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: 112
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...
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
Matthew 4:12-23
24 mins 10 secs
Views: 135
"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: 469
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: 543
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.