TowerLogo

Podcasts

 

Sermons:

Weekly sermon podcasts recorded from the Sunday morning worship services.

 

2017

Date

(Click to listen)

 Title Scripture Reference Speaker
Sunday February 19 "It is hot in here...!" Verses from Song of Solomon Rev. Rudy Tucker

Today, we continue our sermon series focused on "home improvement" -- looking at all this ways in which we grow and work and strengthen our faith as part of the family of God. 


A reading of selected verses from the Song of Solomon speaks to us of love, passion, and human sexuality. These verses also reveal the kind of intimacy that God desires for us, one to another, but also the kind of intimacy he desires to have with each of us.

Sunday February 12 "Me O My O Nehemiah!"   Verses from the book of Nehemiah
Today, the children of Grace present a special musical drama, Me, O My O Nehemiah!" 
Sunday February 5 "Why a Child?" Mark 9:30-37 Rev. Rudy Tucker

Today, we continue our sermon series focused on "home improvement" -- looking at all this ways in which we grow and work and strengthen our faith as part of the family of God. 


Jesus' disciples often demonstrate how they miss the point, like when the end up arguing about which of them is the greatest. So Jesus teaches an object lesson, embracing the innocence and openness of a child. "Behave like one of these," Jesus says to his disciples.


Like children, we come to the altar with open hands, seeking, eagerly awaiting the blessings of God.

Sunday January 29 "It Takes a Family!" Matthew 12:46-50 Rev. Rudy Tucker

Today, we begin a new sermon series focused on "home improvement" -- looking at all this ways in which we grow and work and strengthen our faith as part of the family of God. 

 

Families come in all shapes and sizes. Even Jesus knew this. "Who are my mother and brothers?" he asked. Then he pointed to his disciples and said, "here are my brothers and my mother." What did Jesus mean? We draw stength in the ties that bind us to our faith community; and we give thanks for the way this "family of faith" sustains us and teaches us how to work and grow in the graces of God.

Sunday, January 22 "A New Day Dawning" Matthew 4:12-25 Rev. Jeff Mickle

Today, we welcome to Grace UMC our District Superintendent, Rev. Jeff Mickle.

A new day dawns, and we are blessed with the grace of new energy, a renewed sense of purpose, and new commitment. But the dawning also means that dusk - and night - will almost certainly follow. When Jesus called his disciples to ministry, there was no guarantee that everything would now be easy. Like the disciples, we face the troubles of life in the faith that God's grace, made real in the love and life of Jesus Christ, will be enough to see us through the dark of night, into the light and unbounded grace of God's kingdom.

 

Sunday, January 15 "Come and See" John 1:35-42 Rev. Denise Childers

The disciples of John the Baptist meet Jesus, call him "Teacher," and ask where he is going.

"Come and see," is Jesus' reply.

 

What are you looking for? Grace? Blessing? A more intimate relationship with God? The good news is that when we are looking for Jesus, he is already looking for us, extending an invitation to all to rest in his love, to be his disciples.

Sunday, January 8 "Remembering Our Baptism"   Matthew 3:13-17  Rev.Rudy Tucker

 Baptism is God's first gift to us -- a commitment that we are loved, and a promise that we are claimed by God's abundant grace and mercy.


(If you have not been baptized, or if you simply have questions about Baptism, our pastors are eager to speak with you and to help discover with you all that God may have in store for you through this holy means of grace. Simply contact the church office to arrange a conversation with one of our pastors about Baptism -- or about anything else that God may have placed on your heart.)

 

Sunday, January 1 "The Right Time"  Ecclesiastes 3:1-14 Rev. Rudy Tucker

Happy New Year! May God bless each of us this day and all the grace-filled days that lie before us.

 

The words from Ecclesiastes tell us that there is a time for everything. But then the author of this wisdom book poses a question: what does it all add up to? The reply -- "Only God knows,"

God takes all that we do, all our choices, our bad timing, our best and our worst, and shapes them to His purpose. We give thanks for the boundless mercy of God who is the author of all wisdom and the keeper of all the times and moments of our lives.

2016

Date

(Click to listen)

 Title Scripture Reference Speaker
Christmas Day, December 25 "Christmas Gift(s)!"   John 1:1-14 Rev. Rudy Tucker

Today is Christmas Day, a time for gifts, for giving and receiving.

We give thanks for the One Gift, the grace of God come down from heaven, the Christ, our Savior.

Christmas blessings, everyone.

 

Christmas Eve, 11pm Service "A Thrill of Hope"   Luke 2:1-20 Rev. Rudy Tucker

Merry Christmas!

Tonight, we celebrate the joy of the birth of Christ with our candlelight service. The scripture and meditation are a fulfillment of our hopes of the Advent season - and a fulfillment of God's infinite love for all people: "For unto you is born a Savior..." 

Christmas Eve, 3pm Service "The Christmas Story ... in Just Eight Words"   Luke 2:1-20 Rev. Rudy Tucker

Merry Christmas!

Our 3pm Christmas Eve service is a simple informal service. And our meditation is a simple one, too. The entire Christmas story - all the promise, hope, and joy of Christmas - in just eight words.

Easy to remember, easy to retell.

Blessings on us all. 

Sunday December 18 "Lessons and Carols"

Today is the Fourth Sunday of Advent, a day on which we pause to rest in the presence of God good grace, in anticipation of the birth of the Christ Child.


