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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.

 

July 14, 2018 @ 8:10 am

#51: Great Possibilities

Think on the big matters, the big concepts of faith and of Jesus and what that life lived in Jesus could mean in its height

 

READING

Mark 16:14-29

King Herod heard of Jesus and his disciples, for Jesus’ name had become known. Some were saying, “John the baptizer has been raised from the dead; and for this reason these powers are at work in him.” But others said, “It is Elijah.” And others said, “It is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.” But when Herod heard of it, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.”

For Herod himself had sent men who arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, because Herod had married her. For John had been telling Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” And Herodias had a grudge against him, and wanted to kill him. But she could not, for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he protected him. When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed; and yet he liked to listen to him. But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his courtiers and officers and for the leaders of Galilee. When his daughter Herodias came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests; and the king said to the girl, “Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will give it.” And he solemnly swore to her, “Whatever you ask me, I will give you, even half of my kingdom.” She went out and said to her mother, “What should I ask for?” She replied, “The head of John the baptizer.” Immediately she rushed back to the king and requested, “I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.” The king was deeply grieved; yet out of regard for his oaths and for the guests, he did not want to refuse her. Immediately the king sent a soldier of the guard with orders to bring John’s head. He went and beheaded him in the prison, brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl. Then the girl gave it to her mother. When his disciples heard about it, they came and took his body, and laid it in a tomb.

 

MUSIC

All Hail the Power of Jesus Name, Brentwood Stair

Jesus, Fix Me, Fools for Christ

Come Thou fount of Every Blessing, Sarah Noelle

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July 7, 2018 @ 7:00 am

#50: Give it Away

At some point we need to stop sitting at Jesus' feet and get up and start doing Jesus' work

 

READING

Mark 6:1-13

Jesus came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, “Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands! Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. Then Jesus said to them, “Prophets are not without honor, except in their hometown, and among their own kin, and in their own house.” And he could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them. And he was amazed at their unbelief.

Then he went about among the villages teaching. He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics. He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave the place. If any place will not welcome you and they refuse to hear you, as you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.” So they went out and proclaimed that all should repent. They cast out many demons and anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.

 

MUSIC

Come, Ye That Love the Lord, Robert Shaw Chorale

Jefferson, St. Paul's Chamber Choir, conducted by John Smedstad

Star in the East, Rose Ensemble

 

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June 30, 2018 @ 7:00 am

#49: Life giving or death dealing?

God's final word for our existence is Life, and Jesus' invitation is an opportunity to turn from things that deny the goodness of creation.

READING

Wisdom of Solomon 1:13-15; 2:23-24

God did not make death,
And he does not delight in the death of the living.
For he created all things so that they might exist;
the generative forces of the world are wholesome,
and there is no destructive poison in them,
and the dominion of Hades is not on earth.
For righteousness is immortal.

God created us for incorruption,
and made us in the image of his own eternity,
but through the devil’s envy death entered the world,
and those who belong to his company experience it.

 

MUSIC

Now the Green Blade Riseth, Arnold Singers from Rugby School

O Filii et Filiae, Daughters of Mary

Amen, Amen, Soweto Gospel Choir

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June 23, 2018 @ 7:56 am

#48: The Best We Can Hope For

Sometimes, the best thing you can offer in the face of other's fears is to just not be afraid.

 

READING

Mark 4:35-41

When evening had come, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”

 

MUSIC

Be Thou My Vision, Norton Hall Band

Seek Ye First The Kingdom of God, The VGK-Sarepta Children Choir at Bellville SDA Church

Greensleeves

Come, My Way, My Truth, My Life, Blackfriar Music

 

image: Jesus Calms the Storm, Laura James

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June 16, 2018 @ 7:00 am

#47: Christian is a Verb

Christ's mission is in the small things that add up to something remarkable

 

READING

Mark 4:26-34

Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.”

He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”

With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.

 

MUSIC

Every time I Fell the Spirit, Roger McGuinn

What Wondrous Love is This, Hillbilly Thomists

Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones, Yello Cello Music

 

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June 9, 2018 @ 7:00 am

#46: Who belongs?

Christ recognizes no human defined boundaries for inclusion among God's people; only the desire to follow God's will

 

Reading

Mark 3:20-35

The crowd came together again, so that Jesus and his disciples could not even eat. When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, “He has gone out of his mind.” And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He has Beelzebul, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons.” And he called them to him, and spoke to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but his end has come. But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his property without first tying up the strong man; then indeed the house can be plundered.

“Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven for their sins and whatever blasphemies they utter; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”— for they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.”

Then his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside, they sent to him and called him. A crowd was sitting around him; and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you.” And he replied, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” And looking at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”

 

Music

Seek Ye first the Kingdom of God, The VGK-Sarepta Children Choir at Bellville SDA Church

Seek, Seek, the Swan Silvertones 

Follow the Road, Josh Woodward

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June 2, 2018 @ 8:00 am

#45: No Barriers to Love

At the core of Christian faith is the idea that there should be no limit or barrier to our loving response to a hurting and broken world.

 

READING

Mark 2:23-3:6

One sabbath Jesus and his disciples were going through the grainfields; and as they made their way his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the sabbath?” And he said to them, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need of food? He entered the house of God, when Abiathar was high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and he gave some to his companions.” Then he said to them, “The sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the sabbath; so the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.”

Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand. They watched him to see whether he would cure him on the sabbath, so that they might accuse him. And he said to the man who had the withered hand, “Come forward.” Then he said to them, “Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent. He looked around at them with anger; he was grieved at their hardness of heart and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. The Pharisees went out and immediately conspired with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.

 

MUSIC

Wade in the Water, Roger McGuinn

Kumbaya, Mil Marie Mougeno

Yesu A Lobaki, Jose Konda

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May 26, 2018 @ 9:28 pm

#44: Who will go for us?

God doesn't call superheroes, just people like us

 

READING

Isaiah 6:1-8

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. And one called to another and said:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory.”

The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”

Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: “Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.” Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!”

 

MUSIC

Jesus Calls Us O’er the Tumult, Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church

Soon and Very Soon, Les Petits chanteurs de Montigny

Jesus on a Greyhound, Mark Fosson

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May 20, 2018 @ 10:11 am

#43: The Gospel of the Holy Spirit

It's Pentecost and the Spirit is alive and well within us, as dramatic as tongues of fire and as quiet as a still voice in the darkness

 

 

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May 12, 2018 @ 7:00 am

#42: 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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