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!

Zacchaeus Week - Great news, everybody! It’s Zacchaeus Week! Sunday morning’s scripture will feature everyone’s favorite wee little man, featured in Luke 19. I mean, come on, who doesn’t love the Zacchaeus story?   He’s the guy who dared…
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Homecoming - It feels good to come home. I don’t necessarily mean one particular location. I mean “home.” The place where you are known. Where you are welcomed without condition or expectation. I believe that you are…
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Gifts Given Freely - Bishop Robert Schnase once said that he couldn’t recall ever hearing someone during a funeral service ever say, “They were such a devoted and faithful follower of Jesus … but they were just so stingy!”…
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Generation Communication - I was speaking to a group of middle school students over a year ago and I mentioned that I had shared something on Facebook. A young man raised his hand and I called on him.“What’s…
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Defining Words - “Whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant.” (Mark 10:43) The word “great” is an exceedingly common word in the New Testament. It is the Greek word megas, from which we have…
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Five Essential Practices - At a recent gathering of Manchester leaders, I was asked about my expectations of church members. It was a great question, a really good way to think about our pastoral transition. As the Lead Pastor…
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Photo of an open door to illustrate how God invites us to follow Jesus. An Open Door - One of my favorite memories from my ordination service was a line from Bishop Greg Palmer’s sermon. He pointed at those being ordained and announced to the congregation, “These people are being ordained today, but…
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Aerial photo of Manchester UMC cemetery Stroll and Cemetery - I have served five congregations. One as Director of Music. One as Associate Pastor. One as the only Pastor. Two as the Lead Pastor. This is the first one out of the five to have…
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What’s our Vision? - If someone stopped you in the store and randomly asked you, “Hey what’s your church’s vision?”…would you know? Okay yes, so that scenario is highly unlikely. But still … work with me here. Manchester’s vision,…
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Photo of dirt road going off into infinity in the early morning mist. Where To? - “Nothing comes from nothing; nothing ever could.”I’m sure Rodgers and Hammerstein were not trying to make a theological statement with this line from The Sound of Music, but it works. Especially when thinking about beginnings;…
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Grateful - Pastor Greg and family on the jumbotron at Busch Stadium as he waits to throw out the first pitch. I did some counting and, over the course of 9 years of being in ministry with…
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Photo of Lead Pastor Rev. Andy Bryan Welcome Andy Bryan - I thought it might be helpful to share my personal thoughts with you as Rev. Andy Bryan begins his ministry at Manchester UMC on July 1.First, I’ve known Andy’s father and grandfather for as long…
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My Last Sermons - When I was a campus minister at Mizzou, we held an annual spring “Last Lecture” series. We invited a popular professor to give a lecture as if it were the last one they could give.…
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2019 Annual Conference - Pentecost is this Sunday, June 9, and is considered the birthday of the Church! If you’d like to give a special birthday gift to eliminate our church’s mortgage debt, and/or replace our HVAC system, visit…
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Children sit in a circle on the floor hearing a book read to them. Vacation Bible School - There are a few memories I have of church as a young child. One was that the pews were very hard. Another was that, being Southern Baptist in my earliest years, the communion elements passed…
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Not in Kansas - Seldom can I come up with a title that’s guaranteed to alienate everyone from the state just west of Missouri. However, I’m not meaning to downgrade Kansas at all. Rather, I’m playing off the famous…
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General Conference Update - Image: Mike DuBose / United Methodist News Service (UMNS) It’s only been a little over two months since the 2019 General Conference ended. However, it seems so much longer because so many things have happened.…
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Photo of a group discussion with young adults in a semi-circle. Discipleship WIN Team - Last year, in conjunction with setting goals/priorities through 2021, we developed teams of members and staff. Called WIN (What’s Important Now) teams, they’ve been working diligently in helping our church move forward; click here to get an…
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Mental Health Awareness - May is national mental health awareness month. One in five adults, about 48.3 million people, will struggle with their mental health this year.  Unfortunately, churches don't always have the best track record of addressing this…
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Freedom It’s Almost Easter - Yes, last week we were thinking about passing out candles on Christmas Eve. Now, we’re anticipating arranging flowers and lilies for Easter. Wow!Holy Week is one of the most important times in the life of…
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Any Childhood Stories? - Following Easter, I’m going to do a series of sermons on the world of a child. It’s titled, “Revisiting Childhood.” I believe we can learn a lot about how Christians should live if we return…
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Lenten Prayer Guide - Saturday's Modern Worship concert was a huge success. More scenes are on Facebook. Many thanks to the worship team and volunteers who made this first-time Joy of Music concert possible!In a sermon a few weeks ago,…
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Anger Sermon Series - If you haven’t noticed lately, there’s a lot of anger brewing in our culture. It seems fashionable to divide ourselves into opposing camps, whatever they might be, and see how high our blood pressure rises.…
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Photo of a computer keyboard. Website Resources - Over the past few months I’ve had fun developing my own website. I’ve envisioned it as a place where I could collect and expand my writing projects, as well as things associated with my writings.           In…
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