In her Magnificat prayer, Mary rejoices and thanks God for allowing her to become part of the chain of salvation. Let us, like her, humbly and joyfully accept our places in this chain, each playing our part and glorifying God for His magnificent humility, integrity, and fidelity.
Following Ascension Day, Sam reflected on what it means that Jesus has ascended to the Father. This event signaled the coming age of the Spirit, confirmed at Pentecost. Jesus can now be with all his disciples worldwide through the guiding and teaching presence of the Holy Spirit.
On this third Sunday of Easter, Sam van Leer took us on a further journey along the Easter encounters of Jesus’ disciples with their risen Lord. These “peak experiences” transformed a small, scared group of followers into powerful messengers of the Word.
As our church searches for a new chaplain, we pause to reflect on what a healthy church should look like. Peter taught us today, “The best explanation of the Gospel is a congregation of men and women who believe it and live it out day by day.”
Our Archdeacon, Sam van Leer, gave a wonderful sermon to start our Advent season discussing how Advent is both a time of “looking out” (being of sober mind, awake and alert in word and deed) and “looking forward” (joyfully awaiting the coming of Jesus and the restoration of all things).