(Our service of Lessons and Carols includes several scripture readings and musical meditations. The podcast includes only a small selection from the service. If you would like to listen to the entire service or view it via DVD, please contact the church office, and we will send you a complete recording.) 

Sunday December 11 "Bethlehem ... and Other 'Thin' Places"   Luke 2:1-5  Rev. Rudy Tucker

Today is the Third Sunday of Advent, and we mark the beginning of a new church year. Advent is a time to prepare our hearts for the coming of God's greatest gift: Emmanuel, "God With Us," Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.


Where is heaven? Someplace far away? At times, God feels so close to us. Often in this life, we experience "thin places," moments and places where the distance between us and the Divine Presence seems so very "thin," and God's presence is real, immediate, palpable.

In Bethlehem, on that Holy Night so many years ago, God created a "thin place," and the glory of the Lord shown all around, the angels attended the birth of Christ, and Jesus bridged the divide between heaven and humanity.

God is always with us, and there are other "thin places" all around us -- moments when we realize that God is ever-present, attending to us, waiting for us to turn our gaze toward Him. May this holy season reveal God's presence to each of us so that we might know the love and the peace of Christ in new ways, here and now, and in the grace-filled days that lie ahead.

   
Sunday December 4 "Summons of the Shepherds" Luke 2:8-14 Rev. Janet Salbert

Today is the Second Sunday of Advent, and we mark the beginning of a new church year. Advent is a time to prepare our hearts for the coming of God's greatest gift: Emmanuel, "God With Us," Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.


The first announcement of the birth of Christ was made to simple shepherds. They received from the angels the first instructions to go and see, and to praise God for this wondrous gift. Like the shepherds, we must stop and listen, to hear God's summons to us, and to come in adoration and thanksgiving, praising God for the blessing of God Incarnate. 

Sunday November 27 "Have You Heard John Preach?  Matthew 3:1-12  Rev. Rudy Tucker

Today is the First Sunday of Advent, and we mark the beginning of a new church year. Advent is a time to prepare our hearts for the coming of God's greatest gift: Emmanuel, "God With Us," Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

 

"Make straight the way, prepare for the coming of one whose sandal I am not worthy to untie." With these words, the prophet John the Baptist proclaims the coming of Jesus. John's preaching challenges us all to reflect on how we must prepare -- not just professing our commitment to God, but also to confess how we need to get "cleaned up," to slow down and pray, and to consider how we must reprioritize our lives in order to fully receive the saving grace of Jesus, "God With Us."    

 Sunday November 20 "To Respond with Thanksgiving" John 6:1-15 Rev. Rudy Tucker

These weeks leading up to the start of a new church year, our worship centers on matters of stewardship: recalling in word and prayer how God has blessed us, and praying for the wisdom to respond to God's blessing with generosity and faithfulness.


Every worship service includes giving thanks to God for all God's blessings. Today, our scriptures of the feeding of 5,000 remind us how Jesus teaches us to give thanks ever day, not just on Thanksgiving. Indeed, we are called not merely to thanksgiving, but to "thanks LIVING-- doing all we can each day, relying fully on God, to live lives that seek to give generously, just as God has given to us.

Sunday November 13 "Collecting Firewood" 1 Kings 17:8-16 Rev. Janet Salbert

These weeks leading up to the start of a new church year, our worship centers on matters of stewardship: recalling in word and prayer how God has blessed us, and praying for the wisdom to respond to God's blessing with generosity and faithfulness.


Today's scripture reading comes from the Old Testament, from the First book of Kings. The verses tell the story of the prophet Elijah and his visit to the poor widow who had only enough for one small meal. Through the prophet, God blessed her and her household, and there was enough meal and oil for days and days, for her and her entire houshold.

We seek a grace so abundant that our faith grows beyond all our expectations, enabling us to provide for the needs of all those who turn to us for help.

Sunday November 6 "Growing with the Saints"   Mark 4:1-9  Rev. Rudy Tucker

Today, we celebrate the saints - the great cloud of witnesses in whose lives we have shared, whose hands, hearts, and prayers have shaped us and formed us toward God's purpose.

 

Jesus tells us the parable of the sower, casting seeds near and far, seemingly extravagant - perhaps even wasteful - apparently not caring where his seeds might fall. The truth is, we never know what might come from a seed cast amid the rocks, or one nearly choked by thorns. God's grace works in mysterious ways, and we rejoice in all the seeds - and all the saints - that we have been given. We sense their presence with us even today. And we give thanks for all the ways that God's grace continues to work through his saints, near and far, touching us and strengthening our faith to fit us more surely for God's holy purposes. 

 Sunday October 30  "End Game"  Matthew 7:24-29  Rev. Rudy Tucker

This Fall season is the launch of so many events like heading back to school, the start of Fall sports teams, and yes -- CHURCH! During these first weeks of Fall, our worship will use various sports analogies to teach us about growing in faith.


Today, we come to the end of what many consider to be the greatest of Jesus' sermons. His parable of the house built on the rock is not simple advice about home construction. Rather, Jesus is instructing us about our character, the very center of our being. As Christians, we are called not to simply be nice: we are called to stay focused on God in everything we do, building our lives on a desire to emulate the love and compassion of Christ in all we do.

"On Christ, the solid rock, I stand. All other ground is sinking sand."

Sunday October 23 "Field of Dreams" Matthew 6:25-34 Rev. Janet Salbert

This Fall season is the launch of so many events like heading back to school, the start of Fall sports teams, and yes -- CHURCH! During these first weeks of Fall, our worship will use various sports analogies to teach us about growing in faith.


