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Weekly sermon podcasts recorded from the Sunday morning worship services.

 

2017

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 Title Scripture Reference Speaker
Sunday September 17 "Sea Crossing(s)" Exodus 14:19-31 Rev. Rudy Tucker

We know the story... The Israelites flee before the approaching Egyptian army, but are trapped against the Red Sea. By God's almighty hand, the waters part, the Israelites cross, but the Egyptians don't make it through.

 

Hearing the story through our "New Testament" understanding, it may be difficult to discern all God's purposes in these events. But one thing is certain: this God - the God of the Old and New Testaments - will provide the almighty grace needed to see us safely through whatever seas we are crossing, whatever fears we are facing, whatever trials we encounter. This is a God who will not abandon us. Thanks be to God.

Sunday September 10 "Meeting God... Talk About a Defining Moment!" Exodus 3:1-15 Rev. Rudy Tucker

 Moses met God on a mountain top in a burning bush. God called Moses by name and told Moses His name.


God knows our names - each of us. And He is on fire with love for each of us, calling us to be in relationship with God, to rest in His grace, and to learn to live in His presence.


Come, meet God in this place. Today.

Sunday September 3 "What Did You Say? ... Praise the Lord!"   Psalm 150  Rev. Rudy Tucker

"Summer in the Psalms"

This is our final Sunday in our summer sermon series on the Psalms - the ancient songbook of God's people.


Psalm 150 is a fitting conclusion to the Psaltery. This final Psalm tells us not merely to pray to God, not merely to love God, but to PRAISE God - and to lift our praises with everything we've got.


Praising God may come easily on bright, sunny, happy days. But in days filled with sorrow or loss, it may be difficult to find our voices of praise. With God's grace - and the inspiration of the Psalms - we hope to praise God always. In this way, we seek to please God and to become more like the disciples he wishes us to be.

   
Sunday August 27 "Character" Psalm 145 Rev. Rudy Tucker

"Summer in the Psalms"

Our summer sermon series takes us to the Psalms - the ancient songbook of God's people.


Psalm 145 tells us who God is. It gives us a view into the character of God: "gracious, merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love." 


What's our character?  What are we made of? Jesus became like us so we might become like Jesus, possessed of the same Godly grace, mercy, and steadfast love. As we read the verses of Psalm 145, we pray that God's Holy Spirit might make this so. 

Sunday August 20 "How Long is Long" Psalm 91 Rev. Denise Childers

"Summer in the Psalms"

Our summer sermon series takes us to the Psalms - the ancient songbook of God's people.


Psalm 91 is counted among those called "Wisdom" Psalms. It provides us with a powerful description of God's nature: his deep love for us and his faithfulness toward us. 


What does it mean to be "faithful?" And what does it mean for God to be faithful toward us?


Today, Grace UMC acknowledges the senior members of the congregation. Perhaps each of us, no matter how old or how young, can have the wisdom to know and love the faithful God whom we praise and on whom we rely.

Sunday August 13 "Sleepless in Manassas... and Beyond!" Psalm 121 Rev. Rudy Tucker

"Summer in the Psalms"

Our summer sermon series takes us to the Psalms - the ancient songbook of God's people.


Our scripture this Sunday is Psalm 121, a song of "ascent," presumably sung as believers made their way through the desert on their journey up to Jerusalem. "From where shall my help come?"


We pray these words and seek the same blessing: that God shall be with us in our going out, our coming in, always and forever more.

Sunday August 6 "Satisfied with God"   Psalm 103  Rev. Janet Salbert

"Summer in the Psalms"

Our summer sermon series takes us to the Psalms - the ancient songbook of God's people.


Psalm 103 is a song of praise to God, pure and simple. The verses proclaim the greatness and goodness of God, the depth of his love, and the breadth of his mercy. The psalmist urges us to join our voices in singing God's goodness.


"Goodness." What makes God good? God forgives and redeems us. God brings healing to the whole world - and works that healing through us. And God turns us around with steadfast love, strengthening us to transform the world to his purposes.   

Sunday July 30 "Pay Attention to Your Intentions" Psalm 51, Luke 11:37-44 Rev. Janet Salbert

"Summer in the Psalms"

Our summer sermon series takes us to the Psalms - the ancient songbook of God's people.


Psalm 51 is attributed to David, and its verses are a plaintive song of confession. The psalmist is pained by his sin, knowing how he has wronged God. He knows the sin that lives within his soul.

Jesus reminds us that merely looking after appearances is not enough: we need to be attentive to our inner well-being, ready to acknowledge when we have failed and we need God to cleanse us and redeem us.

Sunday July 23 "LinkedIn by God" Psalm 139 Rev. Rudy Tucker

"Summer in the Psalms"

Our summer sermon series takes us to the Psalms - the ancient songbook of God's people.


Psalm 139 is pretty close to being a complete summary of the power and nature of God. The verses tell of God's ever-presence, God's all-knowing, and God's infinite creative power. This is a God who will never leave us, who knows us and loves us immeasurably, and who can do all things.

