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GIVE THANKS...In Love

“Understand what the will of the Lord is.” This week’s passage includes a tall order: to know the will of God. If only that were a simple task. We use this language frequently, but it is more often spoken in an effort to assure ourselves in the face of doubt rather than spoken in confidence. If only we understood what God’s will was. And yet, much like Jesus, our author “does not leave us orphaned” here...

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    References:

  • 1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14
  • Psalm 111 (UMH 832)
  • Ephesians 5:15-20
  • John 6:51-58

MOVE...In Love

“Understand what the will of the Lord is.” This week’s passage includes a tall order: to know the will of God. If only that were a simple task. We use this language frequently, but it is more often spoken in an effort to assure ourselves in the face of doubt rather than spoken in confidence. If only we understood what God’s will was. And yet, much like Jesus, our author “does not leave us orphaned” here...

View the August 2018 ...In Love Series Overview »

    References:

  • 1 Kings 8:(1, 6, 10-11) 22-30, 41-43
  • Psalm 84 (UMH 804)
  • Ephesians 6:10-20
  • John 6:56-69

Season of Creation — PLANTING SUNDAY

In thinking about this sermon as the first in the series, consider relationships between God and non-human creation, God and humans, and non-human creation and humans. To understand Scripture, we need to understand God’s relationships. Knowledge comes from having a foundation of knowing God’s word.

View the September 2018 Season of Creation Series Overview »

    References:

  • Song of Solomon 2:8-13
  • Psalm 45:1-2, 6-9 or Psalm 72 (UMH 795)
  • James 1:17-27
  • Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

Season of Creation — MOUNTAIN SUNDAY: Protection and Care

We often refer to our “mountain-top experiences.” Jesus retreated to the mountains to pray and be near God. Though there is no conclusive evidence to prove this, in light of the way mountains are used in Scripture, it would make sense that God did business with sin and death on a mountain when Jesus was crucified...

View the September 2018 Season of Creation Series Overview »

    References:

  • Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23
  • Psalm 125 or Psalm 124 (UMH 846)
  • James 2:1-10(11-13), 14-17
  • Mark 7:24-37

Season of Creation — SKY SUNDAY: Dominion and Exploitaton

Your sermon this Sunday could focus on God, the creator of the sky, and how the creator is revealed to us through God’s creation. Are we paying attention? Do we take time to enjoy God’s creation and to observe as God does?

View the September 2018 Season of Creation Series Overview »

    References:

  • Proverbs 1:20-33
  • Psalm 19 (UMH 750)
  • James 3:1-12
  • Mark 8:27-38

Season of Creation — HARVEST SUNDAY: Trees and Fruits

This week preaches itself. Psalm 1 is a key creation-care text. It brings us back to the beginning in the Garden of Eden, and it points us to the end with a new heaven and earth. It reminds us yet again what this book we call the Bible is all about — life and our journey toward righteousness. Creation always points us in that direction. We just need to be aware of our surroundings.

View the September 2018 Season of Creation Series Overview »

    References:

  • Proverbs 31:10-31
  • Psalm 1 (UMH 738)
  • James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a
  • Mark 9:30-37