Dec 15, 2019
What did you expect?

December 15, 2019 What did you expect?

"What did you go out to see." (Matthew 11:8)

What do we expect to see as we approach Christmas Day? We often say that Advent is a season of expectation leading us to the birth of Christ. What are you expecting this Christmas? Presents under a tree? Stress? Family gatherings? Singing carols at church?

All of those experiences are part of most of our Christmases. But the one expectation that supercedes them all is the expectation of Christ's presence in our midst. May the words "Unto us a Savior is born!" echo through every day of the Advent and Christmas seasons and beyond!

Grace and peace, Pastor Bob

Matthew 11:2-11

Luke 17:20-33

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  • Dec 15, 2019What did you expect?
    Dec 15, 2019
    What did you expect?

    December 15, 2019 What did you expect?

    "What did you go out to see." (Matthew 11:8)

    What do we expect to see as we approach Christmas Day? We often say that Advent is a season of expectation leading us to the birth of Christ. What are you expecting this Christmas? Presents under a tree? Stress? Family gatherings? Singing carols at church?

    All of those experiences are part of most of our Christmases. But the one expectation that supercedes them all is the expectation of Christ's presence in our midst. May the words "Unto us a Savior is born!" echo through every day of the Advent and Christmas seasons and beyond!

    Grace and peace, Pastor Bob

    Matthew 11:2-11

    Luke 17:20-33

  • Dec 8, 2019The Power in the Manger
    Dec 8, 2019
    The Power in the Manger

    December 8, 2019 The Power in the Manger

    "Sustaining all things by the power of His Word." (Hebrews 1:3a)

    All of humanity is starved for truth. But not all realize they are starving.

    On a mission trip some 40 years ago, I remember seeing Haitian mothers baking mud pies on the sun-heated tin roofs of their homes. The pies were for their children to eat, not play with. Pies whose only real value was that they could fill a child's empty stomach and stop the hunger pains and crying for a few hours.

    What those mud pies couldn't do is place life-preserving, health-sustaining nutrients into their baby's bellies. They might temporarily satisfy their hunger but they weren't real food.

    All of humanity is starved for truth. Real truth, not mud pies.

    In this season celebrating the Truth born in Bethlehem, may we all come to know the One who "sustains all things by the power of His Word."

    And may we turn up our noses at the mud pies the world offers in place of the Good News of God's truth in the flesh - Jesus Christ.

    Grace and peace, Pastor Bob

    Hebrews 1:1-4

  • Dec 1, 2019Stay Awake
    Dec 1, 2019
    Stay Awake

    December 1, 2019 Stay Awake

    This Sunday is the first Sunday in the Advent Season, a month long season of preparation for the coming of Jesus into the world - and of expectation of his Second Coming. Let's come together each Sunday to remember the promises of God fulfilled in Jesus Christ.

    Grace and peace, Pastor Bob

    Matthew 24:36-44

  • Nov 24, 2019A Heart for Thanks & Giving
    Nov 24, 2019
    A Heart for Thanks & Giving

    November 24, 2019 A Heart for Thanks & Giving

    We have so much to be thankful for! Please set aside time during this season of thanksgiving to raise your voice with others in grateful praise!

    Grace and peace, Pastor Bob

    Psalm 100

  • 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