Jan 28, 2018
Can We See Where The Spirit is Leading Us? Bob Weeks

Jan 28, 2018 Can We See Where the Spirit is Leading Us?

    This Sunday we'll be asking the question "Can We See Where the Spirit is Leading Us?"  This will be a great way to follow up the previous day's regional discussion of "a way forward" for The United Methodist Church at the Bishop's Chat & Chew at VUMC. 

                                        In Christ's Grace and Peace, Pastor Bob

I Corinthians 2:1-10 -11

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  • Jan 28, 2018Can We See Where The Spirit is Leading Us? Bob Weeks
    Jan 28, 2018
    Can We See Where The Spirit is Leading Us? Bob Weeks

    Jan 28, 2018 Can We See Where the Spirit is Leading Us?

        This Sunday we'll be asking the question "Can We See Where the Spirit is Leading Us?"  This will be a great way to follow up the previous day's regional discussion of "a way forward" for The United Methodist Church at the Bishop's Chat & Chew at VUMC. 

                                            In Christ's Grace and Peace, Pastor Bob

    I Corinthians 2:1-10 -11

  • Jan 27, 2018Chat-N-Chew Bishop Sharma Lewis
    Jan 27, 2018
    Chat-N-Chew Bishop Sharma Lewis

    Jan 27, 2018 Bishop Sharma Lewis Chat-n-Chew

    This service is the conclusion of the Chat-N-Chew Discussions on “a way forward” for our Church.

    John 17:6-9, 20-23

  • Jan 21, 2018Can We Hear God’s Call to Holiness?
    Jan 21, 2018
    Can We Hear God’s Call to Holiness?

    Jan 21, 2018 Can We Hear God’s Call to Holiness?

    During the month of January we are focusing on the issues that The United Methodist denomination has been struggling with for decades and whether there is a clear road forward toward reconciliation and unity. 

    This Sunday we'll be looking at the heart of John Wesley's message to the Church - holiness of heart and life. How does our current divide in teaching and practice relate to Wesley's idea of Perfect Love? While Wesley sought to wed the necessity of both obedience and grace in the Christian life, he was fully aware that both must be kept in balance lest obedience lead to legalism and grace to indulgence and disobedience. We see this same tension in the issues facing The United Methodist Church.

    This sermon series is as important and difficult as any I've ever preached - let's all be in prayer together as we hear God's Word and will. While the issue of human sexuality has taken center stage as the heart of our division, I believe there are other deeper issues that must be addressed, including biblical authority and the place of Jesus Christ as the Son of God and Lord and Savior. I hope you'll come and listen and then join me throughout January on Sunday evenings from 5 to 6 p.m. in the sanctuary for a time of questions and discussion.

                                                In Christ's Grace and Peace, Pastor Bob

    Ephesians 4:17-32

  • Jan 14, 2018Can We See Our Own Sin?
    Jan 14, 2018
    Can We See Our Own Sin?

    Jan 14, 2018 Can We See Our Own Sin?

    There are so many good things happening this month at Verona UMC. We just started a Sunday morning confirmation class for our youth and a new Sunday evening Bible study for adults. Through January from 5 to 6 p.m. I've invited anyone who wished to come and discuss that day's sermon to meet with me in the sanctuary. And on January 27th Bishop Lewis will be with us from 8:30 am to 2 pm for discussions around a way forward for The United Methodist Church.

    There is also, of course, the return to a more regular routine after an event-filled Advent and Christmas season. B.L.A.S.T. for our children began again on Sunday evening and choir practices are back to their regular schedule.

    I hope and pray you'll take advantage of any of these classes and events that will help you in your walk with Christ!

    I also hope you will continue to pray for our congregation and United Methodist churches throughout the world as we move toward a specially-called General Conference in February 2019 to determine God's will for The United Methodist in the future.

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    During the month of January we'll focus on the issues that The United Methodist denomination has been struggling with for decades and whether there is a clear road forward toward reconciliation and unity. This sermon series is as important and difficult as any I've ever preached - let's all be in prayer together as we hear God's Word and will. While the issue of homosexuality has taken center stage as the heart of our division, I believe there are other deeper issues that must be addressed, including biblical authority and the place of Jesus Christ as the Son of God and Lord and Savior. I hope you'll come and listen and then join me throughout January on Sunday evenings from 5 to 6 p.m.. in the sanctuary for a time of questions and discussion.

    In Christ's Grace and Peace, Pastor Bob

    John 8:1-11

  • Jan 7, 2018Can We Talk? Can We Listen?
    Jan 7, 2018
    Can We Talk? Can We Listen?

    Jan 7, 2018 Can We Talk? Can We Listen

          HAPPY NEW YEAR!   I hope you had a blessed Christmas celebration and time to reflect on the things that truly matter. As a church, God was generous in his blessings this past year - may we continue to move forward with faith in Him in 2018!     

