Weekly Sermons from St. Aidan's Anglican Church. Our Sunday gatherings are in the beautiful sanctuary of the Nazarene Theological Seminary, 1700 E. Meyer Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64131 . ACNA (Anglican Church of North America. We are in the Anglican Diocese of the Upper Midwest). Visit us in person an…
Luke 9:18-25 18 Now it happened that as he was praying alone, the disciples were with him. And he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” 19 And they answered, “John the Baptist. But others say, Elijah, and others, that one of the prophets of old has risen.” 20 Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” And Peter answered, “The Christ of God.” 21 And he strictly charged and commanded them to tell this to no one, 22 saying, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.” 23 And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. 25 For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?
Katherine Ruch is the wife of our Bishop, Stewart Ruch. In this talk, Katherine unfolds the foundational life of the Christian, "Christ in you, the hope of glory." The image of Eden Restored is by our beloved Anita Powers. It is the image we use in our sanctuary of Ordinary Time. This Ordinary Time Fabric Art piece was created using only fabric. The simple image of an ordinary tree, water, and the Life-Giver tells the story of God's love, goodness, and salvific provision for us. Apart from the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, we would not have life. The images of the tree of life and the streams of living water come together in Revelation 22:1-3, as the new creation. The nations of the earth have been fully healed by the second Advent of Christ. This is the restoration of all things!
With lifted hands, blessing his Apostles, Christ ascends as our Great High Priest and King of the universe. He ever lives to make intercession as part of the continuing mission of God, the restoration of all things. He is able to sympathize (Gk. "to suffer with") as the risen, ascended God-Man. He can groan as the Spirit groans over the brokenness of the world. We believe that Chirst groans over the killing of the children of Uvalde, Texas, the innocent victims of Buffalo and the rest of the suffering of the world. He told Saul in Acts 9 that he was persecuting Christ himself. As we pray for the suffering ones of this present, evil age, know that we join with Christ who ever lives to intercede for us and the restoration of all things. This is our God! Acts 1:1-11 110:1-5 Eph 1:15-23 Luke 24:44-53
Deja Que Dios Camine Sobre La Tierra Otra Vez La Misión de San Lucas (The Mission of St. Luke) was started by Fr. Gene Flanery in 2011 to serve the more than 300,000 Latinos residing in Kansas City. The mission has planted the only Spanish-speaking Anglican church between Chicago and Dallas. Their congregation represents four nations (Honduras, Mexico, El Salvador, and the U.S.) and is transitioning into a bilingual church, offering the Eucharist in a multicultural setting. One of their key ministry focuses is teaching English — the most essential need for virtually all immigrants. Volunteers are needed to help as conversation partners; speaking Spanish is not a requirement to help! Additionally, the mission runs a soccer summer camp for underserved children, represents families at immigration courts, and guides families to appropriate social services in the area. Over 200 Latinos receive services from the mission each year.
We explore the power of grace in the challenge to love. The world knows the difference between believers and disciples. Reciprocal, costly love is the mark of discipleship: John 13:34... A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” Peter's robust failure in three denials becomes a paradigm for the Church and her journey of discipleship. Rev 19:1-9 John 13:31-35 Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal glory; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Dr. Jeren Rowell is the president of the Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri. Dr. Rowell shares from St. John's Gospel, 10:22-30, on becoming a community of belonging. The Fourth Sunday of Easter [Good Shepherd] Sunday, May 8 Acts 13:14b-16, 26-39 Ps 100 Rev 7:9-17 John 10:22-30 O God, whose Son Jesus Christ is the Good Shepherd of your people: Grant that, when we hear his voice, we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Jer 32:36-41 Ps 33 Rev 5:(1-5)6-14 John 21:1-14 Almighty God, you gave your only Son to be for us both a sacrifice for sin and an example of godly living: Give us grace thankfully to receive his inestimable benefits, and daily to follow the blessed steps of his most holy life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Rev 1:9-19 John 20:19-31 Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ's Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
The Great Vigil of Easter at St. Aidan's, 2022, was exceptionally graced by the Holy Spirit, as each member offered their gifts. Tyler's reading of the Easter Homily is no exception. May the Lord continue the work of renew among us throughout our earthly pilgrimage. Easter Homily of St. John Chrysostom, Bishop of Constantinople ~ 400 AD If anyone is devout and a lover of God, let them enjoy this beautiful and radiant festival. If anyone is a grateful servant, let them, rejoicing, enter into the joy of his Lord. If anyone has wearied themselves in fasting, let them now receive recompense. If anyone has labored from the first hour, let them today receive the just reward. If anyone has come at the third hour, with thanksgiving let them feast. If anyone has arrived at the sixth hour, let them have no misgivings; for they shall suffer no loss. If anyone has delayed until the ninth hour, let them draw near without hesitation. If anyone has arrived even at the eleventh hour, let them not fear on account of tardiness. For the Master is gracious and receives the last even as the first; He gives rest to him that comes at the eleventh hour, just as to him who has labored from the first. He has mercy upon the last and cares for the first; to the one He gives, and to the other He is gracious. He both honors the work and praises the intention. Enter all of you, therefore, into the joy of our Lord, and, whether first or last, receive your reward. O rich and poor, one with another, dance for joy! O you ascetics and you negligent, celebrate the day! You that have fasted and you that have disregarded the fast, rejoice today! The table is rich-laden: feast royally, all of you! The calf is fatted: let no one go forth hungry! Let all partake of the feast of faith. Let all receive the riches of goodness. Let no one lament their poverty, for the universal kingdom has been revealed. Let no one mourn their transgressions, for pardon has dawned from the grave. Let no one fear death, for the Savior's death has set us free. He that was taken by death has annihilated it! He descended into Hades and took Hades captive! He embittered it when it tasted His flesh! And anticipating this, Isaiah exclaimed: "Hades was embittered when it encountered Thee in the lower regions". It was embittered, for it was abolished! It was embittered, for it was mocked! It was embittered, for it was purged! It was embittered, for it was despoiled! It was embittered, for it was bound in chains! It took a body and came upon God! It took earth and encountered Ηeaven! It took what it saw, but crumbled before what cannot be seen! O death, where is thy sting? O Hades, where is thy victory? Christ is risen, and you are overthrown! Christ is risen, and the demons are fallen! Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice! Christ is risen, and life reigns! Christ is risen, and not one dead remains in a tomb! For Christ, being raised from the dead, has become the first-fruits of them that have slept. To Him be glory and might unto the ages of ages. Amen.
