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Daily Scripture Readings for the week of June 10th – God’s Gracious Love
Read Daily:         Psalm 51
 
Monday:              Luke 15:1-10
Tuesday:             Acts 3:17-26
Wednesday:       Ephesians 2:1-10
Thursday:           Romans 6:1-14
Friday:                 Luke 7:36-50
Saturday:            John 4:7-42
Listen to past sermons or watch a video recording from our YouTube Page. See selection of available sermons below

Jun 10, 2018
“I Believe in the Forgiveness of Sins”

There is a small letter (the shortest of Paul's Epistles) of the Apostle Paul tucked away in the New Testament written to Philemon. This is the only personal letter we have from Paul. Paul wrote this letter during his first Roman imprisonment around 61AD in an effort to bring about genuine Christian reconciliation between Philemon and his runaway slave, Onesimus. Paul interceded for Onesimus and expressed confidence that Philemon's faith and love in Christ would bring about forgiveness. What we discover in this text is a Forgiveness that allows Forgiveness. As we move toward the last few lines in the Apostles' Creed, the importance of Forgiveness jumps out at us! This morning, may we discover and re-discover Forgiveness that allows Forgiveness.

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  • Jun 10, 2018“I Believe in the Forgiveness of Sins”
    Jun 10, 2018
    “I Believe in the Forgiveness of Sins”

    There is a small letter (the shortest of Paul's Epistles) of the Apostle Paul tucked away in the New Testament written to Philemon. This is the only personal letter we have from Paul. Paul wrote this letter during his first Roman imprisonment around 61AD in an effort to bring about genuine Christian reconciliation between Philemon and his runaway slave, Onesimus. Paul interceded for Onesimus and expressed confidence that Philemon's faith and love in Christ would bring about forgiveness. What we discover in this text is a Forgiveness that allows Forgiveness. As we move toward the last few lines in the Apostles' Creed, the importance of Forgiveness jumps out at us! This morning, may we discover and re-discover Forgiveness that allows Forgiveness.

  • Jun 3, 2018“I Believe in the Holy catholic church, the communion of Saints”
    Jun 3, 2018
    “I Believe in the Holy catholic church, the communion of Saints”

    As we continue to work our way through the historic Apostles' Creed, this morning we will look at the words "I Believe in the holy catholic church, the communion of saints." The word "catholic” does not refer to the Roman Catholic church, but instead to the 'whole' or the 'global' Christian church. In other words, we are linked with Christ followers in churches across the entire world. The communion of the saints reminds us that we are linked with Christ followers who lived this faith before us and who are part of that "great cloud of witnesses" who cheer us on!  This morning we will be reminded that we are part of the church which is the bride of Christ and the body of Christ! As part of His body we will gather as his people this morning around the table He has prepared and receive the gifts of the Bread and the Cup. 

  • May 27, 2018“I Believe in the Holy Spirit”
    May 27, 2018
    “I Believe in the Holy Spirit”

    What an incredible Pentecost celebration we had last Sunday with new members joining and the Confirmation of 23 young people at the 11:00am service! I had a number of people say to me that last Sunday was truly one of the greatest days in the life of UMCSCC. I know it was one of the highlights of my ministry! This morning we continue working our way through the Apostles' Creed as we look at the statement "I Believe in the Holy Spirit." It is God's Holy Spirit that lives in us to give us the power and presence of the risen and living Christ. May God continue to pour out the Holy Spirit on us gathered here as his people at UMCSCC. 

  • May 20, 2018Confirmation Service
    May 20, 2018
    Confirmation Service
  • May 20, 2018“I Believe in Jesus Christ His Only Son Our Lord”
    May 20, 2018
    “I Believe in Jesus Christ His Only Son Our Lord”

    Today is the celebration of Pentecost, the birthday of the church! We remember how those early followers of Jesus were gathered in Jerusalem to receive the promised gift of the Holy Spirit. One of the miracles of Pentecost is that all heard the message of the Good News of Jesus in their own language. Peter preached an incredible sermon and the "church" was born. This morning we will look at Peter's sermon as he proclaims Jesus - crucified and risen! We will experience Pentecost once again here in Sun City Center as we receive new members into our church family and our 2018 Confirmation Class will be confirmed in their faith at the 11am service! It is going to be a great "birthday" celebration!

