May 19, 2019
In Whatever Form it Comes – Rev. Gary Hilton – Luke 7_1-10
Series: Easter
Sometimes we see people express faith in God who we don't expect, or in ways we could never anticipate. Sometimes, it is those who are completely different from us, or whom we might consider an enemy, that demonstrate the boldest faith. This was the case some Jewish elders and a centurion in this week's passage from Luke. In order to save a valued servant, a centurion - a soldier in the Roman occupation army in Israel - requests help from Jesus. The elders go and petition Jesus on this centurion's behalf and Jesus agrees. On their way back, the centurion does something odd, the most bizarre demonstration of faith in the Gospels. The centurion sends a servant to tell Jesus not to bother coming to his house, but requests that Jesus simply say the word, for this centurion understands authority and recognizes the authority Jesus possesses. For this act, Jesus commends the centurion's faith as the greatest he has seen in all of Israel. An unlikely display of faith from an unlikely person...and this week's essential truth - to have our eyes and hearts open to God's love and work in the faith of people who we do not expect to see it from.
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  • May 19, 2019In Whatever Form it Comes – Rev. Gary Hilton – Luke 7_1-10
    May 19, 2019
    In Whatever Form it Comes – Rev. Gary Hilton – Luke 7_1-10
    Series: Easter
    Sometimes we see people express faith in God who we don't expect, or in ways we could never anticipate. Sometimes, it is those who are completely different from us, or whom we might consider an enemy, that demonstrate the boldest faith. This was the case some Jewish elders and a centurion in this week's passage from Luke. In order to save a valued servant, a centurion - a soldier in the Roman occupation army in Israel - requests help from Jesus. The elders go and petition Jesus on this centurion's behalf and Jesus agrees. On their way back, the centurion does something odd, the most bizarre demonstration of faith in the Gospels. The centurion sends a servant to tell Jesus not to bother coming to his house, but requests that Jesus simply say the word, for this centurion understands authority and recognizes the authority Jesus possesses. For this act, Jesus commends the centurion's faith as the greatest he has seen in all of Israel. An unlikely display of faith from an unlikely person...and this week's essential truth - to have our eyes and hearts open to God's love and work in the faith of people who we do not expect to see it from.
  • May 12, 2019A Pushy Mother – Rev. Allan Brooks – John 2:1-12
    May 12, 2019
    A Pushy Mother – Rev. Allan Brooks – John 2:1-12
    Series: Easter
    We all know the moment when our mother asks us to do something in the form of a statement about a situation. She has no need to finish the statement or pose the request, we all know what the request is going to be. We see the same situation unfold with Jesus and Mary in this week's scripture. Mary makes her request because, at this point, she is one of the only people who truly know who Jesus is. Like our mothers, who know our potential and push us to be the best we can be. Where would we be without our pushy mothers who help us be all that we can!
     
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  • May 5, 2019Blinded by the Light – Rev. Gary Hilton – Acts 9:1-20
    May 5, 2019
    Blinded by the Light – Rev. Gary Hilton – Acts 9:1-20
    Series: Easter
    As Pastor Gary begins his series of final four sermons with us at Chippewa UMC, we look at Paul's experience with Jesus on the road to Damascus. Halted in his path to arrest followers with a new heretical Jewish sect called The Way, Paul is blinded by God's light and given a new revelation into who God is. Once one who persecuted Christ and His followers, now one of the great defenders of the faith. Pastor Gary's plea, never convince yourself that you know all there is to know about God and remain open to a new revelation into who God is.
  • Apr 28, 2019Everyday… I Mean Every Day – Rev. Allan Brooks – Luke 24_28-35
    Apr 28, 2019
    Everyday… I Mean Every Day – Rev. Allan Brooks – Luke 24_28-35
    Series: Easter
    The next few weeks leading up to Pentecost Sunday is considered the season of Easter on the church calendar. Why is this bit of info important? Because it shows that we live in Jesus resurrection beyond Easter Sunday. Jesus didn't raise from the dead for us all for one special day, no, he returned for the everyday, for life's routine and tedious tasks. Jesus arose for our best days and our worst days. In His death, He satisfied the penalty for our sin and covered the troubles of this life. In His resurrection, Jesus provides new life and presents a joy and peace that fills our lives. Jesus resurrection is for all of us, for everyday... and when I say everyday, I mean everyday!
