The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Mark 1:21-28
13 mins 34 secs
Views: 87
What does it mean to not only know who Jesus is, but to follow him? God gives authority to prophets in the Old Testament to speak in His name, but there are consequences if they overstep and speak more than he gave them to speak. In the Gospel, Jesus amazes people by the authority with which He teaches and the surety with which He casts out unclean spirits. And in our Epistle, the early church is working out the freedom such authority gives them, but Paul warns that there are consequences if their freedom oversteps their love for fellow Christians. It is not enough for us to know who Jesus is (even the unclean spirits recognize Him), but we must follow Him. We must walk in truth and love; set free by the truth, but confined by the practice and character of the holy and loving God that we follow.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Mark 1:14-20
16 mins 35 secs
Views: 98
This week our readings are about following Christ, immediately, exclusively and whole-heartedly, with a sense of security and trust in God and a sense of urgency as the mission is great and the time is short. How far from this am I in my own life: distracted and pulled by so many important, urgent, anxiety-inducing needs and tasks? How do we become a people who know God, love God, hear his voice and respond to the call? By His mercy, grace, and love, and by a habit of time spent in His presence.
The Rev. Kyle Logan
John 1:43-55
13 mins 57 secs
Views: 82
“Lord, you have searched me and known me; you know my sitting down and my rising up; you discern my thoughts from afar.” The opening words to the Psalm this week could - and probably should - give us anxiety. Do we want to be known in this way? Every detail and inner thought in our minds on perfect display? The truth of the matter is that all of us hide pieces of who we are. Whether we’re hiding things from coworkers, family, friends, or even our spouses, we are timid to divulge ourselves in full. What causes the anxiety is the fear that we won’t be loved as a result of our inner-self. But the gospel teaches us that God, through Jesus, sees beyond our sin to know and to love us.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Mark 1:4-11
16 mins 10 secs
Views: 75
What an eventful week! Today is the 11th day of Christmas and this Saturday is Epiphany, which means 'revelation.' On Epiphany, we celebrate how the Magi helped reveal the significance of Jesus by coming from afar to worship Him. This Sunday is the first Sunday after Epiphany when we can either celebrate Epiphany or celebrate a different moment of revealing: the baptism of Jesus, the moment when He came out of the waters of baptism to the voice of the Father, and the descent and presence of the Holy Spirit. Since this Sunday at the 10:30 service we also have the joy and privilege of baptizing Beth Cyrus, we will focus on the baptism of Jesus, the meaning of baptism, and the presence of the Trinity.
The Rev. Carole Anderson
Luke 2:22-40
12 mins 51 secs
Views: 78
When the time comes, will we be ready to listen, hear and do what we are called to do? Mary, Joseph, Simeon and Anna were. Find out the rest of the story on Sunday!
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
John 1:1-14
10 mins 50 secs
Views: 72
The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us...
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Luke 2:1-20
17 mins 55 secs
Views: 68
Sharing the Nativity Story
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Luke 1:26-38
13 mins 7 secs
Views: 66
This Sunday is the 4th Sunday of Advent. In our 10:00 AM combined morning service, we will go from the angel Gabriel announcing to Mary what God has in mind, to Mary treasuring and pondering the shepherds’ description of a multitude of angels celebrating the most extraordinary birth in human history. From the moment of Gabriel’s visit to the time of her death, Mary’s life was centered on the birth and life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Her life was reshaped by that one answer to God: “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And 2000 years later we know that not only her life, but the lives of all mankind have been reshaped by the presence of God in our midst: Immanuel. May the rest of your week be filled with hopeful anticipation, and may your Christmas be filled with joy and the peace that is abiding in all circumstances.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
John 1:6-8 & John 1:19-20
13 mins 55 secs
Views: 96
In our readings this week, we continue to hear of God’s promises of justice and mercy, of restoration and peace. In this time, we live by hope; looking towards the Light of the world in a season of darkness; walking by faith and rejoicing always in a time of chaos and discouragement. This Sunday we celebrate the third Sunday of Advent and hear of John the Baptist being interrogated by representatives of the Pharisees who came out from Jerusalem to Bethany to quietly confront and shut down this potential troublemaker. But John warns that he is not the one they should be worried about. What God has put in motion shall come to pass, just as Spring follows Winter, and the One who will baptize by fire is already in their midst.