Sermons

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…

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.

Choosing Healthy Boundaries

August 5, 2018
Setting boundaries is important. But, how do you do it without fear of how people will react, or keeping yourself from feeling guilty. Pastor Jim explores why setting boundaries might…

“…forever and always, Amen”

There's a God spark in all of us says Pastor Stephanie in her new sermon. But how do we kindle it and experience God's love more fully? Listen as she…

Everyone Has A Backstory

What's your backstory? For many of us, there are some things we’d just rather leave in the past. Yet, when we come to understand the power of our backstory, we…

My Last Sermon

If you had one last lesson to teach, one gem of wisdom to share, what would it be? That was the challenge for Pastor Winter, and you might be surprised…

The Inside Story

Janis Joplin once said, ‘I can talk about music because I’m inside of it.’ Find the special thing you’re inside of, that God gave you to share. Lose yourself in…

The Next Generation’s Pharisees

As Christians age, we often become the 'Pharisees' in a faith that was once liberating, refreshing, and freeing. How can we change that?

Generosity of Heart

June 30, 2018
Merriam-Webster defines 'Generous' as: One characterized by a noble or kindly spirit. As in a ‘generous heart.’ What's that all about?

Abiding in Patient Hope

We get impatient when we don’t see progress in ourselves, in other Christians, and in the world. But patience and hope are inextricably tied together.

Grace in Vain

June 24, 2018
Perhaps the standard of what 'success' looks like in the world is not what it looks like to God. Maybe the way we’ve done things before, is not the way…

Loving the Oppressor

The church should embody a heart of peace, even for those viewed as oppressors. How is this even possible? Sr. Pastor Greg Weeks explores some thoughts.

Who’s In Charge Here?

June 16, 2018
Who really is in charge? We strive to master our lives and our world, but there are some things only God can make happen. Here are some inspiring thoughts.

All Music is Written in the Same Key

June 10, 2018
All music is in the key of hope. Find out all the meanings of hope in your life, and be sure to feed the right wolf.

You Want Me To Do What?

June 9, 2018
We are all sent to share with those we meet. You never know how much impact you'll have, if you only go.

Breaking Glass Walls

Christ has broken down ALL human distinctions. Will you embody this by caring for others who are unlike you in age, race, sexuality, gender, wealth, education, etc.? Find out how.

Following the Rules

June 2, 2018
Jesus’ ministry is full of examples of how practicing Sabbath would benefit us all. Rest is holy. Renewal is essential. Whew! What are we waiting for?

Things Are Just Plain Wrong

Jesus’ simple 'love your neighbor as yourself' is a clear way of determining right from wrong. Your neighbor, by definition, may have differing experiences, background, views, but they are still…

Love and Other Heavenly Things

May 27, 2018
Why do we try to take love, and other heavenly things, and explain them, tame them, make them bow to us? Are we so fearful of wonder, awe, and the…

Are We Crazy Enough?

May 20, 2018
On Pentecost, the Holy Spirit descended and the Church of Jesus Christ was born. Since then, Christians have been the craziest, most counter cultural people in the world. But, are…

Who’s In Your Circle

May 20, 2018
'Who's In Your Circle,' is based on the scripture Ezekiel 37:1-14 and Acts 11:1-18.

Sighs Too Deep For Words

May 19, 2018
In Romans 8:22-27 we read '...the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs…

Why Do You Love Me?

May 13, 2018
How is a mother's love like God's love? Is love free or something you earn? Don't miss this Mother's Day message by Pastor Greg.

Love Never Fails

May 12, 2018
"Love is patient, love is kind." Imagine if everyone would naturally extend grace to the generation that came before, as well as the generation that follows.” Don't miss this Mother's…

Plug Into Jesus

May 6, 2018
Have you ever found yourself frustrated because your mobile phone battery is almost drained? Here's how we can “Plug into Jesus” so that our spiritual battery stayes charged.

The Church Isn’t What You Think It Is

April 29, 2018
The church is where Jesus comes alive through the power of story. This is where you know, in your heart, that there is a God who loves you and has…

No Matter What

April 28, 2018
Think of someone you love deeply. Your relationship with God is every bit as real. Through the love-language of prayer, perspective shifts, and it’s a new day.

Jesus Isn’t Who You Think He Is

April 22, 2018
Jesus is our link to God. Through Him, we experience God’s presence and desire for our lives. It’s NOT rational, but spiritual, which is what makes Jesus so amazing.

Look Again

April 21, 2018
“The Lord is my shepherd…” In the midst of darkness and pain there is still the excruciating beauty of living in the moment. Think you know Psalm 23? Look Again…

God Isn’t Who You Think God Is

April 15, 2018
God is infinitely above us in every aspect. To think you understand one part of God, you are confronted by the total opposite: infinitely wise yet amazingly simple.

We Are Family

April 14, 2018
Rev. Steve Harbaugh is a gifted speaker and teacher. His message, 'We Are Family,' was delivered at Manchester United Methodist Church's historic chapel.

You Aren’t Who You Think You Are

April 8, 2018
You are not who you think you are. We are limited people, controlled by forces beyond our understanding, and seeing things from skewed perspectives. So, to be able to say…

Easter Peace

April 1, 2018
Easter is preceded by a jumble of emotions, but the appearance of Christ brings PEACE. Find out what peace really means in the Easter sermon by Sr. Pastor Greg Weeks.