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Hiding in Plain SightHiding in Plain Sight

The Second Sunday in Lent - Year B
February 25th, 2024

by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

While in Mark, Jesus tells his followers to remain quiet about so much, he openly declares his teachings about the cross to the crowds. Hiding in plain sight is God’s confrontation in Christ with the evils of this world, and an abiding witness to the promise of a new understanding, a new way, a new world. With gratitude this week to the work of the Rev. John Kirkley.

Duration: 16:33

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With Wild Beasts and AngelsWith Wild Beasts and Angels

The First Sunday in Lent - Year B
February 18th, 2024

by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

Where is our wilderness as Lent begins? Like Jesus, we are promised temptation, wild beasts… and angels who will serve.

Duration: 15:55

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An Inconvenient FastAn Inconvenient Fast

Ash Wednesday
February 14th, 2024

by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

Much of our discussion about fasting during Lent is about what we choose. But what if the fast is chosen for us?

Duration: 11:56

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Who is this Jesus?Who is this Jesus?

The Last Sunday after the Epiphany - Year B
February 11th, 2024

by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

Jesus, transfigured on the mountaintop, stands at the intersection of our past, our inheritance, and our future. And so, we are asked, who is he to each of us?

Duration: 9:29

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Prophetic AuthorityProphetic Authority

The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany - Year B
January 28th, 2024

by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

What does it mean in Mark’s telling of the gospel that Jesus taught as “one having authority”? How to recognize true authority is an longstanding problem for the faithful and the wider human family. Our readings this Sunday offer us clues about what we should be listening and watching for.

Duration: 11:05

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On FaithfulnessOn Faithfulness

The Third Sunday after the Epiphany - Year B
January 21st, 2024

by Akosua Ombonga

“Great is thy faithfulness!” the beloved hymn proclaims. Our calling is rooted not so much in our faith, but in God’s faithfulness, the love and unwavering commitment that sees us through everything.

Duration: 17:51

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Simply Being CalledSimply Being Called

The Second Sunday after the Epiphany - Year B
January 14th, 2024

by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

Samuel, Nathanael, and Martin Luther King, Jr., are all called by a God who does not offer a roadmap, a strategic plan, or even a clear sense of where things are ultimately heading. Instead, the call comes at a surprising or difficult moment and only is an invitation to follow: to put one foot in front of the other -- faithfully.

Duration: 15:31

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The Power of WaterThe Power of Water

The First Sunday after the Epiphany: The Baptism of Our Savior Jesus Christ
January 7th, 2024

by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

Mark’s breathless narrative opens with another kind of creation out of the waters of chaos: this time, Jesus being drawn up as God’s beloved child out of baptism in the Jordan. The power of water illustrates the power of the Spirit’s transformation: love and new life.

Duration: 13:25

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A Pitched TentA Pitched Tent

The First Sunday after Christmas Day
December 31st, 2023

by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

John tells us Christ comes as a stranger, pitching his tent among us -- or perhaps right outside our front door, waiting for our welcome in.

Duration: 8:31

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The Faith of ChildrenThe Faith of Children

Feast Day of Nicholas of Myra
December 6th, 2023

by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

Why does Jesus welcome the children? In a world where childhood mortality was high and children had little economic value to the household until they reached adulthood, their dependence and open-hearted vulnerability points the way to a vibrant faith.

Duration: 10:39

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Advent AwakeAdvent Awake

First Sunday of Advent
December 3rd, 2023

by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

Advent is a season to tune in to the voice and work of God in our midst, especially in those places we take for granted or overlook in the midst of busy lives.

Duration: 15:19

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On not becoming a GoatOn not becoming a Goat

Last Sunday after Pentecost: Christ the King
November 26th, 2023

by The Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer

The language of kingship in the Gospel collides with our worldly understanding of status and power. How we live into that teaching provides us with road map for the new Christian year.

Duration: 13:39

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