The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
Matthew 4:12-23
24 mins 10 secs
Views: 133
"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...
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
John 1:29-42
15 mins 5 secs
Views: 113
In this week's Gospel, John the Baptist testifies about Jesus, naming him "Lamb of God". Andrew, the brother of Peter identifies him as the Messiah. John declares that the Spirit came upon and remained on Jesus and so reveals him as the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit. This week we continue with revelations of who Jesus is. This is what Epiphany Season is all about: the revelation of Jesus. This week we will consider what being "Lamb of God" means and the amazing implications for us his followers.
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
Matthew 2:1-12
13 mins 17 secs
Views: 468
This Sunday we mark the end of Christmas the season in the celebration of the Feast of The Epiphany. Magi came bearing gifts and went home another way. They worshiped, shared what they knew, and left gifts that reveal who Jesus is and anticipate what is to come.
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
Matthew 2:13-23
15 mins 14 secs
Views: 461
Right after Christmas, we are reminded that the light shines in the darkness.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Matthew 1:18-25
11 mins 18 secs
Views: 542
This Sunday is the Third Sunday of Advent. John, in prison, sends to Jesus to ask, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?”. John, who baptized Jesus in the river Jordan and saw the heavens open, had to ask if Jesus was the one. This was because Jesus wasn't acting the way John expected the Messiah to act. When you expect one thing, you can miss what is right in front of you.
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
Matthew 11:2-11
11 mins 27 secs
Views: 488
This Sunday is the Third Sunday of Advent. John, in prison, sends to Jesus to ask, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?”. John, who baptized Jesus in the river Jordan and saw the heavens open, had to ask if Jesus was the one. This was because Jesus wasn't acting the way John expected the Messiah to act. When you expect one thing, you can miss what is right in front of you.
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
Matthew 3:1-12
19 mins 46 secs
Views: 522
This Sunday is the Second Sunday of Advent. Its our annual date with John The Baptist and his prophetic ministry. He lived the life of a prophet and called the people of Israel to redirect them selves to God. He called them to reorder their lives by reorienting themselves. That is what is meant by the word "repent".
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
Matthew 24:36-44
20 mins 47 secs
Views: 536
Its Black Friday and my inbox if full of one day only opportunities. If only this were true! Of course we know there will be another one day only opportunity soon. This Sunday we will celebrate the beginning of a new Church Year remembering that on one unexpected day Jesus will come again in glory. One day when we least expect it. On that day we will stand before our Lord and God with something in our hearts. If we are prepared our hearts will be full of gladness and joy. If we are unprepared we will wish we had one more day. The church year begins by recalling us to a life of preparation as we long for the day that is coming. Every day is a "one day only" opportunity to remember, rejoice, and serve.
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
Luke 23:33-43
18 mins 26 secs
Views: 590
This week I've had two songs stuck in my mind. The great hymn "Jesus shall reign where 'ere the Sun doeth its successive journeys run..." A wonderful poetic expression of the truth that Jesus is Lord of Heaven and Earth. The other song is also catchy and very popular at the moment. Royals. The song royals is all about not being royals and the ways we play at being royal. This Sunday is Christ the King Sunday. The church year ends with a celebration of Jesus' lordship. Nothing that is going on in the world or in our lives can change the reality that Jesus is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is our King. In this we can take comfort, find solace, and seek strength in difficult times and in good times. In this truth we find hope for eternal mercy and justice. On this Sunday we end our year with a renewed commitment to live our lives within his reign. - Fr. Ed
The Rev. Kimberley Talbot Pfeiler
Luke 21:5-19
22 mins 12 secs
Views: 560
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.