Dec 30, 2018
Devotion for the New Year

December 30, 2018 Devotion for the New Year

This Sunday is the last Sunday in 2018. As we approach 2019, we will turn our hearts toward praising God in song and prayer at both services at VUMC. Come prepared for a special time of "old-fashioned" carol and hymn singing. 

For those still on vacation or who for other reasons will not be able to attend worship services on December 30th, may God bless you in this last days of 2018 and strengthen you with hope and faith in the new year!

Peace in Christ, Pastor Bob

John 3:16-21

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  • Dec 30, 2018Devotion for the New Year
    Dec 30, 2018
    Devotion for the New Year

    December 30, 2018 Devotion for the New Year

    This Sunday is the last Sunday in 2018. As we approach 2019, we will turn our hearts toward praising God in song and prayer at both services at VUMC. Come prepared for a special time of "old-fashioned" carol and hymn singing. 

    For those still on vacation or who for other reasons will not be able to attend worship services on December 30th, may God bless you in this last days of 2018 and strengthen you with hope and faith in the new year!

    Peace in Christ, Pastor Bob

    John 3:16-21

  • Dec 24, 2018Christmas Eve 2018
    Dec 24, 2018
    Christmas Eve 2018
    Series: (All)
    Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
  • Dec 23, 2018The Bread of Life
    Dec 23, 2018
    The Bread of Life
    Series: Advent 2018

    December 23, 2018 The Bread of Life

    There are seven “I am” statements in the Gospel of John; statements made that reveal to the world his true identity. They are:

    1. I am the bread of life (6:35, 48, 51)

    2. I am the light of the world (8:12; 9:5)

    3. I am the door of the sheep (10:7, 9)

    4. I am the good shepherd (10:11, 14)

    5. I am the resurrection and the life (11:25)

    6. I am the way, the truth, and the life (14:6)

    7. I am the true vine (15:1)

    This Sunday, in the last of our Advent sermons exploring the true identity of Jesus, we will look at his declaration, "I am the bread of life."

    I hope you will join us on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. What better way to prepare for Christmas than to get better acquainted with the one whose birthday we are celebrating. He is all of the things listed above, and more. He is our destiny and one day we will stand before him with all the hosts of heaven and sing a new song to the One who died for our sins.

    I encourage you to come tThis Sunday,his Sunday and on Christmas Eve and worship the Savior who was born for you and for all the world.

    Peace in Christ, Pastor Bob

    John 6:35-40

  • Dec 16, 2018The Truth Shall Set You Free
    Dec 16, 2018
    The Truth Shall Set You Free
    Series: Advent 2018

    December 16, 2018 The Truth Shall Set you Free

    If Advent (the oft forgotten season that precedes Christmas) means anything, it means truth. The truth about Who is coming and Why he's coming.

    For thousands of years, the figure of the woeful prophet, standing in the town square proclaiming the end is near, has made people laugh. Why? Because the end isn't really near, is it? We're young and healthy and we'll live forever. Jesus hasn't come yet, perhaps he never will, but if he does it certainly won't be any time soon. In the meantime, let's live for ourselves as if God were only an afterthought.

    Jesus spoke about people who live in that manner, who fail to search for truth and instead live a lie. A rich man builds barn after barn to store his stuff but his life is taken suddenly and without warning. Bridesmaids fail to bring along enough fuel for their lamps and miss the arrival of the groom. All the people who take lightly the coming of the Lord and are tragically unprepared when He arrives.

    During Advent, the season of hope and expectation of Christ's coming again, we're looking at the Gospel of John's declarations about the infant born in Bethlehem two thousand years ago. He is the eternal Word; the light of the world; the Way to salvation; the Bread of Life. This Sunday we hear Him as the Truth that must be heard - the truth who is coming and who will set us free!

    Peace in Christ, Pastor Bob

    John 14:31-32

  • Dec 9, 2018The Way Back Home
    Dec 9, 2018
    The Way Back Home
    Series: Advent 2018

    December 9, 2018 The Way Back Home

    Will you be "home for the holidays" this year, believing that "there's no place like home"? Then you understand the natural yearning for a place of rest, a place to belong, a place where the depths of love and fellowship are unmatched - a home.

    In this Sunday's scripture from the Gospel of John, Jesus comforts his disciples as he prepares for his death and resurrection. He assures them that he will not abandon them, that he is going to prepare a place for them - an eternal home.

    "But Lord," Thomas asks, "how will we know the way to this home?" Jesus declares “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

    Have you accepted this unmerited gift of a way home to God? No other gift will ever be as valuable as the gift of salvation through Jesus. Why not pray to your Heavenly Father right now, a prayer of faith declaring that Jesus alone is your way, your truth, and your life?

    Peace in Christ, Pastor Bob

    John 14:1-7

  • Dec 2, 2018Why the World Needs the Word
    Dec 2, 2018
    Why the World Needs the Word
    Series: Advent 2018

    December 2, 2018 Why the World Needs the Word

    We begin a new sermon series for Advent this Sunday based on the Gospel of John and its focus on the person of Jesus Christ. Just who was Jesus and why should he matter to me? No other questions are more important to every human being than these. In John we discover that long before he was born in Bethlehem, the Son of God was present at the very creation of the universe. Not only was He present, everything that came into existence did so through Him!

