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

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  • 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 21, 2018“Listen- God is Calling”
    Jan 21, 2018
    “Listen- God is Calling”
    Welcome to the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center. We are so thankful that God called you to worship here this morning! Today, Pastor Sam leads us through the call of young Samuel as recorded in 1 Samuel 3. Even as a small boy, God gave Samuel the courage to hear and listen to His word; with it he responded. May God give us the courage to listen and respond to God's Word this morning. My prayer is that we can all lean forward and in our hearts speak the words of Samuel, "Lord speak, for thy servant hears." 

     

  • 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 31, 2017“A New Way’
    Dec 31, 2017
    “A New Way’
     
  • 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. 

     

  • Dec 10, 2017“A Celebration of Carols”
    Dec 10, 2017
    “A Celebration of Carols”

    Today is one of those Sunday's that we truly look forward to all year long. I can't begin to express my appreciation to the Chancel Choir, our Bell Choirs, Valerie Southwell, our Ahh-Men and Grace Notes, and  the members of the Praise Team and the UTC Praise Band.  I want to particularly thank and recognize Jeff Jordan. Under his leadership and direction the entire music program of UMCSCC comes together. This morning, we will be blessed at the two traditional services with the Christmas Cantata. To everyone who is part of today's cantata, we all thank you for bringing us this musical Christmas message. Next week, under Jeff's leadership, the Praise Team will present a special Contemporary Cantata called A Sacred Sleigh Ride.  Let us continue to follow the Star, as it leads us to Bethlehem and to the Christ Child.

  • Dec 3, 2017“Face Time”
    Dec 3, 2017
    “Face Time”

    Today is the first Sunday in Advent and the beginning of a New Year in our Christian Calendar. This morning's Scripture is a traditional (Lectionary) reading for today. The theme for the 1st Sunday in Advent is HOPE! As we begin our Advent journey to Bethlehem, we will remember and reflect upon the only true HOPE of the world, Jesus the Christ, who has come to Restore US! We will remember how John, in his Gospel, reminds us that "God has moved into the neighborhood" (John 1:11). We will gather today around his table prepared for us to again celebrate, Emmanuel, God With Us!

     

  • Nov 26, 2017“Don’t Miss the Moment”
    Nov 26, 2017
    “Don’t Miss the Moment”

    This past week we celebrated Thanksgiving. Next Sunday we begin our Advent journey along with a brand new year in the Christian Calendar. For this final Sunday I would like to look at a very special moment in time, when Jesus entered the house of Mary and Martha. Martha was distracted with "much serving" while Mary sat at the feet of Jesus. This story reminds me of some special God given moments in my life. Occasionally, I am fortunate enough to recognize those moments as they are happening, but often, I miss the moment and don't realize it until later. No doubt, Jesus will come to us many times and in many different ways in the coming weeks of Christmas and the coming New Year. Will we recognize those moments?

     

  • Nov 19, 2017“Any Talents”
    Nov 19, 2017
    “Any Talents”
    On this Sunday before Thanksgiving we are all reminded of the many ways that God has blessed our lives. As we count our many blessings and give thanks to God, we remember the vital role that The United Methodist Church of Sun City Center plays in our life. In the membership vows we are asked to support the church with "our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service and our witness." Because we share our "Talents" we are able to do ministry and share the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our community and even throughout the world. In this morning's message we will be challenged by Jesus to take the risk and share our talents.