude. Because much had been forgiven of her, she loved much in return. This isn't a call to go out and sin greatly so that you will be forgiven much but a call to remember that we have all sinned, and by our faith in Jesus, we are forgiven.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Luke 7:11-17
17 mins 28 secs
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This week in both our Gospel and our Old Testament readings, we hear of God raising a beloved son from the dead. Both times, the compassion shown is evidence against the modern absurd idea that the death of Jesus was due to some lack of parental love. Both times also, restoring life is seen as clear evidence of divine action and met with relief, rejoicing or fear. How limitless is our God and how compassionate is His hand! As we remember our weakness in the face of His power, do we respond in relief or fear? As instruments of His will, do we reach out in complacency or compassion?
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
Luke 7:1-10
15 mins 20 secs
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In this week's Gospel we recount Jesus's healing of the Centurion's servant in Capernaum. The local elders come to Jesus to convince him to go to the Centurion's home as the servant was close to death. They passionately lobby for the Centurion. They genuinely value him. They tell Jesus he is worthy of this healing because of his love for them and the wonderful things he has done. He built the Synagogue. That's actually pretty impressive. The foundations of that synagogue are still in Capernaum. Next time I'm there I will thank God for the witness of the Centurion. Not for building the synagogue, but rather what he did when he found out Jesus was on the way. This Sunday we will reflect on the nature of Faith and a proper attitude towards God.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
John 16:12-15
15 mins 4 secs
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For some, gazing up at the stars make them feel small; for me, considering the glory of God makes me feel small. Our readings this week make it clear: it’s not about us! …And yet, we are invited by God to share in his glory; to have dominion over the works of his hand; and by the Spirit of Truth, be guided into all truth. Come join us this Sunday as we consider and celebrate the glory, the mystery and the truth of the Trinity.
Pentecost! The great day of the divine gift of intimacy with God. On Pentecost the extraordinary became ordinary as the gift of divine presence that marked the lives of the Prophets became the experience of all the faithful. Jesus' promise in John 14:23 "Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him." came about in an amazing way. This Sunday I will reflect on a life lived in the Company of God.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
John 17:20-26
16 mins 38 secs
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In this week’s gospel, Jesus prays for his disciples and those (us) who will believe in Him through the disciples’ words, that they will be one like He and the Father are one. Living in the unity of the Holy Spirit, sharing in the intimacy of the Trinity, we can know and love God and are known and loved by God. And from that place of security, we can enter into the work of the Kingdom: loving, healing, reconciling and bringing peace into places of brokenness. This week also, we see Paul & Silas praying and singing in prison after being arrested and flogged; even in the midst of these circumstances their hearts are full of joy and confidence in their Lord. And once again, they are not wrong to have such faith.
Ginny Barry
John 14:23-29
14 mins 53 secs
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This week we focus on the gift of peace... Jesus says, "do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid." Peace is elusive in our culture. Stress and busyness are rampant. Worry sucks the peace and joy out of everything. So how do glimpses of the Kingdom of God and this promise of peace - a peace beyond human understanding - empower us to overcome our natural tendencies to fret, and instead, serve and witness more effectively? Could you use a little more peace in your life?