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Going Deeper
With Christ Episcopal Church

Going Deeper With Christ Episcopal Church

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These podcasts, drawn from sermons, Scripture readings and classes at Christ Episcopal Church in Canon City, Colorado, explore and support the depth of Christian experience and development. Our point of view is influenced by Fr. Richard Rohr, Fr. Thomas Keating, and other contemplative Christians as well as our own contemplative practice.
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Staying Awake to the Invitation of God
Staying Awake to the Invitation of God
Staying Awake to the Invitation of God The Gospel reading is Matthew 24:36-44 Today is the first Sunday of Advent, the season when we prepare for the coming of Christ—his birth and also the second coming of Christ. Interpretations of the second coming of Christ are all over the board. Today’s sermon focuses on interpreting today’s Gospel reading. What is the difference between those who are taken and those who are left behind? Inner vigilance and awareness make the difference. The coming of Christ can be viewed as God’s invitation into the fullness of human life through Christ, and to that we can be alert amid the bustle and forgetfulness of our daily life. The Lord always is present; we need to be awake to the Christ who always is among us and within us. The rush of the Christmas season works against the message of the season. The awareness of Spirt brings pleasure, passion and purpose. How are we to keep aware amid daily activity? We may have the desire but lack the know how. This is where spiritual practices such as daily prayer and meditation, and partaking of spiritual material, are invaluable. Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
17:13
November 27, 2022
What Did the Criminal See?
What Did the Criminal See?
What Did the Criminal See? The Gospel reading is Luke 23:33-43 The crucified criminal, hanging beside Jesus, heard Jesus praying God’s forgiveness on those who had unjustly persecuted and crucified Him. The Kingdom of God is contrasted with the kingdom of the world, and requires us to put aside our egos. God’s Kingdom is not of this world: love, compassion, service and reign. We are called to live in God’s Kingdom even as we live in this world. These two kingdoms call on very different allegiances to two very different kings. Jesus saved us not by vanquishing the enemy, but by loving the enemy even as God was revealed as vulnerability itself. Surrendering to God we find ourselves in the Kingdom of God, where Christ is King. Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
17:13
November 20, 2022
Called to Bear the Beams of Love
Called to Bear the Beams of Love
Called to Bear the Beams of Love The Gospel reading is Luke 18:9-14 Prophets in the Bible, having intimate connection with God, often see incongruity between God’s will and human activity, and make prophetic statements about the consequences if people do not listen to the prophecy and change their ways. Prophecies are not forecasts of inevitable occurrences in the future, but rather guidance that can help change behavior and hence consequences. In other words, the future is contingent on the now. Changing ourselves, of course, is difficult and painful. Thus we miss the opportunity to be transformed to our true selves, in God. We resist the truths of the prophets. This is why Jesus was crucified. Modern studies about climate change are modern prophecies, with observations about the tragic consequences if we do not change our waves. They tell us truths we don’t want to hear, and that would require us to change ourselves, our habits and our lifestyles. We still can make these changes in time to benefit our children and grandchildren, and be better stewards of God’s Earth. If we love as Jesus has loved us, if we bear the beams of Christ’s love, we will live and love as he did, pouring out our lives for each other, and change history by changing ourselves today. Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
15:49
November 13, 2022
We Are All Sisters and Brothers
We Are All Sisters and Brothers
We Are All Sisters and Brothers The Gospel reading is Luke 18:9-14 On this All Saints Sunday, Fr. Mark explains how we are all sisters and brothers, with human beings and all of Creation. He explains that to demonize others, to “cancel” them, is not consistent with Jesus’ teachings. Instead, we can learn to call one another home within the communion of saints, where there are no nationalities, religions, egos, elections. Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
14:41
November 06, 2022
Engage From a Place of Prayer
Engage From a Place of Prayer
Engage From a Place of Prayer The Gospel reading is Luke 18:9-14 Fr. Mark offers guidance on how to understand the teachings of Jesus, and discusses the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector. We are encouraged to be less full of ourselves, to make room for God’s grace, and to engage with others and the world from a place of prayer. Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
