The Rev. Kimberley Talbot Pfeiler
Luke 21:5-19
22 mins 12 secs
Views: 557
It's the end of the world as we know it… That's not just the name of a great song, it's a promise from God. The end will come, bringing both an end and a beginning. A sense of loss and fear of the unknown make it really easy to avoid this subject. But for Christians, this isn't a warning, it's a promise – and a call to action. On Sunday, we'll talk about the ways the ending of the story changes everything.
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
Luke 20:27-38
16 mins 48 secs
Views: 570
No Marriage in Heaven! In this Sunday's Gospel Jesus shocks his questioners by telling them there is no marriage in heaven. Imagine that. Those vows "till death do us part" mean just that. When we shed our earthly bodies and are made new, we are also made single or not! Listen as Fr. Ed speculates on the nature of heaven.
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
Luke 6:20-31
16 mins 37 secs
Views: 528
This Sunday's Gospel is the Sermon on the Mount, join us as Fr. Ed explains this meaningful passage on what it takes to be a saint. “Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven;
This week we will look at the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector. How can the one who is trying so hard, and is so confident be so very wrong? And how can we live lives marked by humility, but not be either ineffective wallflowers or end up ‘proud’ of our humility?
Winston Churchill was once invited to give a speech at Harrow, a school he had attended. His speech was famously short. This is the second half of it. "Never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, give up. Never give up. Never give up. Never give up." In this Sunday's Gospel Jesus tells a parable of an insistent widow who would not give up. She got the justice she sought. Jesus then wonders if his followers will have a stamina of faith that will carry them through the difficulties to come.
Jesus heals ten lepers. One returns to say thank you. Jesus tells him that his faith has made him well. What does this mean? Didn't Jesus make him well? The nature of the leper's faith, our prophetic participation in the Lord's ministry, and the sort of Faith that heals.
This week’s gospel starts with the disciples asking for more faith and ends with Jesus telling them to consider themselves slaves not expecting gratitude or praise. Luke has a different context than Matthew for faith the size of a mustard seed and we will reflect on why we need faith, how we receive it and how we use it in our life in the body of Christ.
This Sunday we turn to the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus. While the parable contrasts a rich man and a poor man it is not about money. It is in part about the challenge of living with money but while that is a point of warning for all of us, that is a secondary concern. There are many things in life that play the same role money does in this parable. This Sunday I will examine many of the details of the parable and explain why the Rich Man went to a place of suffering and pain.
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
Luke 16:1-13
15 mins 4 secs
Views: 140
Nobody likes to get fired. Wait, that's not absolutely true in the Silicon Valley. But it is true to say that everyone likes to be hired! Getting hired is very affirming. In this Sunday's Gospel Jesus admires a guy who does a lousy job, gets fired, and gives himself a golden parachute on the way out the door. Not only does Jesus admire the guy, but so does his former boss! This Sunday Fr. Ed will explain what it is that Jesus admires about the guy and what the implications are for his followers.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Luke 15:1-10
14 mins 46 secs
Views: 160
Jesus came into the world to save sinners and tells us that there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. How is our view of ourselves shaped by these verses? And more importantly, are we, as individuals and as the body of Christ, seeking the lost with the persistent love of God or are we driving them away with our own sinfulness?