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
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
Matthew 28:16-20
16 mins 52 secs
Views: 95
This Sunday's Gospel is "The Great Commission" in which Jesus gives his disciples marching instructions just before he ascends into heaven. He tells them to make disciples of all Nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. This is one of the only Trinitarian formulas in Scripture. Fr. Ed reflects on the nature of God and how our mission extends from God's person.
The Rev. Carole Anderson
John 20:19-33
14 mins 37 secs
Views: 110
On Pentecost Sunday we move from the "in between time" that Ginny spoke of last week to the fulfillment of the promise made by Jesus to his disciples. We will discuss the difference between the giving of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament and dramatic arrival of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. We will see that even though we may not be able to see the outcome, God always has another and better plan.
Ginny Barry
John 17:1-11
13 mins 11 secs
Views: 109
This week we focus on the "in between time:" the time between Jesus' Ascension after His resurrection and Pentecost, when the gift of the Holy Spirit was given. What happened in that intentional time gap? In this season of graduations, engagements, and weddings, our hearts can be full of hope and dreams for the future as we anticipate these important milestones. So much potential - unlimited possibilities - but they can't be realized without important preparation beforehand. Jesus' disciples model for us how we too can prepare for and anticipate the powerful promise Jesus gave them then, and gives us today.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
John 14:15-21
10 mins 30 secs
Views: 118
”I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live. On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.”
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
15 mins 59 secs
Views: 104
Jesus told his disciples that he was going to prepare a place for them in his Father's House. He went on to tell them that whatever they prayed for in his name would be given them. It really feels like a bit of a non-sequiter until we understand what it means to pray in Jesus' name. Hint: its not dramatically invoking the name of Jesus to power one's prayer. Nor is it about getting what we want. It is rooted in something else Jesus says in this week's Gospel "I am the way, the truth, and the life". This week we will explore this exclusive claim and how embracing the life Jesus offers us allows us to ask for things in his name. And of course we will pray in Jesus' name.
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
John 10:1-10
14 mins 29 secs
Views: 117
There is a right way to live and a wrong way to live. That isn't politically correct but it is true. The right way to live requires us to align ourselves with God in Jesus Christ. Every other way is, in various degrees and ways, wrong. This week we will reflect on Jesus' not so politically correct statement that he is the Gate that leads to life.