Today's scripture and sermon are taken from Jesus' stirring Sermon on the Mount. We pray for the grace to give up worry and anxiety, to trust completely on God, and to give thanks for the here and now. 

Slow it down. Let go. Let God.

Sunday October 16 "Teamwork: Are You All In?" Nehemiah 5:14-19 Mr. Dan Meador, Lay Leader

This Fall season is the launch of so many events like heading back to school, the start of Fall sports teams, and yes -- CHURCH! During these first weeks of Fall, our worship will use various sports analogies to teach us about growing in faith.


Today, Grace UMC celebrates Laity Sunday, and our worship services are led by our church laity. The scripture and sermon are brought by Lay Leader Dan Meador.


What does it mean to be on a team? How did the apostles feel after being chosen by Jesus for his team? What did it take them to be "all in" on Jesus' team - even to death? Dan reminds us that God loves us just the way we are - not as we hope to be or might be at some future time. God will find a way to make it work, to give us just what we need, each day. How can we say "no" to such a generous and loving call upon our lives?

Sunday October 9 "For the Love of the Game"   Matthew 6:19-24  Rev. Rudy Tucker

This Fall season is the launch of so many events like heading back to school, the start of Fall sports teams, and yes -- CHURCH! During these first weeks of Fall, our worship will use various sports analogies to teach us about growing in faith.


How shall we be remembered? What will the world recall of our life? How much money we made? How famous we were?

In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus cautions us about pursuing the wrong kind of treasure. Instead, we pursue a God who loves us, who redeems us and blesses us, so that we in turn might be a blessing to others.

That's it. It's that simple.

   
Sunday September 25 "There is no 'I' in Team" Matthew 5:38-48 Rev. Janet Salbert

This Fall season is the launch of so many events like heading back to school, the start of Fall sports teams, and yes -- CHURCH! During these first weeks of Fall, our worship will use various sports analogies to teach us about growing in faith.


There are always rules. And faith is no exception. We hear how Jesus refers to the ancient scriptures as "the law." But then he gives us a new law - and it's not an easy one to follow, or to even make sense of from a "modern" point of view.


"Love my enemy?? You've got to be kidding." Yet Jesus promises us the grace we need to live into this "new law," a law that will perfect our faith and bring the love of God to all we meet. Yes - even to our enemies.

Sunday September 18 "Put Me In, Coach!"   Matthew 5:13-16  Rev. Rudy Tucker

This Fall season is the launch of so many events like heading back to school, the start of Fall sports teams, and yes -- CHURCH! During these first weeks of Fall, our worship will use various sports analogies to teach us about growing in faith.


When things are going well, we're glad to be on the team, and we're eager to get into the game. But when times are tough or when challenges grow and the team starts to struggle, we might not feel so enthusiastic. But God calls us to be "fulltime" Christians -- to respond to the needs around us even when it's tough to do so. With God's grace, may it be so each day of our lives. 

   
Sunday September 11 "Game Changers"   Matthew 5:1-12  Rev. Janet Salbert

This Fall season is the launch of so many events like heading back to school, the start of Fall sports teams, and yes -- CHURCH! During these first weeks of Fall, our worship will use various sports analogies to teach us about growing in faith.


We can all point to people and events that altered our lives in powerful ways: "game changers," we call them. Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, recounted in Matthew's gospel, is a spiritual "game changer." These words from Jesus forever claim for his disciples - and for us - the rich and manifold blessings that flow from God's grace and mercy. 

   
Sunday September 4 "The Joy of Being Odd" Romans 12:1-21 Rev. Rudy Tucker

This summer, Grace UMC seeks to renew our commitment to live our lives as disciples of Christ out beyond the walls of the church, in our surrounding community and the world at large. To help us in claiming this wonderful truth, we are examining the life and work of the apostle Paul, who did so much to spread the gospel of Christ throughout the world.


Being a Christian, as Paul told the Romans, is not about following rules. It's about being transformed by God's grace in order to show others the very mercy and compassion and generosity that God himself first showed us.

Sunday August 28  "Freedom to Live"  Romans 8:1-11  Rev. Janet Salbert

This summer, Grace UMC seeks to renew our commitment to live our lives as disciples of Christ out beyond the walls of the church, in our surrounding community and the world at large. To help us in claiming this wonderful truth, we are examining the life and work of the apostle Paul, who did so much to spread the gospel of Christ throughout the world.


St. Paul tells the Romans that God has promised his disciples freedom: freedom from sin, even freedom from death. That same promise is given to us through the power of the Holy Spirit that dwells in our hearts. 

   
Sunday August 21 "...rekindling the gift..."   2 Timothy 1:3-14, 4:6-8  Rev. Rudy Tucker

This summer, Grace UMC seeks to renew our commitment to live our lives as disciples of Christ out beyond the walls of the church, in our surrounding community and the world at large. To help us in claiming this wonderful truth, we are examining the life and work of the apostle Paul, who did so much to spread the gospel of Christ throughout the world.


St. Paul's letter to TImothy is a letter of compassion and prayerful support. We draw on the grace of God, as Paul did, to strengthen us in times of sorrow, rekindling the gift of faith, sharing it with others, drawing all closer to the love and salvation that God offers to each of us.

