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August 30, 2020 message: “Keep ...

Jesus’ first miracle happens in the context of a wedding – an important celebration for family and community. His attention to hospitality and keeping the celebration going is a challenge and reminder to us that God’s grace is shown in the context of celebration. This is the second week in the series, “Old School: Party […]

August 23, 2020 message: “Party...

Jesus was raised in a Jewish household, which included celebrating feast days/holy days. Holidays (holy days) offer structure to our lives and remind us of the call to celebrate God’s goodness in good times and in hard times. This is the first week in the series, “Old School: Party Time!” Pastor Mary’s message is based […]

August 16, 2020: “Joel: Change ...

Our faith is grounded in the power of a changed heart that only God can bring about. We experience God’s possibilities as God’s spirit guides us to dream and see visions of God’s Kingdom coming now and in the future. This is the sixth and final week in the series, “Old School: Prophets.” To learn […]

August 9, 2020 message: “Habakk...

It is hard to wait for answers from God in prayer, especially when we feel helpless and overwhelmed by what we experience personally and the struggle around  us. Offering honest prayers is a faithful act, and waiting on God’s timing is faithful, too. This is the fifth week in the series, “Old School: Prophets.” To […]

September 11-12, 2020 Worship Plannin...

Worship Planning Retreat Lake Harbor United Methodist Church in Fellowship Hall Friday, September 11at noon – Saturday, September 12 at 2:00 pm The event is open to anyone from the congregation who is willing to read the background information (below), commit to actively participate in every aspect of the two day retreat, and follow CDC […]

August 2, 2020 message: “Nahum:...

We pray “deliver us from evil” as a part of how Jesus taught us to pray, but it’s difficult to trust in God’s ultimate judgment. We want to do the work of revenge ourselves, and releasing that desire to judge and seek revenge can be healing and hopeful for us. This is the fourth week […]

July 26, 2020 message: “Micah: ...

“Do justice, love kindness, walk humbly” has almost become a slogan for faithful living. But God’s message is a caution – to resist temptation to feel good about empty rituals that don’t bring us closer to God and instead see the connection between claiming our faith and doing our faith. This is the third week […]

Old School: Party Time! Worship Brain...

Old School: Party Time! Worship Brainstorming

We know there were important celebrations for the Israelite community and in Jesus’ time, and many of those celebrations are connected to the Christian calendar we keep today. This series will help us to look back at our faith ancestors so that we might look back to learn more about ourselves and look forward seeking […]

July 19, 2020 message: “Hosea: ...

We can easily fall into a trap where God’s love is conditional – for ourselves and for others. We assume that God treats us like we sometimes treat others – withholding love and grace. But the  message of the prophets is that God is faithful to the covenant-promise God makes with us. God will love […]

July 12, 2020 message: “Amos: J...

It’s difficult to hear God’s call to care for those who are in need and the most vulnerable in our community, especially when times are good for us and things are going well. Worship of God is an offering, but worship sends us into the world in mission and ministry on behalf of God whom […]