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!

Safer At Home Order - It is a beautiful sunshiny day today, Monday, and the sky is brilliant blue. I hope each of you had at least a few moments to be outside and breathe deeply. The best of all…
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Advent Candle 2020 “Just One” - “Just One” by Andy Bryan One small act of goodness, one small gesture of grace, one small compassionate word offered in a time of struggle, one smile of understanding, a hand on a shoulder, a random text message just to say hi,one…
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Among You - Once Jesus was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God was coming, and he answered, “The kingdom of God is not coming with things that can be observed; nor will they say, ‘Look,…
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Thy Kingdom Come - We are heading into a brand-new worship series this Sunday, and it is going to be a worship service to remember!  It is “All Saints Sunday”, and we will remember and honor the saints of the…
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Entirely Sanctified - This week we are wrapping up a month-long series called “Turning the World Upside Down.” And we will do so by wrapping up the letter we have been studying all month, Paul’s first letter to…
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The Ethos of Manchester UMC - As we enter week three of our all-church study and visioning process, the energy around the church is really high! I love hearing reports about small group conversations, getting emails from people sharing ideas they…
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Why We Do What We Do - Manchester UMC’s “Turning the World Upside Down” series has only just begun, and it is already amazing! Sunday’s sermon included an interactive moment in which those who were worshiping responded to a question that I asked.…
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Manchester UMC Chapel Turning the World Upside Down - “These people who have been turning the world upside down have come here also, and Jason has entertained them as guests. They are all acting contrary to the decrees of the emperor, saying that there…
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The River - This week we will wrap up our “Season of Creation” series with a message focusing on water. Specifically, “The River.”  It is amazing how often a river plays a role in Scripture, either an actual river…
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The Air and The Spirit - How cool is it that right here in the middle of our worship series “Season of Creation,” we are given a beautiful week of weather! Sunny, low to mid-eighties, down into the low sixties at…
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Green Thumbs - In the diverse array of gifts that God has given to human beings, there are those who can just look at a plant and it will burst forth with life and fruit and health. Their…
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A Season of Creation - September will be “A Season of Creation” for Manchester UMC. In worship this month, the focus will be on God’s beautiful creation and our relationship with it. I’m really looking forward to devoting this series…
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LOVE Is A 4-Letter Word - “I know you are asking today, ‘How long will it take?’ Somebody’s asking, ‘How long will prejudice blind the visions of men?’ “I come to say to you this afternoon, however difficult the moment, however frustrating…
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For Just Such A Time As This -   Over the past few weeks, we have seen how “Just One Voice” can make a huge difference. We heard how Sarah laughed, Miriam sang, and Huldah spoke. And as each of these women used…
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Summer Vacation - “How did you spend your summer vacation?”  The typical beginning-of-the-school-year essay will be a little weird this year. Like everything else in the “Season of Weirdness,” going on vacation in the year 2020 has been a…
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Art depicting the celebration of the Israelites. Miriam Sang - Editor’s Note: Rev. Phil Estes is this week’s guest author. Don’t miss Phil's sermon on Sunday at 9:30 and 11 a.m. Once in a while Old Testament texts are the focus of a sermon. This is…
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Laughter - Editor’s Note: Nick Reinhardt-Swierk is this week’s guest author. Don’t miss Nick’s sermon on Sunday at 9:30 and 11 a.m. Lately, it feels like there is little to do except laugh. I laugh with joy when…
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The Good Soil - This week, we have the benefit of a parable that Jesus actually explains! In Matthew 13, Jesus shares the “Parable of the Good Soil,” and then he talks with his disciples about what it could…
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Timeline Reevaluated - With the continuing rise of the numbers being reported by the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force, Manchester UMC’s move to “Phase Three” of our Pandemic Plan will not be happening at the end of…
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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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