The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
Matthew 22:34-46
16 mins 43 secs
Views: 104
Much of what Jesus taught in Jerusalem was familiar yet shocking. The established religious leaders were familial with the verses Jesus quoted yet shocked by the application Jesus used them for. In this week’s Gospel Jesus combines two verses in a way that brings a new meaning into sharp focus. He is asked to summarize the law and in doing so gives us the Great Commandment. Like the Lord’s Prayer this teaching is unique to Jesus and provides guidance to his church. Following Jesus makes us sympathize with the Pharisees a bit as we too often hear verses brought into sharp meaning that calls us to reform of our lives and spiritual growth. This is always a challenge that leads to joy. It also brings into focus the appropriate attitude we ought to have to Scripture. Please join us and prepare for a pleasant shock.
Ginny Barry
Matthew 22:15-22
15 mins 17 secs
Views: 174
In this week's gospel Jesus is still in the temple teaching. The Pharisees and Herodians, normally bitter opponents, have joined forces to try to trap Jesus and have Him arrested for "legitimate" reasons. Jesus side steps their trap and delivers one of His most quoted responses: "Render unto Caesar what is Caesar's, and render unto God what is God's." High drama, great wisdom, and much to explore as we apply this teaching to our own lives. Join us!
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
Matthew 22:1-14
15 mins 38 secs
Views: 110
One of the challenges everyone faces in living a Christian Life is that of staying alert. Its so easy to begin resting on our laurels and looking back fondly on times of intimacy with God. Truly these memories are wonderful and should inspire us to renewed persistence in our faith. But our hearts sometimes seek comfort in other quarters even while fondly gazing upon past intimacy. We are fickle. In this week’s Gospel Jesus tells another parable of warning. No matter what our relationship with God has been in the past, our present responsiveness is what is measured. In his sermon this week Fr. Ed will give examples of attentiveness and offer gentle advice to those whose hearts have wandered.
We Serve at the Pleasure of the King. Whatever our individual circumstances, we are living in the Kingdom of God – and there can only be one King. This Sunday, The Reverend Kimberley Pfeiler reminds us that there are lots of ways, big and small, we resist the King. But when we do, we are the ones who stand to lose.
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
Matthew 21:23-32
20 mins 28 secs
Views: 149
This Sunday’s Gospel presents us with a question of discernment. Do we recognize when God is working in our midst? Sometimes the evidence is so compelling it takes an act of willful denial to avoid the truth, such as when God gave buildings into St. James’ stewardship. There are other times though when the we wonder whether what we are experiencing is a Divine Appointment or a random coincidence. But wait, it gets more complicated when the event we wonder about is potentially a prophetic act. This Sunday Fr. Ed will reflect on the reception John The Baptist received as he explores an aspect of Life in the Holy Spirit and the importance of humility and faithfulness.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Matthew 20:1-16
17 mins 5 secs
Views: 111
There are times when our sense of justice is offended by God’s mercy and grace. We are also sometimes offended by the door of heaven being open to those entire lives are marked by selfish destruction. This Sunday we will look at the problem of human pain and indignation in the face of God’s desire to cover the cost of our sins with the blood of the Lamb.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Matthew 18:15-20
11 mins 55 secs
Views: 143
In every family there are conflicts; actually in any combination of human beings there are conflicts. It is inevitable. The secret to successful relationships isn’t in avoiding conflicts, but in how we resolve them. In the Gospel this week, Jesus gives the disciples a counter-cultural instruction manual for conflict resolution and we will look at why this is particularly important in our life as a church.
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
Matthew 16:21-28
15 mins 26 secs
Views: 118
This week's Gospel continues the exchange between Peter and Jesus. Having been recognized as the Son of God, Jesus explains that they will now go to Jerusalem where he will be killed and rise on the third day. Peter objects and Jesus who changed Simon's name to Peter now calls him Satan. Ouch, yeah that had to hurt. Jesus then explains the error Peter has made. The same error that we are so prone to making. This Sunday we will reflect on the error along with Jesus' instructions on how to avoid it.
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
Matthew 16:13-20
15 mins 24 secs
Views: 109
In this Sunday's Gospel Jesus calls Simon blessed and renames him Peter or Petra. The word means Rock, and Jesus assures Peter that on him Jesus will build his church, and that not even the Gates of Hell will prevail against it. It doesn't always feel this way. It is estimated that every five minutes a Christian is being Martyred for their faith. This would not surprise Peter who was crucified in Rome for being a Christian. Jesus knew that the Gates of Hell would try to prevail but would not. This Sunday Fr. Ed speaks on the blessing of being put to the test.
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
Matthew 15:10-28
14 mins 26 secs
Views: 104
Winston Churchill uttered these words when speaking to a school. Persistence matters. It is an aspect of faith. Last week Fr. Ed talked about five aspects of faith. This week the Gospel provides an opportunity to talk about "faithfulness" or persistence in faith. Why does persistence in matters of faith matter? Jesus answered the request of a Samaritan Woman to heal her child after she wouldn't give up and wouldn't go away. He told her she had great faith.