The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
John 9:1-41
13 mins 40 secs
Views: 89
We have reached the halfway point in Lent and have begun our final preparation for Easter. This Sunday's Gospel from John reflects this focus. We hear about the event that precipitated active plotting of Jesus' arrest and crucifixion. This Sunday we will recall the story and reflect on the ways it applies to our current life as Jesus' disciples. We will acknowledge that we too want to limit God's activity in and influence upon our lives. We will pray for Grace and give thanks that once we were blind but now we too see.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
John 4:5-42
13 mins 33 secs
Views: 82
This week we look at the shocking encounter between Jesus and a Samaritan woman. This passage marks a shift in the size and breadth of the mission of redemption that is breathtaking, while also revealing the sustenance and refreshment needed to accomplish such a harvest. John 4:5-42
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
John 3:1-17
10 mins 3 secs
Views: 121
This week's Gospel is John 3:1-17. Nicodemus comes to see Jesus one evening and learns he must be born from above to understand Jesus and the work that Jesus is undertaking. Being born from above, or born again, is the moment when life changes for us in our relationship with God. For some it comes suddenly and for others it is a slowly growing awareness of God's presence, love, and forgiveness. However it happens it is life changing and joy bringing. It brings satisfaction, you know the satisfaction the Rolling Stones couldn't find. This Sunday we will reflect on this new life and pray our way more fully into it.
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
Matthew 4:1-11
15 mins 15 secs
Views: 116
Competition is the best form of training. Athletes get into "game shape" by playing in games. No practice ever sharpens the mind and body like playing in the game does. I used to cycle with a friend who was always faster than I was. Then he started entering races and competing. He got much faster very quickly. There is nothing like being in the game.
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The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Matthew 17:1-9
10 mins 48 secs
Views: 78
We end the Season of Epiphany recounting a most amazing moment in Jesus' earthly ministry. He is revealed in Glory. He is transfigured before Peter, James, and John. The disciples were unprepared for the moment and tried to respond. Should they have been ready? Would we, even knowing it happened, be ready for such an experience? I hope so but expect not. I have been caught unawares by the amazing activity of God in my life. These moments delight, surprise, and humble me. They are humbling precisely because they reveal the Glory of God and the Lordship of Jesus Christ. They are powerful reminders that my faith is not about me or my desires but about Jesus. How easy it is to think of our faith as something that is ours, or of us, or for us.
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
Matthew 5:38-48
20 mins 44 secs
Views: 111
This Sunday's Gospel Reading continues the Sermon on the Mount. Last week we were challenged by Jesus' call to a holiness that penetrates out lives. It is fitting as we move quickly to the beginning of Lent that we be challenged to Sanctification and not settle for a life of nominal Christianity. This week Jesus challenges the borders of our love. To love is to be as concerned for another's well being and happiness as we are for our own. Consider that for a moment. Genuinely loving another is a hard thing to do. In this Sunday's Gospel Jesus lets us know who He expects his disciples to love. Its a long list. Its a God sized list for a converted people.
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
Matthew 5:21-37
19 mins 58 secs
Views: 104
In this Sunday's Gospel from the Sermon on the Mount we turn from the more familiar "Blessings" to the more uncomfortable sayings. The Antithesis that Jesus said begin with the words "You have heard it said..." Sentences that begin this way nearly always call us out of step with the world around us. I have a friend who once told me that a priest's job was to bring comfort to the grieving and discomfort to the comfortable. Certainly this week's Gospel supports this understanding unless and until we realize that Jesus is not trying to get us to walk out of step with the world around us but to walk in step with Him. This is the mysterious truth about conversion: once we walk out of step with society to be in step with Jesus we leave shallow lives behind us for the joyful lives that God intends for us.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Matthew 5:13-20
12 mins 17 secs
Views: 107
We are called to be salt of the earth and light of the world in order that others may see our good works and give glory to our Father in heaven. Remember this was before light came on at the flick of a switch and salt could be picked up at the corner grocery. Salt and light meant life, our lives, lived gracefully, are meant to be signposts to eternal life. A current song has the lyrics "I want whatever she's got", live your life so that others will want what you've got and be ready to tell them what it is, the saving grace of Christ Jesus! It's a big responsibility but the Holy Spirit gives you what you need if you are willing.
Ginny Barry
Luke 2:22-40
13 mins 30 secs
Views: 108
"What did you expect?" Our expectations are colored and influenced by the information we have about a particular subject or event, and the validity of that information makes a huge difference in the outcome. We have all experienced unnecessary disappointments or frustration because our expectations were out of line with the reality of the situation... Vacations, holidays, test outcomes... and finding the Messiah... Simeon and Anna recognized the Messiah, when so many others did not... We will explore what they expected, and what they received...