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Nov 17, 2019
The Gift of Salvation
Series: Gifts

November 17, 2019 The Gift of Salvation

Salvation. It's the reason Jesus came to this earth: "To seek and save the lost." This Sunday's message will focus on this most precious of God's gifts.

With Thanksgiving, Advent, and Christmas all taking place over the next six weeks, I'd like to suggest we all take a deep, deep breath and say a prayer that God would quiet our souls so that we might hear his voice during this season of thanks, anticipation, and great joy! You'll see below some resources and special events designed to help you turn your eyes on Jesus during a time when the world chases after your heart, mind, and pocketbook!

Please join us for every Sunday morning worship time and the special concerts and events that mark this holiest of seasons.

Grace and peace, Pastor Bob

Romans 5:1-8

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  • Nov 17, 2019The Gift of Salvation
    Nov 17, 2019
    The Gift of Salvation
    Series: Gifts

    November 17, 2019 The Gift of Salvation

    Salvation. It's the reason Jesus came to this earth: "To seek and save the lost." This Sunday's message will focus on this most precious of God's gifts.

    With Thanksgiving, Advent, and Christmas all taking place over the next six weeks, I'd like to suggest we all take a deep, deep breath and say a prayer that God would quiet our souls so that we might hear his voice during this season of thanks, anticipation, and great joy! You'll see below some resources and special events designed to help you turn your eyes on Jesus during a time when the world chases after your heart, mind, and pocketbook!

    Please join us for every Sunday morning worship time and the special concerts and events that mark this holiest of seasons.

    Grace and peace, Pastor Bob

    Romans 5:1-8

  • Nov 10, 2019God’s gift of nature
    Nov 10, 2019
    God’s gift of nature
    Series: Gifts

    November 10, 2019 God’s gift of nature

    We have hymns that glorify it.

    Psalms that testify to the wonder of it.

    Sermons that try to capture the meaning of it.

    Nature is a small word for a seemingly infinite universe, a home shared by black holes and neutron stars and a tiny blue marble called earth.

    I recently read an article on National Public Radio's website where a scientist wondered how our exquisitely beautiful universe could exist without a supreme designer. He said, "...beautiful spiral and elliptical galaxies are scattered throughout, but not randomly; they lie along invisible filaments, like glitter tossed on lines of glue. Where several big filaments intersect, great clusters of galaxies have formed. Why?...Where did all this structure come from?

    This Sunday we will give thanks for every atom, filament, and living being in this universe. And we'll especially give thanks for the author of this universe and of all nature, our Lord Jesus Christ. Concerning Jesus, John said in his Gospel, He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. (John 1:1-3). That's right. Nothing was made without Him, including the star dust and water and atoms that are you and me.

    Thank God for the gift of creation! What an awesome world we live in!

    And this Sunday, the eve of Veterans Day in our nation, do not neglect to thank a veteran for their service to peace and freedom.

    Grace and peace, Pastor Bob

    Genesis 1:26-31

  • Nov 3, 2019The Gift of the Family of God
    Nov 3, 2019
    The Gift of the Family of God
    Series: Gifts

    November 3, 2019 The Gift of the Family of God

    This Sunday is one of the most beautiful worship services in our church year - our observance of All Saints Sunday. At each service we'll have a time of remembrance of loved ones who have inherited their eternal reward by prayers and the lighting of candles.

    Please read the passage from Romans 12 above. It is a compilation of instructions for the followers of Jesus, inspired by the Lord's own teachings. The Christian community is called by Paul to reflect the very Spirit of our Lord in our daily living. As we open this passage this Sunday during our sermon, we'll consider how modern-day Christians, often isolated from each other for the better part of the week, can live out the command to be "devoted to each other in love" and to be sanctified in that love.

    Grace and peace, Pastor Bob

    Romans 12:9-21

  • Oct 27, 2019The Crossroads
    Oct 27, 2019
    The Crossroads

    October 27, 2019 Homecoming – The Crossroads

    Homecoming at VUMC this Sunday, October 27th.

