The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
John 20:19-31
7 mins 38 secs
Views: 156
This Sunday’s gospel is usually called Doubting Thomas, but there is much more than just an apostle who wants to see for himself that the Lord has risen. Thomas believed because he saw, but John wrote so we could hear, believe, and join the communion of saints. All of our readings are also about unity in the body, forgiveness and reconciliation.
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
17 mins 20 secs
Views: 78
Easter Sunday is at once the most challenging and joyful days for preachers. It is joyful as it is the day on which our faith hinges and revolves. It is challenging as no words can fully express the significance and meaning of Easter. It is one big "Wow". But Wow by itself says very little. This season I find myself recalling the shock of my Mother's death and the finality of my Father's. We have all been touched by death. On Easter we rejoice that Death is not an ending. We have life to look forward to and then an eternal life to enjoy. All because of Easter. Wow, just wow.
The Rev. Kyle Logan
Mark 15:1-39
6 mins 4 secs
Views: 80
Holy Week is upon us! I invite you to join with us in worship as we remember two oddly juxtaposed events on Palm Sunday, Jesus' Triumphant Entry into Jerusalem and the Passion. As we enter into Holy Week, the prevailing question for us on Sunday is, "Will Jesus be vindicated?" He has spent 3 years performing miracles and prophesying about his death and resurrection. But will he prove himself true? Will he be vindicated? Is he truly the Messiah?
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
John 12:20-33
14 mins 12 secs
Views: 115
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me…”, “I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people…”, “Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life…”, “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself…”, This week’s readings are an intersection of powerful ideas. What does is mean for us to have a clean heart with God’s law written on it, and what then are the consequences on how we see and use the rest of our lives?
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
John 3:14-21
10 mins 2 secs
Views: 107
Do you squint? Walking out of the shade into full Sun takes a bit of adjustment. Driving out of a dark tunnel into bright daylight takes trust as ones eye's are somewhat blinded by the contrast. Likewise coming to the Light of Jesus from the darkness of a life apart from God is momentarily painful. We are often stuck in that place between desire and fear. Desire of all that is good and fear of the pain of obtaining it. Obtaining it always involves loss. After the process we are thankful but if we're honest the process, while freeing, isn't easy. On Sunday I'll be talking about our basic human condition, God's simple plan for it, the ways people seek an easier option, and the one thing we must do to engage the plan.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
John 2:13-22
15 mins 27 secs
Views: 80
This week’s readings include the giving of the Ten Commandments and the cleansing of the temple: two dramatic expressions of God’s authority, power and zeal for holiness. In the midst of Lent we are mindful that God is holy and consider in what ways we need to clean house in our own life.
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
Mark 8:31-38
17 mins 4 secs
Views: 134
Jesus calls us to a life of Self Denial that we may gain life. That is only partly true. Self Denial is actually not the point. Denying oneself is the necessary condition for taking up your cross and following Jesus. Let's put that a little differently. You can't take up your cross and follow Jesus without first laying down your life. This Sunday we will reflect on this activity. How do we do this? What does it accomplish? Why is this the smartest thing you will ever do?
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
Mark 1:9-15
14 mins 50 secs
Views: 113
Somethings are hard to forgive. Reconciliation isn't always possible and saying "i'm sorry" sounds empty and woefully inadequate. In times like the opportunity to be forgiven is sweet indeed. In this week's Gospel from Mark Jesus fasts for 40 days and then launches his preaching ministry. Mark summarizes his message saying “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.” I think we often hear this call to repentance as a punishing voice instead of the good news that it is. No matter what we have done or left undone God desires to forgive us. He offers us the gift of Repentance.
The Rev. Kyle Logan
Matthew 6:1-7 & Matthew 6:16-21
16 mins 12 secs
Views: 99
In Lent, we are reminded that we are but dust and ashes. We will all surely find our way back into the earth through our death. It’s a sober time to reflect on that mortality.