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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 and check out our website at www.staidanskc.org.

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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 and check out our website at www.staidanskc.org.

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Always a good word!

By pablo008 - Aug 11 2016
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Fr. Michael always brings a clear thoughtful message. If i lived in KC i would be a member.

Enriching!

By Dillon.Wadsack - Aug 11 2016
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This is gold right here, truly hearing God's word preached.

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Always a good word!

By pablo008 - Aug 11 2016
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Fr. Michael always brings a clear thoughtful message. If i lived in KC i would be a member.

Enriching!

By Dillon.Wadsack - Aug 11 2016
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This is gold right here, truly hearing God's word preached.
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St. Aidan's Anglican Church, Kansas City - weekly talks

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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 and check out our website at www.staidanskc.org.

Rank #1: 4. Naked without Shame (Fully Human Series - Theology of the Body) Fr. Michael Flowers 7-12-15

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Hardness of heart is the way Jesus describes the results of original sin. In the beginning we know the hearts of man and woman were spiritually alive and open both to God and to one another because of this key line: The man and his wife were both naked and felt no shame” (Gen. 2:25).

In the beginning, before original sin began rewriting our story, man and woman were integrated, body and soul, the physical and the spiritual, and were able to see each other in light of God’s image inscribed right in their bodies as male and female. When Adam looked at Eve, he not only saw her naked body, but an embodied person.

“The fact that ‘they did not feel shame’ means that the woman was not an ‘object’ for the man, nor he for her.” They “see and know each other, in fact, with all the peace of the interior gaze.” JPII

Male and female were able to see from the inside-out and from the outside-in. Intimacy means … Into-Me-See.
And … without any shame. We have lost fullness of sight.

This way of seeing the other refers to an interior way of “seeing” that reveals and celebrates the interior mystery of the other person’s naked heart in and through the other person’s naked body. In other words, nakedness without shame refers to a way of seeing, knowing and experiencing the other with an unbroken integration of body and soul: it means that seeing the other person’s naked body is seeing the other person’s naked soul. In the beginning, man and woman enjoyed an inner gaze of purity.

Jul 13 2015

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Rank #2: The Lost Son And His Older Brother - 4th Sunday Of Lent - Bill Baldwin - 03 - 31 - 19

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Fourth Sunday in Lent
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.

Bill Baldwin, a member of St. Aidan's, unpacks the story of the prodigal son and calls us to the Father's Feast.

Mar 31 2019

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Rank #3: 1. Understanding Freedom In Christ - A Paradox Of Faith - Gal. 5 - Fr. Michael Flowers 06-30-19

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Freedom is, perhaps, one of the deepest longings of the human soul. We sing about freedom, we protest for freedom, and most political philosophies are based on certain assumptions about the freedom of the human person. What does the bible say about freedom? What does it mean to be set free in Christ? What is freedom, in this sense? To answer these questions, we reflect on Galatians 5.

Part two will consider Galatians 6 and Paul's instructions on the mutual care of freedom in the community.

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Jul 01 2019

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Rank #4: 5. He Suffered ... & was Crucified - St. Aidan's Catechism Class - Deacon Aaron Williams - 11.03.19

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The Apostles Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the Holy Spirit
and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of the saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

Nov 05 2019

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Rank #5: Philippians 1 (SOMA USA Anglican Leadership Retreat) Archbishop Ben Kwashi ,July 2015

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Anglican Archbishop Benjamin Kwashi, Jos, Nigeria, gave four messages from Paul's letter to the Philippians at the SOMA USA Anglican Clergy Retreat in Parkville, MO. This is the second message from Philippians 1.

Aug 03 2015

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Rank #6: Feasting And Fasting With Jesus - Deacon Aaron Williams 01.09.20

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Deacon Aaron explores Matthew 9:9-17 as Jesus shows up at Matthew's Party, filled with all manner of so-called riff-raft to immediately be asked by the disciples of John, why his disciples didn't fast. In this brief section of Scripture, we contemplate the place of feasting and fasting.