   
Sunday August 14 "Give Peace a Chance"  2 Corinthians 5:16-21 Rev. Janet Salbert

This summer, Grace UMC seeks to renew our commitment to live our lives as disciples of Christ out beyond the walls of the church, in our surrounding community and the world at large. To help us in claiming this wonderful truth, we are examining the life and work of the apostle Paul, who did so much to spread the gospel of Christ throughout the world.


St. Paul sends words of peace to the church in Corinth. We too seek peace -- for ourselves, our church, our community, and our world. How do we start? Let's begin with prayer, contemplative prayer, that places our heart in the loving embrace of God, empowering us to extend the love of God to all those around us.

Sunday August 7 "Why the Cross?" 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 Rev. Rudy Tucker

This summer, Grace UMC seeks to renew our commitment to live our lives as disciples of Christ out beyond the walls of the church, in our surrounding community and the world at large. To help us in claiming this wonderful truth, we are examining the life and work of the apostle Paul, who did so much to spread the gospel of Christ throughout the world.


These days, it often seems that people who would be Christians want to find a way around the uncomfortable truth of the cross of Jesus. Can't we just be church without dwelling so much on that, they ask. But Paul tells the church at Corinth why he must preach, why he must claim this most holy truth. Today's scripture and sermon remind us that we are loved and comforted by a God who knows the deepest depths of our sorrows and our hurts because of the suffering of God's only Son, even unto death on the cross. And we are redeemed and made whole by the very sanctifying grace that flows from the cross. Thanks be to God.

Sunday July 31 "Getting Rid of the Good Stuff" Philippians 3:4b-14 Rev. Rudy Tucker

This summer, Grace UMC seeks to renew our commitment to live our lives as disciples of Christ out beyond the walls of the church, in our surrounding community and the world at large. To help us in claiming this wonderful truth, we are examining the life and work of the apostle Paul, who did so much to spread the gospel of Christ throughout the world.


Paul tells the people of Philippi that, from the beginning, he had a lot going for him: a Jew in good standing, right with the Law, a rock of the faith. But he considers all this mere rubbish, to be thrown aside in pursuit of growing into the disciple that Jesus calls him to be. "Not that I have fully accomplished this yet," he adds, "but I press on" to be more and more Christlike. Like Paul, we set aside "the good stuff" of this life in order to become the disciples Jesus hopes us to become.

Sunday July 24 "Assisted Living" Colossians 3:12-17 Rev. Janet Salbert

This summer, Grace UMC seeks to renew our commitment to live our lives as disciples of Christ out beyond the walls of the church, in our surrounding community and the world at large. To help us in claiming this wonderful truth, we are examining the life and work of the apostle Paul, who did so much to spread the gospel of Christ throughout the world.


Today's scripture and sermon remind us that forgiveness is a gift given through the grace of God. More than this, it is a gift given not to an individual but to a community - and given by a community. Forgiveness changes us, all together, drawing us more fully into being the body of Christ, assisting one another to live fully and freely in God's loving embrace.

Sunday July 17  "What's in Your Cave?"  Ephesians 3:14-21  Rev. Janet Salbert

This summer, Grace UMC seeks to renew our commitment to live our lives as disciples of Christ out beyond the walls of the church, in our surrounding community and the world at large. To help us in claiming this wonderful truth, we are examining the life and work of the apostle Paul, who did so much to spread the gospel of Christ throughout the world.


Paul's letter to the Ephesians is a prayer, a prayer for the members of this early church that they would know the full measure of God's love. As those who seek to follow Jesus, we pray for the grace to know God's ever-present and abundant love. And we are attentive to the way God's grace works within us, helping us to be the disciples God desires to do his work throughout the world. 

   
Sunday July 10 "Stand on ... Living Toward ... the Promises of God"   1 Thessalonians 5:1-11  Rev. Rudy Tucker

This summer, Grace UMC seeks to renew our commitment to live our lives as disciples of Christ out beyond the walls of the church, in our surrounding community and the world at large. To help us in claiming this wonderful truth, we are examining the life and work of the apostle Paul, who did so much to spread the gospel of Christ throughout the world.


Today's scripture and sermon, based on Paul's letter to the early church in Greece, reminds us that God's promises of grace and love are sufficient for us to do all we are called to do -- to live out our faith every day. 

   
Sunday July 3 "Set Free"   Galatians 5:1, 13-25  Rev. Rudy Tucker

This summer, Grace UMC seeks to renew our commitment to live our lives as disciples of Christ out beyond the walls of the church, in our surrounding community and the world at large. To help us in claiming this wonderful truth, we are examining the life and work of the apostle Paul, who did so much to spread the gospel of Christ throughout the world.


This weekend, we are attentive to our freedom, our independence. Yet in Paul's letter to the Galatians, Paul commands the early church to be slaves to one another in the service of God. We learn that in service to God's will, we find true freedom.

   
Sunday June 26 "Surrounded"   Acts 26:12-20  Rev. Rudy Tucker

This summer, Grace UMC seeks to renew our commitment to live our lives as disciples of Christ out beyond the walls of the church, in our surrounding community and the world at large. To help us in claiming this wonderful truth, we are examining the life and work of the apostle Paul, who did so much to spread the gospel of Christ throughout the world.


The story has been told and re-told how Paul experienced Christ in a powerful way on the road to Damascus -- knocked to the ground, struck blind, surrounded by the power of God. To many, it seems unlikely we will ever have such an experience. But truly, we like Paul are indeed surrounded by the power of the Holy Spirit and are called as irresistably to do God's work here on earth.