14:52
October 23, 2022
Never Give Up Praying
Never Give Up Praying
Never Give Up Praying The Gospel reading is Luke 18:1-8 Don’t lose heart, turn up the volume. God “caves in” with persistent praying. What does praying without ceasing mean? Prayer is not primary words, but an attitude. We can stay at all times within the attitude and mindset of Christ, keeping the channel open between God and the human person. Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
15:53
October 17, 2022
Seeing With the Eye of the Heart
Seeing With the Eye of the Heart
Seeing With the Eyes of the Heart The Gospel reading is Luke 17:11-19 Seeing with the eye of the heart we gradually realize that the mystery is love, and we gradually realize the necessity of saying yes to it. We have the choice to say yes to this, and to enter into the energies that always are flowing from this mystery. Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
15:20
October 09, 2022
Be Reminded of What Faith Is
Be Reminded of What Faith Is
Be Reminded of What Faith Is The Gospel reading is Luke 17:5-10 Is faith like a finite bank account, that can be depleted? Jesus commands us to draw deep from the water He gives, and never be thirsty. If we have even the smallest mustard seed of faith, the floodgates within will open up. We have what we need to live within the Kingdom of God. Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
14:01
October 02, 2022
Don't Hit Snooze
Don't Hit Snooze
Don’t Hit Snooze The Gospel reading is Luke 16:19-31 Who would hit the snooze button on God, saying “Later, Lord”? Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
13:15
September 26, 2022
Strengthening Our Spiritual Sight
Strengthening Our Spiritual Sight
Strengthening Our Spiritual Sight The Gospel reading is Luke 16:1-13 Father Mark discusses the parable of the dishonest manager. We are both children of this age and children of light, and our default mode is to live as children of this age. Can we see through the lens of worldliness and the lens of Spirit? Can we, as children of light, be as adept at maintaining and navigating our Gospel-based, spiritual life as well as the dishonest manager in the parable navigates the world of dishonest wealth? Can we get our priorities right? Disciplined exercises, such as prayer, meditation, and spending time in nature, help us to strengthen our spiritual sight and enjoy enduring happiness. Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
18:06
September 18, 2022
Journey Forth in Faith and Trust
Journey Forth in Faith and Trust
Journey Forth in Faith and Trust Father Mark addresses uncertainty, and the need for us to have faith and trust, and to let the life of the in-between time come into its own. Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
17:42
September 12, 2022
Cost of Discipleship
Cost of Discipleship
The Cost of Discipleship The Gospel reading is Luke 14:25-33 Reverend Wendy explains the Gospel in which Jesus speaks of the need to “hate” one’s family and even life itself, to be His disciple. What is needed, she explains, is to attain detachment from obstacles to our relationship with God, even if those obstacles are near and dear to us. Reverend Wendy says that this Gospel challenges us to ask ourselves “what can we detach ourselves from”, to experience the joy of being closer to Jesus, closer to God. Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
16:18
September 04, 2022
New Light is Streaming
New Light is Streaming
New Light is Streaming The Gospel reading is Luke 14:1, 7-14 Today Christ Church enjoyed a shared service with Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church. Father Mark spoke of the way in which the human ego, the need for opposition, influences our politics and even our religion. He explained how today, in this place today, all are included, and how siloed Christianity must be over in the living Church of Jesus. Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
17:04
August 28, 2022
Release From Bondage
Release From Bondage
Release From Bondage The Gospel reading is Luke 13:10-17 Father Mark discusses the inner and outer aspects of the Sabbath, and the fact that God does not want us to live a life of unrelieved burden. God wants us to be released from whatever bondage we are suffering. Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
15:34
August 21, 2022
Peace Lovers and Peace Makers
Peace Lovers and Peace Makers
Peace Lovers and Peace Makers The Gospel reading is Luke 12:49-56 Father Mark discusses the parable of the prodigal son, and the distinction between Jesus coming to bring peace and today’s Gospel reading in which Jesus says he came to bring fire and division. Father Mark explains the “fire and division” as Jesus speaking of the response his teachings will bring from those who are “peace lovers” who love the false peace of the status quo, rather than “peace makers” who “rock the boat” by challenging the surface peace of the status quo and bringing the deep peace of the Kingdom of God. Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
