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BUILD UP...In Love

Paul’s writing asserts that Christians are created to live in community with one another. This requires a certain level of spiritual maturity that we can reach only when we act toward one another in the spirit of Christian love. Hence the names for our series: ...in Love. Each week we will focus on the text and how Paul instructs us to act. The first week, we must “Build Up One Another in Love.”

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

    References:

  • 2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a
  • Psalm 51:1-12 (UMH 785)
  • Ephesians 4:1-16
  • John 6:24-35

LIVE...In Love

Today is the continuation of the new four-week series. Paul’s writing asserts that Christians are created to live in community with one another. This requires a certain level of spiritual maturity that we can reach only when we act toward one another in the spirit of Christian love. Each week, we will focus on the text and how Paul instructs us to act. This second week, we are called to “Live in Love.”

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

    References:

  • 2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33
  • Psalm 130 (UMH 848)
  • Ephesians 4:25-5:2
  • John 6:35, 41-51

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...

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

    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