   

Sunday June 19 "A Chat with 'Lucky'"   Acts 20:7-12  Rev. Rudy Tucker (and "Lucky," portrayed by Steven Field)
Today's scripture reading from the book of Acts continues our study of the early church. We have a chat with Eutychus, the young man brought back to life by Paul.   
 Sunday June 12 "Recalculate!" Acts 16:6-10 Rev. Janet Salbert

These verses from Acts remind us of the way the Holy Spirit called Paul in directions he might never have anticipated. The Holy Spirit call us too, insistently, repeatedly, drawing us out into the world to do the work of the church. As we move through our world, we seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit, repeatly asking:

  • Is the choice I am making of benefit to others?
  • Am I headed in a direction that is reflective of the person I hope to become?
  • Am I going in a direction that will bring glory to God?
 Sunday May 29 "Swept by the Spirit" Acts 8:26-40 Rev. Janet Salbert
In today's reading, Stephen is moved by the Holy Spirit to reach out to a man and teach him about Christ. Like Stephen, we are called to speak to others, to reach out, and to spread the word of the Gospel and the love of Christ to others.
Sunday May 22 "Wonders and Signs" Acts 3:1-10 Rev. Rudy Tucker
Our scripture and sermon for this first Sunday after Pentecost continue the celebration of the mystery and power of the Holy Spirit.
Sunday May 15 "A Blaze ... in a Good Way" Acts 2:1-21 Rev. Rudy Tucker
Pentecost Sunday scripture and sermon.
Sunday May 8 "Tourists and Travelers" John 21:15-19 Rev. Rudy Tucker

Today is Confirmation Sunday. And the church has a special message for our Confirmands -- and for all of us:

There are two kinds of people in this world: tourists -- those who like to sit back and watch the world roll by their window -- and travelers -- those who are not just on a journey but are into the journey. 

And today... well, as Pastor Rudy puts it, "the church doesn't need any more tourists."

Which am I? Which are you?

May God grant us the grace to be a part of his work here on earth, fully into the journey of leading others into a life of love, mercy, and salvation.

 Sunday May 1 "Embracing Mystery" Luke 24:13-35 Rev. Janet Salbert

Our Easter Season sermon series --  "UN..."

Uncertainty... It can be a frustrating, difficult part of life. Is it this, or that? Should I go, or stay? Is it you, or someone else? As the disciples walked along the road to Emmaus, they were troubled by the uncertainty of all that had happened in Jerusalem: Jesus' suffering and death; his burial and the apparent end of everything they had hoped for; and the startling reports from other disciples who had visited the grave that morning and said their Lord was risen and had greeted them.

Walking unrecognized with those on the road to Emmaus, Jesus loves Cleopas and the others exactly as they are, in all their uncertainty, in the depths of all they had hoped for but had not realized. Just as Cleopas and the others suddenly recognize Jesus in his simple act of breaking bread, we pray that we also see Jesus in the simple miracles of life that surround us every day.

 Sunday April 24 "Two Pockets" Acts 11:1-18 Rev. Rudy Tucker

Our Easter Season sermon series --  "UN..."

Today, our Easter sermon series reflects on our feeling great and holy one day, and feeling small and "unworthy" the next. But God's grace abides, and we claim the promise of Easter salvation every day of our lives.

 Sunday April 17 "Unconditional"   John 13:34-35  Youth Lay Leader Alyssa Ryberg

Our Easter Season sermon series --  "UN..."

Today is Youth Sunday, and the youth have taken over the church! Praise God for their faith and their service.

 Sunday April 10 "Empty Enough"   John 21:1-8  Rev. Janet Salbert

 

 Sunday April 3 "The Gift of Belief"   John 20:19-31  Rev. Rudy Tucker

 

Easter Sunday March 27  "The Announcement" Luke 24:1-12

Rev. Rudy Tucker

Rev. Janet Salbert

Christ is Risen!! He is risen indeed!!

We greet this announcement with joy and praise, eager to see the work of God in our lives as we claim the promise of salvation.

Sunday March 20 "Leading from Behind" Luke 19:29-40 Rev. Rudy Tucker

Today is Palm Sunday, and we continue our Lenten sermon series on the "Deep and Wide" abundance of God's love.


Luke describes how the people in Jerusalem threw their cloaks on the ground before Jesus as he rode into the city. As the people proclaim their Hosannahs, some try to silence them. But the people's faith - and their actions - show how deep their faith had grown. May God bless us with such deep faith that we are able to proclaim the love of God wherever we are, whatever obstacles we face.

 Sunday March 6 "In the Gap"   John 6:1-15  Rev. Rudy Tucker

We continue our Lenten sermon series on the "Deep and Wide" abundance of God's love.


The scriptures for today tell the story of the feeding of the multitudes. The gap seems enormous between what we alone have to work with - a few loaves, a couple fish - and the needs we seek to fill. But God's grace is infinitely deep, and God bridges any gap to accomplish great things in his name.

Sunday February 28 "A Light Touch" John 9:1-12, 35-41 Rev. Janet Salbert
Today's gospel from John tells of Jesus' healing of the blind man. We embrace the darkness in order to learn what God seeks to teach us, in order to truly see how much God loves us.
Sunday February 21 "Anyone Need a Drink...?" John 4:4;26 Rev. Rudy Tucker and Rev. Janet Salbert

Today is the second Sunday of Lent, and we continue our reading of the Gospel of John as we make our way toward Holy Week and the death and ressurection of Jesus.