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Feb 12 2020

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Rank #7: God Has Gone Up with a Shout - Psalm 47 - Fr. Michael Flowers

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God Has Gone Up with a Shout - Psalm 47 - Fr. Michael Flowers by St. Aidan's Anglican Church, KC

May 24 2020

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Rank #8: 3. W-I-S-D-O-M Formation & Community - Evan Howard - 04 - 05 - 2019.mp3

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Evan Howard leads a half-day workshop on Spiritual Formation in Community. Too often, spiritual formation is relegated to individualism and solely a one-to-one relationship with God. These talks explore how formation is forged in the context of intentional relationships.

Evan B. Howard, Ph.D. is the founder and director of Spirituality Shoppe, a Center for the Study of Christian Spirituality. He is affiliate associate professor of Christian Spirituality at Fuller Theological Seminary and teaches at other institutions. He is the author of The Brazos Introduction to Christian Spirituality and leads workshops and seminars on Christian Spirituality worldwide.

Apr 08 2019

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Rank #9: Come and See What God Has Done - Psalm 66 - Fr. Michael Flowers

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During the massive shift of life during a global pandemic, the Church is the light of the world, a royal priesthood, interceding on behalf of the whole world. Because Jesus Christ has died, risen and ascended as Lord of all creation, seen and unseen, his body is the hands, the feet in which he moves. The cry of the Church to the world is come and see what God has done in Jesus Christ. We bear the Gospel of Christ, the hope of the world unto salvation. The Gospel is a reality check or it's not the Gospel. Christ holds all things together by the Word of His Power. This is our God!

May 12 2020

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Rank #10: 10. Forgiveness Of Sins, Bodily Resurrection & Eternal Life - St. Aidan's Catechism - Bill Baldwin

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I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the Holy Spirit
and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of the saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

Dec 23 2019

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Rank #11: How To Pray & Why We Don't - Canon Stephen Gauthier 07-28-19

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Canon Dr. Stephen Gauthier, Canon Theologian of the Anglican Diocese of the Upper Midwest, talks about prayer based in Luke 11:1-13 and its theme throughout Luke's Gospel.

Stephen is a co-host on the popular PodCast, Word and Table. He and his wife, Barbara, live in Wheaton, IL. He oversees Gregory House, and St. Paul’s House of Formation, two Anglican ministry formation organizations in Chicagoland.

He holds a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University and has devoted a lifetime to the study of Scripture, theology, church history, liturgics, the early church fathers, canon law, and Carmelite spirituality.

Jul 29 2019

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Rank #12: Awakened By Expectancy - Jesus On The Final Judgement - Fr. Michael Flowers 08 - 11 - 19

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Luke 12:32-48

Aug 12 2019

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Rank #13: The New Age Of The Kingdom - Advent 2 - Fr. Michael Flowers - 12.8.19

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The Collect of the Day

Second Sunday of Advent
Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen
The Old Testament

Isaiah 11:1-10
A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The spirit of the LORD shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. His delight shall be in the fear of the LORD. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear; but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist, and faithfulness the belt around his loins. The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze, their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder's den. They will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain; for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea. On that day the root of Jesse shall stand as a signal to the peoples; the nations shall inquire of him, and his dwelling shall be glorious.

Matthew 3:1-12
In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near." This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said, "The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.'" Now John wore clothing of camel's hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then the people of Jerusalem and all Judea were going out to him, and all the region along the Jordan, and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. But when he saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruit worthy of repentance. Do not presume to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our ancestor'; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. Even now the ax is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. "I baptize you with water for repentance, but one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and will gather his wheat into the granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire."

Dec 10 2019

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Rank #14: Ancient Christian Initiation & the Sacrament of Confirmation - Fr. Michael Flowers 11.10.19

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We reflect on the development of Ancient Christian Initiation - baptism, chrismation and Eucharist in light of the western development of delayed Confirmation.