    And now, having lost our way through the fall of Adam, Jesus the Savior has come into the world as the Way, the Truth, and the Life. He is the light by which we find our way out of the darkness. He is the Bread of Life by which our very souls are nourished.

    I hope you'll come each Sunday in December as we anticipate and celebrate the coming of Jesus into the world!

    Peace in Christ, Pastor Bob

    John 1:1-14

  • Nov 25, 2018Thy Kingdom Come
    Nov 25, 2018
    Thy Kingdom Come

    November 25, 2018 Thy Kingdom Come

    Pastor Jeff Allen

    Matthew 25: 31-46

  • Nov 18, 2018Thanks Living
    Nov 18, 2018
    Thanks Living

    November 18, 2018 “Thanks Living”

    It's hard to believe it's just a week before Thanksgiving Day!

    The days are speeding by quickly and if we're not careful we'll miss the opportunity to fully appreciate their meaning. Thanksgiving, the Advent Season, Christmas Eve and Day, the first day of a new year.... all are times to reflect and give thanks and praise to God for the gifts of life, fellowship, and hope.​_

    I hope you will take advantage of our regular and special worship services during the coming weeks to grow your faith and devotion to God's Kingdom. We begin with this Sunday's Thanksgiving worship services in the morning and join together with area churches in our annual Community Thanksgiving Service at Mt. Sidney UMC (I'll be preaching, but don't let that keep you away!).

    During Advent our Scripture lessons and sermons will focus on "The Christmas Story According to John." While Matthew and Luke are the traditional tellers of the story of Christ's birth, John's account points squarely to the purpose of Jesus' coming into the world, revealing his true nature as the Living Word, the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

    God is at work in our congregation and our Aisle 7 Fellowship campus. Please keep lifting up your prayers to God that we will be faithful to the mission he has given us. And as you pass the stuffing around the table next Thursday, remember to say a prayer or two (or more) of thanksgiving for God's leading, saving, and transforming grace in Jesus Christ.

    Grace and peace, Pastor Bob

    1 Cor. 4:13-18

  • Nov 11, 2018When We All Get To Heaven
    Nov 11, 2018
    When We All Get To Heaven

    November 11, 2018 When We All Get To Heaven

    Election Day, November 6th

    I just came into the church office after voting. Now, siting at my desk, I'm reflecting on why it was so important that I took the time to vote. Here's why....

     In our nation voting is a privilege and a civic responsibility. It is the occasionally inspiring, sometimes disappointing, frequently frustrating act of fallen human beings placing their trust in a government led by their fellow fallen human beings while trusting in God's providential grace.

    When I vote I am not saying I believe in the infallibility of the candidates and their parties. I am not saying that one party has all the answers or that any one party's platform can create heaven on earth. If I believed that, I would be practicing idolatry.

     I vote because God has called us to be caretakers of this world we have inherited - and caretakers of each other. I vote because God in his providence has placed me in a nation where voting can bring about change, even if it is frequently slow and cumbersome and imperfect. I vote because I believe that many of the founding principles of this nation are in tune with those of God's Word, even though our history demonstrates that we often fall woefully short of upholding those principles [slavery, segregation, materialism above charity and justice, pleasure above morality, to name but a few.]

     I vote hoping I will not forget that there is but one Savior and one way to true life and peace. When I vote, I pray that God will somehow use that vote to bring into this world a little less chaos and a lot more kindness. I pray for all the candidates who ran but lost and for all those elected, that they will serve with wisdom and fairness. And I pray that through our votes we will live into the vision of a nation where there is liberty and justice for all.

     Especially at this juncture in our nation's history, I pray for all those in our world whose lives will be altered - for better or for worse - by our votes, including the "tired, the poor, the huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the homeless and tempest tossed (Emma Lazarus)." There are almost 70 million refugees worldwide, half of whom are children. One out of every eight persons in our world are undernourished, most of them non-adults. And twelve percent of the world's population live within 50 miles of a war zone, many of them innocent children and the elderly. Can we truly be great as a nation if we vote without considering the impact on the lives of the poorest and most vulnerable among us, from the unborn to the elderly and all in between?

     Finally, as I vote, I pray that God will bless America not for our personal comfort and security, but so that we can be a blessing to all nations. I voted today and I pray that you voted, too - prayerfully and with the assurance that God's "truth is marching on!"

    Grace and peace, Pastor Bob

    Revelation 21:1-11;22-27

  • Nov 4, 2018Their Names are Written in Heaven
    Nov 4, 2018
    Their Names are Written in Heaven

    November 4, 2011 Their Names are Written in Heaven

    All Saints Sunday November 4th

    In my humble opinion, there is no more moving, emotional, and important Sunday in the church year than All Saints Sunday. It is a day that reminds us of the hope and promise of our Christian faith; a day that brings us together to remember loved ones - and to celebrate the fact that their names are written in heaven (Hebrews 12).

    Within the church we "do not mourn as those who have no hope." We have no reason to avoid the topic of our own deaths or the deaths of those we love. For we have this blessed assurance - that Christ has died and is risen and will come again! Those who place their faith in him will meet again with all the angels and saints of Heaven before His throne!

    Grace and peace, Pastor Bob

    Hebrews 12:1-3; 22-24