May 19, 2019
The Greatest Graduation Speech Ever

May 19, 2019 The Greatest Graduation Speech Ever

This Sunday is Graduate Sunday at VUMC. We invite every high school, college and post-graduate school graduate to attend one of our worship services where they'll be recognized for their achievements, receive a gift from our congregation, and hear a message entitled "The Greatest Graduation Speech Ever."

Every day we serve and worship a risen Savior... may our hearts be filled with praise for the Christ who is alive in our church!

Pastor Bob

Luke 4:16-30

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  • May 19, 2019The Greatest Graduation Speech Ever
    May 19, 2019
    The Greatest Graduation Speech Ever

    May 19, 2019 The Greatest Graduation Speech Ever

    This Sunday is Graduate Sunday at VUMC. We invite every high school, college and post-graduate school graduate to attend one of our worship services where they'll be recognized for their achievements, receive a gift from our congregation, and hear a message entitled "The Greatest Graduation Speech Ever."

    Every day we serve and worship a risen Savior... may our hearts be filled with praise for the Christ who is alive in our church!

    Pastor Bob

    Luke 4:16-30

  • May 5, 2019Baptism – Dead to Sin, Alive to Christ
    May 5, 2019
    Baptism – Dead to Sin, Alive to Christ

    May 5, 2019 Baptism -Dead to Sin, Alive to Christ

    This Sunday provides an opportunity for us to deal with some oft' heard questions about Christian baptism. In my May 5th sermon we'll open God's Word and discuss why Methodists have never been obsessed with the "technicalities" of baptism (such as how much water is used and whether a child is at an "age of accountability"); but put more emphasis on God's saving works and grace in the baptismal act as witnessed in Scripture. I hope you'll come and spend some time contemplating God's great gift of baptism.

    With many prayers for a blessed week, Pastor Bob

    Romans 6:3-11

  • Apr 21, 2019A Promise Fulfilled
    Apr 21, 2019
    A Promise Fulfilled

    April 21, 2019   EASTER SUNDAY   A Promise Fulfilled

    Easter is a day of celebration, faith and assurance. We believe in the promises of God - promises already fulfilled in Jesus Christ and promises for a future God has prepared for us. Because Christ kept his promise to rise from the dead, all who place their faith in him have the assurance that one day we will live with him in an eternal home.

    Easter Sunday - as we proclaim, "Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!" Our sermon for Easter morning is "A Promise Fulfilled."

    Peace in the Risen Lord, Pastor Bob

    Matthew 28:1-10

  • Apr 14, 2019The Thief and the Garden
    Apr 14, 2019
    The Thief and the Garden

    April 14, 2019 The Thief and the Garden

    With prayer and fasting, this Sunday we will begin the observance of the the most significant week in human history. Holy Week includes the celebration of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem; his last supper with his disciples; his arrest in the garden and trial; his suffering on the cross for the sins of the world; and the day known as Good Friday when Christ dies and those who trust in him receive redemption for their sins.

    The week ends with Jesus in a tomb closely guarded by Roman soldiers. The only question that remains is: Can the chains of death hold Jesus back from fulfilling his promise to defeat death and rise on the third day?

    I hope and pray we'll see you on Holy Thursday and Good Friday in the VUMC sanctuary and on April 21st - Easter Sunday - when we will cry out together, "Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!"

    Peace in Christ, Pastor Bob

    Luke 23:32-43

  • Apr 7, 2019Ruth and Naomi: Unfamily Becomes Family
    Apr 7, 2019
    Ruth and Naomi: Unfamily Becomes Family
    Series: Redemption

    April 7, 2019 Ruth and Naomi: The Unfamily Becomes Family

    Have you noticed how many of our church members are care-givers? Mothers and grand-mothers taking care of children. Nieces caring for aunts. Wives taking care of husbands (and husbands caring for their wives). Children caring for their aging parents. And people caring for folks outside of their natural family, because of their love and concern.

    While in the middle of the last century our society focused on the "nuclear family," most families today extend well beyond the classic 1950's ideal of two parents and three children. This is the situation we find in the story of Ruth and Naomi in the Old Testament book of Ruth.

