Sermons on John

Sermons on John

January 15: Our Side of Baptism

  Our Side of Baptism (2/2) Note: this video also includes the Wesley Covenant Renewal portion of the worship service. This link to the hardcopy of this service is also the bottom of the page. Scripture: Psalm 50 and John 15:1-8 Other sermons in this series #1: God’s Side of Baptism You might have heard that the someone in Maine has the winning ticket for Friday’s $1.35 billion Mega Millions jackpot drawing. But he or she is not yet a…

Oct 30: It Takes a Village

  This sermon was delivered on our Consecration Sunday, when church members turned in their estimate of giving cards indicating their financial support for 2023. Scriptures: John 6:1-14 & Galtians 6:2 In 2007, researchers at The University of California-San Diego did a study on generosity. They called it “The Sharing Game.” Participants in this study didn’t have to do anything other than make a choice between two hypothetical options. Option #1: you could receive $7. Option #2: you could receive…

May 15: A Church For All and Of All

  Today we begin a 4-week sermon series entitled, “Now and Forever: Viewing the Church Through the Lens of Charles Wesley.” The theme for each Sunday will be based on the days’ lectionary reading from either Acts of Revelation, and supported by the lyrics of a hymn by Charles Wesley. The hymn which will get special focus is “And Can It Be that I Should Gain?” one of Wesley’s most beloved but lesser-sung hymns. Today’s theme is the inclusive Body…

January 16: A Deacon’s Heart: Connecting Church and World

  This is the second in a 3-part sermon series entitled “Called to Ministry.” By virtue of water baptism, Christians receive a “call” to a ministry which is common to all followers of Jesus. Among the baptized, God calls some to ‘set apart’ ministries, the most common being a call to ordained ministry. The United Methodist Church has two orders of ordination: deacon and elder. Today’s theme is the role and purpose of The United Methodist Deacon. Sermon 1 –…

October 24: Restore (4/4)

  Sermon: Restore Other messages in this series: Sermon #1: “Remember” (Oct 3) Sermon #2: “Release” (Oct 10) Sermon #3: “Reimagine” (Oct. 17) Scriptures: Genesis 33:1-17; John 21:1-19 True or false: stewardship is all about money? Answer: False. The word itself—stewardship—means ‘taking care of something.’ By this definition, a steward is one who takes care of whatever it is they’re responsible for. But there’s a little more to it than that. And that’s because the core meaning of stewardship is…

September 26: It’s What We BRING to Worship That Matters (4/4)

  Sermon: It’s What We BRING to Worship That Matters Other messages in this series Sermon #1: “Rethinking the Priority of Worship” (Sept 5) Sermon #2: “Worship You Don’t Have to Go To“ (Sept 12) Sermon #3: “When All of God’s People Get Together” (Sept 19) Scriptures: Isaiah 29:13; John 4:19-26; Philippians 4:4-9 When I was in college, a friend from the dorm invited a bunch of us to go with her to her church. She loved her church and…
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August 29: That Was Then, This Is Now

  This worship service was an opportunity to remember and celebrate the lives of those members of our congregation who passed away during the COVID-19 pandemic, when funerals and memorial services were not being held in churches, and funeral homes limited the number of guests who could attend. This service was designed to have the feel of a memorial service while still retaining its “Sunday worship” character. Scriptures: Isaiah 25:1, 6-9; Psalm 126; 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 17-18; John 20:19-22 I…

May 30: Does the Trinity Matter?

  Scriptures: Isaiah 6:1-8 and John 3:1-17 Raise your hand if you have a solid understanding of how to safely blast a rocket into outer space. Raise your hand if you’v e got a firm grasp on the detailed mechanics of a combustible engine (meaning, you could tear one down and rebuild it without the use of instructions). Who here would be able to explain to the rest of us exactly how the brain constructs what we see out of…