Nov 10 2019

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Rank #15: Rogation Sunday - Pruning in a time of Plague - Deacon Aaron Williams_bip

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Rogation Sunday - Pruning in a time of Plague - Deacon Aaron Williams_bip by St. Aidan's Anglican Church, KC

May 21 2020

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Rank #16: The Word Becomes Flesh In Us - Happy New Creation! Fr. Michael Flowers 12 - 30 - 18

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Christ became like us, one of us, a human being, so that we could become like Him, fully human, fully alive. The Word became flesh so that He could become flesh in us ... Christ in you, the hope of Glory (Col. 1:27).

Because we are sons, God sent forth the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, Abba, Father (Gal. 4:6). God is at work in you both the will and to do according to his good pleasure (Phil. 2:13).

The Grace of God has appeared in person! Titus 2:11-14 says,
"11 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good."

Grace begets holiness, freedom from controlling habits, and intimacy with the Father. This is our salvation. Grace empowers us to become Christlike as is the Father. The world hungers for transformation without Christ. Every New Year's Eve we take another stab at transformation. It never works. But the Good News is that the Grace of God has appeared! The Word has become flesh in order to enter our world, our lives and transformation us (save us) from the inside-out.

This transformation mirrors the divine Logos, now enfleshed. He enters our lives to restore our mental, verbal and volitional capacity - in thought, word and deed. As it was in the beginning, the divine Word conceived his good creation and spoke it into existence. Throughout salvation history, he not only imagined his creation, and thus spoke, he also acted with his mighty deeds, and delived his people in numerous ways.

As the Word, Christ, becomes flesh in us, we are transformed in thought, word and deed. We are transformed by the renewing of our minds (Rom. 12:1f.). In Christ, our thoughts precede words which release power. The effect of our words are witnessed by others. The tone and intent of our words are creative, effecting good and bad fruit. Our words in alignment with Truth accompany the presence of the Kingdom, the eternal realm of life. Our deeds become the good works prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them (Eph. 2).

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Happy New Creation!

Fr. Michael

Jan 01 2019

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Rank #17: 6. Crucified, Dead, Buried, Descended to the Dead - St. Aidan's Catechism - Deacon Aaron Williams

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Deacon Aaron Williams continues in the Apostles Creed, ... was crucified, died and was buried; He descended to the dead. Apologies for the audio quality. Better next time!

The Apostles Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the Holy Spirit
and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of the saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

Nov 12 2019

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Rank #18: Prodigal Stewardship - Dcn. Aaron Williams - 09 - 23 - 19

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Luke 16:1-13

He also said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was wasting his possessions. 2 And he called him and said to him, ‘What is this that I hear about you? Turn in the account of your management, for you can no longer be manager.’ 3 And the manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do, since my master is taking the management away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. 4 I have decided what to do, so that when I am removed from management, people may receive me into their houses.’ 5 So, summoning his master's debtors one by one, he said to the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ 6 He said, ‘A hundred measures[a] of oil.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.’ 7 Then he said to another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ He said, ‘A hundred measures[b] of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, and write eighty.’ 8 The master commended the dishonest manager for his shrewdness. For the sons of this world[c] are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than the sons of light. 9 And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous wealth,[d] so that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal dwellings.

10 “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. 11 If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? 12 And if you have not been faithful in that which is another's, who will give you that which is your own? 13 No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”

Sep 23 2019

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Rank #19: 9. The Holy Spirit, the Church & Communion Of The Saints - St. Aidan's Catechism - Aaron Williams

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I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the Holy Spirit
and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of the saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

Dec 17 2019

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Rank #20: The Community Of Costly Love - Fr. Michael Flowers - 5th Sunday Of Eastertide - 05 - 19 - 19

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Jesus establishes the identifying mark of his New Community, the Church, his Body, as Costly love, the same kind of love wherein he loves us. This mark is the witness to the world that we are his disciples. All of our vast theological output will never provide this witness; only cruciform love, worked into the lives of his Church, will convince the world that we are his disciples.

