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Pentecost 2020

“Suddenly a sound from heaven like the howling of a fierce wind filled the entire house where they were sitting, They saw what seemed to be individual flames of fire alighting on each one of them (Acts 2:2-3, Common English Bible).” This is how Luke describes the event of Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit to the Disciples in a dramatic and powerful way. That scene, 50 days after the Resurrection of Jesus, was the spark that enabled, emboldened,…

Stop Looking, Start Living

Scripture: Acts 1:1-11. On the 40th day after the Resurrection, Jesus gathered with his disciples, commissioned them for service to the world, and ordered them to wait for the arrival of the Holy Spirit to guide and direct them. This morning, we celebrate the Ascension of the Lord as we hear the angels ask “why do you stand looking up toward heaven?” The Ascension is the event that prepares us for Pentecost and the unleashing of the Holy Spirit. We…

Faith Is Hope

Today, Pastor Wayne explores the link between faith and hope. The text is 1 Peter 3:8-22. As we face the world in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to realize that in faith there is hope. This hope is built on our faith in Jesus and the love of God that is expressed through Jesus to us. Hold on to that hope. Let that hope spur you on to live as Jesus has called us to live: as people…

Like Living Stones

With Christ as the foundation, the cornerstone of our faith, we are able to withstand the rigors of life. Especially in this day of COVID-19 social distancing. The Scripture text is 1 Peter 2:2-10.

By His Wounds

On this 4th Sunday of Easter, Pastor Wayne explores the hope that comes from trusting God. He invites us to accept the healing that comes from that trust. The text is 1 Peter 2:19-25. You can download an order of worship here. 

Setting our Faith and Hope

The challenge of Easter means that we are a new creation. Join Pastor Wayne in our worship service for the Third Sunday of Easter. Our scripture is 1 Peter 1:17-23. You are invited to view the order of worship here.

Indescribable and Glorious Joy

(Sorry for some technical issues in both the video and audio files). Welcome to the Second Sunday of Easter. This morning, we begin a three-week sermon series based upon the Epistle lesson from 1 Peter that we are calling “Revive Us Again.” This morning, our scripture is 1 Peter 1:3-9 and the author invites us to experience an “indescribable and glorious joy.” For an overview of this series and the rest of Eastertide, click here.

Easter 2020

Easter is normally a time of great celebration with family and friends. However, the restrictions placed by our response to the COVID-19 virus are causing us to celebrate Easter differently. Instead of huge crowds at church with family time to follow, we are worshiping online at home and using technology to visit family and friends. This Easter morning at McFarland UMC, we are celebrating Easter as best we can in a remote environment. We look forward to the day when…

Palm Sunday 2020

In this era of COVID-19, we are meeting online so that we don’t infect each other with the virus. We are in exile and our situation will probably get worse before it gets better, but we hold out hope that we will be together soon. This morning, we join with Pastor Wayne for our message while Vicki Riddle and David Kammerdiener bring our music. You are welcome to follow our Order of Worship for this service of Morning Prayer and…

Reset

This is week three of our “stay at home” worship. Today is the Fifth Sunday in Lent. Pastor Wayne invites us to take time to reset as he explores Ezekiel 37:1-14 and Psalm 130.