The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
Matthew 11:2-11
11 mins 27 secs
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
Luke 20:27-38
16 mins 48 secs
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No Marriage in Heaven! In this Sunday's Gospel Jesus shocks his questioners by telling them there is no marriage in heaven. Imagine that. Those vows "till death do us part" mean just that. When we shed our earthly bodies and are made new, we are also made single or not! Listen as Fr. Ed speculates on the nature of heaven.
The Very Rev. Ed McNeill
Luke 6:20-31
16 mins 37 secs
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This Sunday's Gospel is the Sermon on the Mount, join us as Fr. Ed explains this meaningful passage on what it takes to be a saint. “Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven;
This week we will look at the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector. How can the one who is trying so hard, and is so confident be so very wrong? And how can we live lives marked by humility, but not be either ineffective wallflowers or end up ‘proud’ of our humility?
Winston Churchill was once invited to give a speech at Harrow, a school he had attended. His speech was famously short. This is the second half of it. "Never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, give up. Never give up. Never give up. Never give up." In this Sunday's Gospel Jesus tells a parable of an insistent widow who would not give up. She got the justice she sought. Jesus then wonders if his followers will have a stamina of faith that will carry them through the difficulties to come.
Jesus heals ten lepers. One returns to say thank you. Jesus tells him that his faith has made him well. What does this mean? Didn't Jesus make him well? The nature of the leper's faith, our prophetic participation in the Lord's ministry, and the sort of Faith that heals.