1 Corinthians 11:17-34
What is communion? Why were we commanded to remember or rehearse it? Why has it been seen from conflicting views over the past 2000 years? How can we make sense of it in the Late Modern Age. Join us for an Anglican Perspective on Communion that balances the concerns of the Reformation with the long standing traditions of the Church Universal across the ages.
2 Corinthians 5:14-21
Join us this Sunday as we share stories of how we have been kind to ourselves or tell about the times we have reminded others to be kind to themselves. This is part two of the message Pastor Joe gave us last week, Be Kind to Yourself, be sure to find it on this site if you were unable to be with us.
Also be sure to view the music video mentioned in the sermon by Tenth Avenue North, You Are More
Easter is the high point of our year as Christians. Without Easter Christianity makes no sense. And, because this day is so seminal to our life together as believers and the life we live for the world, we put forth every effort to make it as beautiful and as live-giving as possible. Please join us this year as we pour out our hearts in gratitude for the life, death, resurrection and ascension of our Lord who brought us out of darkness and into the light.
I grew up in Beekman, New York in a rural town 120 miles north of New York City. When the whistle at the town fire station blew, its sound echoed across the valley and, at times, it felt like the whole town would emerge upon whatever fire was ablaze in our little part of the world. Not a lot happened in our town so when something did, even if it was pathological, people would come “out of the woodwork” to see it. Folks will come a long way to see a fire!
In the passage for this week (John 4:16-42), the Samaritan woman says to those within her town, “Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done!” As an outcast, this statement was definitely something that folks would have responded to like a blazing fire. This Sunday, we will complete the story of Jesus’ encounter with the woman at the well and discover what all of the “fuss” was about. Don’t miss it and be sure to invite a friend.
Mark 7: 1-22
Jesus commanded his Disciples to go into the whole of the world, making disciples. And, when he gave the command, it is doubtful that he meant that the church leadership was to offer a Sunday School class curriculum as a complete and sufficient tool that could “get the job done.” Instead, his desire was for his disciples to do as he did- to walk with others through the whole of life, helping them to re-order their loves so that they would become new and changed people from the inside out through the habits that they would form that would allow them to love God and their neighbors.
I don’t know about you, but I find that when I have a thousand “loose ends” in my life, I find it really hard to get good rest. However, when I have completed a project, finished a hard day of work well, or gotten to the end of the “race” and then taken my “prize,” I sleep like I am a stone. I can rest. The work of Jesus is an amazing thing. He says things like, ‘Come to me all you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest. For my burden is light and my teaching is easy.’ In this passage, he offers rest to those who are strung out, burned out, left out, and down and out. In a way that causes me to want to run into his arms, we find in this passage, Christ’s ability to take up the slack for us in the areas of our life where we come up short. He is the finisher of your never-ending project, the carrier of your burden, the one who in a very cosmic way, can give you the rest that you cannot get on your own. Do you want that? I sure do.
It is hard for us to appreciate the relationship Jesus has with outcasts as those living in the year 2017. Perhaps if we were seen trading secrets with known terrorists or barbecuing with the KKK (white robes and all), we might understand how socially unacceptable, or even dangerous, this was. Yet, he did and it was a central element of what caused Christianity to emerge as a dominant religion by the 300’s AD. This week, we will get close to Jesus and see why and how he could be so close to those who were and are dirty sinners.
John 15: 1-17
Jesus uses the word we translate “abide” many times in this passage. He is preparing for his death, and in doing so he tells those he loves to abide or stick with or make their dwelling with him. In the context of the story it seems a bit counter-intuitive but in the fullness of the life death and resurrection of Jesus, it reinforces that in order to live the life God has for us, we must be willing to die to sin paid for on the cross before we can arise with him into everlasting life in the resurrection. Dying to false gods, vain hopes, and things that do not last become a strong message in this chapter, especially as we see the disciples whither under the strain of losing Jesus. This sermon will help us see how enduring in Jesus brings lasting change- even though it is really hard.
Always on a quest to save both his followers and his enemies from straying away from life, Jesus attempts to get his audience to hear the voice of God. He is the shepherd and his sheep hear his voice. To what noises do we give our attention? Will it help us hear our Master?
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