Messages on Gospel of Matthew

Messages on Gospel of Matthew

Three Kings and a Savior

Happy 10th Day of Christmas everyone! This is also the Second Sunday of Christmas (in some traditions) and Epiphany Sunday in the United Methodist Church. For many of us, we stopped being Christmassy on December 26. However, the church celebrates the full 12 days of Christmastide that fall between December 25 and January 5 (Twelfth Night) with the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6 as the closing of the Christmas Season. For our Orthodox brothers and sisters, Epiphany IS…

Is It So, Joe?

What do you think was going through Joseph’s mind when Mary told him this amazing story about the angel’s proclamation? “Does she really expect me to believe this?” Can you imagine how disappointed he must have been? As Mary’s betrothed, he had the option of having her stoned to death… he could do that if he wanted to deal with the shame. No, he was going to dismiss her quietly so that they could both move on with their lives.…

What’s Love Got To Do With It?

In 1984, the Queen of Rock, Ms. Tina Turner asked, “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” Pastor Wayne explores this question as he looks at Matthew 22:34-40. The greatest commandment is to love God with heart, soul, and mind and to love your neighbor as you love yourself. We can all admit that this is easy to say, but difficult to practice.

Who Do You Say?

Today, August 23, 2020, would have been our annual Homecoming Celebration. Instead, in this COVID-19 induced separation, we are worshipping online. On a day that would have been capped by a glorious dinner in our fellowship hall, instead we are eating our meal in solitude. Perhaps next year… Our scriptures for today are Romans 12:1-8 and Matthew 16:13-20. When Jesus asks the question “Who do you say that I am?” he invites a response that connects us in our brokenness…

To the Lost Sheep

On this 16th day of August, we continue with the third Sunday in the series “Because God.” Our Gospel lesson, Matthew 15:21-28, is a difficult passage to hear. .. and a difficult passage to read and understand. Jesus is rude to the Canaanite woman who seeks help for her daughter who is possessed by a demon. There is no denying this fact. Jesus calls her a dog. But she persists. And Jesus offers her grace and healing. We don’t have…

The Word Is Near You

Our lesson this morning is based upon Romans 10:1-15 and Matthew 14:22-33. Have you ever felt like Peter did when he stepped out of that boat to meet Christ and he began to sink under the waves? Pastor Wayne shares what it is like to have doubt and what it is like to share the presence of Christ with others in this second week of the sermon series “Because God.” 

You Give THem Something

Romans 9:1-5 and Matthew 14:13-21 form the basis for this sermon, “You Give Them Something.” Join us as Pastor Wayne shares the story of the feeding of the 5000. Hear how this resonates with us today. In the midst of this pandemic, we need the assurance that God is with us. And we need the assurance that God is taking care of us. We start a new series this morning entitled “Because God.” A longer title of this series might…

Open Our Eyes: Love all the People

Imagine what our world would be like if we had taken the advice from the old hymn and opened our eyes to see all of the people, opened our ears to hear all of the people, and opened our hearts to love all of the people. All. Of. The. People. Join us as Pastor Wayne closes out this series with a call to love as Jesus loves. Our scripture is Matthew 10:40-42.

Open Our Eyes: Hear All the People

What would it be like if we actually listened to the people around us, heard their concerns, and then responded to them with compassion? Hearing and listening is the focus this week, the second week of our “Open Our Eyes” series, Hear all the People.  Jesus was aware of what was happening around him. He recognized the needs of the people who came to him. As followers of Christ, we need to listen to the voices of the people around…

Open Our Eyes: See All the People

Matthew 9:35-10:8 is the scripture of this 2nd Sunday after Pentecost and the 2nd Sunday of this series: Open Our Eyes. How can we live into the life that God, in Christ, calls us to live if we don’t open our eyes to see all the people? Join us for this Sunday in worship. You can find the order of worship here.
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