  • May 13, 2018“I Believe in God the Father Almighty”
    May 13, 2018
    “I Believe in God the Father Almighty”

    As we begin to work our way through these powerful statements of the Apostles Creed, we see that the creed begins with "I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth." Today, we will talk about our understanding of God as Almighty - the one who CREATED. Genesis tells us that God "spoke" creation into being.  We must begin by acknowledging that truly understanding God is far beyond what our human minds are capable of fathoming. As human beings, we have given "attributes" to God to help aid us in our understandings. Often, God Almighty, the God of the Old Testament is understood as being impersonal. However, we will discover this morning that God has always sought a personal, intimate relationship with his children.

    It is also on this day that we recognize the special women in our life we call our mothers. On this Mother's Day, we give thanks to God for our mothers and we honor all of the women of our congregation.  

     

    May 20 - “I Believe in Jesus Christ His Only Son, Our Lord”

                      Pentecost Sunday/ Confirmation and New Members

    May 27 - “I Believe in the Holy Spirit”

     

  • May 6, 2018“I Believe”
    May 6, 2018
    “I Believe”

    This morning we begin a brand new sermon series entitled "What We Believe" based on the words of the Apostle's Creed. Over the next six weeks we will examine the incredible and powerful words of this ancient Creed. We will begin to understand how this simple statement of faith has enlightened and empowered generations of Christ's followers. The Apostle's Creed begins with the words, "I Believe." Everyone believes in something. So, what does it mean when we say, "I Believe?" When we say the words of the Apostle's Creed, we declare who God is! Let us consider what we truly Believe.

     

    May 13 - “I Believe in God the Father Almighty”

    May 20 - “I Believe in Jesus Christ His Only Son, Our Lord”

                      Pentecost Sunday/ Confirmation and New Members

     

  • Apr 29, 2018“Running the Desert Road”
    Apr 29, 2018
    “Running the Desert Road”

    Last week Pastor Sam taught us what to do when we do not know what to do--we love, honor, and cherish each other. This week we are learning from Philip the Evangelist about what to do when we know what we are supposed to do—but we do not want to do it. Come celebrate the powerful love of God as the Holy Spirit prepares, prompts, and propels us in mission to the world as we join Philip in Running the Desert Road.

  • Apr 22, 2018“Breakfast at the Beach”
    Apr 22, 2018
    “Breakfast at the Beach”

    It’s now been three weeks since Good Friday, the cross, and the resurrection appearances of Easter morning.  For the disciples of Jesus, the reality of just how much their world had changed was finally hitting home.  For three years, they had spent nearly every day with Jesus sharing in His ministry.  Now, their world was totally different and they were not quite sure what to do next.  So…. they returned to doing what they knew best; fishing. It was there in the very familiar places of life that they encountered the Risen Christ once again.  This Sunday, the sermon message will focus on the tough question of ‘what to do, when you do not know what to do.’  The Gospel account of the breakfast shared on the beach by  Jesus and His disciples provides valuable insights into how we can respond to those difficult times in our lives when we are uncertain ‘of what we are to do next.’

  • Apr 15, 2018“Unsinkable”
    Apr 15, 2018
    “Unsinkable”

    In light of Easter and for the past two Sundays we’ve read John's account of Jesus’s Resurrection. Today, we look at the Book of 1st John for a traditional post-Easter reading. This book was written late in his life and is located towards the end of the New Testament and just before the Book of Revelation; which was also written by John! Did you know that today marks the 106th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic -- “The Unsinkable Ship.” Even beyond a century of the disaster’s occurrence, people continue to be intrigued. What Easter lesson does 1st John have for us and what can we learn this morning from the sinking of an unsinkable ship?