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Laity Sunday

Laity Sunday

Roman 12:4-6 states: “For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, as we, who are one body in Christ, and individually we are members of one another.  We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us.” The question then is what is...
Pastor’s Message: October 12th, 2020

Pastor’s Message: October 12th, 2020

We continue through this wilderness which we have discussed these past several weeks. Let’s reflect on a couple of themes from yesterday: 1) Comfort Perhaps God seems absent to us right now. We face uncertainty. Frustration. Perhaps we are suffering. For the Israelites, Moses and God had been on the mountain for 40 days and...
Pastor’s Message: October 5th, 2020

Pastor’s Message: October 5th, 2020

You may recall there was some confusion regarding the changes to our Charge Conference format last year. Last year, we had a district-wide Charge Conference where all the Charge Conference members went to a single location and voted to approve our Charge Conference reports at the same time. Other districts had been following a similar...
Pastor’s Message: September 28, 2020

Pastor’s Message: September 28, 2020

In yesterday’s sermon, Adam spoke of how the Israelites complained against Moses because they had nothing to drink. Modern English translations typically translate the Hebrew verb here as “murmuring.” The Hebrew here would be better translated to indicate the Israelites were enraged. Their situation was viewed as no small inconvenience. The Israelites rage was expressed...
Pastor’s Message: September 21st, 2020

Pastor’s Message: September 21st, 2020

Merciful. Gracious. Slow to anger. Abounding in ad keeping steadfast love. Faithful. Forgiving. These are the attributes of God mentioned in Exodus 34:6-7, which we discussed in Sunday’s sermon. We face trying days in 2020. The doubts may arise. Maybe our thoughts have turned inward, focused on ourselves to the neglect of others. Maybe our...
Pastor’s Message: September 14, 2020

Pastor’s Message: September 14, 2020

This Sunday we begin a five-week journey through the narratives found in Exodus 16 through 33 entitled Communities in Chaos. They tell of the relationship between Yahweh (“I Am”) and a liberated people. The people God liberated were called to trust in God and be distinct from the empires of the world. Yet they found...
Metro District In-Person Worship Update

Metro District In-Person Worship Update

Brothers and sisters in Christ, With a new school year underway and football leagues at (almost) every level making plans to begin a fall season, many of us are wondering if now is the time to resume in-person worship services or other kinds of ministry gatherings in our Metro District churches. I have continued to...
Pastor’s Message: August 24th, 2020

Pastor’s Message: August 24th, 2020

Yesterday in worship we discussed Romans 12:1-8 and how laying down our ego is the first part of being a disciple and having our minds and lives transformed by God’s grace, akin to a caterpillar becoming a butterfly. As Paul exhorted the people in the Roman church to lay down their egos, he stripped the...
Pastor’s Message: August 17th, 2020

Pastor’s Message: August 17th, 2020

The end of last week marked the beginning of Adam Lubber’s Perkins School of Theology internship at CHUMC. In addition to his youth duties, Adam will learn more about the inner workings of a United Methodist local church by participating in worship planning and administrative meetings. Adam will also be facilitating a team focused on...
Pastor’s Message: August 10, 2020

Pastor’s Message: August 10, 2020

Well, CHUMC Family, we continue to worship online and hope you are finding our online worship helpful during this time, even though it is not the same as in-person worship. In recent weeks, you may have noticed we are back to providing announcement slides for worship. With this in mind, you may have something coming...

EPHESIANS 3:18

I wish above all things that you may know how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ for you.