 

Sunday February 14 "The New Birth: Nicodemus' and Ours"   John 3:1-17  Rev. Rudy Tucker

Today is the first Sunday of Lent, and we begin our journey of 40 days toward Holy Week - and Easter. 

   

Sunday February 7 "The Grand Mystery"   Luke 9:28-36  Rev. Rudy Tucker

Luke's gospel tells us of the glorious transfiguration of Jesus - and of the disciples' stumbling, utterly human way or trying to make sense of it. 

   

Sunday January 31 If you would like a DVD recording of the children's musical presentation, "One-hundred Percent Chance of Rain!" (the story of Noah), please contact the church office.
Sunday January 24

(Sorry! No podcast from the blizzard weekend! Please select another service.)

Sunday January 17 "The Mirror of Truth" 

 2 Samuel 11:1-17

2 Samuel 12:1-7a

Rev. Rudy Tucker

These Sundays of Epiphany, we examine the "wooly" sheep" of the Gospels - familiar characters who embrace and live a life of prayer, despite being a little rough or unfinished. Perhaps we - and our prayer lives - have more in common with these wolly sheep than we at first recognize.


King David - the celebrated author of Psalms, the one who establishes the house from which Jesus descends - had some pretty rough edges. Sinful ways eventually surrender to God's forgiveness, and David becomes, even at this late stage of his life, the prayerful faithful servant he was called by God to be.

Sunday January 10 "Second Fiddle"   Mark 1:1-11 Rev. Rudy Tucker

These Sundays of Epiphany, we examine the "wooly" sheep" of the Gospels - familiar characters who embrace and live a life of prayer, despite being a little rough or unfinished. Perhaps we - and our prayer lives - have more in common with these wolly sheep than we at first recognize.


We take a look at John the Baptist - one of the wooliest, roughest, yet most prayerful characters in the Gospel. What can we learn from John? How might we seek to resemble him, in his actions and his faith?

Sunday January 3 "Savoring Sacraments"   Matthew 2:1-12  Rev. Rudy Tucker and Rev. Janet Salbert

These Sundays of Epiphany, we examine the "wooly" sheep" of the Gospels - familiar characters who embrace and live a life of prayer, despite being a little rough or unfinished. Perhaps we - and our prayer lives - have more in common with these wolly sheep than we at first recognize.


Today's scripture and sermon tell the story of the Wise Men who gave gifts and homage to the Christ Child. We form our prayers of praise in the same way, building on faith in God's infinite mercy.

May the blessings of Christmas be with you and yours.


 

2015



Date

(Click to listen)

 Title Scripture Reference Speaker
 Sunday December 27 "Jesus in the Temple"   Luke 2:41-52  Rev. Rudy Tucker
In keeping with tradition, the Christ Child is presented at the synagogue. What follows is a life that not only breaks with tradition but re-writes history and forms a saving link between humanity and God in the person of Jesus Christ. 
Christmas Eve December 24 Christmas Meditation   Luke 2:1-20  Rev. Rudy Tucker and Rev. Janet Salbert

May the blessings of Christmas be with you and yours.


The meditation from this evening's service includes a series of pictures and images; as a result, a podcast was not created from this service. If you would like to obtain a DVD of the service, please contact the church office.)

 

Sunday Dec 20 "Lessons and Carols"   Luke 2:1-16   Rev. Rudy Tucker and Rev. Janet Salbert

On the fourth Sunday of Advent, we celebrate the promise of the coming of the Christ Child through scriptures from the Old and New Testament, and by raising our voices in song.


(No podcast from this service is available. If you would like to obtain a DVD of the Lessons and Carols, please contact the church office.)

 

Sunday December 13 "Favored One"   Luke 1:39-56  Rev. Janet Salbert

During these weeks of Advent, our scriptures and sermons focus on the theme, "Making Room for Hope."

Our scripture and sermon focus on Mary, her visit to her cousin Elizabeth, and the favor that God shows on this favored one. 

 
Sunday December 6 "A Few Thoughts on Joseph ... and Us"   Matthew 1:18-25  Rev. Rudy Tucker

During these weeks of Advent, our scriptures and sermons focus on the theme, "Making Room for Hope."

Today, on the second Sunday of Advent, we consider Joseph. Matthew tells of Joseph's righteousness in how he responded to God's call, even when he may have been surprised and perplexed - maybe even frustrated or angry - to learn that his betrothed Mary was already with child. The angel assured Joseph that God was already at work in this.

We too must listen for the ways God calls us to be at work fulfilling his will here on earth, especially when we are perplexed, unsure, or frustrated with how life seems to be going. 

   
Sunday November 29 "Halos, Wings, and Transforming Things" Luke 1:26-38 Rev. Janet Salbert

 During these weeks of Advent, our scriptures and sermons focus on the theme, "Making Room for Hope."

 

  Scripture reminds us that messengers from God can come to us at any time, in any place: "Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it." (Hebrews 13:2). When Gabriel came to Mary to announce the coming birth of Jesus, the moment created a space in which the human and divine met, nearly touching. The Advent story tells us to pause, to rest, and to create the space where God can come to meet us and change us.

 (The image of Gabriel and Mary, painted by Sandro Boticelli, can be viewed at several websites, including:

http://historylink101.com/art/Sandro_Botticelli/images/26_Annunciation_jpg.jpg)

Sunday November 22 "Imagine Generosity"   Mark 12:38-44  Rev. Rudy Tucker

On this, the last Sunday of the Church year, we celebrate Christ the King Sunday. We also mark our commitment to the life of the church by pledging our gifts and our tithes in the coming year.