The Precious and Life-giving Cross of Christ How precious the gift of the cross, how splendid to contemplate! In the cross there is no mingling of good and evil, as in the tree of paradise: it is wholly beautiful to behold and good to taste. The fruit of this tree is not death but life, not darkness but light. This tree does not cast us out of paradise, but opens the way for our return. This was the tree on which Christ, like a king on a chariot, destroyed the devil, the Lord of death, and freed the human race from his tyranny. This was the tree upon which the Lord, like a brave warrior wounded in his hands, feet and side, healed the wounds of sin that the evil serpent had inflicted on our nature. A tree once caused our death, but now a tree brings life. Once deceived by a tree, we have now repelled the cunning serpent by a tree. What an astonishing transformation! That death should become life, that decay should become immortality, that shame should become glory! Well might the holy Apostle exclaim: Far be it from me to glory except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world! The supreme wisdom that flowered on the cross has shown the folly of worldly wisdom's pride. The knowledge of all good, which is the fruit of the cross, has cut away the shoots of wickedness. The wonders accomplished through this tree were foreshadowed clearly even by the mere types and figures that existed in the past. Meditate on these, if you are eager to learn. Was it not the wood of a tree that enabled Noah, at God's command, to escape the destruction of the flood together with his sons, his wife, his sons' wives and every kind of animal? And surely the rod of Moses prefigured the cross when it changed water into blood, swallowed up the false serpents of Pharaoh's magicians, divided the sea at one stroke and then restored the waters to their normal course, drowning the enemy and saving God's own people? Aaron's rod, which blossomed in one day in proof of his true priesthood, was another figure of the cross, and did not Abraham foreshadow the cross when he bound his son Isaac and placed him on the pile of wood? By the cross death was slain and Adam was restored to life. The cross is the glory of all the apostles, the crown of the martyrs, the sanctification of the saints. By the cross we put on Christ and cast aside our former self. By the cross we, the sheep of Christ, have been gathered into one flock, destined for the sheepfolds of heaven. Theodore of Studious (759-826)
John 13:1-15 Almighty Father, whose most dear Son, on the night before he suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that we may receive it in thankful remembrance of Jesus Christ our Savior, who in these holy mysteries gives us a pledge of eternal life; and who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
The Fourth Sunday in Lent Sunday, March 27 Part 2 of I Corinthians 10:1-13 - Sex, Gods and Sacraments Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. Andrew Comiskey (M.Div.) has worked extensively with the healing of the sexually and relationally broken. He is the Founder/Director of Desert Stream Ministries, a multifaceted outreach to the broken. Andrew's ministry grows both from his own commitment to overcome homosexulity and his experience as a husband to Annette, father of four children and grandfather to eight grandkids. Andrew still loves to receive and extend mercy to sexual sinners like himself.
