2019 10 13

The disparity that exists globally between the rich and the poor, which reflects in material wealth, is truly astounding.  On the Thanksgiving holiday we traditionally celebrate with a feast and express gratitude for the horn of plenty and all of the excesses we enjoy.  All do not share equally.  Global hunger continues to grow.  Our heart and soul can best be nourished through the love of Jesus.  Give thanks for his limitless love.  Let your appetite for His love grow and feed those less fortunate, all to the glory of God. 

Amen.

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2019 10 06

Fear of the unknown, fear of darkness, fear of injustice and fear of intolerance pervades society today scrambling our senses. The good news, the power of love conquers fear. God gave us the gift of Jesus, our redeemer and light of the world. Jesus abolished death giving life and salvation to those that believe. Stand tall, be not ashamed. Let us refresh and grow our love for Jesus this morning through communion. Accept the word of God through Jesus and allow his love to guide and dominate your life, all to the glory of God.

Amen.

Based on readings for the week: 2 Timothy 1:1-14

2019 09 29

Through out history there has been a gap between the rich and the poor, the haves and the have nots, but never has the concentration of wealth and power been the reality of so few. Polarization of wealth in the extreme exists today and in many cases, on the backs of the masses. Death is the great equalizer. As they say, you can’t take it with you. Salvation brings comfort for the poor and torment for the rich who worship material gain. Help those in need and give from the heart. Salvation is at had for those that believe. Praise be to God.

Amen.

Based on readings for the week: Luke 16:19-31

2019 09 22

Truth, trust and honesty are a slippery slope and magnified daily, too often yielding half truths, untruths, fake news and deception. We all know the truth percolates within our hearts and resides there without abandon. Sugar coating the truth in a relentless pursuit of self justification cannot serve two masters. God knows your heart, Jesus was and is the truth. Cleanse your heart of deception and live your life following his precepts. The light of Jesus leads to salvation.

Amen.

Based on readings for week: Luke 16:1-13.

2019 09 15

Climate change is yielding extreme weather events worldwide and can be scientifically traced to human excesses. This stressing of the environment is a bi-product of our unrelenting thirst for comfort over the decades. Catastrophic floods, hurricanes, wild fires and famines dominate the news cycle. The human cost is tragic. Craving for material gain has unleashed this climatic nightmare. Jesus said the cost of being His disciple was not to covet material gain but to comfort and support those in distress. Be His disciple today. Help those less fortunate and give from the heart. All to the glory of God.

Amen.

Based on this weeks readings: Psalm 29; Luke 14:25-33

2019 09 01

The reading from Luke this morning is a lesson in both inclusiveness and humility. So many of us in our congregation live in the sunny glow of material prosperity and white privilege that those benefits have become invisible to us. We can forget that there are those among us among us among the pews even this morning who suffer, mostly in silence.

We may sit at the head of the table without thinking about it, assuming we deserve it, not aware that we deny it to others. Jesus reminds us again and again that grace cannot be earned, it is God’s gift to all.

We are called to humbly offer ourselves in service, not from a lofty sense of “nobless oblige”, but as one as one human being in compassion to another.

God of hope, help us to remember this in a time when fear drives the rise of “might is right”, when assistance to others has become a commodity to be bought and sold, and there is talk of making our cohorts great again.

In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Based on Readings for the week: Hebrews 13:1-8;15-16; Luke 14:1,7-14.

Standing in for Jim this week is Ron Shaw.

2019 08 25

Hypocrisy is alive and thriving at all levels and all domains today. Disdain for politicians and the clergy, often well founded, weaken our faith in humanity. Hypocrites are in all social settings, including the church. It’s a slippery slope. Jesus was above hypocrisy and fulfilled the work of the Lord without bounds or limitations, even on the Sabbath. Guard your heart from hypocritical tendencies and challenge your day to day activities to be inclusive. Refrain from racism and bigotry and live everyday with Jesus in your heart, to the glory of God.

Amen.

Based on the readings for the week: Isaiah 58:9b-14; Luke 13:10-17

2018 08 18

Patience is a virtue seemingly in short supply these days. All too often strong arm tactics rule the day. Jesus lived a life of enlightenment and patience to overcome adversity and endured the cross of our salvation. His life and sacrifice kindle our faith in God and life everlasting. Let us rekindle our faith in Jesus this morning through communion. Let the embers of patience and love ignite in our hearts. Together we can make a difference for the love of God. Leave this place, speak and live the truth of Jesus, to the glory of God.
Amen.

Based on readings for the week; Hebrews 11:29-12:2.

2019 08 11

There is a saying, “Hope Springs Eternal.” Hope and faith are complimentary and co-exist in our harts. Our faith in humanity is challenged daily witnessing the injustices, corruption and violence covered by multiple media sources. Jesus gave hope and a vision, through his teachings, both word and deed. Allow your faith in Jesus, son of God, to grow in your heart. Allow self doubt to evaporate and strengthen your resolve to achieve a oneness with Jesus. Faith in Jesus will yield life everlasting, all to the glory of God.

Amen.

Based on readings from week: Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16.

2019 08 04

Vacations are a time for rest and relaxation and family bonding with a sprinkling of adventures. it’s also a time for reflection and refreshing your commitment to Jesus. Don’t allow yourself to backslide from Jesus but grow closer to his ideals. Don’t get on the treadmill of material gain. Give to those less fortunate and open your heart to Jesus. The path of righteousness is well lit. Choose Jesus and live your life in his image, to the glory of God.

Amen.

