Sermons

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…
Christmas carol

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.
worship arts, church attendance

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…
business deal

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?
flower pot

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.
social media, web, online

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.
Secret Sins, Greg Weeks

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.
waterfall, overflowing, joy

Generous God

October 27, 2018
To know God’s love is to overflow with God’s love. It all begins with God.
Acts 4 Church, sermon series, generosity

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…
Acts 4 Church, sermon series, generosity

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?