Sermons

Inevitably life brings changes and transitions. They can be scary, but they don't have to be. These can also be times of reassurance and discovery. Find out how.
Sometimes scripture, and the disciples, and Jesus don’t sound the way we want them to. We want what we want. We want to be in control, to be coddled, comforted,…

Serving Life

July 1, 2019
Problems don't always have to derail life. If we move to re-frame them, we can discover how to "serve life."
When fear grips your life, there are three things you can do. Pastor Greg shares each in this message filled with hope.
“For Christians, hope is ultimately hope in Christ. The hope that he really is what for centuries we have been claiming he is. The hope that despite the fact that…

A New Language of Love

June 10, 2019
There is a language of love that fills the yearning in every human heart for sacred space with God. Jesus recognized this and gave us ths ‘language'on Pentecost.
Who is this Jesus Christ whom we confess to be our Savior and Lord? This message by Rev. Steve Harbaugh explains why it is important to know, especially during this…

Their God Is My God

June 3, 2019
As Christians, we can’t get tangled up in doctrine. Instead, our focus needs to be on real people. Compassion the common thread that makes us one.
Jesus first prays for himself, then for his present disciples, then for believers yet to be -- that is, you and me. Jesus wants us all around the table. What…
You can write your own doxology! We get so caught up in worries and problems that we forget that God loves us. Every day we can praise God regardless of…
We don't have to be afraid. We are heading toward a big change here at Manchester UMC… here's how we can face change without fear.
Playfulness puts a smile on God' face. Worries lessen. We connect with friends. We make new friends. Playfulness is an obligation of faith. Here's why.
What does it mean to sing a new song? Such a song can bring you joy, bring you to life. But what if you lose your song, your joy? Here's…
The 'vulnerability of intimacy' is something we need to develop. Children have no problem naturally hugging others. We shouldn’t either. Jesus didn’t.
Do you have enough? How often are you in “want” mode? How often are you desiring, hoping, wishing for a thing, or an opportunity, or a relationship, you don’t have?…
Children display a resilience and hope that is much stronger than adults who’ve felt despair and defeat. But, God calls us to act on faith and believe something can happen.
How to let go? When all you want is to hold on tight? How to be still & trust that what you’ve taught them is enough? How to allow mistakes…
We can learn a lot about God if we return to experiencing life through the eyes of a child.

Known By My Scars

April 30, 2019
After the resurrection, Jesus was recognized by his scars. We too, are often known by what has marked us. Our wounds matter; they are a witness to the redeeming power…
We encounter emptiness throughout life. If that's you, put your trust in God's power to break open the empty tomb and fill it with light, angels, and the Good News.