14:57
August 14, 2022
Open-Handed Waiting
Open-Handed Waiting
Open-Handed Waiting The Gospel reading is Luke 12:32-40 In the Gospel reading, Jesus tells the disciples how to wait, how to be ready for the Son of Man. Father Mark discusses “close-fisted waiting” and “open-handed waiting.” The former can lead to impatience throughout life, such as while waiting in a checkout line. We may tend to regard people and situations as impediments to our agenda and implicitly have the attitude of “my will be done.” The latter is open, not driven by agendas, looking to see Christ in all people and situations. Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
13:57
August 07, 2022
Participate in the Abundant Divine Life
Participate in the Abundant Divine Life
Participate in the Abundant Divine Life The Gospel reading is Luke 11:13-21 We easily forget that the abundance in our lives is not our own. We are not our own. We have the opportunity to participate in the abundant Divine life. A spiritual exercise to help us to experience this is to imagine ourselves lying on the ground in a field of wheat, with the wheat growing up and through us, not even thinking of a barn into which we might stow the wheat. Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
17:09
July 31, 2022
Teach Us to Pray
Teach Us to Pray
Teach Us to Pray The Gospel reading is Luke 11:1-13 Father Mark explains that prayer is not always answered, citing Jesus himself asking thrice that the cup of crucifixion be taken from him. Father Mark further explains that the Lord’s Prayer invites us into alignment with God in terms of being, and the world in which we live. Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
16:11
July 24, 2022
The One Thing Necessary
The One Thing Necessary
The One Thing Necessary The Gospel reading is Luke 10:38-42 After the Gospel reading of the story of Martha and Mary, Father Mark explains the difference between ego-driven action, and action arising from our the indwelling Christ, divine love, deep within. Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
16:02
July 17, 2022
Flowing From and With Love
Flowing From and With Love
The Gospel reading is Luke 10:25-37 After the Gospel reading of the well-known story of the Good Samaritan, Father Mark explores the difference being “head knowledge” and “heart knowledge” and explains his evolving perspective on gay marriage and abortion in this light. He emphasizes our opportunity not to be like the lawyer in the story, but rather for our actions to flow from and with divine love. Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
16:11
July 10, 2022
God is Vulnerable Love
God is Vulnerable Love
God is Vulnerable Love The Scripture reading is Luke 10:1-11, 16-20 Jesus sent the 70 out into the world not even permitting them sandals for the road, bidding them to eat what was set before them. Father Mark suggests that this was to help them to be vulnerable and humble, and to further recognize their utter dependence on God. Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
16:13
July 03, 2022
The Love of God in a Hostile World
The Love of God in a Hostile World
The Love of God in a Hostile World The Scripture reading is Luke 9:51-62 Father Mark explains that as our true selves in God we are little Christs who spread by word and action the love of God in a hostile world. Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
15:20
June 26, 2022
Our True Identity in God
Our True Identity in God
Our True Identity in God The Scripture reading is Luke 8:26-39 Jesus healed a man possessed. Father Mark discusses what it means to be possessed, how his anorexia as a young man became part of his identity and in a way possessed us, and how this takes us away from our true identity in God. Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
19:49
June 19, 2022
The Dance of the Trinity
The Dance of the Trinity
Dance of the Trinity The Scripture reading is John 16:12-15 On this Trinitarian Sunday, Father Mark discusses unity and diversity in daily life and in the Holy Trinity, which often is represented as a flowing dance among the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We are invited to participate in the never-ending flow of Divine Love that is the Dance of the Trinity. Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
15:30
June 13, 2022
Where Do We Find God?
Where Do We Find God?
Where Do We Find God? The Scripture reading is Acts 2:1-12, John 14:8-17 (25-27) On this Pentecost Sunday, Father Mark discusses the appearance of the Holy Spirit and its strange and powerful impact on the disciples, as well as where we look for and find God. Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
18:28
June 05, 2022
Prayer for Ukraine
Prayer for Ukraine
Our hearts go out to all affected by the war in Ukraine. In this short episode, Father Mark leads the congregation in prayer for Ukraine.
