Following the story of Scrooge's redemption, we see a picture of the redemption promised to each of us in Christ. Christ comes to break our heard hearts wide open to grace and joy as God redeems our past, present, and future. This Christmas, let us all travel from Bah! Humbug! to Merry Christmas one and all!
As children, many of us received a leather-bound book full of long words and difficult names we couldn't pronounce. We were told everything in it was true and we should do our best to abide by its teachings. Then we grew up. What was oh-so-simple then is...well, it's not simple. Perhaps that's because we were taught Bible stories but not the story of the Bible.
As we celebrate God's faithfulness during our first year and move to celebrate our Grand Opening 2.0 on October 24, we give thanks for God's love and look forward to being rooted and grounded in love for many years to come.
When Jesus taught he often spoke in parables - short stories from real life that address important questions: What is God really like? How are we meant to live? Why do we struggle to do the right thing? Through the parables, Jesus sought to reveal what the Kingdom of God is like to teach us the meaning of life. Some are simple to understand. Some are challenging. Join us as we sit at Jesus' feet and hear the stories Jesus told.
In a recent survey, 80% of Americans say they have prayed at one time. Yet, we struggle with prayer. Does God hear us? Is God tired of our please? Do our words seem superficial? Does prayer matter? How do we pray?
This summer, we will have 2 ways to grow together in prayer: This sermon series on the Lord's Prayer and the 333 Congregational Prayer Initiative. The 333 Prayer Initiative gets it's name from our church address, 333 S. Spring Garden St. We will challenge each other to pray daily for our church and take prayer walks in our neighborhoods. More on the 333 Prayer Initiative can be found here.
We will see Jesus Christ through the eyes of his earliest followers as we do an inspiring sermon series based upon the first book ever written about Jesus: The Gospel according to Mark. You will learn about the culture and times in which Jesus lives. And you'll come to understand his ministry and message like you've never known before. Ultimately Mark's Gospel was written to reveal the identity of Jesus. Each narrative in this gospel answers the question, "Who is this man?" These sermons are for anyone who would like to know more about Jesus Christ. Each week you can follow along in reading through the book of Mark and discover for yourself who this man is.
Week 1: Sunday, Feb. 21-Sat., Feb. 27 - Mark 1-3 Week 2: Sunday, Feb. 28-Sat., Mar. 6 - Mark 4-5 Week 3: Sunday, Mar. 7-Sat., Mar. 13 - Mark 6-8:26 Week 4: Sunday, Mar. 14-Sat., Mar. 20 - Mark 8:27-10 Week 5: Sunday, Mar. 21-Sat., Mar. 27 - Mark 11-13 Week 6: Sunday, Mar. 28-Sat., Apr. 3 - Mark 14-16
Sometimes it seems like the world gives us every reason to tear each other apart and dehumanize people who are not like us. On a personal level, sometimes it’s easy to look around and find all the reasons that we are not enough in who we are. What’s missing is what we hold in common: the recognition of the image of God in the face of the other AND in the face in the mirror. Recognizing the image of God in others is foundational to convictions like God’s love, equality, human dignity, and justice. Recognizing the image of God in ourselves firmly grounds our own sense of worth, potential, purpose, and calling. Let’s see ourselves as God sees us as we take a transformational look at some of our most pressing challenges from the vital Biblical idea that we are all created in the image of God.
In 2021 we are all ready for a fresh start to a new year. Methodists have a long tradition of crossing the threshold into a new year with prayers that focus on our hopes for the year to come. Let's start the new year together in prayer.
This year's Advent season will be like none before. One of the most challenging parts of 2020 was holding on to hope as we came to grips with the face that, as humans, we can't control or manage everything in life. This Advent, we will go on a journey to see with fresh eyes how the coming of Christ, Emmanuel, gives us strength for the present AND hope for the future.
The Scriptures are full of women who take leading roles in God's story with courage, wisdom, and strength. Jesus was radical in his inclusion of women in the early Jesus movement, even if the church has not always followed the same path. This year as we remember the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage and a new Wonder Woman movie is set to be released, let's take some time to remember some of the wonder women of the Bible and find in their stories inspiration to live with courage, wisdom and strength as we live out our part of God's story.