Preacher: Rev. Stephanie Lendt

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Remember, And Be Thankful

The Season of Advent is a powerful and sensory time, full of memories and meaning. Where is your heart and mind leading you? Take time to remember, and be thankful.
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Be Still, And Know That I Am God

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Always has been, always will be.
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Not Me

Arrrgh! The Apostle Paul can get pretty angsty when he’s busy, busy, busy setting an example that folks aren’t following. Are you an idler? Not sure? (uh-oh).
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Children of the Resurrection

When we leave this world, we are not leaving home. We are going home. Heaven could be something of a homecoming.
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An Ordinary Saint

“All Saints” is about God still at work in the world, and in our lives. And how all people have the potential in this life to be continually transformed.
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Dandelion Bouquet

When it comes to prayer, what is beautiful and true is in the eye of the Beholder and the HEART of the giver.
Defying Gravity

Tethered to God Intentionally

Being tethered to God keeps us focused. People who give generously of their talent, time, and treasure know that all those require intentionality. Generosity does not happen by accident.
Defying Gravity

Breaking Free Now

It's time we break free. The Apostle Paul says the movement from the kingdom of self to the kingdom of God is the greatest gravity-defying moment of life. It is…
Defying Gravity

Discovering Financial Gravity

“It has been the Lord’s intention from the beginning of creation that we live in the kingdom of God. Jesus is the force that leads us there.” -- Tom Berlin…
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It’s A Gift

What's the best gift you've ever received? How did you express your thanks?
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Spread Thin? Or All In?

Folks are in all stages of their faith journey. It’s not a race or a competition, IT'S A RELATIONSHIP. Are you in it for the long haul? Are you spread…
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Extraordinary Love

Compassion shared is to fill and be filled. Compassion withheld is to suffocate. Jesus is Compassion. Jesus is “Extraordinary Love.”
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Live Like You Believe

If you were to genuinely LIVE LIKE YOU BELIEVE, how would your life look different that it currently does? To be a Christian requires courage and community.

And We Weep

“O God, what has happened to your creation? What kind of world is this that the innocent die? Where is your hand that it does not stop the killing?...” (From…
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Embrace A New Day

Every morning we have the opportunity to awaken and embrace a new day, and regardless of what happened the day before, good or bad, the new day gives an opportunity…
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Teach Us To Pray

What if prayer is more about relationship than about any specific outcome? Loving God and loving neighbor…what if?
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The Choice is Yours

The choice is yours. My sister is calling me to the kitchen. But, Jesus is in the dining room telling stories! Fuss in the kitchen? Or listen to Jesus’ stories?…
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Can’t Make Me

Tell the truth, if loving our neighbors as ourselves were easy the world would look very different. We feel compassion to the point of being drained, but it’s not enough.…
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Not Yet

Sometimes scripture, and the disciples, and Jesus don’t sound the way we want them to. We want what we want. We want to be in control, to be coddled, comforted,…
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Love and Suffering

“For Christians, hope is ultimately hope in Christ. The hope that he really is what for centuries we have been claiming he is. The hope that despite the fact that…
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The Love That Unites Us

Jesus first prays for himself, then for his present disciples, then for believers yet to be -- that is, you and me. Jesus wants us all around the table. What…
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Do Not Be Afraid

We don't have to be afraid. We are heading toward a big change here at Manchester UMC… here's how we can face change without fear.
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Enough for Today

Do you have enough? How often are you in “want” mode? How often are you desiring, hoping, wishing for a thing, or an opportunity, or a relationship, you don’t have?…
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Blessed, Loving Gaze

How to let go? When all you want is to hold on tight? How to be still & trust that what you’ve taught them is enough? How to allow mistakes…
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Holy Time

Holy Time. It's limited and precious time, often spent in despair, not knowing what to do. It can be a time when we hold our breath and hope against hope.…
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Give Up: Part 4

The Lenten Season is meant to shake us, awaken us from lethargy, bring us back to center, bring us back to ourselves, bring us back to God. Even Jesus “emptied…
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Give Up: Failure

Who told you you're not allowed to fail? Everyone fails. Through failure we learn and in failure we lean on the abundant grace of God.
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Give Up

This is not the time to give up. LGBTQ+ decisions by the United Methodist Church have awakened us in a startling way. Pastor Stephanie Lendt and Autumn Dennis share personal…
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It’s NOT That Easy!

The Psalms say, “Trust in the Lord, and do good; so you will live in the land, and enjoy security. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you…
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Trust and Tenacity

Do you tend to 'rescue' loved ones from poor decisions? Over time, have you found it to be fruitless and exhausting? Of course you have, and there’s a reason for…
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Gone Fishing

Remember the first time God seemed real? Really real? And came close? Or maybe too close? Yikes! The disciples know how you feel.
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WHAT Did He Say?

Stop and really think about this…the same Holy Spirit, so crucial in the life and work of Jesus, is available to YOU and ME. The very same one.

Sprinkle, Pour, or Dunk

Whether we sprinkle, pour, or dunk, the Sacrament of Baptism is “an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace.” Learn more.
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A Light That Will Never Go Out

When do you seek Jesus...in times of crisis or when there's an illness or a loss? It's time to realize that the light of Jesus is with us always. We…
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Worthy of Love

"As children of God, we are worthy of love. No matter who we are, God knows us. God loves us intimately and deeply." -Rev. Stephanie Lendt.

Love’s Great Expectations

Do you have two coats? Share one with someone in need. That's what God's love is all about, and it brings great expectations for a better world.

In A Different Place

The familiarity of the holidays can sometimes create a longing to escape to a different time filled with childlike awe and wonder. But, what if the perfect time is the…
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Seeking Courage

This has been an emotionally and spiritually exhausting time in our country. Look no further than the daily news. It is easy to despair. Seeking courage? Let’s do that together.

More Than Meets the Eye

There's so much more than meets the eye in life. Jesus sets an example throughout the Gospels to pay attention. Life is happening all around us.

Can You Feel It?

We know we’re called to Love God and Love Neighbor, but even during the mid-term elections? Especially then; find out how.