  • Apr 14, 2019Shouting Stones – Rev. Allan Brooks – Luke 19:28-40
    Apr 14, 2019
    Shouting Stones – Rev. Allan Brooks – Luke 19:28-40
    Series: Lent
    "37 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: 38 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” 40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”" (Luke 19:37-40)
  • Apr 7, 2019Living Bread of Communion – Rev. Gary Hilton – John 6:51-58
    Apr 7, 2019
    Living Bread of Communion – Rev. Gary Hilton – John 6:51-58
    Series: Lent
    In this week's scripture, we hear Jesus begin to explain the importance of events to come. He begins telling people that they must eat his flesh and drink his blood, otherwise they have not part in him. As Jesus begins pointing to what we know as communion, when he breaks the bread and passes the cup during the last supper, his explanation is short and direct. Jesus tells us this is something we have to do, and that should be good enough for us. Why? Because Jesus said so...
  • Mar 31, 2019The Unexpected Sin of Righteousness – Rev. Allan Brooks – Luke 15:1-7
    Mar 31, 2019
    The Unexpected Sin of Righteousness – Rev. Allan Brooks – Luke 15:1-7
    Series: Lent
    Righteousness is something that only God can bestow, and yet we often credit ourselves and others as being righteous for various reasons. While we all like to think that we are good people, this sense of "self-righteousness" is insidious as a dangerous sense of pride can develop as we begin to separate ourselves from others and think our "goodness" somehow makes us better. This lenten season, let us become more aware of our sense of righteousness and repent, for no one is above needing God's grace, and only God can credit someone as being truly righteous.
  • Mar 24, 2019Let’s Give it Another Chance – Rev. Gary Hilton – Luke 13:1-9
    Mar 24, 2019
    Let’s Give it Another Chance – Rev. Gary Hilton – Luke 13:1-9
    Series: Lent
    This week, Pastor Gary leads us through Jesus' response to a couple tragedies that the people were facing that concludes with a parable about a fig tree. Jesus message, repent, turn back to God, or perish. Harsh words we are not used hearing from Jesus. To explain the reality surrounding this conversation with community around Him, Jesus tells this parable about a fruitless fig tree in a vineyard who's owner was done letting it use up good soil and was ready to chop it down, and the gardener ready to give the tree a second chance.
  • Mar 17, 2019To Know & Be Known – Rev. Allan Brooks – Matthew 10-1-15
    Mar 17, 2019
    To Know & Be Known – Rev. Allan Brooks – Matthew 10-1-15
    Series: Lent
    This week, Pastor Allan walks us through a conversation Jesus had with the Pharisees. Relating to the work of shepherds, Jesus relates himself to both the gate that protects the flock at home and the shepherd who knows and cares for the sheep. Jesus says he is the "good shepherd," who lays down his life for his sheep, that He knows his sheep and his sheep know him. How wonderful to know and be known by God.
  • Mar 3, 2019In Tension – Rev. Allan Brooks – Matthew 22:34-40
    Mar 3, 2019
    In Tension – Rev. Allan Brooks – Matthew 22:34-40
    Series: Epiphany
    Tension is usually seen as a bad thing, whether we experience a painful tension in our bodies or an uncomfortable tension in social situations, this is usually something we try to avoid. Try as we might, tension is a natural part of life. Our planet rests in tension as the tectonic plates move against each other. The release of that tension may be violent, but helps create some of the most beautiful places on earth. God calls us to live in tension as well, the sometimes difficult tension of loving Him fully and loving our neighbor as ourself. Neither of these things is easy to do, especially at the same time, but nestled right in the middle of this tension is where we find God. Jesus says that all of the laws and the prophets of old hang on these two important commandments, loving God and loving neighbor. All the laws that God gave us, the words and works given to His prophets hangs on these two commands existing in tension. Can the release of tension be violent and unpleasant, sure, but it usually leads to something beautiful.