01:51
June 05, 2022
Litany in the Wake of a Mass Shooting
Litany in the Wake of a Mass Shooting
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18:12
May 30, 2022
Jesus' Final Prayer
Jesus' Final Prayer
Are We the Answer to Jesus’ Final Prayer? The Scripture reading is John 17:20-26 Jesus’ last desire in prayer was that we be one in God, in the one body of Christ. We are, or can be, the answer to His prayer. Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
19:17
May 29, 2022
Continuing Presence of Christ
Continuing Presence of Christ
Continuing Presence of Christ The Scripture reading is John 14:23-29. Father Mark explains God’s will for us, that we are to embody Christ each in our own unique way. We are expressions of the continuing presence of Christ in our world. Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
16:24
May 22, 2022
Your Divine DNA
Your Divine DNA
Fifth Sunday of Easter 2022: Your Divine DNA The Scripture reading is John 13:31-35 On this fifth Sunday of Easter, Father Mark discusses the last supper, and Jesus’ fond admonition to “love one another as I have loved you.” He points out that the context is important: he knows he will be betrayed and crucified, yet offers his vulnerable love so that we may love as He does. We human beings have animal DNA, yet we also have “Divine DNA”  and we can practice feeding our divine qualities as we learn to be known by our love. Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
15:04
May 15, 2022
The Temple of Your Heart
The Temple of Your Heart
Fourth Sunday of Easter 2022: The Temple of Your Heart The Scripture reading is John 10:22-30 On this fourth Sunday of Easter, Father Mark discusses modern equivalents of the temple in this week's Scripture reading. He reminds us that the word translated as “believe” in the New Testament could be translated as “trust,” and that what is asked of us is not to live up to a checklist of beliefs and behaviors, but to trust in God. Father Mark concludes by emphasizing that we are the temple of God, and that the true temple of God in in our hearts. Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
15:21
May 08, 2022
Beloved Child of God
Beloved Child of God
Third Sunday of Easter 2022: Beloved Child of God The Scripture reading is John 21:1-19 On this third Sunday of Easter, Father Mark invites us to a sacramental breakfast from the risen Christ, at the dawn of a new day, and prays that our every act in the coming week will emanate from the place where we know we are a beloved child of God. Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
19:28
May 01, 2022
When Your World is Rocked
When Your World is Rocked
Second Sunday of Easter 2022: When Your World is Rocked The Scripture reading is John 20:19-31 Reverend Wendy discusses how Jesus responded to “Doubting Thomas,” not with criticism, not with anger, but with love. Jesus was there with Thomas, ready to meet him where he was. She also talks about her “spiritual autobiography”and how she dealt with the personal challenges of how a loving God permits evil in the world, leaving church during her own personal “season in the desert,” and coming back to find God and Jesus waiting for her with open arms. Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
16:26
April 24, 2022
Easter Sunday 2022: a Love So Powerful
Easter Sunday 2022: a Love So Powerful
The Scripture reading is Luke 24:1-12 On this Easter Sunday, Father Mark discusses what we have learned with Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and today. Life is full of suffering, and yet are saved by a love so powerful that darkness, suffering and death cannot overcome it. We can count on that. Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
10:02
April 17, 2022
Good Friday 2022: the God of Self-Giving Love
Good Friday 2022: the God of Self-Giving Love
The Scripture reading is John 18:1-19:42 On this Good Friday, Father Mark discusses the true meaning of who God is, the God of self-giving love, and how Jesus empowered us to sing God’s song. Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
27:43
April 16, 2022
Maundy Thursday 2022
Maundy Thursday 2022
The Scripture reading is John 13:1-17  On this Maundy Thursday, Father Mark explains the humble love of Jesus even for those who betray him and let him down, and how in our lives we can offer this cherishing, nonjudgmental love to support others. Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
16:03
April 15, 2022
Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday 2022
Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday 2022
Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday 2022 The Scripture reading is Luke 22:14-23:56 On this Palm Sunday, Father Mark and members of the congregation together read aloud the Scripture. Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
16:39
April 10, 2022
Letting Go 6: Conclusion and Summary
Letting Go 6: Conclusion and Summary
In this final episode of Father Mark's Lenten 2022 series, he summarizes the many things we might fruitfully let go of, and explains why we do this. He concludes that for Christians, the story doesn't end with Good Friday, but with Easter.
05:14
April 05, 2022
Death Does Not Have the Final Word
Death Does Not Have the Final Word
The Scripture reading is John 12:1-8 On this fifth Sunday of Lent, Father Mark discusses the the story of Lazarus, and the essential Christian message that death does not have the final word..   Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
15:59
April 03, 2022
Lent 5: Letting Go of the Surface Self
Lent 5: Letting Go of the Surface Self
Continuing the theme of “letting go” for this 2022 Lenten season, Father Mark discusses all the roles we might identify with: ”I am…a former NFL quarterback…a priest…an asthmatic…a member of a political party.” Some people just can’t let go of their total identification with their roles. But that doesn’t define us; it’s not our true self, and doesn’t survive our death. Our challenge and opportunity is to let go of our compulsive identification with the surface self.