Based of readings for the week: Hosea 11:1-11; Luke 12:13-21

2019 06 23

We thank God this week for a sudden infusion of wisdom that prevented war in the Middle East. Last Sunday I was likely one of many preachers who discussed the gifts of the Spirit, including the personification of wisdom as Sophia, a woman. This week, one of our lectionary readings is from Paul's letter to the Galatians, where he tells us that in Christ there is no Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, no male or female, for we are all one. In a congregation where we have made a commitment to be an Affirming Church, we pray for continued gifts from the Spirit so we may not only think, but act in wisdom and compassion. May God bless Stephen in his ministry to us this morning, and may we have ears to hear.

Amen.

based on readings for the week: 1 Kings 19:1-15

2019 06 16

 Gracious God, on this June morning we gather here briefly to thank you for your continual presence and to commit this mornings worship to you in the name of Jesus Christ, the author and finisher of our faith. We celebrated Pentecost last Sunday, Lord, the birthday of your church and also the birthday of our United Church, and we pray that the Holy Spirit may continue in strength and power as we move forward in your name. So be with Stephen leading our worship, with the choir singing, and all who are taking part, and we pray that the grace and companionship of Christ be continually renewed in us in the weeks ahead. We ask these things in Jesus' name.

AMEN

Based on Readings for the week: Proverbs 8:1-4,21-31; John 16:12-15.

2019 06 09

Pentecost, the day that the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples of Jesus. Transformative, speaking multiple languages. Love, the unwritten universal language understood by all. Jesus ministry was based on love, inclusion and truth. Allows Jesus truth to refresh and grow your faith through communion this morning. Stand tall and speak his truth to those lost in the daily pressures and stresses of every day life. Give a helping hand to those in need. Salvation is our reward for accepting God and living our lives following the light of Jesus.

Amen.

Based on the readings from the week: Acts 2:1-21; Romans 8:14-17

2019 06 02

Discrimination pervades without exception all corners of the the earth. Racial intolerance, religious intolerance, ethnic intolerance and intolerance to the LGBTQ community, among others, resulting in a kaleidoscope of outcomes from confrontation and violence to muted disapproval. Search your heart. Diversity strengthens society. Potters shape clay [weavers weave yarn] for a desired outcome. Our lives are shaped by the grace of God. We are as a collective of one in his plan. Live your life with passion and understanding of others, to the glory of God.

Amen.

Based on readings for the week: Jeremiah 18:1-6; Plan of the Master Weaver.

2019 05 26

Challenges face us all on a daily basis.  Financial stress, medical stress, marital stress and a myriad of life altering experiences.  Learn from the past and apply that knowledge moving forward.  Appreciate what we have, from nature's beauty and intricate life cycles, to the mountain peaks and the depths of the oceans.  Keep swimming.  Sing praises unto the Lord and this wondrous world in which we live.  Confront darkness with the light of Jesus and a chorus of hallelujah.

 Amen.

Based on the readings for the week: Psalm 105:2; Ephesians 5:19; Romans 15:9

2019 05 19

Dictators and those holding a vision of authoritarian rule crave dominance and power over the general populous. Too often their sphere of influence leads to corruption and misery for the masses. Jesus washed the feet of his disciples after the last supper. He uniquely demonstrated an act of love. He calls on all who believe to love one another as he loves us. Accept the gift of Jesus into your heart and live the passion of his life to the glory of God.

Amen

Based on the readings from the week, John 13:1-17, 31b-35

2019 05 12

Disinformation, untruths and distortions are challenging the truth today in unprecedented measure through social media.  Morality and the rule of law is being diluted for self-gratification and personal gain.  Our leaders are eroding the very cornerstones of a just and compassionate society.  Jesus taught the Word of God and the way forward.  His message was one of inclusion for all.  Many rejected Jesus.  Those that believe hear his voice and are comforted.  Those that cast him aside do not hear His voice.  Jesus, the way forward, redemption and salvation for all who believe.

Amen

Based on readings for the week: John 10:22-30

2019 05 05

Sometimes reality smacks us in the face and we are shocked. Whether it’s a mass shooting, or environmental forest fires and floods. Disasters happen and we are not immune. Jesus lived his life teaching the word of God. He was crucified and resurrected. Go out with hope and live your life according to his teachings. Give support to the less fortunate and continue the work of the Lord. Food for the soul will sustain us, all to the glory of God.

Amen.

Based on readings for the week: John 21:1-19

2019 04 28 (June Charlton)

Heavenly Father we come into your house of worship remembering a time when the chosen disciples of Jesus were confused, fearful of their lives and without hope. When they believed all was lost Jesus came and stood among them bringing overwhelming joy and reawakening the purposes of His mission with them. So we rejoice today, because of their faithfulness in spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ.

And we come into our sanctuary of Grace United and, like the Psalmist of old, come with praises. We praise You for your immeasurable greatness; we praise You with our united voices, and the singing of the Choir; we praise You with the tambourines and chimes of the children and in the joy and abandon of their dances; and we pray that today we may experience the overwhelming joy that Jesus brings to our lives as He stands among us.

Amen

Based on readings for the week: John 20:19-31

2019 04 21

Hallelujah! Jesus Christ has risen. Easter for many is just another holiday. The commercial and social fabric of society relentlessly marching forward. No pause for reflection of the past. Jesus personified love. He gave his life that we might live. Let us prioritize our lives by including Jesus and his teachings in our daily lives. This morning we refresh and grow our faith through communion as spoken to the disciples by Jesus at the last supper. Give time for Jesus and allow his light to illuminate uncertainty and despair. The glory of God will prevail.

Amen

based on readings for week: John 20:1-18