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 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 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 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.
  • Feb 24, 2019A Place to Remain – Rev. Gary Hilton – John 1:35-39
    Feb 24, 2019
    A Place to Remain – Rev. Gary Hilton – John 1:35-39
    Series: Epiphany
    What is it that you are looking for as you follow Jesus? What are you looking for when you come to church? This is the question that Jesus asked a couple disciples of John the Baptist who decided to follow Jesus as he passed them one day. Their answer: "where are you staying?" As bible commentators explain, it is very possible that because of the disciples' response, they were seeking a place of belonging, a home, and it is very likely that they were not even aware of this desire. They hear John proclaim “Look, here is the Lamb of God!” and innately decide to follow him. Perhaps many of us follow in the same way, not conscious of why we follow, but we know we must because our souls desire a place to remain, to belong, to call home. And so we seek out Jesus, because in His presence is a place to remain.
  • Feb 17, 2019Bunch of Liars and Cheats – Rev. Gary Hilton – Ezekiel 1:6-2:10
    Feb 17, 2019
    Bunch of Liars and Cheats – Rev. Gary Hilton – Ezekiel 1:6-2:10
    Series: Epiphany
    This week, Pastor Gary leads us through the story of the birth of Moses and the women who defied a king to do what they knew what right.
  • Dec 9, 2018Joseph’s Angel – Rev. Gary Hilton – Matthew 1:18-25
    Dec 9, 2018
    Joseph’s Angel – Rev. Gary Hilton – Matthew 1:18-25
    Series: Advent
    After Joseph discovered Mary was pregnant and had decided to divorce her quietly so as to not disgrace her publicly, an angel of the Lord appeared to him with a message. He said to not be afraid to take Mary as his wife, for what she says is true. He tells Joseph that the baby will be named Jesus and that He will save His people from their sins. This is exactly what angels do, they bring messages of peace and hope, and instructions from God. Joseph was visited by an angel a few more times as Jesus was growing up. Angel visitations are not just a part of stories from the Bible, people continue to experience God's heavenly servants each day. Thanks be to God for His angels, who come on His behalf to bring peace and hope, instruction and healing. Amen
  • Nov 25, 2018Merciful Joseph – Rev. Gary Hilton – Matthew 1:18-19
    Nov 25, 2018
    Merciful Joseph – Rev. Gary Hilton – Matthew 1:18-19
    Series: Pentecost
    Continuing in Pastor Gary's Advent series focusing on Joseph, we are given another trait that we regularly see in Jesus; mercy. Upon finding out that Mary was pregnant, Joseph's initial reaction was that she had betrayed him. Not yet knowing that this pregnancy was from God, Joseph had to decide how he would deal with this situation. As we see in scripture, he decides to divorce her quietly so she is not disgraced. But this means so much more for Joseph. This act of mercy means he has certain obligations he must meet, as well as a change in his public image. The gospels credit Joseph as righteous for this decision, a decision of a man that knows how to show mercy.
  • Nov 18, 2018Mentor Joseph – Rev. Gary Hilton – Matthew 13:54-56
    Nov 18, 2018
    Mentor Joseph – Rev. Gary Hilton – Matthew 13:54-56
    Series: Pentecost
    Joseph of Nazareth, the carpenter, the man chosen to be Jesus earthly father is only mentioned in the birth narrative in the gospels. We only hear of him during advent and at that all we know is his profession and that he was faithful to God's instruction to support Mary and to raise Jesus. Joseph seems to be the forgotten man in scripture and yet may be one of the most influential people present in the birth narrative of Jesus. This is the man that would raise Jesus as his son and teach him his trade, and it seems reasonable that some of Jesus character, like His patience, would be seen in Joseph. Pastor Gary is beginning a series of sermons for Advent that correspond with his upcoming bible study, viewing the birth narrative through the eyes of Joseph. This week, Joseph as mentor.
  • Oct 21, 2018On the Cliff – Rev. Gary Hilton – 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:13
    Oct 21, 2018
    On the Cliff – Rev. Gary Hilton – 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:13
    Series: Pentecost
    We are ambassadors for God, His representatives in this world. No matter our lot in life, this is our responsibility, our purpose; to reveal Christ in everything that we do, no matter the circumstance. Hear the words from the Apostle Paul this week. Know God, don't squander His blessings and His grace, instead, share the grace you have received freely and be free to join God in His outpouring of blessings to others. Brothers and sisters, do not be content with the grace that you have found in Christ, but be only content in service to God's Kingdom in revealing this great grace to others.