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(Please also scroll down to see our new feature, "Heard it on the 3rd," a monthly inspirational message brought by a member of Grace UMC every third Sunday of the month.

 

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Sunday December 9 "Making Room for Peace"   Luke 1:68-79  Pastor Rudy Tucker

Today is the Second Sunday of Advent: the Season of Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love.

We are making room this Advent so that we will not miss welcoming the Christ Child into our hearts and lives.


Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, could not believe the angel Gabriel who announced he was to be a father. And so Zechariah's mouth was held shut for nine months, until John was born. And when that day came, Zechariah spoke with a peace and assurance that comes only from the Divine.

Can we find time to receive the peace and assurance of the Divine this Advent season? Sit for 90 seconds with us today, and receive the gift of Peace. And each day this Advent season, we hope to spend at least nine minutes each day in quiet contemplation, open to the Spirit of God, hoping to absorb the peace and grace that God extends to each of us this Advent season. 

Sunday December 2 "Making Room..."   Jeremiah 33:14-16

Today is the First Sunday of Advent: the Season of Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love.

 We are making room this Advent so that we will not miss welcoming the Christ Child into our hearts and lives.

 

 Our hearts have become like storage units: overflowing with too much stuff, and too little room for hope, love, and joy. we strive to change that. Today we make room for Hope: the longing for things unseen, the confident trust in the goodness and grace that will flow into our hearts if we only make room enough to receive it.


 

Sunday November 25 "What is Truth?"   John 18:33-38  Rev. Rudy Tucker

Today is Christ the King Sunday -- a few days beyond Thanksgiving, and one week away from the Advent season. And the scripture the Lectionary provides is -- a scene from the persecution of Jesus?

The scripture may be hard for us to hear: this face-off between Jesus and Pilate that leads ultimately to Jesus' death. But the verses clearly underscore the challenge: who is King in our lives? Even Pilate seems to be knocked off balance by all that Jesus is and does.

We cling to the truth that Jesus is Lord, sent here to transform the world -- and our very hearts. 

Sunday November 18 "It's All Right in Front of You" Matthew 6:25-33 Rev. Janet Salbert

These powerful verses from Matthew's gospel remind us that God's love is sufficient.

Don't worry about what you have to put on, or to eat, or to do. God's grace is sufficient.

Sunday November 11 "Last Minute Lessions and a Surprising Observation" Mark 12:38-44 Rev. Rudy Tucker
Jesus and his disciples are in the big city of Jerusalem. And amid the grand buildings, the important people, and all else, Jesus calls their attention to a single woman, a poor woman who drops a mere two coins into the treasury. Of all the people that are passing by, Jesus calls our notice to her and her spirit of giving. May God grant us the wisdom to have our eyes open everyday to notice the smallest acts of generosity and kindness. 
Sunday November 4 "...Not Far From ..." Mark 12:28-34 Rev. Rudy Tucker

Jesus tells a scribe, "You are not far from the kingdom of God." These words serve as an encouragement: you are on the right track. You're not there yet, but you're headed in the right direction. Keep it up.

How do we finish the work of entering the kingdom of God? We stay close to Jesus, seeking the grace we need to live more fully into God's presence.

On All Saints Sunday, we give thanks for the cloud of witnesses who have surrounded us, encouraged us, and helped us along the path toward the kingdom of God.

Sunday October 28 "Anything is Possible" Mark 10:6-10 Rev. Janet Salbert

In today's scripture reading, Bartimeus, who was blind, calls out to Jesus. When Jesus asks him what he wants, Bartimeus throws off his cloak, ready with his answer. "i want to see." And Jesus heals him.

We too must throw off our cloaks of comfort and call upon Jesus, naming our needs. Anything is possible with the grace of God.

Sunday October 21 11:00am  "Servant Leadership"   Mark 10:35-45  Lay Leader Blair Jost

Today is Laity Sunday, and our message for this worship service is brought by Lay Leader Blair Jost.

Today is also Consecration Sunday, and we consecrate to God all we have and all we do

 

Today, on Consecration Sunday, each of our Lay Leaders bring us their message of Servant Leadership.

Sunday October 21 9:45am  "Servant Leadership"   Nehemiah 5:14-19  Lay Leader Dan Meador

Today is Laity Sunday, and our message for this worship service is brought by Lay Leader Dan Meador.

Today is also Consecration Sunday, and we consecrate to God all we have and all we do.

 

Today, on Consecration Sunday, each of our Lay Leaders bring us their message of Servant Leadership.

(Please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-gQLqv9f4o to view the video that begins Dan's message.)

Sunday October 21 8:30am "Servant Leadership"   Mark 10:35-45  Lay Leader Jen Woolard

Today is Laity Sunday, and our message for this worship service is brought by Lay Leader Jen Woolard.

Today is also Consecration Sunday, and we consecrate to God all we have and all we do.

 

 Today, on Consecration Sunday, each of our Lay Leaders bring us their message of Servant Leadership.

 
Sunday October 14 "Free" Mark 10:17-27 Rev. Rudy Tucker

During the month of October, our sermons draw upon the gospel of Mark and ask us to consider the ways we are bound to Jesus: in love, in gratitude, and in giving of ourselves to others.


