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!

The Good Wage - This week’s parable in our “Good” Stories worship series is commonly referred to as “The Laborers in the Vineyard.” For the purposes of our worship series, we are referring to it as “The Good Wage.”…
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Good Stories July Sermon Series “Good” Stories - Our next worship series here at Manchester is going to be a really “good” one. In fact, we are calling it “Good Stories.” Four weeks, four parables, each with something in it that is called…
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A BIG Idea - As we wrap up our three week series, “Sin and Forgiveness,” we’ll be thinking about a really BIG idea. In fact, you might say it’s the biggest idea. It’s an idea that actually lasts forever.…
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A New Life - Sudden expired the legal strife, ’Twas then I ceased to grieve;My second, real, living life I then began to live. - Charles Wesley, “O For A Thousand Tongues to Sing”The Wesley hymn “O For A Thousand…
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Sin and Forgiveness - On Sunday morning we begin a short worship series on “Sin and Forgiveness.” It is only a three week series, and I understand that it will only scratch the surface of such complicated and important…
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A Formless Void - “...the earth was a formless void…” This phrase, in the well-known first verses of the Bible, engages the imagination, and is worth a pause for contemplation. We may want to quickly rush to the part where…
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Phase Two Begins June 1 - Manchester UMC will move into “Phase Two” of our “Pandemic Plan for Mission and Ministry” on Monday, June 1st.“Phase Two” of our four-phase plan is designed for when local authorities have partially or fully lifted…
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Methodism’s Timeless Ideas - It has been so fun for me to spend these last few weeks thinking and talking about Methodism! It is always important to be reminded of our roots every now and then--where we have come…
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Pandemic Plan-Ministry&Mission - Good news, everyone! The church is NOT re-opening. (Um, pastor… did you just say “NOT re-opening?”) Yes, indeed I did! The church is not re-opening when the “Stay at Home” orders lift, because THE CHURCH…
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Missouri Re-Opening - You have no doubt heard that Missouri is starting to “re-open” this week. And it’s likely you’ve wondered what that means for us, for the church. Well, first of all … the church never actually closed,…
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The Great Re-Awakening - The Methodist movement originated in an 18th century revival season known as “The Great Awakening.” In Britain and the American colonies, the church experienced a renewal of religious devotion, a deepening awareness of the movement…
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Evangelism - Evangelism these days looks more like tech support. Helping people get connected with Jesus in a time of “stay at home orders” looks like helping people get internet access. Inviting people to church looks like…
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The Astonishment of Easter - Guess what? Easter has started! Yeah, April 12th was only the beginning of Eastertide. We actually get Easter for the next fifty (count ‘em - 50) days! We get SEVEN SUNDAYS of Easter, taking us…
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Photo of wooden cross wrapped in purple. A Defining Moment - Holy Week 2020 will be remembered for quite a while, I suspect. Children around today will tell their children about their experiences during this season. It may very well be the defining moment of a…
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Man reviewing content on an iPad. Church Online - In a season of “Church Online,” I am very excited that our all-church study format will be continuing beyond Lent. We may live in a time of “physical distancing,” but there are many other ways…
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Sunrise, the dawn of a new day. Light - Isn’t it amazing how sunlight always seems to make things feel different? I don’t know if it’s the Vitamin D or what, but when the sun is shining, people just walk a little lighter, smile…
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We Need Each Other - We need each other. It’s how we are created, you know, to be in relationship. We are made to connect with others. The image of God is relational, which means we, created in the divine…
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Reformation - There are some occasions, albeit rare, when one is aware that one is witnessing history. These are the times when we are able to step back from the events of the day and think, “Our…
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Unsettledness - Manchester UMC’s Lent theme, “New Again: Recreating Meaning in Uncertain Times,” has a lot of people buzzing. It seems there are a lot of us sensing this is a season of unsettledness, presenting us with…
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Call To Worship - The Worship WIN Team would like to issue a “Call to Worship.” This call comes as an invitation to “Rediscover, Renew, and Recreate.” And here’s what it looks like: The season of Lent begins this…
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Gifts and Abilities - Editor’s Note:Rev. Jim Peich is our guest author for this edition of the Pastor’s Note. Manchester UMC Family: More than 1,000 people come to worship at Manchester UMC every weekend. That’s a whole bunch of…
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Hope - Hope is one of the “big three” of 1st Corinthians 13. “Faith, hope, and love abide, these three.” Hope is on my mind this week as I read Maya Angelou’s well-known poem, Still I Rise.…
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World’s Most Formidable Church Staff - Manchester UMC has an amazing staff. Faithful, brilliant, focused. I have often called them the “World’s Most Formidable Church Staff.” Not a day goes by they do not inspire me.   The passing of our…
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Liberation Day - I’m writing this article on Monday, January 27, 2020. Seventy-five years ago today, the Auschwitz concentration camp was liberated. Today is marked as “Auschwitz Liberation Day,” or “Holocaust Memorial Day,” all around the world.  In…
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