Jesus showed his disciples how some gave much to the temple; but their gift, Jesus pointed out, was eclipsed by the lesser offerings of those who gave all they could, like the widow and her small coins. We pray that God's grace leads us to give freely and to always have a thanksful heart for all God has given us.  

 
Sunday November 15 "Imagine Generosity in a Purple Patch"   Acts 16:9-15  Rev. Janet Salbert

As the seasons begin to change during these weeks of Autumn, we turn our attention to the question of discipleship: What Jesus said to his disciples, and how we are called to likewise be disciples to the world.


God seeks to make us into disciples with compassionate hearts, capable of extravagant generosity. Today's scripture reminds us that wealth means nothing unless it is shared, and the poor are redeemed through the power of God's love, made real through our compassionate and generous giving.

 
Sunday November 8 "Something New"   John 14:25-27  Rev. Rudy Tucker

As the seasons begin to change during these weeks of Autumn, we turn our attention to the question of discipleship: What Jesus said to his disciples, and how we are called to likewise be disciples to the world.

 

The church annoints in Jesus' name as an outward sign of the change that God's grace is working in our lives. Today, we receive that same annointing, seeking to become new creations, annointed disciples to do God's work here on earth.

Sunday November 1 "To Be a Saint" John 11:32-44 Rev. Rudy Tucker

As the seasons begin to change during these weeks of Autumn, we turn our attention to the question of discipleship: What Jesus said to his disciples, and how we are called to likewise be disciples to the world.

Today, is All Saints Sunday, and we remember the saintly disciples who have gone before us, who have shown us what it means to live lives full of grace in service to others.

Sunday October 25 "Bringing Home the Boon" Ephesians 2:1-10 Rev. Janet Salbert

As the seasons begin to change during these weeks of Autumn, we turn our attention to the question of discipleship: What Jesus said to his disciples, and how we are called to likewise be disciples to the world.

Becoming a disciple involves making a shift from attending what grace does to us toward attending how we - by the grace of God - may do what is needed for others.

Sunday October 18 "What 'Kind' Are You?" 2 Corinthians 9:6-15 Chris Comeau, Chris Dixon, and Herb Tax (Lay Leaders)

As the seasons begin to change during these weeks of Autumn, we turn our attention to the question of discipleship: What Jesus said to his disciples, and how we are called to likewise be disciples to the world.

 

Today, on Laity Sunday, the Lay Leaders of Grace Church bring us the message of discipleship. They ask us: What kind of disciple does God want us to be? What kind will we be? 

Sunday October 11 "Discipleship: A Life of Learning and Loving" Mark 1:21-28 Rev. Rudy Tucker

As the seasons begin to change during these weeks of Autumn, we turn our attention to the question of discipleship: What Jesus said to his disciples, and how we are called to likewise be disciples to the world.

 

When Jesus taught in the synagogue, the people were astounded. His words - and the words of scripture from which he taught - were powerful indeed.

(If you don't have a Bible, please contact the Church office, and we'll get you one,

so you too can be astounded by the powere of the Word of God made real in Jesus.)

Sunday October 4 "Discipleship: A Life of Prayer and Worship" John 6:25-35 Rev. Rudy Tucker
As the seasons begin to change during these weeks of Autumn, we turn our attention to the question of discipleship: What Jesus said to his disciples, and how we are called to likewise be disciples to the world.
Sunday Sept 27 "Discipleship: A Life Open to God and to Others" Mark 1:14-20 Rev. Janet Salbert
As the seasons begin to change during these weeks of Autumn, we turn our attention to the question of discipleship: What Jesus said to his disciples, and how we are called to likewise be disciples to the world.
Sunday Sept 20 "Rule Number Three" Mark:12:28-34 Rev. Rudy Tucker

As we begin a new school year and another season of the church year, our sermon series over the coming weeks will consider Wesley's General Rules for the church. These rules seek to define our relationship with God and with one another. 

 

Rule Number Three: Stay in love with God."

Sunday Sept 13 "Rule Number Two"   Matthew 7:15-28 Rev. Rudy Tucker

As we begin a new school year and another season of the church year, our sermon series over the coming weeks will consider Wesley's General Rules for the church. These rules seek to define our relationship with God and with one another. 

 

Rule Number Two: Do good.

 
Sunday Sept 6 "Rule Number One"   Exodus 20:1-7 Rev. Rudy Tucker

As we begin a new school year and another season of the church year, our sermon series over the coming weeks will consider Wesley's General Rules for the church. These rules seek to define our relationship with God and with one another. 

 

Rule Number One: Do no harm.

Sunday August 30 "Power-filled"   2 Kings 5:1-19  Rev. Janet Salbert

During these Sundays of summer, our pastors' sermons will focus on "Summer Sizzlers" -- issues that often confront us as we strive to follow Christ amid the challenges and uncertainties of this life.

 

As the school year begins, we seek God's blessing on our children and our teachers. And we seek the power of God's Spirit to confront violence, bullying, and intimidation wherever it arises.

Sunday August 23  "Sharing Our Faith"  Acts 8:26-40  Rev. Rudy Tucker

During these Sundays of summer, our pastors' sermons will focus on "Summer Sizzlers" -- issues that often confront us as we strive to follow Christ amid the challenges and uncertainties of this life.

