In chapter 22 of Matthew’s Gospel, the Jewish religious leaders surround Jesus, asking him one controversial question after another, all in an attempt to embarrass him in front of the crowds. After handling three particularly tough questions, Jesus then turns to the religious leaders and asks them: “What do you think of the Messiah? Whose son is he?” (Matthew 22:42). It is a question that is directed, not only at the Pharisees and Sadducees, but to us, too. What do we think of Jesus?
In today’s sermon, Jasmine will take a closer look at this question along with all of the other tough questions that the religious leaders have for Jesus.
We’re often tempted to cheer for the team that’s most likely to win. Perhaps that’s why Jesus had so many people rooting for him at the height of his ministry. He cured the sick, rebuked the rich and powerful, and announced the imminent coming of God’s kingdom. In short, he looked like a winner— the long promised Jewish Saviour. But Jesus was most certainly not a “winner” in any conventional sense of the word. After all, what great hero and saviour dies as a condemned insurrectionist on the cross? A strange one, surely.
What does it mean to follow a Saviour like this one? If Jesus suffered, what does that mean for all those who have pledged their life to serving and obeying him? That’s what we’ll be exploring in today’s sermon on Matthew 16:21-28.
"No matter how much stuff we have, no matter what our house is like, no matter what food we eat, we will always have this sense of dissatisfaction in life. There will always be the sense that we're not quite there. Something isn't right. And the good news is, we're supposed to feel that way!" The Christian message promises us something more. What is that "something more?" That's what we'll be exploring in this sermon on the 8th chapter of Paul's letter to the Romans.
Before Jesus ascended into heaven, leaving the physical presence of his disciples forever, he promised them a gift: the gift of the Holy Spirit. In the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus would be with his church forever— indeed, until the end of the age. However, the Holy Spirit does not come immediately. Rather, the disciples must stay in Jerusalem and simply wait. What does it mean for the church to wait upon God? This is what Jasmine will be exploring today in her sermon on Acts 1:1-11.
Acts 2:14a, 22-32 (Click to Read) Preachers: Jasmine Chandra & Eric Phinney
Today, on the 2nd Sunday in the season of Easter, we continue to celebrate our Lord’s resurrection. Through him, we have victory over sickness, sin and death. Through his life-saving death and resurrection, we can face these challenging times in a spirit of hope.
Today is also mission Sunday. Our guest speaker is Rev. Eric Phinney, a former member of our congregation and priest here in this diocese. After the service, he will be sharing about the Seafarers Mission — a ministry with which he has served for many years.
The first of these two videos is a traditional service of Evening Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer with Maundy Thursday readings. If you have a copy of the BCP at home, we recommend that you get it and follow along with the service, saying all the responses that are appropriate. If you don't have a copy of the BCP, you can still reverently participate, joining in whatever prayers you know from memory. Of course, you may take part in this service at any time. However, we recommend that you watch it at around 7:00 on Thursday evening.
After you participate in the Evening Prayer service, we highly recommend watching this sermon by Jasmine. The sermon is focused on John 13 - the story of Jesus washing the disciples' feet.