Baptism of the Lord Sunday sees the sacrament upon the savior, but it also sees God descending like a dove from the heavens and hears his voice. Paired with Psalm 29, which looks at the majesty of Earth as God's creation, Pastor Greg looks beyond to the stars and heavens which have opened up to us by technologies advances.
A scripture of darkness and unchecked power grasping to maintain itself is what follows in the days directly after Christmas. As the rush and flush of the holidays pass, Pastor Lori looks at what we are left with.
He shall be called Emmanuel, God with us. This look into what it means to have God physically with us, as frail as us, just for a time, looks deeper into how that presence continues to reverberate and stay with us in all of our moments.
As Jon the Baptist leaps for joy in his mother's womb and Mary sings the Magnificat, the prophet Isaiah tells of a time when the world will praise in song. Pastor Greg recounts these songs as we also prepare for our annual Christmas Concert.
The second Sunday of Advent, Pastor Greg looks back at the prophetic visions of Isaiah and of John the Baptist for the heralding of the innocence in the story that would soon be told.
As far back as Isaiah, in the Old Testament, our prophets forsaw a world without war and reigned by peace. As we begin Advent, we look at the promise of peace and how we can bring it to our world.
Pastor Loir looks back with fondness on Thanksgiving memories, that in the moment didn't have much of the Thanksgiving spirit.
The perfect love that existed at the beginning and changed with the knowledge of good and evil is what United Methodists seek in their daily practice. Pastor Greg wraps up the Fear/Fear Not sermon series as it concludes with perfect love.
No matter the distance, even passages from 1 John and Genesis, nothing can separate us from the love of God, especially that which we have in Jesus Christ.