Disciples not only hear and believe his Words, but they also assimilate and embody them, they do them by habitual practices, the culture of the Kingdom.

This love is demonstrated on the cross, the laying down of his life, for the life of the world. In like manner, 1 John 3:16 continues that we should lay down our lives for one another. This is how we know what love is, and this is how the world sees Christ in his body.

Father, make us one ... that the world may know that the Father has sent the Son into the world, that the world might be saved through him, Jesus Christ. Amen.

May 20 2019

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The Sheep and the Goats before the Glorious King - Fr. Michael Flowers 11.22.20

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The Feast of Christ the King, the end of the liturgical year, brings us to the end of the age. We reflect on Matthew 25:31-46.

Nov 25 2020

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The Feast Of All Saints In John's Apocalypse, 7:1 - 17 - Fr. Michael Flowers 11.01.20

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Revelation 7:1-17
After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth, that no wind might blow on earth or sea or against any tree. 2 Then I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun, with the seal of the living God, and he called with a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm earth and sea, 3 saying, “Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, until we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.” 4 And I heard the number of the sealed, 144,000, sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel: (12,000 from the tribe of Reuben… Dan omitted)
9 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to theLamb!”
11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders (presbyters) and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”
13 Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?” 14 I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
15 “Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence.
16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them,
nor any scorching heat.
17 For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

Nov 01 2020

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15. Love, Submission & Heavenly Realities - 2 of 2 - Eph. 5.21-33 Fr. Michael Flowers 10.25.20

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Earthly Christian Marriage Signifies the Mystery of Christ and his Church.

21 submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.
22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.

25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. 28 In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30 because we are members of his body. 31 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. 33 However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

Oct 26 2020

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14. The Heart Of Christian Marriage - 1 of 2 - Eph. 5.21 - 33 - Fr. Michael Flowers 10.18.20

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At the heart of Christian marriage is Christ, a Christocentric merger of two becoming one flesh. God himself joins man and woman together as a unity in diversity. The whole plan of salvation is signified in the consummation of man and woman in holy matrimony. Our bodies preach the gospel, the union of Christ and his Church.

Man and woman mutually submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. At the heart of Christian marriage is mutual reverence for Christ.

Oct 20 2020

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13. Be Filled With The Spirit - Eph. 5.11 - 20 - Dillon Wadsack - 10.11.20

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Dillion Wadsack speaks to St. Aidan's under the big sky on how to be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 5:11-20

11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. 13 But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, 14 for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,

“Awake, O sleeper,
and arise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”

15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, 20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Oct 12 2020

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12. Sex And Saints - Eph. 5.1 - 10 - Fr. Michael Flowers 10.04.20

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Ephesians 5:1-10

1Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. 3 But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. 4 Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. 5 For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 7 Therefore do not become partners with them; 8 for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), 10 and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord.

Oct 05 2020

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11. Anger and Christian Formation - Ephesians 4.25 - 32 - Liz Flowers - 09.27.20

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Liz Flowers speaks about anger and the human condition in transformation in Christ.

Ephesians 4:25 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.

Sep 28 2020

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10. Walk With New Garments - Ephesians 4.18 - 24 - Eric Rainwater 09.19.20

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Due to an audio failture, Eric re-recorded this excellent message. As Paul begins the exhortational section of his letter to the Ephesians, he wants them to remember their baptism and the new life they received therein. The language of put off and put on refer to this exchanged life, from death to life. The Christian lives her life from a new source, the presence of Christ dwelling in the heart through faith. A Christ follower becomes more and more like their Master.

