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Good Stories July Sermon Series

“Good” Stories

Our next worship series here at Manchester is going to be a really “good” one. In fact, we are calling it “Good Stories.” Four weeks, four parables, each with something in it that is called “good.” However, each story has a bit of a twist. The part of the story that is called “good” may not…
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A BIG Idea

As we wrap up our three week series, “Sin and Forgiveness,” we’ll be thinking about a really BIG idea. In fact, you might say it’s the biggest idea. It’s an idea that actually lasts forever. Because the idea is … well, lasting forever. Sunday we will be thinking together about “Eternal Life.” Our finite minds truly cannot…
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A New Life

Sudden expired the legal strife, ’Twas then I ceased to grieve;My second, real, living life I then began to live. – Charles Wesley, “O For A Thousand Tongues to Sing” The Wesley hymn “O For A Thousand Tongues to Sing” has a bajillion verses. (Ok, not quite a bajillion. It actually has 17.) And so obviously…
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Sin and Forgiveness

On Sunday morning we begin a short worship series on “Sin and Forgiveness.” It is only a three week series, and I understand that it will only scratch the surface of such complicated and important doctrines as these. But it is good to spend at least a little bit of time reflecting on the realities…
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Phase Two Begins June 1

Manchester UMC will move into “Phase Two” of our “Pandemic Plan for Mission and Ministry” on Monday, June 1st. “Phase Two” of our four-phase plan is designed for when local authorities have partially or fully lifted stay-at-home orders, but we are still significantly limiting on-site church gatherings. Click here for an overview of the plan.…
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Methodism’s Timeless Ideas

It has been so fun for me to spend these last few weeks thinking and talking about Methodism! It is always important to be reminded of our roots every now and then–where we have come from, how we got here. But more than that, we’ve been thinking about how the experiences of the past and…
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Pandemic Plan-Ministry&Mission

Good news, everyone! The church is NOT re-opening. (Um, pastor… did you just say “NOT re-opening?”) Yes, indeed I did! The church is not re-opening when the “Stay at Home” orders lift, because THE CHURCH NEVER CLOSED! I am so grateful for all the wonderful ways you have continued to be the church during this…
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Missouri Re-Opening

You have no doubt heard that Missouri is starting to “re-open” this week. And it’s likely you’ve wondered what that means for us, for the church.  Well, first of all … the church never actually closed, right? I mean, we have been worshiping, learning, giving, serving, and connecting this entire season of weirdness. Sure, it…
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The Great Re-Awakening

The Methodist movement originated in an 18th century revival season known as “The Great Awakening.” In Britain and the American colonies, the church experienced a renewal of religious devotion, a deepening awareness of the movement of the Holy Spirit, and a re-framing of salvation as an experience of the heart, not just an academic exercise.…
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The Astonishment of Easter

Guess what? Easter has started! Yeah, April 12th was only the beginning of Eastertide. We actually get Easter for the next fifty (count ‘em – 50) days! We get SEVEN SUNDAYS of Easter, taking us all the way to Pentecost, on May 31st. We carry the joy and astonishment of Easter with us beyond a…
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Sunrise, the dawn of a new day.

Light

Isn’t it amazing how sunlight always seems to make things feel different? I don’t know if it’s the Vitamin D or what, but when the sun is shining, people just walk a little lighter, smile a little more often, and carry a bit more positivity in their outlook. Light is often used in the Bible…
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We Need Each Other

We need each other. It’s how we are created, you know, to be in relationship. We are made to connect with others. The image of God is relational, which means we, created in the divine image, are too. “In the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body.” “Individually we are members of one…
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Church Online

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Manchester UMC is moving its ministries to online wherever possible. We will continue to live out our promise to be the church through “our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service, and our witness.” Quick Links Worship Online Only via Facebook or on the website Saturdays at 4 p.m.…
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