    Ruth, despite famine and poverty and the loss of her husband, refuses to leave her widowed mother-in-law Naomi. In one of the Bible's most familiar and moving passages, Ruth tells Naomi, "Where you go, I will go; where you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die, I will die - there will I be buried." Ruth becomes an eternal symbol of abiding loyalty and devotion and our example this Sunday of God's redeeming love for the world.

    May God watch over our care-givers - and may no one in our community live a moment without knowing that someone cares for them.

    Peace in Christ, Pastor Bob

    Ruth 4:13-17

  • Mar 31, 2019Redemption – Out of Egypt
    Mar 31, 2019
    Redemption – Out of Egypt

    March 31, 2019 Out of Egypt

    Our Lenten sermon series on "Redemption" continues this Sunday as we open the book of Exodus to witness the redeeming grace of God as he frees the people of Israel from slavery in Egypt. That same grace is at work in our world today, redeeming you and me and all who place their faith in Jesus Christ for their salvation.

    Looking forward to being together in fellowship and worship this weekend and beyond!

    Peace in Christ, Pastor Bob

    Exodus 12:21-30

  • Mar 24, 2019The Rescue
    Mar 24, 2019
    The Rescue

    March 24, 2019 The Rescue

    Come this Sunday as we continue our Lenten sermon series on "Redemption."

    Looking forward to being together in worship!

    Peace in Christ, Pastor Bob

    Romans 5:6-11

  • Mar 17, 2019The Prodigal Father
    Mar 17, 2019
    The Prodigal Father

    March 17, 2019 The Prodigal Father

    How great is God's love! In Luke 15, Jesus describes His Father's love in three successive parables. In the first, a shepherd finds his lost sheep and throws a party.In the second, a woman finds her lost coin and throws a party. In the third, a father's lost and wandering fun returns home and THE FATHER THROWS A PARTY!

    If Luke 15 is accurate, then heaven must be a continual party where angels rejoice when a sinner repents and God the Father rejoices when the lost are found.

    Come this Sunday as we continue our Lenten sermon series on "Redemption" with the familiar story of "The Prodigal Son" from Luke 15. [Did you know that the word prodigal does not mean lost or wandering. It means "wasteful extravagance."] While the common title to this story puts the emphasis on the younger son, there is another way of hearing the story that puts the focus on the father. That will be our focus this Sunday.

    Looking forward to being together in worship!

    Peace in Christ, Pastor Bob

    Luke 15:11-32

  • Mar 10, 2019A Strange Romance
    Mar 10, 2019
    A Strange Romance

    March 10, 2019 A Strange Romance

    How great is God's love! So great that He did not leave us in our sins. So great that his only begotten Son died for our sins. So great that his saving grace and not our works remain the only condition for our salvation.

    Come this Sunday as we begin our Lenten sermon series on "Redemption" with a great and moving story of love from the book of Hosea. Hear how Hosea obeyed God and married a prostitute, Gomer. How their marriage lived out the same cycle of repentance, redemption, and restoration that we witness in our own relationship with God. How God is faithful in his love. And how his judgment of our sins is for one purpose - to restore us to a right relationship with him.

    Brothers and sisters, our world may seem broken beyond repair, but we have a great God who can heal every hurt and wound and redeem our very souls. Let's rejoice in his love this Sunday!

    Peace in Christ, Pastor Bob

    Hosea 3:1-5

  • Mar 3, 2019Simple Church
    Mar 3, 2019
    Simple Church

    March 3, 2019 Simple Church

    After four days of following the UMC's General Conference, I am longing for a return to the simple message of Jesus. Jesus told a stories and parables to make sure he was understood. He spoke truth even when it brought persecution. He spoke directly and with authority.

    With all the complexities dividing our denomination, I felt moved to speak this Sunday of the Jesus style of church. A church where we keep the main thing the main thing. A church where we seek the plain truth of Scripture; unfiltered and unvarnished. A church where we can love each other and join each other in sharing the good news of Jesus without a thousand points of order blocking our way and with our eyes firmly focused on our eternal, all powerful God.

    So I invite you to join us this Sunday as we explore the fundamental truths of what it means simply be the church in the midst of a complex, divided world.

    Peace in Christ, Pastor Bob

    1 Timothy 1:12-17