Spend some time with Psalm 139, and get to know this God. He is ever waiting on us.

Sunday July 16 "A word about the Word!"  Psalm 119:105, Mark 5:21-42  Rev. Rudy Tucker
 

"Summer in the Psalms"

Our summer sermon series takes us to the Psalms - the ancient songbook of God's people.


Psalm 119 is the longest of all.  But today, we focus on just a single verse, and Pastor Tucker reads from the Gospel of Mark to help us hear what the Psalmist was saying: about the grace of God, about Jesus, and about us.

"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." Amen.

Sunday July 9 "Honest to God"  Psalm 137  Rev. Janet Salbert

"Summer in the Psalms"

Our summer sermon series takes us to the Psalms - the ancient songbook of God's people.


Psalm 137 Is one of the "lament" psalms. The people of God had lost their temple, and the holy city of Jerusalem was in ruins. Many were displaced, lost in a foreign land.

Like the ancients, we know anger; we are often "displaced, lost in the foreign land" of sickness, loss, and frustration. And in our prayers, we must come honestly before God, even if we are shaking our fist at God.

It is often in our prayers of lament and frustration - even prayers of anger - that we come to know the God incarnate, since even Jesus cried out to the Father, seeking mercy. In our pain and loss, our prayers give voice to our most honest needs, our most honest passion for God and for God's mercy.

Sunday July 2 "Remembering Why" Psalm 105, selected verses Rev. Rudy Tucker

"Summer in the Psalms"

Our summer sermon series takes us to the Psalms - the ancient songbook of God's people.


Psalm 105 provides a summary of the first books of the bible - a history lesson of sorts - reminding us of all that God has done for God's people through the ages. We read the Psalms, we pray, we worship - we are church - in order to faithfully remember God's blessings and to give thanks for all that God has done.

Sunday June 25 "Still and Silent... are you kidding?" Psalm 46 Rev. Rudy Tucker

"Summer in the Psalms"

Our summer sermon series takes us to the Psalms - the ancient songbook of God's people.


"Be still..."

These words from God, sung by the psalmist, reminds us that communion with God involves listening, more than speaking, being, more than doing. And in this way, we hope to know God, and we may come to understand how his love will transform our hearts, fitting us for the transformation of the world.

 Sunday June 18 "Fish Stories"   Psalm 32  Rev. Janet Salbert

"Summer in the Psalms"

Our summer sermon series takes us to the Psalms - the ancient songbook of God's people.

 

Repentence - and forgiveness - is not just a Lenten thing. The Psalmist reminds us that God's mercy is available to us all, at all times. All we need to do is present ourselves to God, acknowledging our need of his saving grace and love.

 

Sunday June 11 "We Are Human"   Genesis 1:24-31, Psalm 8  Rev. Rudy Tucker

"Made a little less than angels..."

'Formed in God's image..."

This is not a reason to boast or heap praise upon ourselves. Rather, we stand humbly before God, awed by all that he has given us and all that he has empowered us to do in his holy name.

 

Sunday June 4

"Take a Breath" Acts 2:1-8, 12-21 Rev. Rudy Tucker

Pentecost Sunday


We may have learned to know the Holy Spirit in the image of a flame or a dove, but the words from the book of Acts tells us how the Spirit - the Wind of God, the very breath of God - breathes around us and through us this day and will continue to fill us all the days and weeks and years ahead. We pray that through the simple act of breathing, we may be reminded of how the Holy Spirit persistently, irresistably, invites us and enables us to be God's disciples in all we do.

Sunday May 28

"Love Rises" Acts 1;6-14 Rev. Janet Salbert

 Today, we celebrate the ascension of the risen Christ into heaven.

 

Shortly after his resurrection from the dead, Jesus departs from earth, rising into the clouds, leaving his disciples with the charge to go and witness to all the earth. We likewise are called to witness to the way that God's love rises, lifting up all God's children. Each one of us is needed, each of our testimonies is essential to telling the full story of God's grace. We pray for the blessings of the Holy Spirit to strengthen us and guide us as we tell how we have known the rising of God's love in our lives.

Sunday May 21

"Nice Speech!"   Acts 17:16-34  Rev. Rudy Tucker

 

Following the resurrection of Jesus and his ascent into heaven (more on that next week), the disciples have to figure out: what do we say about all that has happened?? Paul addresses a group of Greeks and others far from his home, and delivers a powerful and moving speech about what he believes and what Jesus' life, death, and resurrection means to all the world.

 

What's our speech? What would we say? We pray that God puts the words - and the Spirit - in us so that we may profess our faith in ways that touch and reach others.

Sunday May 14

 "Discipleship 101"  Luke 24:13-35  Rev. Rudy Tucker

 Today, we celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation.

 

Three words --

Receive. Become. Believe.  

Words for our Confirmands, and for each of us, as we learn to follow Jesus.

Sunday May 7 "What to Do After Easter"   John 21:1-19 Rev. Rudy Tucker

Our celebration of Easter continues on this, the Third Sunday of the Easter Season.

