Dec 31, 2017
Coming Home: Going Back Home
As we move into the next season and our next series, we will join Anna in the work of evangelism: proclaiming to all the world that God sent Jesus into the world for the salvation of all. Let us give thanks to God for the showing forth of Christ in this world and for his showing forth in our own lives. And let us not leave our light to dwindle, but rather, let us, like Simeon and Anna, go forth to shine anew because the light of Christ has come into the world, and the darkness can never put it out.
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  • Dec 31, 2017Coming Home: Going Back Home
    Dec 31, 2017
    Coming Home: Going Back Home
    As we move into the next season and our next series, we will join Anna in the work of evangelism: proclaiming to all the world that God sent Jesus into the world for the salvation of all. Let us give thanks to God for the showing forth of Christ in this world and for his showing forth in our own lives. And let us not leave our light to dwindle, but rather, let us, like Simeon and Anna, go forth to shine anew because the light of Christ has come into the world, and the darkness can never put it out.
  • Dec 24, 2017Coming Home: God Makes This World a Home
    Dec 24, 2017
    Coming Home: God Makes This World a Home
    Are we willing to receive Christ into our hearts? And are we willing to live with Mary’s courage? Can her song be our song too? Can we refuse to give into the fear that the world screams constantly into our lives? Can we reject the notion that everything is spinning out of control, and embrace that the world is simply about to turn, just as God intends it? Can we admit that there are things about our world that need to be turned upside down for the sake of others?
  • Dec 17, 2017Coming Home: Joy is Our True Home
    Dec 17, 2017
    Coming Home: Joy is Our True Home
    This week, we have heard from the Apostle Paul, writing in his very first letter to the Thessalonians—the earliest piece of writing in the New Testament. What is the subject of Paul’s letter to the earliest Christian community? Joy. Specifically, joy in the midst of difficult nights.
  • Dec 10, 2017Coming Home: Home Is Where We Meet
    Dec 10, 2017
    Coming Home: Home Is Where We Meet
    Home is anywhere we meet God, face-to-face and hand-in-hand. Home is the assurance that Christ died for us while we were yet sinners, thus proving God’s love for us. Home is knowing that we are saved by the grace of God. Home is anywhere that we meet God’s people and welcome them in with the love of Christ.
  • Dec 3, 2017Coming Home: Come Down Home
    Dec 3, 2017
    Coming Home: Come Down Home
    In the United States, Christmastime and thoughts of home just go together. “I’ll be Home for Christmas,” and “There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays,” are two of the most popular holiday songs, year after year. Christmas movies and television shows regularly feature stories of people going to their family home or extended family home over the holidays. Among the rituals we create for this darkest time of the year in the Northern hemisphere, perhaps the majority of them are associated with either going home or doing special things at home-- whether lighting candles and having a time of family prayer during Advent, or decorating a Christmas tree, or caroling through a neighborhood, or hosting festive “open house” parties for friends, neighbors, and colleagues. It’s all about home.
  • Nov 12, 2017Season of Saints: Stories of the Saints
    Nov 12, 2017
    Season of Saints: Stories of the Saints
    Pastor David kicks off a short series in which we explore our heritage as Christians. This morning he asks what is the primary distinguishing mark of the stories saints tell? They are stories of deliverance, stories of salvation, and never stories merely of personal or family accomplishment. How will God help you tell your story the way the saints do?
  • Nov 5, 2017Habits of Hospitality: Sharing Our Authentic Selves
    Nov 5, 2017
    Habits of Hospitality: Sharing Our Authentic Selves
    Pastor David concludes the short 3-message sermon series on creating an atmosphere of hospitality in whcih we share the Gospel of Jesus Christ through building relationships with others.
  • Oct 29, 2017Habits of Hospitality: Welcoming All The People
    Oct 29, 2017
    Habits of Hospitality: Welcoming All The People
    This week, Pastor David help us tackle these questions:
    What does it mean to become “imitators of us and of the Lord” and to receive “the word with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit” so that we may become examples to other believers?
    What does it mean to be truly welcoming, receiving all people and their gifts, even as we serve a living and true God and wait for the coming again of Christ in final glory?
  • Oct 22, 2017Habits of Hospitality: Offering Peace
    Oct 22, 2017
    Habits of Hospitality: Offering Peace
    Hospitality is a means for people to explore a relationship with Jesus. Through hospitality, we encounter and respond to the call of God and find a sense of belonging among the church body. This happens through relationship, when laity in partnership with the clergy live out Jesus’ mandate to “go,” to offer and receive hospitality, building relationships, listening and responding to needs, creating that sense of belonging and sharing the hope of Jesus Christ. It is how we begin to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
  • Oct 15, 2017Celebration of Wheeler UMC Ministries
    Oct 15, 2017
    Celebration of Wheeler UMC Ministries
    This morning, Wheeler United Methidist Church celebrates our ministies in Wheeler, Indiana through two special events. First, we are dedicating new Sanctuary windows. Also, we celebrate how even doing the administrative tasks of being a church can be done as an act of worship.