08:36
March 29, 2022
Reclaiming the Story
Reclaiming the Story
The Scripture reading is Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 On this fourth Sunday of Lent, Father Mark discusses the power of story in our daily lives and in our relationship to God, applies this to the parable of the prodigal son. Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
18:22
March 27, 2022
Lent 2022: Letting Go of Our Need to Judge
Lent 2022: Letting Go of Our Need to Judge
Father Mark tells how he used to judge his rose bushes based solely on their scent, then had an eye-opening experience that changed how he perceives and appreciates roses. He then explains how he, and we, can refrain from judging people and experiences, and appreciate what they offer.
06:52
March 22, 2022
The Divine Gardener
The Divine Gardener
The Scripture reading is Luke 13:1-9  On this third Sunday of Lent, Father Mark explores how our all-powerful, all loving God can let bad things happen to innocent people. Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
14:30
March 20, 2022
Lent 2022 Episode 3: Letting Go of Outcomes
Lent 2022 Episode 3: Letting Go of Outcomes
Using responses to his sermons as an example, Father Mark continues our 2022 Lenten theme of "letting go" by discussing how we can let go of desired outcomes, past and present, with the hope that God can use our offerings.
05:02
March 15, 2022
Vulnerable Courage
Vulnerable Courage
The Scripture reading is Luke 13:31-35 On this second Sunday of Lent, Father Mark explores our opportunity to be courageously vulnerable, as Jesus was. Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
15:59
March 13, 2022
Lent 2022 Episode 2: The Background Noise of Our Lives
Lent 2022 Episode 2: The Background Noise of Our Lives
This Lenten season, our theme is "letting go." Father Mark, speaking from his own experience, discusses the background noise of our lives, how that keeps us from attending to God, and how to "turn down the volume" on the background noise.
07:33
March 08, 2022
Temptation to Mistrust
Temptation to Mistrust
The Scripture reading is Luke 4:1-13 On this first Sunday of Lent, Father Mark explores the temptation of Jesus, Jesus’ trust in God, and our own opportunity to trust in God. Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
15:16
March 06, 2022
The Presence of God in Your Life (Ash Wednesday 2022)
The Presence of God in Your Life (Ash Wednesday 2022)
The Scripture reading is Matthew 6:1-21 Father Mark discusses modern outward displays of piety, including making a big thing of saying “Merry Christmas,” and contrasts such practices with doing the will of God as Jesus taught He encourages us to attend to what lies in our hearts, and our intentions.. Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
14:45
March 03, 2022
Letting Go Episode 1
Letting Go Episode 1
In the first of a series of offerings for Lent 2022, Father Mark explores the theme of "Letting Go" and offers simple practices to support letting go.
06:47
March 01, 2022
Love Your Enemies
Love Your Enemies
The Scripture reading is Luke 9:28-36. Father Mark recalls his traumatic memories of the Cold War era, and how present events in Ukraine are activating these. He contrasts actions motivated by vengeance with those motivated by love, and once again encourages us not to act according to the ways of the world, not to be among those who “know not what they do” but rather to be guided by the mind of Christ. Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
14:30
February 27, 2022
Our Life's Calling
Our Life's Calling
Our Life’s Calling The Scripture reading is Luke 6:27-38 Father Mark explains that our life’s calling is to live from the Kingdom of Heaven within, and not according to the ways of the world. We can become free to embody the loved and loving identity that is our core. Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
15:24
February 20, 2022
The Life That is Really Life
The Life That is Really Life
The Scripture reading is Luke 6:17-26 Father Mark discusses how prayer works, and how prayer enables us to see the world through “God-colored glasses.” He explains how Jesus emptied himself on the mountaintop, and opened himself to being filled by the Divine life of God. This is the path for us, letting go of our egos, our false selves, and then opening ourselves to being filled with God’s love, power and forgiveness. Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
15:43
February 13, 2022
One In Christ Jesus
One In Christ Jesus
The Scripture reading is Luke 4:21-30 On this Stewardship Sunday, Father Mark explains what we are pledging financial resource for, and why we pledge. Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
15:47
January 30, 2022
Mission Statement
Mission Statement
The Scripture reading is Luke 4: 14-21 Father Mark explains Jesus’ “mission statement” and how its realization depends on us both hearing this and acting on it. Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
15:32
January 23, 2022
The Well-Aged Wine of His Love
The Well-Aged Wine of His Love
The Scripture reading is John 2:1-11 Father Mark explores the meaning of the word “wine” as used in Scripture, and explains how Jesus provides the “wine” of life. Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
14:37
January 16, 2022
You Are My Beloved Child
You Are My Beloved Child
The Scripture reading is Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 Father Mark explores the meaning of John the Baptist’s statement that the Messiah will burn the chaff in unquenchable fire, and explains that this does not suggest that a vengeful and angry God will torment souls for eternity, but rather that Jesus will burn away the chaff, our sins and the shortcomings of our false selves, to refine the gold of our souls. When God told Jesus, "you are my beloved child with whom I am well pleased" God was speaking to us as well. Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
15:32
January 09, 2022
Changed by the Journey
Changed by the Journey