    Blessings In Christ, Pastor Bob

    Acts 9:1-6

  • Oct 24, 2019Hold on to God’s Unchanging Hand
    Oct 24, 2019
    Hold on to God’s Unchanging Hand

    October 24, 2019 Homecoming Hold on to God’s Unchanging Hand

    Pastor Stephen Creech is guest preacher for the third night of our Homecoming Revival

    Romans 8:31-39

    Joshua 1:6-9

     
  • Oct 22, 2019Everything Changes…..Except for God
    Oct 22, 2019
    Everything Changes…..Except for God

    October 22, 2019 Homecoming – Everything Changes….Except for God

    Pastor Shawna Hiner is guest preacher for the first night of our Homecoming Revival

    Psalm 102:25-27

  • Oct 20, 2019My Grace is All You Need
    Oct 20, 2019
    My Grace is All You Need

    October 20, 2019 My Grace is All You Need

    We're honored that The Reverend Ed Pruitt will be our "guest" preacher at Verona UMC this Sunday. I've put quotation marks around guest because Rev. Pruitt is a former Pastor of our congregation (and a good friend to many of us). We welcome him home.

    In Christ, Pastor Bob

    II Corinthians 12:1-10

  • Oct 13, 2019We Are Called To Be Holy
    Oct 13, 2019
    We Are Called To Be Holy

    October 13, 2019 We Are Called to be Holy

    "Nobody's perfect..." You've probably said or heard that phrase a thousand times. But the fact is that there is ONE who is perfect - the God of the Universe who is declared "Holy, holy, holy" in Revelation 4. Not just holy. Not just holy, holy. But holy, holy, holy... a holiness beyond our comprehension!

    Emil Brunner wrote, "Many Christians have what we might call a ‘cultural holiness.’ They adapt to the character and behavior pattern of Christians around them…But God has not called us to be like those around us. He has called us to be like Himself. Holiness is nothing less than conformity to the character of God."

    This Sunday morning we'll talk about Jesus' call for us, his followers, to be a holy light to the world. Do we feel the Holy Spirit burning within our hearts, leading us on to be the holy people God created us to be?

    In Christ, Pastor Bob

    Matthew 5:38-48

  • Oct 6, 2019We are Called to the Lord’s Table
    Oct 6, 2019
    We are Called to the Lord’s Table

    October 6, 2019 We Are Called to The Lord’s Supper

    Growing up the church my family belonged to would share the Lord's Supper every Sunday morning. When we were on a weekend family vacation, we would always rush back to attend the Sunday evening worship service where those who were absent in the morning could share the bread and cup together.

    Sharing in the Lord's Supper isn't simply an obligation, the fulfillment of a commandment. It is obvious from Scripture that it is central to our life together as the Church, the Body of Christ. Gathering around the table is the moment when we "declare the Lord's death until he comes" (I Cor. 11:26). It is a declaration of and witness to our faith in Jesus and the saving power of the cross. It is where our weary souls can receive spiritual manna to carry us through the days ahead.

    This week's sermon scripture from I Corinthians 11 reminds us that Jesus instituted this holy meal not during the heady days of adoring crowds crying "Hosanna!" but "on the night in which he was betrayed." As the shadow of the cross fell upon him, he reminded us through the bread and the cup that it was not for the praise of men that he came into the world - it was for the cross of Calvary, there to die for you and me in order to break the curse of sin.

    I look forward to gathering with you at the table of our Lord this Sunday!

    In Christ, Pastor Bob

    1 Corinthians 11:23-32

  • Sep 29, 2019We Are Called to Follow Jesus
    Sep 29, 2019
    We Are Called to Follow Jesus

    September 29, 2019 We Are Called to Follow Jesus

    There's probably no command in the Scriptures more filled with both challenge and hope than the call to follow Jesus. The challenge is to take up your cross, giving up control of your life's direction and sacrificing the "normal" life led by the majority of those around you. The hope is the promise of eternal life both now and forever.

    This week's sermon scripture from Luke 9 shares the reality that answering His call is not always as simple as raising a hand or going forward when the preacher invites you to "accept" Jesus. It is a call that supersedes every other demand of life.

    Blessings on your homes and families until then....

    In Christ, Pastor Bob

    Luke 9:56-62