God in Life and Ministry
As we begin Advent, we still are not meeting for worship. I am posting my sermons in written form on this BLOG and in Video form on the Lake City Facebook page. During Advent I also wish to invite our church members (both Lake City and St John) to participate in an Advent Bible StudyContinue reading “Advent Study”
“Don’t be a Goat” Matthew 25:31-46 Let us start out with a small mental exercise. Picture in your mind a sheep. A big fuzzy white wooly sheep. I do not know a whole lot about sheep, but usually they stay in a herd. Their coat will grow thick and need to be sheared, andContinue reading “Sermon November 22, 2020 Christ the King Sunday”
November 16, 2020 Dear Michigan United Methodists, Grace to you and peace, in the name of the Risen Christ who was and is to come. First of all, I would like to make an announcement about the Bishop’s Advent Appeal. I do not know how the tradition began here in Michigan for theContinue reading “An Important message from Bishop Bard”
“Talents and Faith” Matthew 25:14-30 Joke: A man, his wife and mother-in-law, went out camping and deer hunting. One evening the wife awoke to find her mother had disappeared. She woke her husband and insisted on them both trying to find her mother. So, the hunter picked up his rifle and started to look forContinue reading “Sermon for November 15, 2020”
Dear Friends, Once again I must announce that we are suspending in person church worship, beginning on November 15th. The Hunter’s Supper scheduled for November 14th will still be held. This is a carry out supper that may be picked up at the door. The event will not be affected by our decision toContinue reading “Suspension of Worship Services Beginning this Sunday due to COVID 19”
“Be Prepared” Matthew 25:1-13 This past week Jane and I celebrated our 32nd Wedding Anniversary. Like most weddings you plan and work hard to make everything just perfect, but usually there is always something unexpected or unplanned that happens. Sometimes people feel upset or nervous when things do not go the way they areContinue reading “Sermon, November 8, 2020”
Life is not Easy, but God is Good Revelation 7:9-17 It goes without saying that life is not always easy. We don’t always understand why things happen. Currently our world seems challenged by a pandemic that continues on in the United State while other places have been impacted less. We become impatient with wantingContinue reading “Sermon November 1, 2020 All Saint’s Day”
Matthew 22:34-46 “Whose Son is He?” In our text today Jesus has already answered questions posed to him by the Scribes and the Pharisees, the Sadducees, and the Herodians. Each group in some manner is seen as trying to test Jesus knowledge, wisdom, or the direction in life he would provide, and Jesus’ responseContinue reading “Sermon October 25, 2020”
Matthew 22:15-22 “Rendering Unto God” Just suppose that every one of you out there knows, secretly, that God has rescued you. You haven’t told anyone, perhaps, but you know —rescued you not once but many times. And just suppose that with this knowledge, you are living in Palestine way back then, and you haveContinue reading “Sermon for October 18, 2020”
Matthew 22:1-10 “The Invitation” Every time I hear this parable, I think about a church camp I once attended as a camp counselor. The kids had an opportunity to learn a song based on this parable as it is told in Luke’s gospel. Now the refrain of the song the campers sang went somethingContinue reading “Sermon for October 11, 2020”
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