          During the month of January we'll focus on the issues that The United Methodist denomination has been struggling with for decades and whether there is a clear road forward toward reconciliation and unity. This sermon series is as important and difficult as any I've ever preached - let's all be in prayer together as we hear God's Word and will. While the issue of homosexuality has taken center stage as the heart of our division, I believe there are other deeper issues that must be addressed, including biblical authority and the place of Jesus Christ as the Son of God and Lord and Savior. I hope you'll come and listen and then join me throughout January on Sunday evenings from 5 to 6 p.m.. in the sanctuary for a time of questions and discussion.

                                                                                                        In Christ's Grace and Peace, Pastor Bob

    James 1:19-26

  • Dec 31, 2017They Grow Up Too Fast
    Dec 31, 2017
    They Grow Up Too Fast

    December 31, 2017 They Grow Up Too Fast

    As I spend some time with my three Connecticut grandchildren (and Skype with my two older ones in Colorado), it's hard to believe how quickly they're growing up. 

    This Sunday's Scripture passage captures that all-to-familiar feeling of parents and grandparents who long to slow or even halt their children's development. Mary and Joseph have gone up to the Temple in Jerusalem to present their newborn son Jesus, just days after his birth. At the Temple, a righteous man named Simeon comes forward and prophesies of Jesus' life. In his short prophesy, this infant's entire life is encapsulated - all the glory and all the pain.

    How quickly Jesus will grow up! Too soon, Mary will stand at the foot of his cross; and all the world will know that this baby, who's birth we celebrated a few days ago, is the Lamb of God, given for the sins of the world.

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    We'll also announce this Sunday an important sermon series during the month of January focusing on the issues that The United Methodist denomination has been struggling with for decades and whether there is a clear road forward toward reconciliation and unity.

    In Christ's Grace and Peace, Pastor Bob

    Luke 2:22-40

  • Dec 24, 2017A Savior Is Born
    Dec 24, 2017
    A Savior Is Born

    December 24, 2017 A Savior Is Born. Do you know Him?

        It's one thing to know of Jesus. It's another thing to know Jesus. This Sunday's worship will focus not just on telling the story of Jesus' birth. It will focus on acquainting us with the Jesus who often disappears in all the clutter of the season. We'll slow down for a few moments at our morning and evening services, and get to know Jesus as Lord, friend, and Savior.

    In Christ's Grace and Peace, Pastor Bob

    Luke 1:26-38

  • Dec 24, 2017Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
    Dec 24, 2017
    Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
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    Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
  • Dec 17, 2017Save the Memories
    Dec 17, 2017
    Save the Memories

    December 17, 2017 Save the Memories, But keep your eyes on the prize.

          In 1985 Salem High School was a powerhouse in football. The only thing they hadn't won was the state championship. Enthusiastic about their team and believing that a long string of state championships lay ahead, the city invested 2.2 million dollars in a 7,500 seat stadium that was better than many small college stadiums and certainly better than any other high school stadium in Virginia.

           The years went by and Salem repeatedly failed to win the state finals. In 1991 they played my son's team from Spotsylvania in the championship game and fell again. It wasn't until 1996, eleven years after the stadium was built, that they finally achieved their goal of winning the title game. Since that time they have nine state championships in football and the stadium hosts championship games each fall, including the Division III College Championship game.

           I'm sure that the eleven years between the building of the stadium and the first Salem High School championship were tough years. I can imagine people saying they had wasted their money, that the dream was just a dream and that the team would never win the big one.

           That must have been how many people in Israel felt before the birth of Christ.They had a huge temple that was one of the wonders of the world. They had the promises of the prophets that a Messiah was coming who would turn their losses into victories. But where were those victories? When would they win the big one?

           It's important in life to never lose our faith in the promises of God. We look back and hold fast to the memories of what he has done in the past. But it is our hope in Jesus that keeps us holding on.

                                                                     In Christ's Grace and Peace, Pastor Bob

    Luke 2:8-20

  • Dec 10, 2017Save the Receipt
    Dec 10, 2017
    Save the Receipt

     

    December 10, 2017 Save the Receipt, but don't exchange the gift.
     

                Have you ever received a Christmas gift and hung on to the enclosed "gift receipt"? You know, just in case you later decided the gift wasn't worth keeping or it was defective.

           Accepting the gift of Jesus Christ as Savior must be an absolute commitment. There isn't a trial period where you can exchange him for another savior if you're not satisfied. There is no comparable gift in the universe. So file away that gift receipt if you wish (better yet, tear it up), take up your cross and follow him. The longer you are with him, the deeper your love for him will grow.

           This week we continue our Advent sermon series focusing on the things we save each Christmas - gift wrap, gift receipts, and memories. Looking through the lens of the things we save at Christmas, we'll rediscover the Christmas story according to God's Word.

                                                                           In Christ's Grace and Peace, Pastor Bob

    John 6:53-7