Sermon for 11/21/2021 – “Grateful: Grateful Together”

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-18 Final in the series Grateful In the first two messages of this series, we explored our personal understanding of gratitude and how to increase our thankfulness by practicing habits of gratitude. We talked about how we respond personally to God’s gifts following the pattern of gift and response. Today

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Sermon for 11/07/2021 – “Grateful: Heart Matters”

Revelation 21:1-6 First in the series “Grateful” Author and clergywoman Diana Butler Bass shares this story near the beginning of her book called Grateful: The Transformative Power of Gratitude. She writes: “I pulled the card from the envelope, appreciatively fingering its velvety thickness. It was formal and traditional, the sort one rarely sees anymore, with

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Sermon for 02/07/2021 – “She Began to Serve”

Mark 1:29-39 In the series “Follow Me” By Pastor Cathy Davis Have you ever watched a child as they poured water into a container?  As they are pouring the water, they are absolutely mesmerized by the water, so much so that they do not even notice that it is  overflowing, or maybe they are so

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Sermon for 11/22/2020 – “Celebrate God’s Goodness”

Psalm 98 In the series “Together for Joy” By Pastor Cathy Davis  What do we have to be thankful for?  We have been in a pandemic for the last 9 months.  People have been cranky because they have to wear a mask, families are having to teach kids at home, grocery stores are out of

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Sermon for 11/24/2019 – “Grateful”

Psalm 65; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; Matthew 6:25-34 Final in the series “Grateful” This morning we conclude our November series that has focused on gratitude.  We’ve sought to increase our gratitude level and to grow in expressing our gratitude through a variety of suggested practices. We’ve been reminded that we have many reasons to give God

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Sermon for 11/17/2019 – “Cultivating Gratitude”

Psalm 136:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; Ephesians 1:15-16 In the series “Grateful”       There’s a story about two friends who met on the street one day.  One looked forlorn, almost on the verge of tears. His friend asked, “What has the world done to you, my old friend?”  The sad fellow said, “Let me tell you: three

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Sermon for 11/10/2019 – “Thankful for Everything?”

In the series “Grateful” Philippians 4:4-7; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Last week we began a series of sermons called “Grateful.”  We said that we are made for gratitude and that gratitude is meant to be the rhythm of our lives.  We said our goal is for every one of us to grow in gratitude as a

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Pastor’s Letter in the Messenger – 11/25/2018

Dear Friends, This past week we celebrated the national holiday of Thanksgiving with my family in Sidney and with friends at our home.  We now move toward the Christmas holiday and the season of Advent.  We have many gifts and blessings for which to be thankful. I saw a video from a church in Charlotte

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