Sermons from 2018 (Page 2)

Do Social Holiness

At one of the first churches I served, a kind parishioner told me if I would only every preach that Jesus loved me and sit down, I would be complete.  And I think that they were earnest.  The challenge with that proposition is that you and I need for ourselves more application answers to the question, so what?  If Jesus loves me,…

Do Sanctifying Grace

I have often said the two most common things a pastor fixes are toilets (I jiggle a lot of chains!) and a limited view of possibilities.  Perhaps, it is the volume of people in a church or the way we act in a church, there is a high percentage of toilet talk and repair in church.  We also find ourselves needing to…

DO Justifying Grace

Good Morning! I am Janice Bowers, a Christ Servant Minister here at West Grove United Methodist Church. Pastor Monica is on a well-deserved vacation this week with her family and I have been given the privilege to speak with you this morning. You have been listening to some of the music and highlights from our VBS week on the Rolling River Rampage.…

DO Prevenient Grace

Prepare the way of the Lord!  The prophets declare.  During Advent, we are accustomed to hearing those words.  Getting ready for what is coming next.  Christ, incarnation of love, will be born. During Lent, we listen with earnestness.  Easter is coming.  The liturgical year circles through preparation and feast, fast and celebration.  Our spiritual lives cycle on a larger scale as well. …

DO Hear the Call

Paul traveled on an unexpected life journey, going above and beyond.  He never expected to be called to be doing all he did.  At one time, he was out to get Christians and made a living and purpose in having them persecuted and then God intervened and his purpose changed.  It is written that no…

Do Tell Great Wonders

Grace and peace as we return from a full week at Annual Conference.   You were well represented by 4 clergy delegates- Pastor Shirley, Pastor Jim, Pastor Kevin, and myself as well as three lay delegates – Susan Paisley, Mike Chalmers, and our new Caring Ministries Deaconess Yvette Diaz.  Indeed, God is moving among us as we worshipped, celebrated ordination, retirements, memorials, were…

Do Tell Parables

This morning, we continue in our series on the power of telling stories in parables and continue in the gospel of Mark.  This year, we have been reading the gospel of Mark together.  We have paired it with our year long verse: Be doers of the word, not just hearers, who deceive themselves, from James 1:22.  Lest, you and I only nod…