Messages on Lent

Messages on Lent

Boot Camp for the Soul: Dead End

On this Fifth Sunday in Lent, we deal with themes of death and resurrection, an appropriate topic since the celebration of Resurrection Sunday is only 2 weeks away! Our scriptures are: Ezekiel 37:1-14; Psalm 130; Romans 8:6-11; and John 11:1-45. We joyfully welcomed Beverly Capps back to church following a long illness and we welcomed Liz Jones as a new member at McFarland by transfer of letter from Jones Memorial UMC in East Ridge. Holy Week services are as follows:Sunday,…

Boot Camp for the Soul: Redefined

The scriptures for the Fourth Sunday in Lent, Year A:1 Samuel 16:1-13Psalm 23Ephesians 5:8-14John 9:1-41 When we encounter God, we find our lives changed. The encounter redefines who we are in relation to whose we are.

Bootcamp for the Soul: Hydrate

Water is essential to our daily living. We can fast from food for some time, but we cannot fast from water for more than a day or two. On this third Sunday in Lent our theme is water. From the water that Moses provides to the stick-necked people of Israel to the living water that Jesus offer to the Samarian woman at the well.

Boot Camp for the Soul: Reset

This is the second sermon in our lectionary series for Lent, Boot Camp for the Soul. Looking at the text primarily from John 3:1-17, we see that transformation is at the heart of discipleship.

The Need for Change: 2023

Change is everywhere. It is part of growth. It is foundational to life. However, we resist change. This sermon opens a second attempt at a sermon series, “Boot Camp for the Soul.” The first attempt was interrupted by the COVID-19 lockdowns. Lent is a time to examine who we are in light of whose we are. It is a time of preparation for the celebration of Easter. Join us as we explore together.

Character & Calling: Discipline

Welcome to the second Sunday in Lent. We continue this series on Character and Calling with a focus this week on Discipline. Lent provides a good opportunity for us to emphasize and practice the spiritual disciplines that serve to draw us closer to God and closer to each other. Our text is Philippians 3:17-4:1.

Character & Calling: Belief

Welcome to the First Sunday in Lent. We begin a new sermon series that will primarily draw on the themes found in the Epistle lessons from the Revised Common Lectionary, Year C.   It seems appropriate that we would begin with the topic of Belief on this first Sunday of a new series that will lead us up to Holy Week and the Resurrection. What do we believe? Why do we believe it? And why is is so difficult for…

Look UP and Live

Our service this morning on the 4th Sunday in Lent combines the Old Testament story about Moses and the complaining people and the story of Nicodemus and Jesus found in Chapter 3 of John’s Gospel. In both stories, we are invited to “look up and live”. As followers of Christ, we are invited to “look up and live.” In the hymn, Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus, we hear it this way:Turn your eyes upon Jesus,look full in his wonderful face,and…

All These Words

“All these words” is the opening to the text from Exodus regarding the Ten Commandments. What if these ten words from God were treated as a description of who we are and can be rather than an order? How would our relationship with God change? How would our relationship with all people change? Join us as we worship this morning on this Third Sunday in Lent. We will share the sacrament of Holy Communion this morning. We invite you to…
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