Pastor’s Note

Pastor’s Note

Each week Lead Pastor Andy Bryan shares what’s on his heart. His messages both inform and inspire. Subscribe and stay ‘in the know’ about all things Manchester UMC!

Peace is…A Chance to Rest - The Peace of Wild Things - by Wendell Berry When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the night at the least sound in fear of what my life and my…
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Season of Advent: The Peaceable Kingdom - This weekend marks the beginning of the season of Advent. This year, our worship theme is “The Peaceable Kingdom.” We will be thinking together about God’s peace, the shalom that is spoken of in scripture…
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Matured in Faith - Every year, as we approach the season of Advent, we celebrate a Sunday we call “Reign of Christ Sunday” or “Christ the King Sunday.” It marks the end of the liturgical year, and functions as…
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A Diverse People - Last week, each of the five jurisdictions of the United Methodist Church in the United States met. The main purpose of these meetings is the election of bishops. The jurisdiction of which we are a…
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The Next Place - The questions that comprise our third week of the “Got Questions?” series are all about what we might call the “afterlife.” Questions about heaven. Questions about hell. Questions about where God lives. Questions about what…
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Doubt - There is something special happening during this worship series and all-church study. It is called “Got Questions?” and we are addressing theological questions posed by the congregation.  I thought this was going to be a…
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Spirituality - In the second week of our “Got Questions?” sermon series and all-church study, we will consider questions that were raised in the broad category of spirituality. Several people asked questions about encountering the Holy Spirit…
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The Masks We Wear - For our final week of the worship series “May the Force Be With You,” we are going to spend a little time with the bad guy. I mean, he’s THE bad guy of all bad…
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Life Eternal, Life Beyond Death - The Nicene Creed says, “We look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.” The Apostles’ Creed professes a belief in “the resurrection of the body.”  Using language that…
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Name Your Fear You Must - When Master Yoda said, “Fear is the path to the dark side,” he was speaking with a young student named Anakin Skywalker. He told him, “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads…
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May The Force Be With You - First of all, let me just reassure those of you who are not fans of Star Wars, these next four weeks will still be meaningful for you. So what I’m saying is, please do not…
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Keep It Real - Did you ever have an experience that was so good it just didn’t seem real?  On a family vacation in the Rocky Mountain National Park, I got up earlier than everyone else one morning and…
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It Is Time To Dream - This weekend, we are wrapping up our three-week worship series, “Live in Love: What’s Next for the United Methodist Church.” The first week, we talked about our recent history and the context of the current…
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“Clobber Verses” - This week, the sermon comes with a “content warning.” I really want everyone to be aware that I will be talking about the particular Bible verses that are referenced whenever people discuss homosexuality. Many people…
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