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Daily Scripture Readings for the week of April 15th – The Lord is With Us
Read Daily:         Psalm 121
 
Monday:              Acts 13:44-52
Tuesday:             Acts 18:5-11
Wednesday:       Romans 8:1-11
Thursday:           Galatians 2:11-20
Friday:                 Leviticus 26:1-13
Saturday:            Acts 4:23-37
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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?

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  • 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?

  • Apr 8, 2018“Hands of Love”
    Apr 8, 2018
    “Hands of Love”

    What an incredible Easter Sunday last week. My thanks to everyone who make Easter so special at UMCSCC. The resurrection of Jesus changes everything. This morning, Easter continues as we move forth in the power and presence of the Risen Christ. Today is the "series finale"  in the Sermon Series, God's Hands, Our Hands, and the Hands of Jesus." In today's text, Jesus reveals himself to the disciples on the shores of the Sea of Galilee and feeds them a fish breakfast. He then proceeds to ask Peter, (three times) if Peter loves him. It becomes obvious that Jesus is extending his loving and forgiving hands to Peter, who had denied Jesus three times. It is those same loving hands that are extended to us today as we reflect on these questions of love. How can you and I exemplify love to our Risen Lord? 

  • Apr 1, 2018“Hands of Life”
    Apr 1, 2018
    “Hands of Life”

    Throughout the Lenten Season, we have focused on God's Hands, Our Hands, and the Hands of Jesus. Over the past couple of months we have talked about Dirty Hands/Clean Hands, Hands of Prayer, Healing, Compassion, Anger and Fear. On this most important day of our Christian Faith, Easter Sunday - The Day of Resurrection, we will talk about the Hands of Life. On Easter, Christ conquered death and the grave! The tomb is empty. Christ is Risen. When he appeared to his disciples, he showed them his nail-scarred, living hands. Jesus, who rose from the grave on that Easter Sunday 2000 years ago, extends his Hands of Life bringing us life now and life everlasting! May the Risen Christ fill you with his power and presence on this Easter Sunday. Happy Easter!

  • Mar 25, 2018Messiah Easter Cantata
    Mar 25, 2018
    Messiah Easter Cantata

    Palm branches waving, shouts of loud “Hosannas”; Blessed is he who comes in the Name of the Lord! Hosanna in the Highest! Today is the beginning of Holy Week. Do not be seduced by the palms. While today is a day of recognizing Jesus as the long awaited Messiah and King, we remember that before the week was over, Jesus had been betrayed, denied, arrested, tried and crucified. Let us join in waving our palm branches this morning. Let us be blessed by the Cantata presented by the Chancel Choir in the Traditional Services and by Pastor Ryan's message in the Contemporary Services. And let us continue to journey with Jesus throughout this week of passion, pain and suffering. May today and the events (and special services) of this week truly prepare us for Easter.

     

  • Mar 25, 2018“Hands Raised”
    Mar 25, 2018
    “Hands Raised”
     
  • Mar 18, 2018“Hands of Fear”
    Mar 18, 2018
    “Hands of Fear”

    When in your life were you the most afraid? Have you ever been so gripped by fear that your hands literally shook? All of us experience fear from time to time. Today we will use the Gospel scripture, from the Passion Narrative, to look closely at Peter's denial of Jesus. Peter loved Jesus and wanted desperately to be faithful, however he failed to do so miserably. Was it due to fear? Isaiah reminds us that God tells us to “fear not" and that he will uphold us with his Right Hand; God will take hold of our hands. The Psalmist reminds us that with God, we have nothing to fear and yet, we, like Peter, are all guilty of giving in to fear and denying Jesus.

  • Mar 11, 2018“Hands of Anger”
    Mar 11, 2018
    “Hands of Anger”

    This morning, we will go to church with Jesus as he enters the Temple. Jesus is angered when he encounters social injustices being carried out in the name of religion, so he responds by driving out the money changers and those who were selling animals for sacrifice. For most of us, when we think of Jesus, we don't picture an "angry" Jesus. Instead, we think of Jesus being more meek, mild, kind, soft spoken and loving.  However, in this instance, Jesus was angry. Many of us are angry. It seems there is a spirit of anger in us throughout our country. Anger, in and of itself is not a sin. But anger can easily lead to sin. What would Jesus have us do with our anger? Are there constructive ways in which we can direct our anger for the sake of God's Kingdom? 

     

    Next Sunday’s Sermon: Hands of Fear - Pastor Charlie Rentz

     

  • Mar 4, 2018“Hands of Mercy”
    Mar 4, 2018
    “Hands of Mercy”
     
  • Mar 4, 2018“The Urgency of the Gospel”
    Mar 4, 2018
    “The Urgency of the Gospel”

    About Bishop Ken Carter

    Kenneth H. Carter, Jr.
    Resident Bishop of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church

    Kenneth H. Carter, Jr. is resident bishop of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. Along with the Cabinet, he gives pastoral and administrative leadership to almost 700 congregations, fresh expressions of church, campus ministries and outreach initiatives in an episcopal area that stretches from Tallahassee and Jacksonville to Miami and the Keys. He came to the Florida Conference in 2012, following a ministry of almost thirty years in Western North Carolina; twenty-nine as a local church pastor.

    Bishop Carter is the president-designate of the Council of Bishops of the United Methodist Church and in 2018-2020 he will serve as president.  He is one of three moderators of A Way Forward, the commission  authorized by the General Conference in matters of unity and human sexuality.  

    His great hope for the church is that she will rediscover an orthodox Christian faith which offers the radically inclusive grace of God to all people, and at the same time calls every follower of Jesus to inner holiness, missional compassion and hopeful witness. He travels extensively across the state preaching in local churches and encouraging lay and clergy leaders.

    Bishop Carter and his wife, Pam have been married for thirty-five years.  Pam is also an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church, and she serves in missions and volunteer development on the staff of First UMC in Lakeland.  They are blessed with two adult daughters:  Liz lives in Los Angeles, where she is a PhD. student at U.C.L.A. and Abby is a youth minister at Soapstone UMC in Raleigh.  

    The Carters consider it a great blessing to live and serve in Florida.

     

  • Feb 18, 2018“Hands of Prayer”
    Feb 18, 2018
    “Hands of Prayer”

    Our Lenten Season started with Ash Wednesday this past week. Together we gathered in the sanctuary for a solemn, but beautifully moving service. Upon receiving the Imposition of Ashes, we begin this journey with Jesus, which will ultimately lead to Jerusalem, a Cross and on Easter, the Risen Christ. The next 40 days are a time of repentance, penitence, fasting and prayer. As we move forward with the "Hands" theme, we will look closely at the Hands of Prayer. On the night Jesus was betrayed, he went to Gethsemane where he asked his Heavenly Father if there was any other way. He prayed, "Not my will, but Thy will be done." Have you ever wondered how we communicate with our hands when we pray? May we come before God in this hour with open hearts and open hands.