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 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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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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