When other people, including God, don't meet our expectations we tend to stop listening and even try to stop them from speaking. This defines Peter's rebuke of Jesus and even Jesus' rebuke of Peter. A reflection on Mark 8:27-38.
September 12, 2021
Jesus the Jerk
This week we explore that age-old question, "Why do some people's prayers get answered and others don't. A reflection on Mark 7:24-37.
September 5, 2021
Meals and Memories
Gathering for meals helps form us into community--ay home, with friends, and in the church. This week's reflection looks at Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23.
August 29, 2021
Why are we here?
Sometimes I wonder why we are here...surely its not just for the food. A reflection on I Kings 2:10-12, 3:3-14 and John 6:51-58.
August 15, 2021
An Empty Embrace
When the sins of the father weigh upon the sons, destruction and death often follows. This week's reflection explores the brokenness and losses of King David through the story of the young man, Absalom, in 2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33.
August 9, 2021
Ribs and Bread
This week's reflection on John 6:24-35 compares the Body of Christ to a tray of pork ribs. Which just might mean Dreamland is about as close to Heaven as it gets--at least in Alabama.
August 1, 2021
G. I. Joe and Barbie
In a culture that believes he who dies with the most toys wins, its hard to recognize real abundance. A reflection on John 6:1-21.
July 25, 2021
The Economy of God
The economics of man are always defined by transaction. The economy of God offers transformation. A reflection on Mark 6:30-34, 53-56.
July 18, 2021
Honor and Shame
Two kings of Israel--one brought honor to God and thus himself. The other brought shame. A reflection on the rule of King David and King Herod Antipas through the stories of 2 Samuel 6:1-5,12b-19 and Mark 6:14-29.
July 11, 2021
Do the times make the leaders or the leaders make the times?
In this week's reflection on Mark 6:1-13, Drew+ looks at four presidents and how their courage in times of strife shaped them as persons and as presidents. Jesus, too, was shaped in times of trouble and rejection--especially in his own home town among those who knew him best.
July 4, 2021
Our world suffers from resistance--resistance to one another, resistance to creation, resistance to ourselves, and resistance to God. Jesus is so non-resistant to life and healing and positive energy that even his clothes have healing properties. We, as the church, are called to be the hem of Jesus' cloak--the place that all those who suffer can come and find renewed life. In this week's episode, Candice Frazer+ offers a reflection on Mark 5:21-43 and what it means to practice non-resistance and simply say "Yes!"
June 27, 2021
God vs. Goliath
We often like to think of the David vs. Goliath story as one in which the archetype of the weak defeats the strong. In the story of David and Goliath, David goes to battle against Goliath with God not only on his side; all of Israel has chosen the side of God! Of course David cannot lose. This week's reflection by Drew Brislin+ explores I Samuel 17:1, 4-11, 19-23, 32-49.
June 20, 2021
The Kudzo Kingdom or I'll Get By With a Little Help From My Friends
Drew offers a reflection on this week's Gospel reading, Mark 4:26-34. Planting even the smallest seed of friendship and hospitality with others will grow your friendship with God.
June 13, 2021
God Forgives the Church Condemns
Too often we are told by the church that we are sinners in need of forgiveness and not that we are beloved children of God. Approaching the world from a place of condemnation is much different and less spiritually fulfilling than a starting point of belovedness. In today's reflection on Mark 3:20-35, we hear that those who blaspheme have no forgiveness because they deny the very God who always forgives.
June 6, 2021
Trinity Sunday is often called "Heresy Sunday" by preachers due to the difficulty in explaining the mystery of God in Three Persons and the Unity of One Being. Instead, Drew takes the less treacherous path of exploring how doubt is not the opposite of faith but, like Nicodemus, can be an avenue of greater relationship with God.
May 30, 2021
Many Languages, One Voice
We have begun to weaponize our words to either a liberal or conservative persuasion regardless of context--political, social, religious, medical, etc. On this Pentecost Sunday, the Holy Spirit speaks in a unifying voice drawing people to God and one another.
