Messages from 2020
Happy New Year, Church! Today is the first Sunday in Advent which means that we have entered into a new liturgical year in the life of the church. Advent is a time of preparation. We prepare for the celebration of the birth of the Christ Child, yes. But it is also a time when we prepare ourselves for the return of Jesus as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. But we don’t fret about the “end times.” Jesus told…
Have you ever wondered about last words? For instance, the last words of a famous person as they lay dying or the last words of a family member or friend? In this day when darkness is at hand and our society is being pulled apart by hyper-partisanship and tribalism, this Christ the King Sunday reminds us that Jesus has the last word. Our scripture: Ephesians 1:15-23.
Does anybody really know what time it is? Pastor Wayne explores time and how we use the time that we have available to us. The scripture: Psalm 90:1-12.
What does it mean to “grieve with hope?” Is the source of our hope the belief that there is life after death? Or is it something else? This morning as we continue the series “The Good News About Death,” we take a look at how our faith can be complicated by the reality of grief when there is a loss of some kind. It doesn’t matter if that loss is the death of a loved one or, in this time…
“For all the saints, who from their labors rest, who thee by faith before the world confessed, thy name, O Jesus, be forever blest. Alleluia! Alleluia!”(For All the Saints, UMH 711, Words: William W. How (1864), Music: Ralph Vaughan Williams (1906)) On this day we gather to celebrate All Saints Day, a day to remember those saints in the church and the saints who influenced our lives in the example that they set for us. We especially remember those members…
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.
Reverend Paul Womack ponders what is means to be a witness. The scripture this morning is Luke 24:46-48. Thank you, Reverend Womack, for substituting for Pastor Wayne as he finishes his vacation. For technical reasons, the presentation this morning provides only an audio of the sermon.
Welcome to our first in-person worship service since March 8, 2020. The topic is focusing on the things that are important and giving thanks. The Scripture reference is Philippians 4:1-9. Leading our musical worship this morning: David Kammerdiener (music director/piano & vocal), Vicki Riddle (clarinet & vocal), and Ron Geary (guitar & vocal).
For the Apostle Paul, the Gospel wasn’t a special knowledge or a set of rules. It was a relationship… a relationship with the living Christ. In other words, the good news wasn’t about what you know, but who you know. Join us as we look at Philippians 3:4b-14.
Water, one of the necessary resources for life to exist. Join us as we explore the relationship of water with the people of God. Exodus 17:1-7 and John 4:5-15.