Sermon for 06/05/2022 – “A Hopeful Farewell”

John 14:8-17, 25-27 with Acts 2:1-8, 11-21, 37-42 Rev. Jeff Motter – Final sermon at Findlay: St. Andrew’s UMC, 06/05/2022 A woman … hoists her six-year-old up onto the first step of the bus. “Goodbye,” she says. A father on the phone with his first-year son has just finished bawling him out for his poor

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Sermon for 05/29/2022 – “Disturbing the City”

Acts 16:16-34 Concluding the series “We Are Witnesses” We had a lovely day yesterday celebrating the graduation of the Findlay High School Class of 2022, including our son Josh. After lunch with family, we hosted a graduation party on a nearly perfect afternoon. Among the food we offered were fresh fruits and vegetables. They looked

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Sermon for 05/22/2022 – “Opened the Heart”

Acts 16:9-15 In the series “We Are Witnesses” After checking into the lodging where I was staying for a few days, I was driving in my car to a grocery store to pick up a few things. Because I was unfamiliar with that city, I used Google and the GPS on my phone to guide

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Sermon for 05/15/2022 – “What God Called Clean”

Acts 11:1-18 In the series “We Are Witnesses” There is a practice that Christians have been perfecting since before we were even called Christians. Maybe you think I’m talking about Communion. Yes, we’ve been doing that a long time, but I have something else in mind. Baptism? That’s not it. What I’m talking about we’ve

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Sermon for 05/08/2022 – “Get Up!”

Acts 9:36-43 In the series “We Are Witnesses” Today I want to begin by sharing a fun fact with you: Did you know that the observance of Mother’s Day began in a Methodist Church in 1908? Anna Jarvis championed the cause to honor her own mother, Ann Marie Reeves Jarvis, who had expressed hope that

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Sermon for 05/01/2022 – “Who Are You, Lord?”

Acts 9:1-6 (7-20) In the series “We Are Witnesses” The early Christians were amazingly devoted to Jesus and deeply committed to the mission inviting others into the Kingdom of God. They practiced a love for one another that set them apart from their world. They were certainly not perfect or sinless, yet once they had

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Sermon for 04/24/2022 – “We Are Witnesses”

Acts 5:(17-26)27-32 In the series “We Are Witnesses” Last week, we celebrated the event that changed history forever and opened up eternity for all who receive God’s grace and believe. The stone rolled away from the tomb, and Jesus was raised from the dead. Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia! It is now

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Sermon for 04/17/2022 – Easter – “God Moves Stones”

“God Moves Stones” 1 Corinthians 15:19-26; Luke 24:1-12 In the series “Lent in Plain Sight” “Why do you look for the living among the dead?” The familiar greeting of the angels at the tomb to the women. For me, this is my 56th Easter, though I don’t remember all of them. How many has it

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Sermon for 04/10/2022 – “Lent in Plain Sight: Coats”

Luke 19:29-40 In the series “Lent in Plain Sight” It was Passover season in Jerusalem, so thousands of Jews had traveled many miles to celebrate their story of deliverance from Egyptian slavery and to offer sacrifices to God. The atmosphere was chaotic, as the narrow streets were jam packed with people, body to body, so

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Sermon for 04/03/2022 – “Lent in Plain Sight: Oil”

Psalm 23; Matthew 26:6-13 In the series “Lent in Plain Sight” On our journey through Lent, we’ve been reflecting on common objects that Jesus would have encountered during his life on earth and how those objects might connect us to God today. We started our season of Lent reflecting on dust and its solemn message

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