 

Today's scripture tells the story of the appearance of the resurrected Jesus to the disciples on the beach. The disciples had gone back to fishing. But Jesus calls them to continue as his disciples.

"Feed my lambs," Jesus tells Peter.

Like Peter, we strive to live up to the mission that Jesus sets for us - to tend to the weak, the hungry, and the homeless, spreading God's love wherever we go.

Sunday April 30

Today is Youth Sunday, and the youth of Grace UMC lead us in worship at each of our worship services.

please contact the church office if you would like a DVD copy of one of today's services.

Sunday April 23 "Reaching for the Risen Christ"   John 20:19-31  Rev. Janet Salbert

The First Sunday of Easter


Thomas -- the one who doubts -- is not alone in needing the Risen Christ to give him help in believing. We all pray for God to give us what we need to grow in faith.

 
Easter Sunday April 16 "Easter-Quakes!" Matthew 28:1-10 Rev. Rudy Tucker

Easter Sunday


Christ is alive!

He is alive indeed!

Sunday April 9 "Come a Little closer ... to the Cross" Matthew 21:1-11 Rev. Janet Salbert

Palm Sunday


When Jesus rode into Jerusalem, the moment was filled with duality: Jerusalem was a holy city, but one where prophets were killed. Two disciples were sent to retrieve a colt - and a donkey. Jesus' arrival was triumphant, yet it forshadowed the dark days to come.


Today, we begin Holy Week, stretching from Palm Sunday to Easter. And we only get from one to the other through the cross, through the divine yet fully human Jesus. Today, we are invited to come a little closer.

 Sunday April 2  "Good News!"  Ezekiel 37:1-14  Rev. Sarah Calvert

The Fifth Sunday of Lent

Today, our scripture and sermon are brought by Reverend Sarah Calvert, Coordinator for Church Revitalization and Leadership in the Bi-Districts (Alexandria and Arlington) of the virginia Conference.

 

"Dry bones..." What does it take to breathe life into dry bones? How does the Holy Spirit renew the face of the earth? When something terrible happens, how can we be knitted back into wholeness? The words of Ezekiel promise that God is there, amid the dry bones, amid our troubles. We give thanks for the life of this church, where we find the healing power of God's grace, and where we together can do the work of making disciples of Jesus Christ.


We are not drawn to God alone. We are drawn to God together.

 Sunday March 26 "Giving Up Fear ... And Taking On Faith"   Mark 4:35-41  Rev. Denise Childers

The Fourth Sunday of Lent

 

There is a lot in life to cause us to fear. But God is ever present, guiding us and surrounding us with a hedge of protection and healing grace. So we pray for the courage to always take that "leap of faith," trusting completely in a God who will never fail us. 

Sunday March 19 "Giving Up... Taking On"   John 8:2-11  Rev. Rudy Tucker

pharisees bring a woman before Jesus, trying to entrap him into condemning the woman. But Jesus responds with truth, compassion, and forgiveness. "Neither do I condemn you," he says. "Now go, and sin no more."


What did the woman do next? How did she respond to such mercy and grace?


How are we to live our lives, forgiven of all our trespasses, given the gift of everlasting grace despite our sins? Clearly, being forgiven doesn't mean that sins don't matter.Indeed, they matter a great deal. But what matters more is what we take on once we are forgiven -- how we live our lives in the grace of a God who loves us and forgives us, and bids us to do likewise to others.   

Sunday March 12 "Giving Up Expectations" John 3:1-17 Rev. Janet Salbert

The Second Sunday of Lent


The gospel of John recounts the story of Nicodemus, and the questions he puts to Jesus. Though he was a teacher himself, Nicodemus seems to be "in the dark" about the powerful lesson that Jesus came to teach: that God loved the world so much that he sent Jesus, his only begotten Son - not to condemn the world, but to save it, and to give each of us everlasting life.


Like Nichodemus, it is often in darkness that we encounter by grace God's most powerful lessons, reaching us and teaching us.


We trust in God, abiding even the darkness, trusting always in the dawn of God's mercy.

Sunday March 5 "Giving Up Three Ps and Taking on One' Matthew 4:1-11 Rev. Rudy Tucker

The First Sunday of Lent


Pride, power, and possessions... How does Jesus, when tempted by the devil, so quickly discard these three poserful motivations? How are we to do the same?

Perhaps the key is in another "P" word -- our Purpose. 

Like Jesus, we must not forget our true purpose: to be the person God intended.

 

Sunday February 26 "A Life Worth Living... And Leaving Behind"   Matthew 17:1-9  Rev. Rudy Tucker
 Today, we conclude 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. 


"What will be my legacy? How am I to be remembered?"

We claim the grace of God to live a life attuned to God's will - through passionate worship, intentional faith development, extravagant generosity, radical hospitality, and risk-taking mission and service. In this way, we hope to extend to others the blessings that only God's love can provide.  

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

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 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. 

 

2015



 

 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.)

 

"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

 

 

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