January 29, 2023 – Worship

How Are We Justified? – (Galatians 2:15-21) Today’s passage is part of the story of Paul telling Peter that he was wrong to withdraw from eating with the Gentiles (Galatians 2:11–14). In fact, Peter was visiting Antioch. While staying there, he had been eating with Gentiles for some time on a regular basis. But when […]

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January 22, 2023 – Worship

The Road To Damascus – (Galatians 1:11-24) Apostle Paul was a peculiar figure. He was not a part of Jesus’ original twelve disciples. Instead, he was a notorious persecutor of Christians. But, through one moment that he encountered the risen Jesus, he was transformed and became one of the greatest apostles who traveled thousands of […]

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January 15, 2023 – Worship

No Other Gospel – (Galatians 1:6-10)    According to the Book of Discipline, every church is required to annually evaluate its pastor’s effectiveness for ministry. Well, to be honest with you, I don’t like that evaluation time. Whether I receive compliments or constructive suggestions on my effectiveness for ministry, I feel uncomfortable. But I know […]

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January 8, 2023 – Worship

Born to Be Loved – (Matthew 3:13-17)    Down at the Methodist church, a group of fourth graders were studying infant baptism. Their Sunday School teacher asked, “Why do we use water in baptisms?” One youngster piped up and said, “To make the baby’s hair grow.” Today, on the first Sunday after Epiphany, we see […]

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Christmas Eve 2022 5:30 – Worship

The Baby God Is With Us!    An army chaplain finally made it back home on the first Christmas Eve after World War II was over. He’d been overseas for nearly two years and hadn’t seen his family in all that long time. He called his wife and told her that he was home and […]

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December 18, 2022 – Worship

Sacred to Sacred – (Luke 2:8-15) Today, as we celebrate the 4th Sunday in Advent, we hear angel’s song, celebrating the birth of Christ, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!” (Luke 2:14). As angels sing, Jesus is the Prince of Peace who comes to bring […]

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December 11, 2022 – Worship

Sacred Space – (Luke 1:39-56) Today we celebrate the 3rd Sunday in Advent as we move toward Christmas. Last week we talked about Mary, the mother of Jesus, her annunciation story, and how God calls us to live as a sacred people through whom, by whom, and in whom God’s Son is born.  Today we’re […]

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December 4, 2022 – Worship

Sacred People – (Luke 1:26-38) On this second Sunday in Advent, we hear once again the story of Mary. Mary was probably a young woman—probably a teenager. She lived in Nazareth and was most likely a peasant girl. She lived in a time when the ordinary people of Judea and Galilee were caught between the […]

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