Today's sermon draws on a challenging lesson from Mark's gospel. 'What must we do to inherit eternal life?" Most of us are quick to empathize with the man who turned away from Jesus, shocked and grieving, when Jesus gave his answer.

The good news is that nothing is impossible with God. ALL things are possible with God. 

Sunday October 7 "Embraced ... and Thankful" Mark 10:13-16 Rev. Rudy Tucker

During the month of October, our sermons draw upon the gospel of Mark and ask us to consider the ways we are bound to Jesus: in love, in gratitude, and in giving of ourselves to others.


"Let the little children come to me." Jesus embraces us, loves us, keeps us, and protects us - just as he did the little children that surrounded him. His love abides, enough to overcome any hurt or brokenness.

Thanks be to God. 

Sunday September 30 "The Way" John 19:1-16a Rev. Rudy Tucker

"Why Church?"

Our sermon series for this fall takes on this simple yet important question: why do we do church?


Today, our reading reminds us of the way that Jesus called his disciples and showed them that he was "the way" they needed to follow. So how do we follow this "way?"

Sunday September 23 "Why Church? Members of One Another"   Romans 12:3-13  Rev. Janet Salbert

"Why Church?"

Our sermon series for this fall takes on this simple yet important question: why do we do church?


Our church is made of many members: each, a member of the church, and a member of each other. Paul's Letter to the Romans reminds us that each of us has gifts given by God, gifts to be used together as members of God's work to build his kingdom here on earth. 
Sunday September 16 "Why Church? Sabbath at Its Best"   Matthew 12:1-8  Rev. Janet Salbert

"Why Church?"

Our sermon series for this fall takes on this simple yet important question: why do we do church?


Dating back to Jesus' time and beyond, there have always been rules about the Sabbath Day. The reading from Matthew's gospel shows us how Jesus reminded the Pharisees that it is more important to be merciful - to give of oneself - than to stubbornly adhere to rules, even rules about the Sabbath.

 
Sunday September 2 "Help Wanted" Matthew 9:35-38 Rev. Rudy Tucker
We are all called to help God with the harvest. Often, we want to be on the receiving end of God's graces and feel ill-prepared to be disciples, laboring in God's vineyard. But just as Jesus called the disciples and empowered them to do his work, we are given all the power and grace we need to do the Lord's work every day. 
Sunday August 5  Matthew 16:13-20  Rev. Rudy Tucker

"Who do you say that I am?"

Jesus addresses this probing question to his disciples, and Peter gets it right: so right, in fact, that Jesus responds by saying that it will be upon the likes of Peter that Jesus will build his church. A church, built on frail humans like Peter - and us. And with that promise, Jesus hands over great trust and great responsibility to each of us. Upon each of us, Jesus entrusts the fate of his church. We often get it wrong, but by the grace of God, we hope to get it right more often than not.

Sunday July 29  Rev. Denise Childers

[We continue our Summer Sermon Series,"Farm to Table, Table to Soul," with another gift of the Holy Spirit.]  

Our final fruit of the Holy Spirit -- Kindness.

 
Sunday July 22 --   --  --

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Sunday July 15  "Faithfulness"

Genesis 12:1-4 

Hebrews 11:1-13

Rev. Rudy Tucker

[We continue our Summer Sermon Series,"Farm to Table, Table to Soul," with another fruit of the Holy Spirit.]  

The verses from hebrews gives meaning to the notion of faithfulness: hope, assurance, confidence. we believe that God is faithful to us; but more than this, God instills in us a faithfulness toward him that enables us to love and serve and grow even deeper in our relationship with God. 

Sunday July 8 "The Wisdom of Horsing Around"

Philippians 4:4-7

Matthew 11:28-30

Rev. Janet Salbert

[We continue our Summer Sermon Series,"Farm to Table, Table to Soul," with another fruit of the Holy Spirit.]  

To be "gentled" means to allow another to lead us, to shape us, to direct us in a way we need to go. Think of wild horses, coming to trust and rely upon a person. This is how Jesus hopes to "gentle" us -- not to make us powerless, but to bring us more fully into being the gentle servants God intends us to be.



Sunday July 1  "Self-Control ... Really?"  2 Timothy 1:1-7  Rev. Rudy Tucker

   
[We continue our Summer Sermon Series,"Farm to Table, Table to Soul," with another fruit of the Holy Spirit.]  

 

What did Paul mean when he wished Timothy "self-control?" was it intended to chastise a wayward or impulsive Timothy? And what instruction do these words hold for us; to do it ourselves, to take control?

 

Probably not. In the context of Paul's letters, we understand Paul's desire for Timothy - and for all of us - to relax into the grace that Christ meant for us when he said, "Abide in me."

 

Let go. Let God. Amen.

 

 

Sunday June 24 "Turning Impatience into I'm Patient  2 Peter 3:9  Rev. Janet salbert

 

[We continue our Summer Sermon Series,"Farm to Table, Table to Soul," with another fruit of the Holy Spirit.]  

