Sermons

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A New Language of Love

There is a language of love that fills the yearning in every human heart for sacred space with God. Jesus recognized this and gave us ths ‘language'on Pentecost.
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Who Is This?

Who is this Jesus Christ whom we confess to be our Savior and Lord? This message by Rev. Steve Harbaugh explains why it is important to know, especially during this…
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Their God Is My God

As Christians, we can’t get tangled up in doctrine. Instead, our focus needs to be on real people. Compassion the common thread that makes us one.
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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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Writing Your Own Doxology

You can write your own doxology! We get so caught up in worries and problems that we forget that God loves us. Every day we can praise God regardless of…
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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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Playfulness

Playfulness puts a smile on God' face. Worries lessen. We connect with friends. We make new friends. Playfulness is an obligation of faith. Here's why.
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Sing A New Song

What does it mean to sing a new song? Such a song can bring you joy, bring you to life. But what if you lose your song, your joy? Here's…
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Intimacy

The 'vulnerability of intimacy' is something we need to develop. Children have no problem naturally hugging others. We shouldn’t either. Jesus didn’t.
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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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Toughness

Children display a resilience and hope that is much stronger than adults who’ve felt despair and defeat. But, God calls us to act on faith and believe something can happen.
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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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Tenderness

We can learn a lot about God if we return to experiencing life through the eyes of a child.
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Known By My Scars

After the resurrection, Jesus was recognized by his scars. We too, are often known by what has marked us. Our wounds matter; they are a witness to the redeeming power…
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The Big Empty

We encounter emptiness throughout life. If that's you, put your trust in God's power to break open the empty tomb and fill it with light, angels, and the Good News.
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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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Threatening the Powerful

Jesus got angry at those who were threatened by the message of love and forgiveness. What can we learn about anger from his reaction?
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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…

Social Order

Jesus was a carpenter’s kid without education. He wasn't among the socially elite. Some were offended by him because he acted above his place in society. Who offends us if…
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Give Up: Part 3

In Part 3 of the Give Up series we ask, "What does it mean to recognize the Bible playing out around us? How does that awareness impact our decisions?
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Moving Past Anger: Week 1

Jesus provoked people to anger; in fact, he might provoke the same feeling in us. Here's how to move past anger, both with Jesus and others.
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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.

Cling to Jesus

In today's do-it-yourself (DIY) culture, there are some things we can't, in fact must not, do by ourselves, but rather in connection with others.
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What Are You Praying For?

What are you praying for? The Lord's prayer has three distinct sections. Let's break them down and find out how our prayers can become more effective.
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Doing the Work Today, and Tomorrow

We must continue doing our work. The evil of this world wants to exploit our differences...it's not the person sitting on the other side from you. We cannot believe the…
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Uncluttering

Uncluttering our lives is a major focus of Lent. Jesus said to 'get our house in order.' The example we set with our lives impacts others. Let's take stock and…
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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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Getting In Alignment

In times like these, we often feel clueless, confused, and in need of direction. But, God is calling us to be transformed. Nicki Reinhardt-Swierk explains.
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The Sailor’s Bible

Come aboard for three seafaring stories of God’s miraculous love: Noah’s Ark, Jonah, and Paul’s shipwreck! This musical, written by Allen Pote and Tom Long and presented by the 4th-6th…
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Spirit-driven Disruption

Spirit-driven disruption can happen anywhere, anytime. If fact, it may be happening right now. Pastor Greg Weeks explains with a bowling parable.
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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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How Do People Know You’re a Christian?

Find out why living our faith is much more powerful that 'preaching' our faith to others.
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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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A Total Makeover

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

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

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?

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

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

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…

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?

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

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

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

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

'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

"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

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

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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Songs of Christmas

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.