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 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

     

  • 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.  

  • Jan 28, 2018“Lifetime Supply”
    Jan 28, 2018
    “Lifetime Supply”

    During the month of January, the messages have focused on God's Vision for us as a congregation and as individuals. We have talked about how precious life is and how quickly time passes. We have been reminded that God is already at work "upstream" preparing the way for us. Last week, pastor Sam reminded us that is not just seen, but also heard when we truly listen to the voice of God. This morning, we will reflect on some of the basic gifts given to us by God and following the vision to share these gifts. "The jar of flour didn't decrease nor did the bottle of oil run out, just as the Lord spoke through Elijah." 1 Kings 17:16

  • Jan 14, 2018“An Upstream God”
    Jan 14, 2018
    “An Upstream God”

    Last Sunday was a great beginning to 2018! This morning we continue to seek God's purpose and vision for our lives and for us as a church. We will look closely at the text from Joshua chapter three, where after 40 years in the wilderness, the Israelites cross over the Jordan into the Promised  Land.Today, we reflect on our blessed past and how we are to heed God's call towards a glorious future, because He is at work Upstream!

     

  • Jan 7, 2018“Don’t Blink”
    Jan 7, 2018
    “Don’t Blink”

    Our God is a God of New Beginnings! The Bible is a book of New Beginnings! Today is a day of New Beginnings as we gather for worship and Holy Communion on this first Sunday of 2018. We are all familiar with the expression "time flies," and most of us can truly relate to this concept. We might even be asking the question, "Where did last year go? Is it 2018 already?"  Yes; 2018 is here!!! I can think of no better way to begin a new year than by being in God's House for worship, hearing God's Word for our lives and gathering around the Table that Jesus has prepared for us. I truly look forward to 2018 and to the many incredible blessings God has for us as a church. Today is a day of New Beginnings!

  • Dec 17, 2017“Why Christmas”
    Dec 17, 2017
    “Why Christmas”

    By this time, we are all well into our Christmas plans. Most people have put out their Christmas decorations, at least started their Christmas shopping and even planned Christmas dinner. In many ways, Christmas has become predictable in our homes and even at church. This morning, we ponder the question, "Why Christmas?" What was the real reason for Christmas? I believe the answers to these questions can be found in Colossians 1.