May 23, 2021
Just as many different threads are woven together to create a tapestry, so is life woven into relationship and fate. In this week's reflection on John's Gospel, 17:6-19, we hear how Jesus' high priestly prayer is a prayer of connection that we might be bound together to glorify God.
May 16, 2021
The Post-Pandemic Church
The ascension of Jesus leads to the responsibility of the disciples and us by extension to be the church in the world and carry on Christ's work. That work never becomes static but is always being renewed and that is no different for the post-pandemic church. A reflection on Acts 1: 1-11.
May 14, 2021
Peace and Forgiveness
A sermon reflection this Second Sunday of Easter on the power of peace and forgiveness as inspired by The Gospel of John (20:19-31) and the cartoon Bluey.
April 11, 2021
Easter Sunday Sermon
On this happy morning of Christ's resurrection, take a moment to let the surprise of this story's ending capture you. Based on the understanding that the shorter ending of Mark is really a new beginning into reading his entire Gospel as a post-resurrection story, this reflection opens up the wonder of Mark 16:1-8.
April 4, 2021
On this Good Friday, the Passion of Mark offers us a reflection on why we are prone to scapegoat others and how that has influenced the social constructs of justice in the world we live in today.
April 2, 2021
Book of Forgiving Part Three
In this final episode of exploring The Book of Forgiving by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu, Candice talks about what it means to forgive oneself, seek forgiveness from others, and how forgiveness can transform the world.
March 28, 2021
"Create in me a clean heart..." Sermon for the Fifth Sunday of Lent
Many of us wrestle with understanding what sin really is. In today's sermon, we explore what sin is and why it means something more than simply breaking the rules.
March 21, 2021
Book of Forgiving - Part Two Releasing or Renewing the Relationship
In today's episode we explore the final step of the Fourfold Path of Healing--releasing or renewing the relationship.
March 21, 2021
Book of Forgiving Part Two - Granting Forgiveness
This week we explore the third step of the four-fold path to healing - "Granting Forgiveness" - as we continue our look at The Book of Forgiveness by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu.
March 14, 2021
Sunday Worship Third Sunday of Lent (Full Service) March 8, 2021
Rite I worship from The Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Montgomery, Alabama. Sermon: Rev. Candice B. Frazer
March 9, 2021
Book of Forgiving Part Two: Naming the Hurt
In this second step of the Four-Fold Path of Forgiving, we explore "naming the hurt".
March 7, 2021
Sermon-February 28, 2021
Rev. Drew Brislin
March 1, 2021
Sunday Worship Second Sunday of Lent (Full Service) -February 28, 2021
Sermon: Rev. Drew Brislin
March 1, 2021
Book of Forgiving Part 2-Telling the Story
Reverend Candice B. Frazer talks about the second part of the Book of Forgiving Lenten Study
February 28, 2021
Sunday Sermon February 21, 2021
First Sunday of Lent. Rev. Candice B Frazer.
February 22, 2021
Sunday Worship First Sunday of Lent (Full Service) -February 21, 2021
Sermon by Rev. Candice B. Frazer. The Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Montgomery, Alabama.
February 22, 2021
Book of Forgiving Part 1
This segment explores the first three chapters of The Book of Forgiving by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Tutu. It is the first of six podcasts that will explore forgiveness.
February 21, 2021
Ash Wednesday Reflection
A reflection on Psalm 103 by the Rev. Candice B. Frazer.
February 17, 2021
Sunday Worship Rite II (Full Service) -February 14, 2021
Sunday livestreamed worship February 14, 2021. Sermon by Rev. Drew Brislin at The Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Montgomery, Alabama.
February 17, 2021
Sunday Sermon Feb 7, 2021
Sunday sermon by Rev. Candice B. Frazer. February 7, 2021.
February 8, 2021
Sunday Worship Rite II (Full Service) -February 7, 2021
Sunday worship at The Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Montgomery, Alabama for February 7, 2021. Sermon by Reverend Candice B. Frazer
February 8, 2021
Sunday Worship Rite II -January 31, 2021
Sunday Worship at The Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Montgomery, Alabama for January 31, 2021. Sermon by Reverend Drew Brislin. www.coascension.org
February 2, 2021