Sep 23 2020

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9. The Basis Of Unity & Diversity In The Church - Eph. 4.1 - 16 - Fr. Michael Flowers 09.13.20

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  1. Unity and Diversity in the Church: Ephesians 4:1-16
    September 13, 2020

Good morning let’s turn in our bibles to Ephesians 4. Chapter four launches out of the second prayer of the letter. What we’re about to consider, Paul’s vision of the Church, requires a serious contemplation and practice of last week’s prayer. The prayer of 3:14 f., sums up the mission of Christ and his Church, whereby through prayer we receive and participate in the glorious grace of God as total gift. Since the Church is a collective Temple of the Spirit, the last request of the prayer is to be filled with all the fulness of God.
Personally, I don’t believe God’s intended outcome is fully received without prayer. Salvation is restored communion with God, therefore, prayer is entering restored communion. This is why chapter four begins with another “therefore”.

Paul is saying, because you have come to know Christ’s objective work of bringing salvation, restored communion, relationship between God and humanity and person to person, we can move into the subjective aspects of our salvation. Chapters 1-3 have focused on what God has DONE in Christ, now chapters 4 – 6 will focus on the intended outcomes of this grace, on how this invisible new life of the indwelling Spirit becomes visible in how we live our lives.

Paul doesn’t consider our salvation to be a matter of mere co-operation between man and God, in the sense that we contribute something to our salvation. According to Paul, our salvation is a total work of grace … a total gift of life and indwelling power … all the fulness of God. We must receive salvation by faith, but this faith is itself God’s gift, communicated in Christ (1:1). Therefore, we now reign in life through the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness. Being in Christ is a change of being … this is what it means to be born from above. This doesn’t mean merely a set of beliefs, but a change of nature, through faith and grace.

The nature of God is suggested in the opening SIX verses:
Salvation in Christ brings integration of our inner selves.
Divine nature – humility, gentleness, patience, bearing with one another in love … these characteristics come from restored communion and the filling of the Holy Spirit. These four characteristics are the fruit or the visible signs of the Spirit in the life of a believer. This passage begins with love and ends with love – the nature of God taking deep roots within the Chruch.
In light of this, we are called to exert all the effort made available by indwelling grace … to MAINTAIN the nature of God within us. Paul uses the phrase … the Unity of the Spirit … God is perfect unity, called the Trinity …

These seven marks of unity are based in the nature of the Trinity:
V. 4 ONE BODY and ONE SPIRIT …

Diversity of gifts and leadership unto
v. 12 - Equipping the saints for works of service … for building up the …
v. 13 UNTIL … the unity of the faith (unity of the Spirit)
Maturity …
v. 15 truthing in love (speaking is inferred at best, but not in the Greek).

Paul has stressed four essential aspects of the Church: charity, the unity of God, diversity of gifts and the process of maturity.

Sep 15 2020

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8. Prayer & The Eternal Purpose Of God - Eph. 3.14 - 21 Fr. Michael Flowers 09.06.2020

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Today we come to the close of chapter 3 of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. Paul leads us into a most holy place, giving us the words of his prayer for the Church. This glimpse of Paul’s prayer for the Church, is to be a guide for us, as we enter His gates with thanksgiving and into his courts with praise.

I want to make a few observations of this prayer and then we’ll spend some time praying it. It is my hope if you’re not accustomed to praying the Scriptures, that you might use the bible as your chief means of prayer. For all New Testament worship is grounded in the life of the Holy Trinity. Thus prayer becomes a participation in this life, a communion of love.

Let’s begin with verse 14: For this reason, I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,

For this reason… Spanning three chapters, Paul is recalling his comprehensive, cosmic vision of salvation in Christ.

I bow my knees before the FATHER (the Spirit, v. 16 & Christ, v.17 – we share in the life, the True reality, of the Holy Trinity).

v. 15—from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named –
Paul is actually condensing everything he’s said about the salvation of the cosmos in this little phrase … God the Father is the Father of all creation, seen and unseen. He has restored his good yet corrupted creation by the sending of his Son, for us and for our salvation.

