Good Friday challenges us to consider how to bring Jesus’ experience on the cross into our own lives – by going through the cross with Jesus. “It is finished.” ~ John 19:30 A few years ago, I was on a spiritual retreat, and found some time in the retreat center’s chapel to meditate on the […]

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David was the least likely choice to be anointed by God for faithful servant leadership, but out of the muck God selects servants who lead us like God does. A tale of one sermon in two places. Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, but he […]

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God gives us perfect mountaintop moments of faith through grace, not to stay on the mountain, but to be perfected for the valleys below. Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the […]

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Sometimes you find topics for sermons: often, the topics find you. A couple of weeks ago, the topic of transgender sexuality came knocking at my door, and I had to answer it. Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. ~ Matthew 5:48  Sadly, the child of a good friend of mine committed suicide recently; […]

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Post-9/11 generations are hungry for faith; without it, they are defenceless – and without a church that offers it to them, so are we. Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he […]

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Elisha, the devoted disciple of Elijah, could have settled for just everyday protection from God. Do we settle for just what gets us by in faith? Or are we willing to ask for more? When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me what I may do for you, before I am taken from you.” Elisha […]

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The Trinity is one God, showing love to the world and to eternity in three persons: Creator, Redeemer, and Transformer. This joyous song captures that love. We had a joyful worship at First United Methodist Church, Middletown on Sunday, which we capped off with a song called “The Trinity Dance” (words for the song below). […]

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Shifting from Easter to Eastertide can feel like we’ve already missed the resurrection train. But Jesus had plans for his disciples to get back on board with the Holy Spirit – and he does for us, too. Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ After he said this, he showed them […]

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