 

God has called us to minister to one another, to encourage one another. But sharing our faith can be something we just don't always feel comfortable doing. We pray for the power and courage of the Holy Spirit so that we may be encouragers, one to another, in ways big and small.

Sunday August 16 "A Bunch of Builders" Ephesians 3:14-21 Rev. Rudy Tucker

During these Sundays of summer, our pastors' sermons will focus on "Summer Sizzlers" -- issues that often confront us as we strive to follow Christ amid the challenges and uncertainties of this life.

 

Who has encouraged you in your faith? What did they do to help you through times of doubt and to strengthen your faith? Today's scripture reminds us that the responsibility Christians have for one another dates to the earliest days of the church. We rely on the prayers and the intercession of others; and we ourselves seek to be "builders" of the faith through our prayers and ministry on behalf of our brothers and sisters, near and far.

Sunday August 9 "A Room at the Inn" 2 Corinthians 5:14-21 Rev. Janet Salbert

During these Sundays of summer, our pastors' sermons will focus on "Summer Sizzlers" -- issues that often confront us as we strive to follow Christ amid the challenges and uncertainties of this life.

 

What should we, as Christians, think, feel, and do concerning matters of race and racial injustice? What would Jesus have us do? There is only one race: the human race. And we worship a God that calls us to embrace the full, wide family of humanity with love, with a commitment to reconciliation, and with a thirst for justice.

Sunday August 2 "The New Golden Calf"   Joshua 24:14-25  Rev. Janet Salbert

During these Sundays of summer, our pastors' sermons will focus on "Summer Sizzlers" -- issues that often confront us as we strive to follow Christ amid the challenges and uncertainties of this life.

 

We live our lives distracted by so many things, pulled in different directions, seeking satisfaction and connection without ever knowing peace. "You can only have one Master," Jesus teaches. We pray for the wisdom to focus on Jesus and to bind our hearts - and our very lives - to his saving grace.

   
Sunday July 26 "Three Questions"   Matthew 13:24-30  Rev. Rudy Tucker

During these Sundays of summer, our pastors' sermons will focus on "Summer Sizzlers" -- issues that often confront us as we strive to follow Christ amid the challenges and uncertainties of this life.

 

Weeds in the garden... illness... pain... suffering... Why do these things happen? And is God going to do anything about it?? Today's scripture and sermon confront the difficult question of evil loose in the world. We rely on the grace of God, and we commit ourselves to be instruments of that grace, bringing the force of God's love and compassion into the darkest corners of life.

   
Sunday July 19 "The Blame Game" John 8:1-11 Rev. Janet Salbert

During these Sundays of summer, our pastors' sermons will focus on "Summer Sizzlers" -- issues that often confront us as we strive to follow Christ amid the challenges and uncertainties of this life. 

 

Jesus tells the Pharisees, "let the one without any sin cast the first stone." Judging others - quickly, unjustly, and without reflection upon our own sins - seems to be part of the human condition. But as chldren of the Risen Christ, we seek the divine grace that God provides, striving to provide redemption and acceptance toward all.

Sunday July 12 "Mountaintop Living"   Matthew 5:1-12  Rev. Rudy Tucker

During these Sundays of summer, our pastors' sermons will focus on "Summer Sizzlers" -- issues that often confront us as we strive to follow Christ amid the challenges and uncertainties of this life. 

 

In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus challenges us to see life in a new way. But the Beatitudes are not mere advice. In them, Jesus first describes theway things are, and then reminds us that this is not the way things will always be. In this way, he tells us who God is, and how he is at work in us and through us.


Blessed are we who loosen our grip on the way things are, and open ourselves the the way that God wills.

 
Sunday July 5 "How to Be Christians in a Red and Blue World"   Romans 13:1-10  Rev. Rudy Tucker

During these Sundays of summer, our pastors' sermons will focus on "Summer Sizzlers" -- issues that often confront us as we strive to follow Christ amid the challenges and uncertainties of this life.  

 

How do live as Christians in a world divided into "red" and "blue" -- and pulled against itself in so many other ways? Jesus taught his disciples how to be followers of The Way in this world. Every day, we seek to follow Jesus and to be citizens of his heavenly Kingdom, even as we dwell here on earth.

Easter Sunday, April 5 "The Greatest Story You'll Ever Tell"   Mark 16:1-8  Rev. Rudy Tucker and Rev. Janet Salbert

Happy and Blessed Easter!

Where does the Easter story go from here? Where do we mee the Risen Christ? Each of us has a part in the telling of the story of the redeeming love of the Risen Christ. 

We pray that the blessings of Easter will be lived out and made real through our lives, here in this community of faith - and in the world beyond these walls - as we strive to write the next chapter in the story of God's love for all the earth.  

 

2011

 

Date  Title Scripture Reference Speaker
Sunday, Nov 13 Ministry Moment: Sharing Your Skittles Sandy Risko
Sunday, Oct 9 Ministry Moment: Passionate Worship Jen Woolard
Sunday, Oct 2 Ministry Moment: Radical Hospitality Marion Soderberg
Sunday, Sep 25 Ministry Moment: Extravagant Generosity Sandy Risko
Sunday, Sep 4 Music Rev. Milton Rodgers
Sunday, Aug, 2 Offering Ourselves Rev. Rudy Tucker
Sunday, Aug 21 Proclaiming the Word Rev. Meredith McNabb
Sunday, Aug 7 Understanding Holy Communion Rev. Rudy Tucker

 

 

© 2017 Grace United Methodist Church
Connected Sound - Websites for the Barbershop Community