The Scripture reading is Matthew 2: 1-12. Father Mark compares the two year journey of the three Magi (“wise men”) to our journey with COVID. We’ve journeyed through COVID, and we journey to Bethlehem with Christmas. How were they changed by their journey, and how are we changed by ours? Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
16:47
January 02, 2022
Here's How Much I Love You
Here's How Much I Love You
This episode, about 13 minutes, is from the Christmas Day 2021 service. The Scripture reading is the first chapter of the book of John. Father Mark explains the meaning of Christmas: God found a new way to communicate His love for us. Jesus’ birth as a baby who needs us helps us to feel how much God loves us. Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
13:02
December 25, 2021
Love Was Born to All and For All
Love Was Born to All and For All
This is from the Christmas Eve service 2021. The Scripture reading is Luke 2:2-20.
20:21
December 25, 2021
Rejoice in the Christmas God Gives Us
Rejoice in the Christmas God Gives Us
The Scripture is Luke 3:7-18. We’re all tired of COVID and its impact on our plans and expectations for Christmas celebration.  We tend to reject God’s good because we expected something else. Mary couldn’t have expected what lay before her if she were to say yes. And yet, she said to the angel, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord, let him be with me according to your word.” She let go of the life she had desired to accept the life God desired for her. Sometimes you have to let go of the picture of what you thought it would be like, and learn to find joy in the story, the reality, you’re actually living. We can release expectation and invite appreciation, and then all the moments of our lives can become openings and opportunities. We can enjoy and rejoice in the Christmas God gives us. Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
15:40
December 19, 2021
Eternal Life Here and Now
Eternal Life Here and Now
On this first Sunday of Advent, 2021, the Gospel reading is Luke 21:25-36: Jesus said, "There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see 'the Son of Man coming in a cloud' with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near."Then he told them a parable: "Look at the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. "Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day catch you unexpectedly, like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth. Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man." Father Mark contrasts literal interpretations of Jesus' words with the perspective that our present times, including the COVID pandemic, are times of great uncertainty of the kind to which Jesus referred. We call on the Lord to be with us, "Come oh come Emanuel." Knowing the presence of the Lord here and now, we can enter into eternal life here and now. Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
17:16
November 28, 2021
Where Else But in the Church?
Where Else But in the Church?
In this brief excerpt from a sermon, Father Mark explains the crucial role of the Church in society, and how at Christ Episcopal Church we know that the teaching and example of Jesus puts first and foremost the values of compassion and love and hospitality and welcoming the stranger, and is a place where Christ’s vulnerable love reigns.
03:28
November 24, 2021
Collision of Kingdoms
Collision of Kingdoms
The episode was recorded on Christ the King Sunday, which is the last day of the year in the Church's calendar. The Scripture reading is John 18:33-37. This service was provided online due to COVID restrictions. In this sermon, Father Mark contrasts the authority of the world with the authority of the vulnerable kingdom of the one true God of the universe. He describes Jesus as a witness to the truth, Jesus who lives within and reveals the ultimate relation of God and the Creation. Father Mark then describes the mission of the Church, which is the reorientation to God and God’s Kingdom, and to reveal and manifest the Kingdom of God. And he talks about the message of Christ Church, living from Kingdom of God values, and holding the world’s values up to the light of God’s Church, and to help us live into our Christ identity through, among other things, compassion, love, hospitality, and welcoming the stranger. We are called to bring forth the rule of Christ the King in ourselves and in our community. Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
16:03
November 21, 2021
Panhandlers
Panhandlers
In this episode, we're applying the Prayer of St. Francis to a common situation: someone has a sign asking for money. What are the reasons we often don't give to them? What do they need? What do we need? What guidance do the Prayer of St. Francis and Scripture provide? #prayerofstfrancis #prayerstfrancis #livingtheprayerofstfrancis
18:08
November 15, 2021
In Midair
In Midair
Father Mark explains how our foundations inevitably are shaken, both at a personal and cultural level. Transitions, sometimes traumatic, happen to individuals and even to our largest and apparently most robust institutions. There is important opportunity in the instability to stand on the new ground God provides us during the tumult. The Scripture reading is Mark 13:1-8: As Jesus came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what large stones and what large buildings!” Then Jesus asked him, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down.” When he was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked him privately, “Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign that all these things are about to be accomplished?” Then Jesus began to say to them, “Beware that no one leads you astray. Many will come in my name and say, ‘I am he!’ and they will lead many astray. When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed; this must take place, but the end is still to come. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. This is but the beginning of the birthpangs.”
