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What We're About

We are Lisa and Jon, two Episcopal priests and committed Jesus revolutionaries who think His message has the power to radically transform individuals and change the world.

 

An undercroft is the the space in many churches that is under the main part of the church. In the same way that Jesus emerged out of the grave, we think there is great life lurking under the surfaces of the institutional church.

 

Join us each week as we explore the gospel story to see what it might be telling us about our lives in the here and now and share in our prayers - you can even add your own.

 

May 12, 2018 @ 7:00 am

You can’t stay here

Abiding in God's love doesn't allow us to stay in one place to long, but calls us into vulnerability and risk that we might bring Christ's light into the darkness

READING

John 17:6-19

Jesus prayed for his disciples, “I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one. While I was with them, I protected them in your name that you have given me. I guarded them, and not one of them was lost except the one destined to be lost, so that the scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to you, and I speak these things in the world so that they may have my joy made complete in themselves. I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one. They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, so that they also may be sanctified in truth.”

MUSIC

Sinners Like Me, Brother Timothy Clark

Shine For Me, Evie Sands

We Need Love, The Relatives

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May 5, 2018 @ 7:00 am

The Wideness of God’s Mercy

Jesus isn't calling us to be nice or to feel warm and fuzzy about others, but to love one another in the way he loved.

 

READING

John 15:9-17

Jesus said to his disciples, “As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.”

MUSIC

There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy, Brad Sondahl

The King of Love My shepherd Is, IKOS (BBC)

Tell Out My Soul, St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast

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April 28, 2018 @ 7:00 am

#40: The Spirit is willing

Given the chance, the Holy Spirit always answers 'yes' to widen the circle of inclusion for God's people

 

READING

Acts 8:26-40

An angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Get up and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is a wilderness road.) So he got up and went. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury. He had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning home; seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah. Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over to this chariot and join it.” So Philip ran up to it and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah. He asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” He replied, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to get in and sit beside him. Now the passage of the scripture that he was reading was this:

“Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter,

and like a lamb silent before its shearer,

so he does not open his mouth.

In his humiliation justice was denied him.

Who can describe his generation?

For his life is taken away from the earth.”

The eunuch asked Philip, “About whom, may I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?” Then Philip began to speak, and starting with this scripture, he proclaimed to him the good news about Jesus. As they were going along the road, they came to some water; and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water! What is to prevent me from being baptized?” He commanded the chariot to stop, and both of them, Philip and the eunuch, went down into the water, and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he was passing through the region, he proclaimed the good news to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.

 

MUSIC

Be Thou My Vision; Norton Hall Band

Poor Wayfaring Stranger; Hillbilly Thomists

Seek, Seek; Swan Silvertones

 

IMAGE:Cheri Sundra

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April 21, 2018 @ 7:02 am

#39 Hired Hands

We don't really believe that shepherds should give their lives for sheep, but God does.

 

READING

John 10:11-18

Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away—and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does not care for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again. I have received this command from my Father.”

 

MUSIC

Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing, Sarah Noelle

Love’s Redeeming Work is Done, High Street Hymns

Halleluiah, Factories and Alleyways

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April 14, 2018 @ 7:00 am

You are witnesses to these things

Jesus is alive!  Thats's as true for us as for the disciples 2000 years ago; and he's still inviting us into a scary unknown place with him.

 

READING

Luke 24:36b-48

Jesus himself stood among the disciples and said to them, “Peace be with you.” They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence.

Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.

 

MUSIC

Canon in D (Pachebel), Aitua

Myfanwy, Treorchy Male Choir

Cwm Rhonnda, Brad Sondahl

Here is love vast as the ocean, unknown

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April 7, 2018 @ 7:01 am

What we have seen and heard

We who have experienced the living Christ in every generation are entrusted with a mighty treasure, the Good News and the obligation to share it widely and fearlessly with the world.

 

READING

 1 John 1:1-2:2

We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life-- this life was revealed, and we have seen it and testify to it, and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us-- we declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true; but if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

 

MUSIC

Glory, Glory, Roger McGuin

Seek ye first the kingdom of god, The VGK-Sarepta Children Choir at Bellville SDA Church

Jesus on a Greyhound, Mark Fosson

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March 31, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

He is alive!

Alleluia, Christ is Risen!!  We are confronted with the central mystery of Christian life, the resurrection of Christ - what are we to make of this confounding, amazing, and audacious act of God?

READING

Mark 16:1-8

When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint Jesus. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.” So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

MUSIC

Love’s Redeeming Work is Done, High Street Hymns

Now the Green Blade Riseth, Arnold Singers from Rugby School

Christ the Lord is Risen Today (He is not Dead), NCC Worship

Joyful, Joyful, Reawaken Music (Nathan Drake)

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March 24, 2018 @ 7:00 am

Whiplashed - Palm Sunday

From exultation to disappointment to hatred - Jesus upending of expectations leads to his death, the death which is the scandalous path to life

READING

Isaiah 50:4-9a

The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher,

that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word.

Morning by morning he wakens--wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught.

The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I did not turn backward.

I gave my back to those who struck me, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard;

I did not hide my face from insult and spitting.

The Lord God helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced;

therefore I have set my face like flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame;

he who vindicates me is near.

Who will contend with me?

Let us stand up together.

Who are my adversaries?

Let them confront me.

It is the Lord God who helps me;

who will declare me guilty?

 

MUSIC

Glory Laud and Honor, Timothy Moke, Trumpet, Georg Masanz, Orga

All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name, Generations Gospel Choir at Christian Assembly in Los Angeles and Community Bible Church Choir in San Antonio

Were you there? the Peguero Sisters

Hold On, DEM

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March 16, 2018 @ 9:58 pm

The days are surely coming…

At the core of God's dream for us is the promise of a new day

 

READING

Jeremiah 31:31-34

The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt—a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, says the Lord. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, “Know the Lord,” for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.

 

MUSIC

Star in the East, Rose Ensemble

Over in the Glory Land, Westwood Bluegrass Band

Ode to Joy, Vallès Symphony Orchestra, the Lieder, Amics de l'Òpera and Coral Belles Arts choirs

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March 10, 2018 @ 7:00 am

Magnanimiter Crucem Sustine

"He stretched out his arms upon the cross, and offered himself, in obedience to your will, a perfect sacrifice for the whole world"

 

READING

John 3:14-21

Jesus said, “Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

“Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.”

 

MUSIC

Selections from Humpty Dumpty, Dee Yan-Kee

Fallen

Still Alive

Put Together Again

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