Preacher: Rev. Andy Bryan

Season of Creation: Humanity

September 13, 2021
We claim that human beings are created in the image of God, which should humble us and bring a sense of awe. There are so many and various ways that…

Season of Creation: The Earth

September 7, 2021
Until we find something else, this planet is all we have. For our own sake and the sake of future generations, it is our obligation to care for it. In…

God Doesn’t Give US More Than We Can Handle

August 30, 2021
The idea comes from a misreading of 1 Corinthians 10:13 regarding how we face temptation. When Jesus encounters a person suffering, his response is to heal them, not to offer…
Rope split

Love the Sinner; Hate the Sin

August 15, 2021
There is wide recognition that this very common phrase is not biblical, but some will say that the concept is, citing Jude 1:22-23 for example. However, Jesus cautions against this…

I Accepted Jesus as My Personal Lord & Savior

August 9, 2021
Salvation is not dependent upon us accepting Jesus; grace is prevenient for everyone. Nor is following Jesus only a personal matter; it is lived out in community as the Body…

Look, Here is the Water!

August 2, 2021
The Ethiopian Eunuch is both a foreigner and someone whose sexuality is non-normative. It is scandalous that God’s grace is available to one who is on the margins of the…

Remember Me

July 26, 2021
A convicted thief, sentenced to death, as he was being executed for his crime … appealed to Jesus for grace. And he got it. The scandalous grace of God is…

Who Touched Me?


The woman who touched the hem of Jesus’s robe was audacious in her faith. Jairus was audacious in his privilege. The juxtaposition of these two stories illuminates the scandal of…

Give Me This Water

July 13, 2021
It was audacious for the “woman at the well” to ask Jesus for living water because she was a woman and she was not Jewish. And yet Jesus revealed himself…

Wisdom’s Call

June 21, 2021
The Wisdom of God (Sophia) calls the world into being, offers divine instruction, and following her ways leads to happiness.

Spiritual Sensation

June 1, 2021
The Holy Spirit is the experience of God’s present activity - for the individual, the church, and the world. God’s activity is experienced like we experience wind - we only…

Continual Creation

May 24, 2021
The Spirit gives birth to the church and continues to inspire the church’s very existence. The Spirit is continually creating the church.

This Is The Way

May 17, 2021
Jesus is “The Way” and calls us to follow, even when there is uncertainty about what God is doing and when. The assurance of the Ascension comes from Jesus assuring…

Love Is Perfected In Us

May 3, 2021
Loving one another is the way to ensure that God is living in us, that we are becoming who we are supposed to be. Loving one another is how we…

God’s Love Abides

April 26, 2021
We are becoming what we will be, which is being revealed as we become more and more like Christ. Salvation is a process, a constant movement from where (who) you…

Walk Just as He Walked

April 12, 2021
Jesus shows us how to be fully human, and when we strive to “walk just as he walked” we are on our way toward perfection.

Mary Turned Twice

April 6, 2021
Mary did not recognize Jesus not as the resurrected Lord, but as her teacher, her Rabbi. First recognizing Jesus in his humanity allows us to see him in his divinity.

Glorified

March 29, 2021
As the crowd shouted to glorify Jesus on his way into Jerusalem, he was on his way to crucifixion. We do what we do “so that God may be glorified,”…

Witness

March 22, 2021
To witness is to use your voice for someone else’s sake, to intentionally describe/embody what you have experienced God doing in the world so that others will also be able…

Service

March 15, 2021
Truly serving means having the heart of a servant, being aware of the needs of the community and doing all you can to meet those needs. It means “doing what…

Gifts

March 8, 2021
To participate in the community with our gifts means to make sure the resources we have been given by God are being used for purposes that build up the community…

Presence

March 2, 2021
Intentionality of presence means adjusting your personal priorities in order to show up in and for and with the community. Showing up as the intentional community is the minimum of…

Prayers

February 22, 2021
We think of prayer as a personal moment, like in Psalm 25. But when we participate in the community “by our prayers,” it is deeply relational; we become more aware…

Believe In Thy Butter

February 8, 2021
At best, the Bible presents a mixed message when it comes to war, affirming it in some stories and condemning it in others. People of faith embrace a complicated and…

Caught In The Snide

February 1, 2021
Many times it is fear of “the other” that creates conflict, the unfamiliarity of another person or group of people. Overcoming that fear and entering into authentic relationship can ease…

Stars Upon Thars

January 25, 2021
The impartiality of God’s grace is radical, shared with all equally, no matter what one’s outward appearance is (Sneetches) or how long you have “worked in the vineyard.”

Unbudged in Their Tracks

January 19, 2021
God calls people to humility, to not think so highly of ourselves. The Zax (like the scribes and Pharisees) are unwilling to humble themselves and change their ways.  

