Sermons

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A Total Makeover

February 3, 2019
We need a change of direction, a TOTAL MAKEOVER involving three things, says Rev. Greg Weeks. The obsession with success, to always be right, and to never lose control. Replace…
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Gone Fishing

February 2, 2019
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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Unleashing Your Hidden Power

January 27, 2019
No matter who you are, you have a hidden power! You only need to realize it. Find out what this power is and how you can release it.
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WHAT Did He Say?

January 26, 2019
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.
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Enjoy Your Spa Day

January 20, 2019
Sometimes we feel trapped in our lives and don't know what to do. It's time to follow David's example, step outside ourselves, and shift perspective. Learn how.

Sprinkle, Pour, or Dunk

January 19, 2019
Whether we sprinkle, pour, or dunk, the Sacrament of Baptism is “an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace.” Learn more.

You Are Special…

January 13, 2019
You don't have to do great things to be a disciple, only small things in great--and humble--ways, says Pastor Greg Weeks. Find out why you are special.
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Do You Know How ‘You’ You Are?

January 6, 2019
As we begin a new series on 'Celebrating You!' we need to appreciate our own uniqueness as well as look at others through the 5 “C’s” that characterize them. Learn…
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A Light That Will Never Go Out

January 5, 2019
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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The King of Fear & The King of Peace

December 30, 2018
We can't take seriously what the depth of redemption means until we take seriously the suffering of the world the King of Peace, and we, are born into. Learn why…
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Gifts With A Message

December 24, 2018
Reflect on God's gift to you while you unwrap the others this Christmas. What gift will you give back to God, and what will that message be?
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Christmas Grace

December 23, 2018
'Grace is the gift of God all around us everyday', says Pastor Greg Weeks. 'We only need open our eyes.' Learn how in this Christmastime message.
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Worthy of Love

December 22, 2018
"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.
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Duck and Cover

December 16, 2018
Stress is the time to stand up and watch for God's deliverance, not duck and cover. Find out how you can avoid hiding your head in the sand when turbulent…

Love’s Great Expectations

December 16, 2018
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

December 8, 2018
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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Songs of Christmas

December 2, 2018
There's a story behind your favorite Christmas carol. Find out what it is, and add special meaning to it, in this unique sermon by Pastor Greg Weeks.

Hanging of the Greens 2018

December 1, 2018
Three pastors share meditations of the season during a beautiful Hanging of the Greens service. Pastors: Phil Estes, Jim Peich, and Stephanie Lendt.
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Skipping Church

Reasons for skipping church abound. But, the real reason you should attend may surprise you. It's time we change our perspective on worship.
Christ the King Sunday

Christ the King

November 24, 2018
In celebration of Christ the King Sunday, let's expand our understanding of the phrase 'Christ the King.' In doing so, we may become more aware of how to interact with…
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It’s Just Business

We sometimes justify things that hurt people, especially in business. But Jesus calls us to listen, be honest, and be an advocate for the oppressed. How?
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Seeking Courage

November 17, 2018
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.
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Clickbait

Sometimes, we are 'clickbait.' We indulge in stuff online we wouldn’t do in public. Discover how to overcome that tendency.

More Than Meets the Eye

November 11, 2018
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.
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The Prosperity Gospel

Discipleship is not about 'what I can get out of it' now, but about being so in love with Christ that you're willing to do whatever it takes to follow…

All Saints Sunday

November 4, 2018
All Saints Sunday is a special time that is set aside to reflect on all those who have passed before us. Let us honor and celebrate their lives and the…

Can You Feel It?

November 3, 2018
We know we’re called to Love God and Love Neighbor, but even during the mid-term elections? Especially then; find out how.

Common Praise

October 28, 2018
The heart of praise is celebrating the miracle-making ability of God. Let's celebrate some of the miracles members of the church have experienced.
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Generous God

October 27, 2018
To know God’s love is to overflow with God’s love. It all begins with God.
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Common Possessions

October 21, 2018
The Acts 4 church held everything as common possessions. They demonstrated why we can’t separate the way we live from the one who claims our heart. If Jesus is the…

Generous Church

October 20, 2018
What does it mean to be a generous church? It's people coming together to both receive and give. By doing so, we become part of something far greater than ourselves.…

Common Place

October 14, 2018
God called those that came before us to build a 'common place.' Now we are called to not only keep it strong but growing in outreach for Christ.

A Compelling Outpouring

October 14, 2018
A compelling reading of the Bible brings out life, redemption, creativity, and an outpouring of grace. Find out how you can read the written word in a way that it…
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Common Purpose

October 7, 2018
You are where you are to fulfill a higher purpose. We as a church are where we are for a higher purpose. We need to see clearly why we are…

Generous People

October 6, 2018
Manchester UMC is full of generous people, says Pastor Stephanie. 'They are the most gracious, loving people I have ever known.' Many things may attract worshipers to this church, but…

It’s Not About Me

September 30, 2018
Does God exist to please me, or do I exist to please God? The answer makes all the difference in the journey we call life. Pastor Jim offers some insights.

Uh Oh!

September 29, 2018
Ever used the cry 'Uh Oh?' In nearly all instances, there's an opportunity for God's grace to enter your life. Join Rev. Steve Harbaugh as he shares some uh-oh moments…

Gyroscopic Grace

September 23, 2018
Through God's grace we have a mechanism that helps us straighten up our relationships when they get out of whack. Here's how to restore them to a healthy state.

A Firm Place to Stand

September 22, 2018
Finding a firm place to stand in a crisis is daunting. It's often in times grief...of loss...of fear that we feel God's presence has left us. But, in actuality it's…

An Open Book, Not A Closed Book

Anyone who takes their faith seriously, and takes the Bible seriously, has the opportunity to add their own story to the Bible: they even have a RESPONSIBILITY to do so.

The Weight of Our Words

September 15, 2018
Our words, spoken or written, affect our lives and the lives of folks around us. So, how can we be sure they are for healing and not for harm. Sometimes…

An Edgy Book, Not Just A Pious Book

It’s easy to ignore some of the inconsistencies in the Bible, picking and choosing. It’s more difficult actually using your experiences and thoughts to discern who God really is, both…

What’s On The Inside?

September 8, 2018
It's what's on the inside that counts, not outward appearances. We can't take ourselves so seriously that we begin to think we are superior and stop learning from others. Our…

A Kingdom Book, Not A Political Book

The Bible is a kingdom book. It clearly says three things about politics and government. Find out what they are, and how you can stay on track in the political…

Living In The Present

September 1, 2018
God lives in the present, and so should we. In fact, we are always in the presence of God, says Pastor Stephanie Lendt. But, we are often distracted and unaware.…

A Love Book, Not A Law Book

The Bible is a love book that reflects God’s love for us, then God’s requirements of us. And, those are for our own good and for God’s kingdom.

Embracing the Future

August 25, 2018
It’s your future. Where do you want to be 5-years from now? It’s good to have a plan, but what about those opportunities we never imagined would come along? Often,…

A Story Book, Not A Science Book

The Bible is a beautiful book, says Pastor Greg. It’s beautiful because it contains stories about how God relates to us, and we to God. When you see it in…

Honoring the Past

August 18, 2018
Where do you spend most of your time: the past, the future, or in the here and now? God lives in the present, says Pastor Stephanie. Here's why you should…

Kind, Tenderhearted, Forgiving

August 12, 2018
What is a blessing? What is a curse? What difference does it make? With awareness, it could make all the difference in the world.