Service Type: Traditional-Casual

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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…
Painting of disciples listening to Jesus around a table.

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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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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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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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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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…
Artist rendering of the prodigal son being welcomed home by his father.

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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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…
Logo for the musical called The Sailor's Bible.

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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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…
Row boat on a beautiful lake as the sun is going down.

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.

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…
Christ the King Sunday

Christ the King

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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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.

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.
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Generous God

To know God’s love is to overflow with God’s love. It all begins with God.

Generous Church

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.…

Generous People

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…

Uh Oh!

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…

A Firm Place to Stand

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…

The Weight of Our Words

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…

What’s On The Inside?

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…

Living In The Present

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.…

Embracing the Future

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,…

Honoring the Past

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…

Choosing Healthy Boundaries

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…