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.
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
Matthew 14:22-33
17 mins 41 secs
Views: 97
This week The Vicar of Bagdad, Canon Andrew White, wrote this "Today’s Pictures are too awful to show. You know I love to show photos but the photo I was sent today was the most awful I have ever seen. A family of 8 all shot through the face laying in a pool of blood with their Bible open on the couch. They would not convert it cost them there life." (http://frrme.org/move-forward/) This is a costly faith or is it? Was it a hard choice or even a choice at all? Through the eyes of faith we begin to see the world as it really is. Faith changes our worldview. Terrorists need not terrify us for death has lost its sting. This Sunday Fr. Ed will discuss five things that Faith includes. Belief is one aspect of faith but only one aspect. When faith is reduced to belief, it is not faith and it will not sustain us in time of great challenge. Faith is also not binary. We can have a little faith or a lot of faith. Our faith increases as we live more spiritual lives. So does our joy.
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
Mark 14:13-21
16 mins 6 secs
Views: 78
Jesus had compassion on the people who followed him into the wilderness. He healed their sick and used his disciples and a little food at hand to feed more than 5,000 people. This amazing day shows us God's heart for people and reveals who Jesus is and an important aspect of his mission.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Matthew 13:31-33
15 mins 30 secs
Views: 112
The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, like yeast, like a hidden treasure, like a pearl of great value, like a net thrown into the sea… Jesus taught in parables to teach past people’s expectations and use the unexpected to reach past our defenses. This Sunday we will look at this rapid fire volley of parables in Matthew to come to a deeper understanding of the kingdom of heaven.
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Todd Hunter
John 10:1-16
16 mins 31 secs
Views: 189
On Saturday July 26, 2014, Bishop Todd Hunter ordained Ryan Jones to the sacred order of priests.
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
Matthew 13:24-30
18 mins 21 secs
Views: 113
Greek Philosophers, Native Americans, and in fact every people throughout history has sensed that there is a spiritual reality to our world that lurks just beyond our senses. In this Sunday's Gospel reading, Jesus explains some truth of this world unseen and connects it to our experience as his disciples. When we remember the truth of our reality, our hopes and dreams align with Jesus', our anxieties settle, and our sense of mission quickens. Getting this right matters. We will explore the World we want to see but only get glimpses of. Or do we only get glimpses?
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Matthew 13:1-9
10 mins 24 secs
Views: 118
This week’s gospel is called the parable of the sower… or is it the parable of the seeds? The sower seems rather random and the seeds helpless in the face of birds and dehydration; perhaps this should be called the parable of the soils. This week we will consider ways to keep our hearts receptive, watered and weed free so that our lives can be spiritually productive.
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
Matthew 11:16-19
19 mins 13 secs
Views: 108
The Yoke is a very basic tool. It exists in every culture in various forms. Yokes are found in gyms where they are used for weight lifting, on dairy farms for carrying milk, on the streets of many cities for moving large quantities of goods. A yoke is a useful tool. This Sunday we will reflect on Jesus' invitation to take up his Yoke. He does not leave us wondering what to do with his Yoke, and it is helpful to us to remember what it's for.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Matthew 10:40-42
11 mins 30 secs
Views: 106
In this week’s Gospel, Jesus is sending the disciples into the world, into his ministry; and after all the dire warnings he leaves them with this short passage of encouragement: That they are the emissaries of Jesus and therefore of God and that those who welcome them in their travels will be rewarded. Are we truly living as emissaries of the Lord? Are we welcoming those who are?
Bro. Innocent Umunna
Matthew 10:24-39
20 mins 1 sec
Views: 113
Discipleship is all about living like Christ and worthy of the gospel, living worthy of Christ means giving yourself away for Christ and the gospel. “He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it.” Today’s sermon is about abandoning yourself to Christ alone. There’s no other rival to your affections. There’s no higher ambition in your life. There’s no greater purpose for you than to give yourself away for Christ to use you