Messages from November 2020

Messages from November 2020

People, Get Ready

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…

The Last Word

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.  

How Many Shopping Days Left?

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.

Grieving With Hope

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…

All Saints 2020

“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…