   

It seems we are always waiting for something. And the more we wait, the more impatient it seems we become. We even wait for God -- to show up, to answer a prayer, to do something. In truth, however, it is God who is waiting, patiently, for us. God never gives up on us, even when we are in a hurry or are too impatient to notice the many ways in which his grace already flows out upon us.

Sunday June 17  "My Peace"  John 14:25-27  Rev. Rudy Tucker

 

[We continue our Summer Sermon Series,"Farm to Table, Table to Soul," with another fruit of the Holy Spirit.] 

   

The first word the risen Christ spoke to his disciples was "Peace." Now that's something that too often seems to be in short supply. There is a mystery in how we experience this peace of Christ; and too often, it seems so elusive. The good new is that, despite or headstrong wandering, despite our turning away from God's peace, God keeps showing up, and through the power of the Holy Spirit, keeps extending to us that same peace that Christ offered his disciples. Thanks be to God.

Sunday June 10 "Full" John:15:1-11 Rev. Rudy Tucker

[We continue our Summer Sermon Series,"Farm to Table, Table to Soul," with another fruit of the Holy Spirit.]

"Joy."

Where does joy come from? how do we get it? Keep it? Jesus promises us great joy, and the Holy Spirit provides.

Sunday June 3 "Just a Little Bit of Love"

Galatians 5:22-23

Ephesians 4:2-3

Rev. Janet Salbert
Who are we to receive the Holy Spirit? We are all broken, unworthy, and unable to love as we should. But this doesn't matter to God, for God gives us abundant love and empowers us throught the Holy Spirit to change -- and to change the world around us -- receiving and giving to others the abundant love of God.
Sunday May 27 "Welcome as Witness"   John 3:1-17  Rev. Denise Childers

How welcoming is our church? 

How welcoming am I to those who are seeking, asking for the first time whether they belong?


Jesus was visited by Nicodemus in the dark of night, suggesting Nicodemus, though searching, was uncertain of God's love in Jesus. Jesus gives him an unequivocal answer: "For God so love you (and the world)..."

We pray we will always be just as encouraging, welcoming, and accepting of all those who ask whether they too belong in God's family.  

Pentecost Sunday, May 20 Pentecost Acts 2 (various) Guest preacher, Rev. Glen Evans
Rev. Evans brings a message about his ministry in Hoduras -- and the persistent presence of the Holy Spirit. 
Sunday May 13 "But You Will Receive Power..." Acts 1:1-8 Rev. Rudy Tucker

Power... for what? To do what? 

To witness, to share the Word, to spread the Good News.

 

Sunday May 6 "The Holy Spirit is at it Again!"   Acts 10:44-48 Rev. Rudy Tucker
Today's scripture and sermon remind us to always be open to the many ways in which the Spirit is at work in the world. 
Sunday April 29  "A Teachable Moment"  Acts 8:26-40  Rev. Rudy Tucker

The disciple Philip was led by the Holy Spirit to a teachable moment: a chance to tell the story of Jesus and to reveal God's grace to another.

We may never encounter a court official traveling on a wilderness road toward Jerusalem. But we wll have countless chances to extend the grace of Christ to another. We pray that we are open to the Holy Spirit, as Philip was, so we are ever ready to be disciples of Christ to those we meet every day.

   

Sunday April 22 "Ignite, Unite, and Grow" Matthew 5:13-16 Lucy Jarvis, Vera Bordoh-Ansah, and Verita Bordoh-Ansah

Youth Sunday at Grace UMC

Today, our youth lead Sunday worship. And they bring a powerful message for us all. We need to ignite our faith in Christ, unite our hearts and our efforts with others, and grow as a community of faith that is active and on the move in the world.


Sunday April 15  "Bold Faith"  Acts 3:1-10 Rev. Janet Salbert
The Easter Story continues in the book of Acts, and the Disciples act with faith and with boldness to preach, to teach, and even to perform miracles. All the power of the Holy Spirit that was available to them is available to us today. 
Sunday April 8 "They Did What??"  Acts 4:32-35 Rev. Rudy Tucker
Soon after Jesus' death and resurrection, the disciples were empowered by the Holy Spirit, enabling them to continue God's work on earth. And this led them to act in some astonishing, grace-filled ways. We pray for the same grace to serve and witness to others. 
Easter Sunday, April 1  "On to Galilee"   Mark 16:1-8  Rev. Rudy Tucker and Rev. Janet Salbert

Mark tells us the story of the first Easter morning: the tomb, the stone rolled away, a greeting by an angel -- and the women running away in fear and confusion! and then they go and tell -- NO one!

Do they ever really understand the Resurrection? Clearly, a life of faith - for the disciples and for us - is not for the faint of heart. But Jesus had gone on ahead of them to Galilee. And we give thanks that even today, Jesus goes on ahead of us, readying our path to faith and redemption.

 

2018 "Hear it on the 3rd (Sunday)"

 

Date  Topic Speaker

Pentecost Sunday

May 20

"For by grace you have been saved..." (Ephesians 2:8)

A moment in the check-out line, and the power of the Holy Spirit. Who could have imagined? Proof that the Holy Spirit is at work everywhere, in each of us.

Dwayne Priest

 

 

2011 Ministry Moments

 

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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