18:15
November 15, 2021
The Meaning of Holy Communion
The Meaning of Holy Communion
Father Mark explores the profound meaning of Holy Communion, and the literal meaning of "Behold who you are, become what you receive." The Scripture reading is John 6: 51-58.
18:14
November 09, 2021
Overview of the Prayer of St. Francis
Overview of the Prayer of St. Francis
The Prayer of St. Francis states universal laws ("it is in giving that we receive" for instance), and offers a practice that harnesses these laws to bring us what we want, to erode our ego or false self, and to open us to eternal life while we still are living. #prayerofstfrancis #prayerstfrancis #livingtheprayerofstfrancis
04:58
November 06, 2021
Be Opened
Be Opened
"Be opened," said Jesus when healing the deaf man. When we are in any of the negative states mentioned in the Prayer of St. Francis--hatred, injury, doubt, and so on--we are not opened. We are closed off from God. This podcast discusses how we can "be opened."   #prayerofstfrancis #prayerstfrancis #livingtheprayerofstfrancis
04:52
November 05, 2021
Be the Change You Want to See in the World
Be the Change You Want to See in the World
As we practice living the Prayer of St. Francis, we may be inclined to apply it to other people and situations. The statement attributed to Gandhi. "Be the change you want to see in the world," suggests that we start with ourselves.
01:16
November 05, 2021
Who is the Lord?
Who is the Lord?
"Lord, make me an instrument of your peace..." Who is the "Lord?" in the Prayer of St. Francis? The author clearly was referring to Jesus, yet those who are not Christians can pray to any form of Divinity with whom or with which they might feel connection.  #prayerofstfrancis #prayerstfrancis #livingtheprayerofstfrancis
02:04
November 04, 2021
Self Emptying
Self Emptying
The Gospel reading is Mark 12 28:34: One of the scribes came near and heard the Sadducees disputing with one another, and seeing that Jesus answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Then the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that ‘he is one, and besides him there is no other’; and ‘to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength,’ and ‘to love one’s neighbor as oneself,’ —this is much more important than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” After that no one dared to ask him any question. Father Mark explores authenticity, what really matters, our true self and self-emptying. He encourages daily practices like Centering Prayer or gratitude to continue our self-emptying.
17:06
October 31, 2021
Who Wrote the Prayer of St. Francis?
Who Wrote the Prayer of St. Francis?
Who wrote the Prayer of St. Francis? Does it matter?
01:13
October 29, 2021
Blind to Worldly Visions
Blind to Worldly Visions
October 24, 2021 Father Mark Meyer reads Mark 10:46-52.  The sermon explores the nature of being blind, and what it means to see. Although there is a literal interpretation of the words, there is a deeper meaning. “I came into this world,” Jesus says in John’s Gospel, “...so that those who do not see may see, and those who do see may become blind.” (Jn 9:39 NRSV) Blind to the worldly visions of glory and merit and ego, so that we might look up and see, with the eyes of our soul, the kingdom of God.
15:17
October 24, 2021
Living the Prayer of St. Francis Welcome and Recitation
Living the Prayer of St. Francis Welcome and Recitation
Welcome to Living the Prayer of St. Francis. In this podcast, we'll explore how to internalize the prayer, and live it by applying it internally and with others.
01:08
October 22, 2021
Leaning In To Uncertainty
Leaning In To Uncertainty
Father Mark Meyer explains how God's grace is sufficient, how God's grace is enough.
19:52
October 19, 2021