Sermon for 10/01/2017 – “The Front Porch: God’s Love for Us”

The Front Porch: God’s Love for Us 1 John 4:7-21close1 John 4:7-21 God Is Love 7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 In this the love of more »

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Sermon for 09/17/2017 – “Coming Into Focus” – Rev. Becky Schofield Motter

This week’s sermon is by Rev. Becky Schofield Motter, Associate Pastor for Discipleship. Coming into Focus Psalm 95:1-7closePsalm 95:1-7 Let Us Sing Songs of Praise 95:1 Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! 2 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us more »

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How to Help Victims of Hurricane Harvey

Dear Friends, The videos, pictures and news reports have been unfathomable as Hurricane (now tropical storm) Harvey has devastated Houston and southeast Texas.  As I write this, rainfall in some areas has topped 50”.  We’ve been praying for Becky’s aunt and uncle who live in the greater Houston area and whose home was spared by more »

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Sermon for 08/27/2017 – “Abandon Counterfeit Living (or, How to Live an Authentic Christian Life)”

Abandon Counterfeit Living (or How to Live an Authentic Christian Life) Romans 12:1-21closeRomans 12 A Living Sacrifice 12:1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be more »

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Pastor’s Letter in The Messenger – 08/20/2017

Dear Friends, In the Lord’s Prayer, we pray for God to “deliver us from evil.”  In Charlottesville, evil recently reared its ugly head when advocates of white supremacy, white nationalism and neo-Nazism clashed with counter-protestors who demonstrated for racial and religious justice. We pray for the families of those who died and for all those more »

Sermon for 08/13/2017 – “Beautiful Feet”

“Beautiful Feet” Romans 10:5-15closeRomans 10:5-15 The Message of Salvation to All 5 For Moses writes about the righteousness that is based on the law, that the person who does the commandments shall live by them. 6 But the righteousness based on faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to more »

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Blessing of the Backpacks and ASP Sunday – 08/13/2017

Sunday, August 13, was a special day at St. Andrew’s UMC. We began our time of worship with Blessing of the Backpacks (and the students who will carry them).  Students from pre-kindergarten to college-age came forward to receive the blessing.  The congregation prayed for these students with this blessing: Gracious God, we lift to you more »

Sermon for 08/06/2017 – “Inseparable”

“Inseparable” Romans 8:26-39closeRomans 8:26-39 26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for more »

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Sermon – 07/30/2017 – “More than Adopted – Accepted”

More Than Adopted – Accepted Romans 8:12-25closeRomans 8:12-25 Heirs with Christ 12 So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. more »

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Sermon for 07/23/2017 – “Who Are You?”

“Who Are You?” Romans 8:1-13closeRomans 8:1-13 Life in the Spirit 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. 3 For God has done what the law, weakened by the more »

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