The Third Sunday of Lent, Year C Today we reflect on the New Testament passage, I Corinthians 10:1-13 Visit us at staidanskc.org Ex 3:1-15 Ps 103 or 103:1-12 1 Cor 10:1-13 Luke 13:1-9(10-17) Heavenly Father, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you: Look with compassion upon the heartfelt desires of your servants, and purify our disordered affections, that we may behold your eternal glory in the face of Christ Jesus; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Luke 6:27-28 27 “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. 29 To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic[b] either. 30 Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back. 31 And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them. 32 “If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount. 35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. 36 Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful. Judging Others 37 “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; 38 give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”
Fr. Gene Flanery shares his vision for Latino Ministry in Kansas City, Kansas, as part of the mission of his church: THE MISSION OF ST. LUKE - LA MISIÓN DE SAN LUCAS. St. Aidan's partners with LA MISIÓN DE SAN LUCAS in benevolence needs and volunteers for English as a Second Language Classes. If you sense a prompting to help in any way, contact Fr. Gene via their website: https://www.missionofstlukekc.org/
During the summer, we've explored how to transition from the I-Life to the We-life, what life together in Christ looks like. Last week we emphasized what holds young and old together in the Body of Christ. Last week's Psalm 145 v.4 One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts. v.12-13 The people of God shall “make known to the children of man your mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations (from generation to generation). How does his dominion endure from generation to generation? What links us together, young and old? Today's Psalm 100 provides another insight. V. 5 The Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness endures throughout all generations. Other versions translate… HIS TRUTH ENDURES FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION What links us together is not affinities, gender, race, class, or any form of identity politics. His truth links us together … from generation to generation. Last week we heard Jesus say, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.” The forces of darkness aim not only to disfigure the truth about God but also about the nature of the human person. The Church throughout space and time is called to pass on the Truth in the formation of the next generation. Let's think about this. Right before our very eyes, the meaning of words is being altered. I quote from Christopher West, Eclipse of the Body. The origin of gender shares the same root as words like generation, generate, generous, genesis, genealogy, genetics, and so forth. The Greek root gen means TO PRODUCE or give birth to. Gender means the way you generate new life. Gender is determined by another gen word, genitals, which is to say that your genitals determine your gender. Yes, there are …% of people born with ambiguous genitalia. Yes, there are people with gender dysphoria, a deeply troubling state in which one feels like they are trapped in the wrong body. But now extremely young children are taught to doubt their biological gender. All this is important to maintain the unaltered reality that his Truth endures from generation to generation. When a culture understands and reverences the meaning of our genitals, the call to generate the next generation, that culture will understand and reverence the meaning of gender. Attack the meaning of our genitals and an attack on the meaning of gender is inevitable. Rather than Gender being based in biology it is now become ruled by Decarete's “I think, therefore, I am.” This means that I am a disembodied person with an autonomous personhood. The Church proclaims that the body, the human body, male and female, proclaims the Gospel, the mystery of Christ and his Church, the BRIDE in union with her BRIDEGROOM. Christ comes to RE-generate the generation. This is what Jesus calls new birth or born from above, born of the Spirit. Until his breath returns, the generations are spiritually dead and blind… they cannot see the Kingdom of God. Ephesians 5:25-33 The Spousal Community of Christ signifies the Gospel, the good news of the marriage supper of the Lamb. Our bodies, male and female, signify the story of redemption and the destiny of creation. A male body alone doesn't make sense. A female body along doesn't make sense. It requires husband and wife, united together, to signify the mystery of Christ and his Church. The union of man and woman is an icon of the union of Christ and his Church, his bride. Our passage today quotes Genesis in 5:31 The Lord has so created our bodies to complement each other unto the generation of life. This speaks of the mystery of our present communion and final destiny, culminating in a heavenly wedding, the marriage supper of the Lamb.
Stand, Pray, Forgive Mark 11:12-25 - Jesus Curses the Fig Tree 12 On the following day, when they came from Bethany, he was hungry. 13 And seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see if he could find anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. 14 And he said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard it. Jesus Cleanses the Temple 15 And they came to Jerusalem. And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold and those who bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. 16 And he would not allow anyone to carry anything through the temple. 17 And he was teaching them and saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations'? But you have made it a den of robbers.” 18 And the chief priests and the scribes heard it and were seeking a way to destroy him, for they feared him, because all the crowd was astonished at his teaching. 19 And when evening came they[b] went out of the city. The Lesson from the Withered Fig Tree 20 As they passed by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered away to its roots. 21 And Peter remembered and said to him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree that you cursed has withered.” 22 And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. 23 Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. STAND, PRAY, FORGIVE 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received[c] it, and it will be yours. 25 And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.” ____________________ Colossians 3:1-13 HEAVENLY If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your[a] life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. EARTHLY 5 Put to death therefore what is earthly in you:[b] sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 On account of these the wrath of God is coming.[c] 7 In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. 8 But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self[d] with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. 11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave,[e] free; but Christ is all, and in all. HEAVENLY 12 Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
Ephesians 4:17-24 17 Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. 18 They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. 19 They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. 20 But that is not the way you learned Christ!— 21 assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, 22 to put off your old self,[f] which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, 23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
Mark 4:35-41 35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36 And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. 38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39 And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40 He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41 And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” Ephesians 4:11-32 11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. 17 Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. 18 They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. 19 They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. 20 But that is not the way you learned Christ!— 21 assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, 22 to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, 23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. 25 Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. 26 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and give no opportunity to the devil. 28 Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. 29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Icon: St. Peter and St. Paul Mark 6:45-52 45 Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 46And after he had taken leave of them, he went up on the mountain to pray. 47And when evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land. 48And he saw that they were making headway painfully, for the wind was against them. And about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them, 49but when they saw him walking on the sea they thought it was a ghost, and cried out, 50for they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” 51And he got into the boat with them, and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded, 52for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened. Ephesians 4:1-16 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. 7 But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ's gift. 8 Therefore it says, “When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men.” 9 (In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower regions, the earth? 10 He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.) 11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.