The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Mark 1:4-11
16 mins 10 secs
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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: 73
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
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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.
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
Mark 1:1-8
14 mins 40 secs
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This week, we are celebrating the Second Sunday of Advent and in our readings we hear John the Baptist as the voice crying out in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord!” We hear the prophetic passage in Isaiah, which is the origin of this cry, and we hear from Peter, that the Lord is not slow in arriving, but is waiting to allow time for more to enter into salvation. All of the passages reinforce the message of expectant waiting for forgiveness and redemption from the Lord, but this is not a passive waiting, it is a time of preparing our hearts, clearing away the debris, making ready for the procession of the King, the coming of Jesus, the full presence of Immanuel.
The Rev. Carole Anderson
Mark 13:24-37
13 mins 43 secs
Views: 77
This Sunday signals the beginning of Advent, literally "the Coming of Christ." It is the churches' New Year's Day. Our readings call us to: 1- Focus on what God has done for us (Isaiah 64) 2 - Pray for the restoration of our relationship with God (Psalm 80) 3- Remember- Paul's words to the church, that we will lack nothing we need as we wait for for our Lord's return (1 Cor l) 4- Be ready or watchful -In Mark's discourse on the "The End of the Age"( Mark 13) we are reminded that no one knows the day or the hour of Christ's return, so we need to stay awake. What should our attitude be as we await His coming in glory?
The Rev. Cindy Stansbury
& Matthew 25:31-46
15 mins 11 secs
Views: 83
This week our readings continue our pre-advent theme of anticipating the day of the Lord. But this week, we find that our judge on that day of accounting is none other than our own Good Shepherd, who knows his sheep better than they know themselves. And we are reminded that serving Christ means finding Christ in the faces of those we meet each day. ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’… ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ Matthew 25: 40, 45