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Jul 23, 2017
The Scripture Way of Salvation

July 23, 2017 The Scripture Way of Salvation

This Sunday we'll explore "The Scripture Way of Salvation." What must I do to be saved? What is the relationship of works and grace in salvation? Is Jesus truly the one "Way" to truth and eternal life? These questions could consume many hours of conversation, so on Sunday we'll focus in on one instance where Jesus used a woman's faith in Him to teach a gathering of self-righteous Pharisees about the quality of repentance that leads to forgiveness, salvation, and peace.

In Christ's Grace and Peace, Pastor Bob

Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24, Luke 7:36-50

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  • Jul 23, 2017The Scripture Way of Salvation
    Jul 23, 2017
    The Scripture Way of Salvation

    July 23, 2017 The Scripture Way of Salvation

    This Sunday we'll explore "The Scripture Way of Salvation." What must I do to be saved? What is the relationship of works and grace in salvation? Is Jesus truly the one "Way" to truth and eternal life? These questions could consume many hours of conversation, so on Sunday we'll focus in on one instance where Jesus used a woman's faith in Him to teach a gathering of self-righteous Pharisees about the quality of repentance that leads to forgiveness, salvation, and peace.

    In Christ's Grace and Peace, Pastor Bob

    Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24, Luke 7:36-50

  • Jul 16, 2017God’s Call to Believers (then and now) – Chad Brown
    Jul 16, 2017
    God’s Call to Believers (then and now) – Chad Brown

    July 16, 2017 11:00 “God's Call to Believers (then and now)” Chad Brown

    This Sunday Lydia and I will be in Connecticut with our family for a week of summer vacation. We have two of our dedicated Lay Servants - Rodney Bussard (8:30) and Chad Brown (11:00) - preaching in my stead. We are blessed at VUMC to have so many gifted lay ministers.

                In Christ's Grace and Peace, Pastor Bob

    Exodus 3:1-12

  • Jul 16, 2017First Love
    Jul 16, 2017
    First Love

    July 16, 2017 8:30 “First Love” Rodney Bussard

    This Sunday Lydia and I will be in Connecticut with our family for a week of summer vacation. We have two of our dedicated Lay Servants - Rodney Bussard (8:30) and Chad Brown (11:00) - preaching in my stead. We are blessed at VUMC to have so many gifted lay ministers.

                In Christ's Grace and Peace, Pastor Bob

    Revelation 2:1-7

  • Jul 9, 2017The Pitfalls of People Pleasing
    Jul 9, 2017
    The Pitfalls of People Pleasing

    July 9, 2017 The Pitfalls of People Pleasing
    Our sermon for the morning leading up to the Olde Time Revival at 3 p.m. is a timely, crucial reminder from Scripture that just as God does not "dance to our tune" we are also called to resist the temptation to live for the praise and attention of others. Come find out what the Scriptures say about "The Pitfalls of Being a People Pleaser." 

                                  In Christ's Grace and Peace, Pastor Bob

    Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

  • Jul 2, 2017Youth Mission Team God Sightings
    Jul 2, 2017
    Youth Mission Team God Sightings

    July 2, 2017 Happy Independence Day
     
    As we approach the July 4th holiday, please keep our nation and world in your prayers. Give thanks for the constitutionally-guaranteed freedoms we all benefit from. Pray for those who are traveling. And especially pray for those who serve throughout the world to protect the freedoms we celebrate.
     

    This Sunday we will celebrate Holy Communion together, remembering the One who alone can free us from our sins. During our worship we'll hear testimonies from some of our youth now serving on a mission to Ohio.  As we listen to mission testimonies this Sunday, may we recommit ourselves to be a church seeking to spread the good news of Jesus "in all the ways we can, in all the places we can."

    In Christ's Grace and Peace, Pastor Bob

    Romans 6:12-23

     

  • Jun 25, 2017Around the World With Jesus
    Jun 25, 2017
    Around the World With Jesus

    June 26, 2017 Vacation Bible School Sunday
         This Sunday is Vacation Bible School Sunday. The children will sing at both VUMC services and I'll bring a message on what it means to go into the world with Jesus as our Lord. Thank you to Amanda Hall and her loyal crew of volunteers for a great VBS!
                                          In Christ's Grace and Peace, Pastor Bob

    Romans 6:1b-11

  • Jun 18, 2017God’s Love…a Love without end
    Jun 18, 2017
    God’s Love…a Love without end

    June 18, 2017 God's Love... a Love without end

    Shawna Hiner will be sharing our Father's Day message this Sunday while I'm away. Please come and honor our fathers and receive another excellent message from God's Word by Shawna..

                                           In Christ's Grace and Peace, Pastor Bob

    John 3:16,  Romans 5:7-8

  • Jun 11, 2017It Takes A Team
    Jun 11, 2017
    It Takes A Team

    Our message for the morning will focus on how the Holy Trinity - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - are a team who invite each of us to be part of the building of God's Kingdom. We'll see the ways in which Jesus chose and built his team of disciples... and how we can be a more faithful and effective part of God's team here at VUMC.

                             In Christ's Grace and Peace, Pastor Bob

    Psalm 8,    Matthew 28:16-20

  • Jun 4, 2017Pentecost – Gifts of the Spirit
    Jun 4, 2017
    Pentecost – Gifts of the Spirit

    June 04, 2017

         This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday. Seven weeks after Easter, we celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at the birth of the Church. We also remind ourselves that each member of the Church has received a gift for service in the Body of Christ. 

         I realize that many question what their gift is, or even doubt that they have received a gift of the Holy Spirit. In part, this is due to the common misapprehension that spiritual gifts are always displayed with wind and flame and that they are possessed by only the "more spiritual" among us.

         The truth is, the gifts are poured out on all who call Jesus their Lord. They are gifts of God's grace, often subtle and practical and best demonstrated with a spirit of love and servitude.

         That is how I see the gifts of the Spirit most often utilized in our congregation - with humility and love - leading to an outpouring of the fruits of those  gifts: "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control [Paul's letter to the Galatians]."

         May it always be so!

                                  In Christ's Grace and Peace, Pastor Bob

    I Corinthians 12:3b-13

    Acts 2:1-21

     
  • May 28, 2017Let God Rise Up
    May 28, 2017
    Let God Rise Up

    May 28, 2017

    Memorial Day is a sacred day in our nation. For a day to be truly sacred, truly set aside for holy purposes, it must first be dedicated to the One Holy God who reigns over every man, woman, and nation. 

    I would ask that this Memorial Day weekend we "Let God Rise Up" in our souls and speak to us of courage and sacrifice and obligation. I would ask that we do this not merely as an act of love of country and of those who sacrificed their lives in war, but as an act of love for the God who is the Father of us all and who wept as each of his children fell.

    Let God rise up in our hearts so that the world might know his Holy Way and no longer walk in the paths of war - so that the sounds of battle may be overwhelmed by an everlasting chorus of peace.

    In Christ's Grace and Peace, Pastor Bob

    I Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11