Jun 18, 2019
A Pile of Rocks – Rev. Gary Hilton – Exodus 17_1-7
Series: Pentecost
For Pastor Gary's last sermon here at Chippewa UMC, he leads us through Exodus 17 and the rock that God used to provide water to the Israelites in the wilderness. May we as the church, always be the rocks that God uses to provide living water to the world.
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  • Jun 18, 2019A Pile of Rocks – Rev. Gary Hilton – Exodus 17_1-7
    Jun 18, 2019
    A Pile of Rocks – Rev. Gary Hilton – Exodus 17_1-7
    Series: Pentecost
    For Pastor Gary's last sermon here at Chippewa UMC, he leads us through Exodus 17 and the rock that God used to provide water to the Israelites in the wilderness. May we as the church, always be the rocks that God uses to provide living water to the world.
  • May 26, 2019Its Going to be a Party – Rev. Gary Hilton – Revelation 7:9-17
    May 26, 2019
    Its Going to be a Party – Rev. Gary Hilton – Revelation 7:9-17
    Series: Easter
    The book of Revelation is not an easy read. The symbolism alone is enough to confuse most people and scholars even sit in different camps in interpreting the content of this book. And yet, there are simple truths that shine through, one of which Pastor Gary leads us through this week. In this particular passage, we find a scene in heaven where a great multitude are before God's throne, robed in white and holding palm branches, "cry out in a loud voice," worshiping God. John is asked in this vision if he knows who these people are, which he does not, and is explained that these are those "who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb." These are people from every nation, who have gone through great suffering, who find their life in Christ, and now we see them in this scene of celebration and worship in God's presence. The essential truth from this passage; God's promise extends far beyond the troubles and suffering we see everyday. We are presented a glimpse of that promise through this Revelation given to John and through that glimpse a renewed strength to work to see God's kingdom realized amongst us, today.
  • 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.