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February 2021 Sermons

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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December 2020 Sermons

December 27, 2020: The journey into 2021 is beginning—thankfully! In 2020, it’s been easy to get hung up on what’s going on around us. We all veer off the path we want to travel sometimes. The surest way to stay focused is to be clear about who is leading you. Rev. Rick Kress preaches.

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December 24, 2020: Traditional Christmas Eve Service available early at 3 p.m. to watch at your convenience and at 9 p.m. to watch together on Facebook.

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December 23, 2020: Join us for The Christmas Story in Four Acts Children’s Service featuring the Open Door music team. 

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December 20, 2020:  Join us for a special service designed for those for whom the holidays may be difficult. It is our prayer that you will find comfort and hope in knowing that you are not alone, your feelings are honored and that God knows your pain and loves you unconditionally. Rev. Judy May preaches.

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December 20, 2020:  This last Sunday in Advent, we are reminded of the Angel Gabriel’s visit to Mary. Gabriel says to her “Be not afraid”. If there was ever a time in our history that every person needs to hear the same word from God: “Be not afraid.” Advent and Christmas are all about God being with us personally in Jesus. Knowing that God is with us through all the frightening times of life brings us hope and comfort. I hope you will join us for worship Sunday online. Rev. Jeff Regan preaches.

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December 13, 2020:  I keep this quote from Bono (the lead singer of U2) above my desk at church: “Some songs save your life. Some songs change your life. Some songs are your life.” Songs define our lives, and as United Methodists, songs (and singing) express our faith and give praise to God. This Sunday is All Music Sunday, where the music of Christmas will stir our souls and remind us of the One that we await in Bethlehem. These songs have good news to share for you and for all the world. Like you, I’ve so missed the opportunity to sing together, to join with all your voices. This Sunday, let’s sing where we are, and although in our homes, may we feel the Holy Spirit and the power of our collective voices giving praise to the One who has brought forgiveness, peace, and salvation to the world!  Rev. David Eardley preaches.

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December 6, 2020:  On the first Sunday of Advent, Pastor Erin and the prophet Isaiah focused on hope, the restoration of hope in the lives of those who had come to believe there was none to be had. But the story of our ancestors in the faith, our faith story, is that God comes to us in our need, comes in signs and wonders we can claim as hope restored. 

On this Second Sunday of Advent, Isaiah turns our attention to the restoration of peace. Just as with the restoration of hope, peace, true peace, is a gift from God that includes forgiveness of sin and a restart of our relationship with God. It is a relationship that abounds with comfort, the promise of being held in the warm embrace of the Good Shepherd.
 
Today we will come to the table of Christ to share in the Eucharist. Please prepare a piece of bread and a cup of juice as we remember the promises of hope and peace fulfilled in the coming of the Prince of Peace.  Rev. Judy May preaches.

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