Re-Alignment

January 11, 2021
When Jesus comes to be baptized, he is aligning himself fully with God's will, God's desire for his life and ministry. When we renew our baptism promises, we are re-aligning…
Pregnant woman siloutted by light coming through a window.

My Soul Magnifies

December 21, 2020
Mary’s pregnancy is a liminal space, in between conception and birth. She enters into the liminal space willingly and embraces the uncertainty of her situation with faith and hope. The…
Candle stick lit in darkness.

Testify To The Light

December 14, 2020
John’s task, and ours as well, is to “testify” to what Messiah will be doing. John points out that in fact Messiah is already among us, and we have yet…
Woman sitting on desert sand overlooking the expanse.

Prepare The Way

December 7, 2020
This year the Advent season is not as full as in the past because of the pandemic. Ironically, this makes it easier for us to enter into the wilderness and…
Night sky filled with stars.

When the Stars Begin to Fall

December 1, 2020
Advent is a season of waiting in the liminal space of anticipation and wonder. Emmanuel is not yet here, and we long for his arrival. So we watch for him,…
Spiral clock

There’s No Time Like Forever

November 23, 2020
'There's No Time Like Forever' explores the idea that the Kingdom of God is a past, present, and future event; it is both here already and not yet here.
Photo of hands of many people placed on top of each other.

Among You

November 9, 2020
The Kingdom is not a personal possession, but rather among/within the life of the community is where the Kingdom of God exists.
Photo of bricks being layed, one at a time.

God At Work

November 2, 2020
The kingdom is being built by God, not by us. At the same time, this doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do the work of the kingdom. We allow God to build…
Photo of Manchester UMC's building in the fall.

Entirely Sanctified

October 26, 2020
The ONLY limitation to this congregation’s potential is the extent to which we can envision the future God has in store for us.
Illustration of the word 'Why' in printer block type.

Why We Do What We Do

October 12, 2020
Paul and Silas were not only “doing the right thing” they were doing it “for the right reason.”
Photo of early bible open to Thessalonians.

Turning the World Upside Down

October 5, 2020
The mission of the church can really raise a ruckus, and working together on a mission like that creates a deep and affectionate relationship.
Photo of a river running through the forest over rocky terrain.

The River

September 28, 2020
Water appears throughout scripture as a source of life, renewal, and promise. "Everything will live where the river goes."
Young woman practicing breathing in a yoga position.

The Air

September 21, 2020
Wind (air) is a metaphor for the Holy Spirit, a life-giving presence that moves within, among, and around us. 
Photo of a single older tree with limbs reaching to the sky.

The Forest

September 7, 2020
Humanity is created in community with creation; when God’s creation suffers, we suffer too. Trees are the lungs of creation, making it possible for us to breathe.
Artist rendition of Queen Esther.

Esther Saved

September 2, 2020
When Esther risks her own life to approach the king, she was doing so in order to save the Jewish community in the nation of Persia. The story highlights God’s…
Painting of what Huldah may have looked like.

Huldah Spoke

August 17, 2020
When Huldah declared her prophecy, she was speaking on behalf of God, expressing God’s anger at the unfaithfulness of the people. She called the people to remember because the nation…
Painting of a farmer sowing see by hand.

The Good Soil

July 27, 2020
The Word of God is present everywhere in the world; it has been “sown” like seed. The Word of God always finds a way to grow, in spite of any…
Photo of a sheep.

The Good Shepherd

July 20, 2020
The parable of “The Good Shepherd” is about knowing God, and being known by God. There is a deep, authentic relationship.
Photo of workers in a vineyard

The Good Wage

July 13, 2020
The wage each worker was paid in the parable of the vineyard was “good” because it recognized the value of each person’s work, no matter how long each had worked.
Good Samaritan painting by Paula Modersohn-Becker

The Good Samaritan

July 6, 2020
The Samaritan was called “good” because he showed mercy to the one who was injured; his acts of compassion made him a neighbor even though his ethnicity made him a…
Photo of the ocean with the words 'Anticipate your heaven below, and own that love is heaven.'

Eternal Life

June 29, 2020
Our forgiveness makes a difference in the present; it is not only a ticket into a post-mortem life everlasting.
Photo of a green sprout gtrowing from a stump.

Alive to God

June 22, 2020
Being forgiven empowers us to die to our old selves, become alive to God, and live as our new, true, Christlike selves, which means we in turn forgive others.
Christ in Alabama Painting by William H. Johnson

Still Sinners

June 15, 2020
The love of God is proven by the fact that Christ “died for us while we were still sinners,” meaning that we do not earn God’s forgiveness, but rather that…