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On this day of baptisms and recalling the dramatic events of Pentecost, Father Jonathan reminds us that these are the last days. He gives some extreme examples of people who were filled with the Holy Spirit who is always calling us to love one God, love all children of God, all nationalities, all religions, all people.
Father Jonathan pierces through the conventional, glib story of the ascension:
Father Jonathan unpacks the "old time religion" view that being "saved" is simply a matter of reciting the approved words, making a deal with God and knowing that you will go to Heaven. And further, that this is the only way to avoid burning in the eternal lake of fire.
Maybe... some days you’re the shepherd, and some days you’re the sheep.
After Jesus is executed all the disciple's hopes are dashed. Until one evening... when a stranger who they have let into their midst sits down at the supper table to eat with them.
Marsha takes us through the story of Thomas, the only apostle who hadn't seen Jesus when he first appeared after the resurrection.
Maundy Thursday - Rev Josh Hosler.
Easter Sunday - Rev Jonathan Weldon
A meditation from St. Paul's Choir. A video snippet.
The dry bones story is powerful, but what does this have to do with us? Today? Here? The world seems to be spinning apart. Politics has become vile and nasty. Religion is hardening, our societies are caught up in greed, hubris, evil. We just want God to FIX IT!
At first it sounds like a good thing, being anointed, but when it comes to being anointed by Jesus, it gets messy.
Marie Marchand shares the struggles and triumphs of working with people who have mental health conditions. If you or someone you love struggles with mental health issues, listen to this homily. It will help you understand, it will give you comfort. It is excellent.
The Tempter, who sows seeds of envy and rivalry by saying: "God isn't really as 'good' as God let's on...God's holding something back from you...just eat from this tree.... you'll see."
Someone is coming and I am not worthy to tie the thongs of his sandals. Is it the Messiah?
Father Jonathan reflects on the recent series of discussions which St. Paul's hosted, called Islam 101. The sessions were attended by several hundred people from the Bellingham area.
Father Josh gives us excellent insight into "God's Law", and helps us unpack Jesus' admonishment to "be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect". The bar is set impossibly high by design. You will fail. What God loves to see and what Jesus insists is the path to salvation is that we try. And keep trying.
Father Jonathan gives us a crazy thesis: Jesus came to break our hearts. If you follow the teachings, eventually your heart will break. God intends this to happen.
In simple trust, like theirs who heard, beside the Syrian sea, the gracious calling of the Lord, let us, like them, without a word, rise up and follow thee.
Father Jonathan takes us through one of our most fundamental rites: Baptism. What is it? We are the keepers of that understanding.
Muslims saving Christians. Christians helping Muslims. Evangelicals travelling to Afghanistan to set up orphanages, clinics and schools. Pastors and Imams eating, talking, knowing each other. It can happen.
May God bless you and all those you love this Christmas season. And may Jesus the Messiah come to be with you, to hold you, and to nap with you on the couch. Amen.