Sermon for 08/08/2021 – “Miracles of Abundance”

John 6:1-21 In the series “Everlasting Life: Now and Forever” By Rev. Becky Schofield Motter Have you ever had someone tell you a story that you had an inkling was a fish story?  Maybe you even heard a person tell the story multiple times and the fish keeps getting larger and larger and larger.  Seems

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Sermon for 08/15/2021 – “Hungry for More?”

John 6:24-35 In the series “Everlasting Life: Now and Forever” Food is one of the strongest desires we have. People will do almost anything for food if they are hungry enough – rob, steal, kill, rent out their bodies, and so on. Looting sometimes happens when supplies run low during a natural disaster. Grocery shelves

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Message of Hope for Memorial Service of Isaiah P. Rayle

Psalm 23; Romans 8, selected verses; John 3:14-17 [You can view this service on our live streaming page at saumcfindlay.org.] The whole story of the Bible can be summed up as a message of God’s love. From the moment God spoke the creation into existence, God has loved the world and has been seeking a

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Sermon for 08/01/2021 – “Summer Baggage: Jealousy and Envy”

Genesis 37:3-11 Concluding the series “Summer Baggage: Weighed Down by What We Carry” Our summer baggage theme today focuses on jealousy and envy. These are bags we want to set at Jesus’ feet and leave there. They are good themes to close our series with, because they can interconnect with, be caused by and/or lead

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Sermon for 07/18/2021 – “The Hidden Baggage of Pride”

Mark 10:17-27; Proverbs 16:18-19 In the series “Summer Baggage: Weighed Down by What We Carry” Visit https://www.playbackmedia.com/mini-movies/38975/pride to watch a video that preceded the sermon. In her book, The 19th Hole: Favorite Golf Stories, Carol Mann shares a lesson from the golf legend Arnold Palmer about overconfidence and pride. Said Palmer: It was the final

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Sermon for 07/11/2021 – “Summer Baggage: Bitterness & Anger”

Bitterness & Anger In the series “Summer Baggage: Weighed Down by the Baggage We Carry“ Matthew 18:23-35; Ephesians 4:31-32 I’m grateful to Pastor Cathy and our whole program staff team who stepped up to plan and lead worship over the past three Sundays while our family took time away for vacation. As for many of

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Sermon for 06/13/2021 – “A Seedy Gospel”

A Seedy Gospel? Mark 4:26-34 This spring we decided to grow vegetables at our home. Pastor Becky started most of the plants in our garden from seed, though we did get some tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, and peppers from a friend of ours who runs the greenhouse at the UM Mission known as Henderson Settlement in

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Sermon for 05/09/2021 – “Becoming Church: Inclusion – a Place for Everyone”

Acts 10:44-48 In the series “Becoming Church” Her name was Wendy – or that’s what I’ll call her for this story. She was in my second-grade class at Hardin Elementary School. She was a kid who wasn’t like everybody else. For one, she was taller than most. She was awkward in the way she moved.

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Sermon for 05/02/2021 – “Becoming Church: Testimony”

Acts 8:26-40 In the series: Becoming Church By Rev. Becky Schofield Motter Think about a journey you have taken with a friend or your family. Maybe it was an area of the country or the world you have never been before, there were new things to see, places to explore, and experiences to embrace. Sometimes

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Sermon for 04/18/2021 – “Faith”

Acts 3:12-19 First in the series “Becoming Church” What are the characteristics, qualities, or practices that make the Church what it is? For the next several weeks, we will explore some thoughts about this question that arise from readings in the New Testament book of Acts. In addition to hearing from our pastors, we will

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