Jesus demonstrated that nothing can conquer the power of love, not violence nor even death. With this power given to us through the Holy Spirit, we can overcome the violence, hostility and darkness in our own lifes and be an inspiration to others.
Jesus said that to have life we must lose our life - give it up. What does that mean? He also said that he came that we might have abundant life. Is this a riddle? Let's explore as we worship together.
Today's message is about our flawed humanity. But God does not require perfection from us, only honest and humble hearts, open to God’s transformation working in us. This is grace.
Jesus demands justice for the poor, but also challenges the religious status quo in dispersing the livestock necessary for sacrifice. Do our religious practices need a similar challenge today?
Consider the scripture: "What does it profit to gain the whole world but lose your own life, your soul?"
Hear the choir's "Be Still And Know That I Am God" and the band's "Your Love, O Lord," and the organ's magnificent arrangement of "O God, Our Help in Ages Past." Worship, read, listen, pray, celebrate!
We enter the season of Lent, following Jesus into the wilderness to face our own temptations. We pray, fast, study the scriptures, meditate and worship, seeking to know where we fail God's dream for us, and how we can overcome with God's help.
Waiting is hard. We have waited and waited for this pandemic to pass and reunions resume. We endure, but look forward to the joy that is to come. Israel waited centuries for Messiah. We only have to open the door, for He is here.
23RD SUNDAY IN PENTECOST. As the Body of Christ, we are the Lord's hands, feet, heart, and voice in this world. The prayers of the poor and powerless are answered through us, as we follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit within.
Celebrating all the saints and souls who have gone before us at St. Lukes; who left us a legacy of faith, hope and love, a beautiful facility - witnesses in stone and mortar - to perpetuate ministry to the poor and powerless, a place of worship, Christian education, and a place of acceptance and belonging for those who choose to find belonging in God.
Following Jesus isn't just about singing happy songs and meeting with awesome people. What cross will you take up?
Tired, weary, Jesus meets sick and hungry people. He heals the sick, but how can 5,000 people be fed?
Jesus shows us how priceless is the Kingdom of Heaven - or God's Dream for us. It is worth giving up every other thing to obtain. We work toward that goal when we keep our baptismal vows.
But where does the power come from to do that? The Holy spirit!
6th Sunday in Pentecost challenges us to be Christian from the inside out. Like soil receptive to new seed, be open to new revelations under the continual guidance of the Holy Spirit. Following laws creates Christians from the outside in, instead be filled with the Spirit and follow Love.
The Sunday following Easter, we joyfully and joke-fully celebrate the joke Jesus played on death and evil by not remaining dead. Celebrate !!!
5th SUNDAY OF PENTECOST
Since God, who is all and in all, knows all things, we are completely transparent to God. Yet God professes such love for us that Jesus came to prove that love and died at our own hands.God loves us. We ought also to love ourselves and one another.
Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. We no longer gaze into heaven, but find our King of Kings within us, where the Kingdom of God has come.
Check out this great video. Celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ highlighting our Lord's promise to us that "life is changed, not ended" and known to us in our Lord's presence in the Spirit and in the Eucharist - or Holy Communion. See famous artworks and hear masterpieces of resurrection art played on a magnificent pipe organ.
Experience the ages old tradition of singing in praise to light - the light, Jesus Christ our Lord, in a candlelit ceremony,
From Jesus being met with cheers and waving palm branches - to shouts of "crucify him" in one week, Palm Sunday is the introduction to Holy Week.