Apr 8, 2018
The Touch of Jesus
Like Thomas, when we ar touched by Jesus, our eyes are opened to Christ's grace and love.
  • Apr 8, 2018The Touch of Jesus
    Apr 8, 2018
    The Touch of Jesus
    Like Thomas, when we ar touched by Jesus, our eyes are opened to Christ's grace and love.
  • Apr 1, 2018Love Leads the Way: Words from the Cross
    Apr 1, 2018
    Love Leads the Way: Words from the Cross
    Pastor David concludes his Holy Week sermon series "Love Leads thr Way" with a look at rhe words of Christ from the cross.  In particular, he assures those listening that Jesus' resurreftion means that Christ will never abandon or forsake us; and is always there for us, especially during those times when we feel His presence the least.
  • Mar 25, 2018Love Leads The Way: The Physicality of Holy Week
    Mar 25, 2018
    Love Leads The Way: The Physicality of Holy Week
    Palm/Passion Sunday recapitulates the beginning and the end of Christ’s final week in Jerusalem. We move from a triumphal procession and its stirring of hope as our entrance rite to hearing of a very different kind of procession, a forced march with a crucifix, to conclude it.
  • Mar 11, 2018Rehab Lenten Series: Recovery
    Mar 11, 2018
    Rehab Lenten Series: Recovery
    We’re now “over the hump” and heading into the final stretch of this five-part series. Holy Week begins in two weeks. Series wrap is next week.
    We’re also at a time in Lent, the fourth Sunday, known as “Laetare Sunday.” This is a day where, in the Western tradition, there has been a bit less of an emphasis on the penitence and more on the joy that comes from the growing spiritual strength many may have at this point because of the focus on a more disciplined form of life during these weeks. In some Christian traditions, the paraments change from purple to rose (or pink) on this Sunday as a sign of this more joyful, less solemn emphasis.
    The theme of today’s service fits with the Laetare emphasis. Today we celebrate what it means to continue into the stage of Rehab where we start to see some real recovery taking place. We’re not all the way there, any more than we’re at Easter in just the fourth Sunday in Lent. And indeed, the degree to which we may start to experience recovery during rehab is often mirrored by a nearly equal sense of how far we still have to go, what is still not working as it really should, or, in this case, how we are still living out sinful, destructive patterns of behavior that still need to be addressed.
    But we still have some reason to rejoice.
  • Mar 4, 2018Tehab Lenten Series: Program
    Mar 4, 2018
    Tehab Lenten Series: Program
    The idea that the Ten Commandments form the basis of our program of Christian living is not new in Christianity or in Methodism or Methodist ritual. Indeed, it’s bedrock. Methodists are different from some other Protestants in that we are not, as John Wesley often used the term, “antinomian” (against the idea that the law matters for Christian life). We affirm God gave the law for all who will be in covenant with God to fulfill. And we live within the mainstream of the Catholic and Anglican tradition of “making use of all the means of grace.” This Methodist distinctive has often gotten us accused by other Protestants of promoting “works righteousness.” The accusations then and now are false. What we promote is what Jesus himself taught, that those who love him keep his commandments, and he did not come to abolish the law, but to fulfill it and make it possible for us to do the same, being made perfect in love. We study Scripture and pray and attend upon the other ordinances of God, not as ends in themselves — indeed, to do that would be to commit works righteousness —but as means of grace, means God has offered to teach us, form us, and transform us, not simply as we study them and commune with God, but as we put what we learn in such study and communion into practice.
  • Feb 25, 2018Rehab Lenten Series: Intervention
    Feb 25, 2018
    Rehab Lenten Series: Intervention

    This week is about recognizing our need for intervention as we continue to prepare ourselves to live the way of Jesus.

    It’s one thing to recognize you’re in the wilderness. It’s another to realize, once there, that what you think you know from your previous experience not only can’t help you now, but may actually do you or others harm.

    It isn’t necessarily our fault that we’re so unaware of our unawareness. The way the brain processes how we respond to current circumstances is built on attempted pattern matching with previous circumstances and experiences. The way of Jesus, the way of God’s kingdom, is generally substantially out of sync with “things as usual.” And even in the church, a lot of us have been far more formed by “things as usual” than by the rhythms and realities of the kingdom of God. Even in the church, even among church leaders, lay and clergy alike, it’s quite common for us to bring the “things as usual” perspective to our actions and decisions, and so much so that were Jesus here to confront us with how far off we are from his ways, we’d have much the same reaction Peter did. We’d try to rebuke Jesus.

    The good news is, Jesus is Lord, and he will have none of that.

  • Feb 18, 2018Rehab Lenten Series: Wilderness
    Feb 18, 2018
    Rehab Lenten Series: Wilderness
    First things first.  This morning, we celebrate thr Sacrament of Infant Baptism for Holland Charles White, daughter of Doug & Danielle Adams.
    Last week, we were on the mountain with Jesus, transfigured before us. This week, we are driven into a wilderness with Jesus just after his baptism. And we’ll stay in this wilderness, figuratively speaking, through the season that lies ahead, this season we call Lent in English. Lent, in English, is more of a reference to the time of year this season falls in the Northern Hemisphere, a time when the days are “lengthening.” But in most other languages, the term for this season is derived from the earlier Latin name for it, Quadragesima, or forty. The Latin name points not to the lengthening of daylight, but the length of the season we began last Wednesday with Ash Wednesday. It’s forty days of intensive focus on learning the way of Christ and helping others learn it for the first time, or perhaps anew.
  • Jan 28, 2018Fruit of the Spirit: Peace
    Jan 28, 2018
    Fruit of the Spirit: Peace
    Pastor David continues his sermon series on the characteristics of the Fruit of the Spirit. This mornin, he shares the meaning of Shalom - a peace that encompases a person's entire being.
  • Jan 21, 2018Fruit of the Spirit: Enjoy the joy
    Jan 21, 2018
    Fruit of the Spirit: Enjoy the joy
    Pastor David continues his sermon series on the Fruit of the Spirit. This mornng, he shares that as Christians, we have so many reasons to be filled with joy - even in those times when we don't feel so happy.
  • Jan 14, 2018Fruit of the Spirit: Love as the Foundation
    Jan 14, 2018
    Fruit of the Spirit: Love as the Foundation
    Pastor David continues his sermon series on the Fruit of the Spirit. This morning, he talk about lve as being the foundational charactertistic of the Fruit of the Spirit