Jun 3, 2018
Transitions: Wait! What?
As we move through this series on Transitions, we will be experiencing a transition through time of the development of our patterns of worship as Methodist people in the United States.
As we think about early American Methodist worship spaces, they were largely “blank” halls designed not for Sunday morning worship, but for Sunday evening meetings of the Methodist Society. There were not Communion tables, lecterns, or baptismal fonts, because for the sacraments Methodists would attend Sunday morning worship with the Anglicans. If there was a pulpit, it was minimal. We recommend removing as much of the “regular furniture” from the front as you can for today’s service, and if any of it cannot be moved, simply do not use it.
What we’re wanting to convey by this is the sense that the space is “under construction,” that we’re in a time of transition where things aren’t like what they were, nor yet what they will be.
Today’s service is in the form of morning prayer, which lay at the basis of the early Methodist preaching services common when the travelling elder was not in town (eleven weekends out of twelve for many early American Methodist Episcopal churches).
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  • Jun 3, 2018Transitions: Wait! What?
    Jun 3, 2018
    Transitions: Wait! What?
    As we move through this series on Transitions, we will be experiencing a transition through time of the development of our patterns of worship as Methodist people in the United States.
    As we think about early American Methodist worship spaces, they were largely “blank” halls designed not for Sunday morning worship, but for Sunday evening meetings of the Methodist Society. There were not Communion tables, lecterns, or baptismal fonts, because for the sacraments Methodists would attend Sunday morning worship with the Anglicans. If there was a pulpit, it was minimal. We recommend removing as much of the “regular furniture” from the front as you can for today’s service, and if any of it cannot be moved, simply do not use it.
    What we’re wanting to convey by this is the sense that the space is “under construction,” that we’re in a time of transition where things aren’t like what they were, nor yet what they will be.
    Today’s service is in the form of morning prayer, which lay at the basis of the early Methodist preaching services common when the travelling elder was not in town (eleven weekends out of twelve for many early American Methodist Episcopal churches).
  • May 6, 2018In The Power of the Holy Spirit: The Outsiders Join Us
    May 6, 2018
    In The Power of the Holy Spirit: The Outsiders Join Us
    Pastor David continues his sermon series on the Power of The Holy Spirit.  This morning he shares how the Holy Spirit moves within our lives to make a meaningful difference.
  • Apr 29, 2018In The Power of the Holy Spirit: We Join the Outsiders
    Apr 29, 2018
    In The Power of the Holy Spirit: We Join the Outsiders
    Who are we refusing to touch, see, embrace, love, accept, welcome? Who is the world rejecting that we can, in the power of the Spirit, reach towards? How can we, like Philip, offer the Good News of salvation in Jesus Christ (however it is understood) to those who come to us seeking to study and have conversation about the challenges of life in all the ways they present themselves?
  • Apr 22, 2018The Road Back to God
    Apr 22, 2018
    The Road Back to God
    We welcome Steve Gierke, one of our Certified Lay Speakers, into the pulpit today to bring what God has laid upon his heart as Pastor David is out of town. Steve discusses the book "The Road Back to God", written by Otto Paul Kretzman, former President of Valparaiso University.
  • Apr 15, 2018God’s Love in Jesus’ Resurrection
    Apr 15, 2018
    God’s Love in Jesus’ Resurrection
    "20180415". Released: 2018.
  • 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.