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Blessed Are

We continue our sermon series, “Glimpses of the Kin-dom” with the first sermon in a three week look at the Sermon on the Mount found in the Gospel of Matthew, chapters 5-7. The Sermon on the Mount spells out the focus of Jesus’ message. The sermon this week focuses on Matthew 5:1-12, the section referred to as The Beatitudes. These are the “blessed are…” statements of Jesus. Pastor Wayne invites us to see how we are blessed as a congregation.…

Have the Same Mind

Paul was writing to a church in conflict. He was writing to admonish and encourage a church that he loved… a church that was hurting his heart over the divisions that were apparent among them. Division in the church is not a new thing. It has existed from the very beginning. But how do we deal with division? That, my friends, is the question. As a society, we have become very polarized as we have forgotten how to “disagree without…

Not Lacking

In our lesson today from 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, the Apostle Paul reminds the church at Corinth, and by extension, us, that we “are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 1:7, NRSV). Or to put it another way, God has provided us with all that we need in order to live out our calling to share the love and grace of God with everyone that we meet. 

2023 Three Kings and a Savior

Welcome to the New Year! Welcome to the Eighth Day of Christmas, a day that we are celebrating as Epiphany Sunday. In his message this morning, Pastor Wayne asks why it took visitors from “the East” to see the significance of this newborn King as the Messiah that Israel had been waiting for. How often are we oblivious to what is right in front of us? On this New Year’s Day 2023, we join with Methodists around the world in…

Christmas Day 2022

“For unto us a child is born…”  Join us for Christmas morning worship. This was a very informal “carols by request” service with a brief meditation by Pastor Wayne. Merry Christmas everyone!

Christmas Eve 2022

This is the Christmas Eve worship service from December 24, 2022, at McFarland United Methodist Church in Rossville, Georgia. We were contending with bitter cold on the afternoon of the service and that affected attendance. It was only about 20% of what we normally expect on Christmas Eve. However, the Spirit was present and the harmonies were beautiful. I was brought to tears on the final verse of Silent Night sung a cappella.  Thank you for a wonderful year. Join…

Advent 4: 2022

Hello McFarland! Pastor Wayne here! Today is the fourth Sunday of Advent. Normally in this space we would present the message for today. However, today was the Sunday that the choir performed their cantata, The Promised Hope. The choir did a good job with a touch of adversity since sickness limited their number. But they persevered in spite of the challenges. I thank them for their hard work and dedication. I wish that I could present their performance in this space. However,…

Joseph: What’s The Story Joe?

As we continue traveling “On The Way to Bethlehem,” we drop in to visit with Joseph. The man engaged to Mary. Well, probably more like Mary, a slightly older teenager who has established a reputation as a carpenter, or craftsman. He is in an arranged engagement/marriage with Mary. He’s just found out that Mary is pregnant and he is not happy. This child is not his. How does he react? What does he do? Join us as we take a…

Mary: Touched By An Angel

Happy New Year, you brood of vipers! This Sunday, we begin a new liturgical year in the church. Typically, we would be dealing with either the prophecies or, in this case as we move to the Gospel of Matthew, we would hear from John the Baptist as he addresses the “brood of vipers” who have come to hear him prophecy. However, that will not be the case for this year. This year, we will concentrate on the story. In this…

Thansgiving Sunday 2022

We tend to worry about all sorts of things. But Paul reminds us in Philippians 4:6-7 that we shouldn’t be anxious (worry) about anything. He even goes on to say that if we let our worries be known to God through prayer that God will grant us a “peace that surpasses understanding.” How cool is that? We will gather at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, November 21 to decorate the sanctuary for Advent. I hope to see as many of you…