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February 2018 Sermons

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Father, forgive them…Really?

February 18, 2018:  As the season of Lent progresses, the sermon series will contain words of Jesus spoken from the cross. Rev. Judy May has us hear Jesus pray for those who crucify him…”Father, forgive them; they don’t know what they’re doing.” It is an echo of what we ask each time we pray the Lord’s prayer. Can we follow the example of Jesus?


The Open Door Service

February 18, 2018:  One of the last things Jesus said was “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.” What an incredibly grace filled statement. Rev. Jon Reynolds talks about God’s grace and how it helps us extend grace to others.


February 11, 2018:  It’s so tempting to see faith as nothing more than God making us happy… sort of like a divine genie.  But faith is so much more than just getting what we want… it has everything to do with giving God all we have every day.  Rev. David Eardley tells us how we serve each other is critical to a vibrant faith in Jesus Christ.


The Open Door Service

February 11, 2018: This is a story about going in the wrong direction. God directs Jonah to go to Ninevah. Jonah does not go. Have you ever gone in the wrong direction? Rev. Rick Kress explores Jonah’s story.


February 4, 2018:  How will you be growing in your faith this year?  Hopefully this has been one of your New Year’s resolutions.  Here’s the secret:  if you don’t commit to growing, you won’t.  Rev. David Eardley says doing nothing equals accomplishing nothing.  Let’s all push ourselves to a little stronger.  Let’s all push ourselves to grow in the likeness of Jesus Christ!  Now, wouldn’t that be something to see?


The Open Door Service

February 4, 2018: Elijah was a brave man. He had the courage to challenge over 450 prophets who worshipped another God in the Old Testament. Have you ever felt like you were standing alone, but with God’s power beside you, you were not afraid. Rev. Jon Reynolds explores Elijah’s incredible courage.

January 2018 Sermons

RESOLVE to Connect

January 28, 2018:  This is a time where many New Year’s resolutions have ended, due to a lack of resolve. The same thing can and does happen with our faith journeys. We resolve to connect, to gather as God’s people to worship and to support one another. Rev. David Eardley  says there is a unique power to our faith in Jesus, when we resolve to connect with other believers.


The Open Door Service

January 28, 2018:  Lydia just happened to be in the right place at the right time. People around her needed a place to stay. She overheard them talking and felt moved to ask them if they wanted to stay at her house. Rev. Jon Reynolds asks, Have you ever been in the right place at the right time to do something to serve God?

RESOLVE to Follow

January 21, 2018:  Michigan Area UMC Bishop, David Alan Bard, is present with us for our morning worship services with a message to our congregation about the power of daily following Jesus Christ in our lives.


Living in Faith: Beyond the Logic of our Fears

January 14, 2018:  John Wesley wrote that “God hath appointed baptism as an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace… a new birth  unto righteousness.”  It is God’s saving act in Jesus Christ. Rev. Carter Grimmett asks is Baptism enough?


The Open Door Service

January 14, 2018:  It is hard to believe we have been worshiping together at the Open Door for a year. Rev. Jon Reynolds celebrates this tremendous milestone in ministry. by looking at how relationships change our lives and examining the most important relationship we have.

Overwhelmed by Joy

January 7, 2018:  Happy New Year!  We begin 2018 traveling with the Magi to Bethlehem to see the Christ Child.  According to Matthew, upon seeing him, they were “overwhelmed with joy.”  Rev. David Eardley invites you to listen as we claim (or reclaim) joy as a key part of our faith as we meet Jesus in our everyday lives.


The Open Door Service

January 7, 2018:  You have heard it said that “money is the root of all evil” but I tell you that money is one of the many things that can keep you up at night.  Rev. Jon Reynolds explores the many ways money causes us anxiety in our lives and what to do about it.





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