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Sunday, 25 June 2017
Duration: 9 mins 5 secs
When we become a Christian, we accept the forgiveness and the lordship of Jesus Christ. The forgiveness frees us to live a life of joy and peace and to experience the love of God. Accepting the lordship of Christ means choosing to follow him; allowing God to reshape our hearts, our minds, our priorities, passions, and dreams. We choose to use our life and our voice for the Kingdom of God, and by the power of the Holy Spirit, amazing things are accomplished. But the mighty works of God do come at a cost. This week we have dramatic readings about the cost of following the Lord: Jeremiah for whom the word of God becomes a fire in his bones if he does not speak it… The Psalmist recounting how he has been rejected by all for his worship of God… Paul, teaching about how our old self is crucified with Jesus, so the we may no longer be slave to sin… and the challenging words of Jesus to his disciples: Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.
Sunday, 11 June 2017
Duration: 15 mins 23 secs
After the excitement of Pentecost, and the coming of the Holy Spirit poured out on all the disciples, with wind and flame, and in our case, baptism… this week we turn to the complexity of the Trinity. This is one of the most difficult and yet most central doctrines of Christianity. Trying to understand it fully is like trying to carry the ocean in a bucket. There are some who would like to diminish by calling it a post-canonical innovation, but this week we look at three of the readings which support this complex but important revelation of God. We also hear the Great Commission in this week’s Gospel reading, and it is all the more important to know the triune God in whom we baptize and make disciples.
Sunday, 04 June 2017
Passage: John 20:19-23
Duration: 21 mins 1 sec
Come Holy Spirit, Come! This Sunday we celebrate new birth. The birth of the church and the new birth we enjoy in Christ. Pentecost! This Sunday we will celebrate the birth of the church and rejoice as we baptize a new Christian into the Church. We will also renew our own Baptismal Covenant and rejoice in the Holy Spirit. -Fr. Ed
Sunday, 28 May 2017
Passage: & Luke 24:44-53
Duration: 16 mins 40 secs
Jesus ascended, returned to The Father and The Holy Spirit before He could send the Holy Spirit. This is how things got intensely personal. Before the Ascension, Jesus could be in one place at one time. If he was in Galilee he couldn't be anywhere else. After the Ascension, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit, God's presence and Third Person of the Trinity who is not limited by being Incarnate. God is everywhere at all times. The Ascension of Jesus prepares the way for God to be personally present to us in the person of the Holy Spirit. The Ascension is also a celebration that we get to participate in. I'll be reflecting on all of this on Sunday. -Fr. Ed
Sunday, 21 May 2017
Passage: John 14:15-21
Duration: 13 mins 31 secs
God is not shaped by our desires and plans. He is not a pocket god, a small god, that we can carry around as part of our plans. At the same time, God is not unknown to us, unknowable, or inaccessible. To know the Father, we need to know and love the Son, to love the Son is to follow His commandments, to follow His commandments requires allowing the deepest parts of us to be transformed; to live a life that reflects the wholeness, beauty, grace and love of God Himself. But by ourselves we are helpless to change the fundamental shape and desires of our soul. So our efforts at keeping His commandments either fail and fade away or fall into the legalism of fixing only the most visible parts of our life. This is where the Holy Spirit, the apparently elusive Third Person of the Trinity saves us. After our creation, after our redemption, we are invited to be transformed by the abiding presence of the Spirit of Truth into the likeness of Christ.
Sunday, 14 May 2017
Passage: John 14:1-14
Duration: 12 mins 47 secs
Jesus uses many images to explain who he is. Even after the resurrection, he is explaining to the apostles who he is. Do we understand, do we have faith? Faith is belief, obedience, trust, hope and persistence. Join us Sunday in celebration and worship of our God who persists in his love of his people.
Sunday, 07 May 2017
Passage: John 10:1-10
Duration: 11 mins 26 secs
He is the gate to a life in pasture, the voice we know and follow, our provider and also and our model for our own life in Christ. But what does that look like? If that means that our lives are to be full of only green pastures, lands of milk and honey, with no drama, or heartache, then apparently many of us are in the wrong pasture. But if our lives are also to be modeled on His life and the life of the early church, then perhaps it is time to let go of false expectations and hold on to the voice of our Lord, speaking to us and guiding us in the midst of our actual life.
Sunday, 30 April 2017
Passage: Luke 24:13-35
Duration: 13 mins 5 secs
Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.
Sunday, 23 April 2017
Passage: John 20:19-31
Duration: 15 mins 53 secs
When Jesus appeared to the Disciples following his Resurrection, it took them some time to come to terms with the full implications of his Resurrection. Sometimes a change is like flicking a light switch on or off. Other times change is like a slowly adjusted dimmer switch. In this weeks Gospel Jesus appears to the disciples twice. We also hear the voice of "Doubting Thomas" and his subsequent believing. We get a glimpse of the process the disciples went through as they went from hiding to fearless missionaries.
Sunday, 16 April 2017
Passage: John 20:1-18
Duration: 23 mins 29 secs
The first sermon of Easter was short and to the point. Jesus Christ is Risen. This amazing good news changes everything. For those with ears to hear, it changes the way we understand the world and ourselves in it. It brings hope to every situation and circumstance. It is fitting that this good news came through an Angel. Mary Magdalene heard it. Why Mary and not Peter and the beloved disciple? This Sunday I'll be preaching on the amazing good news, why it is believable, why it matters, and the example Mary gives us as we seek to live lives of faith. I hope you will join with me in worship on the biggest feast of the year. -Fr. Ed
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