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April 2021 Sermons

April 11, 2021: On the heels of Easter Sunday, there is doubt and uncertainty, even among the first followers of Jesus. They’d seen Jesus in the flesh. They’d witnessed his death. Now, some are saying that he’s alive once more. The doubts seem pretty understandable, but doubt is not necessarily a sign of disbelief. It just means that we’re human beings. Join us online or onsite as we worship the God who welcomes doubters!   Rev. David Eardley preaches.

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April 4, 2021: Easter Sunday is always special. On this most holy of days we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. The tomb is empty! Christ is Risen! Christ is Risen indeed! There is good news to share: Salvation is available to everyone through Jesus Christ. Jesus is alive, and he is among us even now. Thanks be to God!   Rev. David Eardley preaches.

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April 2, 2021: Good Friday Tenebrae Service

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April 1, 2021: Holy Thursday Worship Service

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March 2021 Sermons

March 28, 2021: When Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, the crowds celebrated! Their hope in God reached a crescendo. The reign of God Jesus preached, taught, and demonstrated was one of paradox, where a person gains by losing and serves, not served.  Rev. Rick Kress preaches.

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March 21, 2021: “We wish to see Jesus.” It’s a key sentence in this Sunday’s passage from John’s Gospel. People want to see Jesus… especially in the people who claim to be his followers. On this Pathways to Generosity Sunday, as we prayerfully make our financial commitments to God through our church, we are choosing to make our generosity one of the signs of Jesus alive in us. We do this as a joy-filled and inspired response to all the ways that we have seen Jesus in our lives and in the world around us. Rev. David Eardley preaches.

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March 14, 2021: “For God so loved the world…” John 3:16 is, perhaps, the worlds most familiar bible verse. We see it on billboards and bumper stickers, coffee mugs and t-shirts.  What if we read at the words from the Gospel of John, take them to heart, and lived our faith based on this Good News? What if we were willing to emulate our Generous God, to give away love and grace and hope in Jesus’ name? Please join us for worship this week on the third Sunday of Lent as we consider the way God meets us in the midst of his holy season with an incredible message that has the power to transcend the darkness of evil and sin, judgment, and despair. Rev. Erin Fitzgerald preaches.

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March 7, 2021: This Sunday we will hear a story found in all four gospels…it was that significant for the writers of the story of Jesus to include. The author of the fourth gospel believed it to be so important that the action occurs right at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. It is the story of an angry Jesus. When Jesus takes a whip into the Jerusalem temple, it was a “show and tell” moment. He was showing us how to be angry…about the right things. Two quick questions: What makes you angry? And are you angry about the right things? Come and hear what triggered Jesus’ anger. Then we will consider how those things can be transformed as we live and love like Jesus, walking the pathway of discipleship and generosity, inspiring others to do the same.

 
This Sunday we will share in the sacrament of Holy Communion. Please have a piece of bread and cup of juice prepared so that you may participate, though virtually, with your brothers and sisters in this special meal. Rev. Judy May preaches.

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February 2021 Sermons

February 28, 2021:  How’s your prayer life? Is it a daily part of your disciple’s path, or is it something you save for emergencies only? Do you pray believing that God is listening? Or that God will answer you? Sometimes our prayer life has more to do with what we think about Jesus. Is Jesus really who he says he is? Join us as we consider the One to whom we pray.  Rev. David Eardley preaches.

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February 21, 2021:  In Mark’s gospel, Jesus is always on the move. There’s no delay. He’s in one place, and then he’s quickly in another. Mark likes to use the word, “immediately,” to denote his frenetic pace. So, there’s an obvious question: how does Jesus stay grounded in such a pace? Join us as we consider Jesus’ answer to this question and how it may help us live in a more healthy way.   Rev. David Eardley preaches.

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February 17, 2021:  Ash Wednesday Worship:  Begin Lent with this special youth-led virtual service with music, prayers, an inspiring message, Holy Communion and the imposition of ashes. 

February 14, 2021:  “Do you want to be made well?” At first glance, it’s such an odd question for Jesus to ask. Who doesn’t want to be made well, right? Right?? Ah, but you see the dilemma. We may say “yes,” but sometimes we really don’t want to change. Maybe all we want is to be healthy enough to keep doing all the bad habits that got us into this mess in the first place. But then again, maybe we really are ready to be made well. What then? Join us this Sunday as we ponder Jesus’ powerful question…  Rev. David Eardley preaches.

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February 7, 2021:  On the second Sunday of the new year we observed the Sacrament of Baptism and remembered and reaffirmed our baptismal vows. This Sunday we turn our attention to Holy Communion, the second sacrament that is part of our United Methodist faith tradition. This sacrament, like baptism, is a remarkable gift of the grace of God. We might think of Baptism as the way into the family, the Body of Christ, and Holy Communion or Eucharist, as the family meal. 

The earliest understanding of the Eucharist in the church comes to us from the letter the Apostle Paul wrote to the church he established in Corinth. In chapter 11 of this letter, Paul sends a stern warning against the danger of not understanding what it means to be the church as community, what it means to be Christ’s body. After examining Paul’s counsel, we will share in this special meal. Though separated by circumstance, we once again remember that we are connected to and called to be one bread, one body, in this one Lord. Please prepare bread and juice as we “Do this in remembrance” of what has been done for us in Christ. Rev. Judy May preaches.

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January 2021 Sermons

January 31, 2021:  One of the most blessed words of assurance I have ever received is, “there is more grace in God than sin in us.” This reminds me of the promise that our benevolent, loving God is also a forgiving and merciful God; there’s nothing we can do to make God love us less. Worship with us this week to learn more about forgiveness and reconciliation, and how we reflect the hope and light of God when we offer this gift to others. Rev. Erin Fitzgerald preaches.

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January 24, 2021:  At the beginning of the Bible, God makes his intentions clear: free the people! From the Jubilee Year of Leviticus 25 to the ministry of Jesus, God was uncompromising in moving the world toward liberation. Do you feel free— or trapped by obstacles to freedom? Rev. Rick Kress preaches.

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January 17, 2021:  In the New Year, we are focused on how we can RESET our focus on God and spiritual growth. Sabbath rest is one place where we find ourselves encountering God, and surrendering to God’s peace and strength. This Sunday, I’ll share about three steps we can take to practice Sabbath: pause, pray, play. I look forward to worshipping with you online.  Rev. Erin Fitzgerald preaches.

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January 10, 2021:  Today we will hear the story of the inauguration of Jesus’ ministry…his baptism by John and the voice of God proclaiming Jesus as God’s son, the Beloved, in who God is well pleased. Today we will have the opportunity to renew our baptismal vows. I invite you to have a small bowl of water to be used as we remember that it is through baptism that we are identified as children of God. We, too, are chosen by God to be God’s people in the world.

The Dutch priest, Henri Nouwen wrote, “The truth, even though I cannot feel it now, is that I am the chosen child of God, precious in God’s eyes, called the Beloved from all eternity and held safe in an everlasting embrace.” This is each of us! As we continue into the new year, through the renewal of our vows, we reaffirm our faith and our commitment to the ministry to which we have been called.  Rev. Judy May preaches.

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January 3, 2021: We know them as the Wise Men or the Magi. They were the ones who saw the star in their night sky. It became a sign to them, an invitation that they could not ignore. Not knowing the meaning of the star or their destination, they began their journey. Join us this Sunday as we follow the Magi to see Jesus. What might we learn from their story? Rev. David Eardley preaches.

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