Paul is affirming that the one new humanity in Christ has become his sons and daughters through adoption in Christ. Therefore, “every family” could be understood to mean the whole family of believers (John Stott Commentary). There is one family of God, whose name is derived from God the Father. The idea of fatherhood and family is rooted in the eternal family, before creation, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

From whom the whole family of God in heaven and on earth is named … the Church militant, on earth, and the Church triumphant, in heaven … One Family, One Body, One Church.

These are the realities that we receive as gifts from the unified nature of God.

This morning we bow our knees BEFORE, in the presence of, the Father from whom the whole family of believers in heaven and on earth is named identified, chosen.
The prayer is asking for the gift of salvation to be realized in the life of His Family. The work of salvation is now being reflected back in prayer, asking for four things:
Strength … Love … Knowledge … Fulness

16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
This is the work of salvation that we are to more fully apprehend and appropriate in prayer …

20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Sep 07 2020

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Why We Are Named St. Aidan's - Liz Flowers - The Feast Of St. Aidan Outdoors - 8.30.20

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In an outdoor service, Liz Flowers shares the story of St. Aidan and how our community became affiliated with his life.

Aug 31 2020

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7. The Mystery Of Christ & His Church - Eph. 3.1 - 13 - Fr. Michael Flowers 8.23.20

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Ephesians 3:1-13 - Let us display the many-colored wisdom of God to the principalities and powers in the heavenly place - One New Humanity in Christ.

Aug 24 2020

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6. Joined Together In The Father's Family - Eph. 2:18-22 - Fr. Michael Flowers - 08.16.2020

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This morning we are exploring Ephesians 2:19-22. Paul is describing the implications of the Gospel of Christ, the intended outcomes of the mission of God in Christ.
The unintended outcomes of the Gospel have been reduced to mere personal salvation, whereby I am autonomous and independent from a wider earthly and cosmic communion. Jesus spoke of the Gospel as the Gospel of the Kingdom: “And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”

Aug 16 2020

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Baptized Into Christ - Chris De Stigter - 08.09.20

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On August 9th, 2020, we baptized Jude De Stigter, just after his father, Chris, shared the sermon on water baptism. Chris presents the sacrament of water baptism as the most apocalyptic of sacraments, a radical shift from death to life by participating in the death and resurrection of Christ. Thus, water baptism is a decisive break from old creation into new creation, into Christ himself! If anyone is in Christ, new creation, the old is gone, all things become new.

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Romans 6:1-14

What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 We know that our old self[a] was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7 For one who has died has been set free[b] from sin. 8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. 13 Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. 14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

Aug 11 2020

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5. From Alienation to Belonging - Eph. 2.11 - 18 - Fr. Michael Flowers 08.02.20

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Ephesians 2:11-18 - Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called “the uncircumcision” by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands— 12 remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility 15 by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, 16 and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. 17 And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.

Aug 03 2020

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4. Called Out Of Darkness - Ephesians 2.1 - 10 - Fr. Michael Flowers - 07 - 26 - 20

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In Ephesians 2, Paul gives us a picture of before Christ and after Christ, that is, prior to hearing the word of truth, the gospel of our salvation, and believed in him (1:13). Paul wants us to see not only the condition of humanity apart from Christ but the forces behind that condition. He plumbs the depths of humanity's disordered nature and then rises to the heights of praise and glory about God.

Jul 28 2020

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3. The Foundation Of Apostolic Prayer - Ephesians 1:15 - 23 Fr. Michael Flowers 07.19.20

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We are working our way through Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, observing how he interweaves his experiential theological vision with prayer. Through a unique, revelatory encounter with the risen Lord, Paul’s understanding of the New Covenant, prophesied throughout the Prophetic writings, was radically transformed.

Paul’s inexhaustible theological vision, provoked by an encounter with the risen Lord, has become doxology, an overflowing river of prayer. It is in this light, he exhorts us to pray. This first chapter of Ephesians is multi-dimensional and gives us the foundation of Apostolic Prayer. What do I mean?

Paul was not unconcerned about praying for the personal needs of others. That being said, every personal petition is rooted in his experiential understanding of the mission of Christ, the Father sending the Son to displace the reign of sin and death, along with spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Adam’s sin unleashed the disease of mortality into the cosmos. Christ, the second Adam, the ONE NEW MAN, Human Being, is the cure, so to speak. The total mission of Christ, from incarnation to his final return, is the eternal plan of restoring God’s good creation to breathe again, to be regenerated and brought back into UNION with Christ who mediates unbroken communion with God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Through Christ’s death, resurrection and ascension to the right hand of God the Father, every enemy of God’s eternal plan are being placed "under his feet", to bring forth a new society of men and women, a new humanity in Christ, living to the praise of his glory. Christ, the second Adam, the representative of a New Humanity, has been given all authority, in heaven and earth, to birth a new Creation, through water and the Holy Spirit. He is building his Church, his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all, v. 23.

And the heart and foundation of Paul’s inexhaustible theological vision are interwoven with prayer. Since his theology was formed from an encounter with the risen Lord, the only appropriate response is to worship, to be found as one who worships the Father in Spirit and Truth.

I hope that we all catch Paul’s vision of Christ and his Church throughout the earth. The Father is seeking seekers, those who seek him with all their hearts. He wants to be found and to unfold the spiritual riches with which he’s blessed us in the heavenly places, in Christ. It is out of this space, this encounter, that we see a greater fulfillment of the Lord’s prayer, THY KINGDOM COME, THY WILL BE DONE, ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN.

Jul 20 2020

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2. The New Creation Society Of King Jesus - Eph 1.11 - 14 - Fr. Michael Flowers - 07.12.20

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In summary, Christ's Kingdom (politics) is not of/from this world but is for this world. Thy Kingdom come, on earth as it is in heaven. We see the historic divisions in the Church and in the world. This longing for wholeness, unity, integrity is found in the person of Christ, the fully integrated human being. Paul, under house arrest is enthralled with the grandeur of God. He, thus, illustrates how to transcend one's circumstances in the practices of prayer and contemplation. His theology has become doxology.

Jul 14 2020

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1. Every Spiritual Blessing - Ephesians 1.1 - 10 - Fr. Michael Flowers 07.05.2020

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Ephesians has a lot to say about the current racial concerns we face. Amid the many critical race theories, the apostolic Gospel sets forth the reality of a new creation in Jesus Christ. In the risen Lord Jesus, all things have become new. Out of one human race, the nations are to show forth the beauty of holiness, under one Sovereign, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Humanity has been chosen and restored in Christ to become God's new people, the Church, the body of Christ.

We have been given the ministry of reconciliation. In our brokenness, we have too often witnessed and ministered a so-called gospel that does not transform, reconcile, and heal. The book of Ephesians brings us back to the deep implications of Christ and the world. Christ as the new humanity, in the fullness of time, bring all things, things in heaven and on earth, into full alignment to the Father's plan and purpose.

Paul tells us in Ephesians 3:10f., that through the Church, the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him.

This means the mystery is making the two, Jew and Gentile, ONE. We must contend for such a powerful Gospel, to transform our divisions not by the love of power but by the power of love in Jesus Christ. Amen.

Finally, this is not a comprehensive exposition of Ephesians but highlights that speak to the current global racial divisions in our world. We've been given the ministry of reconciliation, so let's appropriate and live it out.

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Jul 06 2020

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The Cruciform & Eucharistic Shape Of Love - Deacon Aaron Williams 06.29.20

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The Cruciform & Eucharistic Shape Of Love - Deacon Aaron Williams 06.29.20 by St. Aidan's Anglican Church, KC

Jun 30 2020

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Always a good word!

By pablo008 - Aug 11 2016
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Fr. Michael always brings a clear thoughtful message. If i lived in KC i would be a member.

Enriching!

By Dillon.Wadsack - Aug 11 2016
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This is gold right here, truly hearing God's word preached.