Feb 9, 2020
This I Believe – Rev. Tai Courtemanche – 1 Timothy 6:11-16
Series: Epiphany
What is it that you believe? Do you know why you believe it? Throughout the New Testament, the Apostles consistently recall the scriptures (the law and the prophets that make up our Old Testament) to show how Jesus fulfilled all that was spoken about Him. As the church grew around the world, the early church leaders organized their beliefs into creeds to guide the churches growth and help people understand the fundamentals of the faith. Today, we continue to recite these creeds as a proclamation of our faith, stating to the world "This, this I believe."
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  • Feb 9, 2020This I Believe – Rev. Tai Courtemanche – 1 Timothy 6:11-16
    Feb 9, 2020
    This I Believe – Rev. Tai Courtemanche – 1 Timothy 6:11-16
    Series: Epiphany
    What is it that you believe? Do you know why you believe it? Throughout the New Testament, the Apostles consistently recall the scriptures (the law and the prophets that make up our Old Testament) to show how Jesus fulfilled all that was spoken about Him. As the church grew around the world, the early church leaders organized their beliefs into creeds to guide the churches growth and help people understand the fundamentals of the faith. Today, we continue to recite these creeds as a proclamation of our faith, stating to the world "This, this I believe."
  • Feb 2, 2020The Expectation of Praise – Rev. Allan Brooks – Psalm 31:19-24
    Feb 2, 2020
    The Expectation of Praise – Rev. Allan Brooks – Psalm 31:19-24
    Series: Epiphany
    We conclude our four week series based on the book "Holy Roar" by Chris Tomlin and Darren Whitehead. We discovered seven different Hebrew words that are translated to "praise" in English, and found new life in praising God. This week, we look at the word Towdah.
     
    Towdah: An extension of the hand. Thanksgiving. A confession. A sacrifice of praise. Thanksgiving for things not yet received. A choir of worshippers.
  • Jan 26, 2020“The Music of Praise” – Rev. Tai Courtemanche – Psalm 57
    Jan 26, 2020
    “The Music of Praise” – Rev. Tai Courtemanche – Psalm 57
    Series: Epiphany
    We continue our four week series based on the book "Holy Roar" by Chris Tomlin and Darren Whitehead. Join us as we look at the seven different Hebrew words that are translated to "praise" in English, and discover a whole new life in praising God. This week, we look at the words Tehillah and Zamar.
     
    Tehillah – Laudation. A hymn. A song of praise. A new song. A spontaneous song.
     
    Zamar – To make music. To celebrate in song or music. To touch the strings or parts of a musical instrument.
  • Jan 19, 2020The Posture of Praise – Rev. Allan Brooks – Psalm 98
    Jan 19, 2020
    The Posture of Praise – Rev. Allan Brooks – Psalm 98
    Series: Epiphany
    We continue our four week series based on the book "Holy Roar" by Chris Tomlin and Darren Whitehead. Join us as we look at the seven different Hebrew words that are translated to "praise" in English, and discover a whole new life in praising God. This week, we look at the words Yadah and Barak.
     
    Yadah – To revere or worship with extended hands; To hold out the hands; To throw a stone or arrow.
     
    Barak – To kneel; To bless God (as an act of adoration); To praise; To salute; To thank.
  • Jan 12, 2020Holy Roar: The Shout of Praise – Rev. Tai Courtemanche – Psalm 150
    Jan 12, 2020
    Holy Roar: The Shout of Praise – Rev. Tai Courtemanche – Psalm 150
    Series: Epiphany
    We begin a four week series based on the book "Holy Roar" by Chris Tomlin and Darren Whitehead. Join us as we look at the seven different Hebrew words that are translated to "praise" in English, and discover a whole new life in praising God. This week, we look at the words Halal and Shabach.
     
    Halal: To rave; To boast; To shine; To celebrate; To be clamorously foolish.
     
    Shabach: To address in a loud tone; to shout; to triumph.
  • Jan 5, 2020And it all Begins – Rev. Allan Brooks – Matthew 2:1-6
    Jan 5, 2020
    And it all Begins – Rev. Allan Brooks – Matthew 2:1-6
    Series: Advent
    This is the first Sunday in the Season of Epiphany; a season where we attempt to become more aware of God's presence. When the wisemen showed up in Jerusalem asking where they could find the newly born King, they brought with them God's great disruption, shaking everyone from their routine, and revealing God's presence with his people. We recount this story and strive to be more attentive to God with us everyday.
  • Dec 22, 2019Good News of Great Joy – Rev. Tai Courtemanche – Matthew 1:18-24
    Dec 22, 2019
    Good News of Great Joy – Rev. Tai Courtemanche – Matthew 1:18-24
    Series: Advent
    To the shepherds in the fields that night an angel of the Lord proclaimed Jesus birth and called it good news of great joy. Only, joy was the last thing on Joseph's mind a few months earlier after finding out that his bride to be had become pregnant. An honorable man, Joseph chose to divorce Mary quietly, though was convinced to take Mary as his wife by an angel. I am sure that the night Jesus was born, joy was the only thing on Joseph's mind. Let us be reminded in the midst of this Christmas Season, that beyond any struggle or unfavorable situation, Jesus brings with him joy, and that joy is ours to take hold of and thrive in. Trouble and stress will still come, but with this joy comes Gods perfect peace.
     
    From everyone here at Chippewa UMC, may you receive God's joy, feel God's love, be empowered in the hope of God's promise and live in God's perfect peace, His Shalom. Merry Christmas.
  • Dec 15, 2019In Obedient Love – Rev. Allan Brooks – Luke 1:26-38
    Dec 15, 2019
    In Obedient Love – Rev. Allan Brooks – Luke 1:26-38
    Series: Advent
    Mary, in loving obedience acknowledged God's message sent through his angel to her. Jesus, in loving obedience came to earth, went to the cross and fulfillment of God's promise of redemption and salvation. For us, to live in obedient love of God is the best response we can have to God's grace.
  • Dec 8, 2019Shalom – Rev. Tai Courtemanche – Isaiah 9:6-7
    Dec 8, 2019
    Shalom – Rev. Tai Courtemanche – Isaiah 9:6-7
    Series: Advent
    Shalom. God's perfect and most complete peace. This is a peace that surpasses all understanding. Peace, as we have come to understand it, incomplete; momentary; and often contrasted with conflict. Shalom is a peace that can quiet even the most distraught of souls. You see, peace can bring happiness, though happiness is fleeting; Shalom brings joy, and joy has roots that run deep. With peace can come a fear of loosing it; but Shalom is complemented by love and calmness, casting aside all fear for the unknown future. The angels that appeared to the shepherds that night declared God's shalom to His people. "I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people..." and with a company of heavenly hosts, praise to God erupted "...Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom His favor rests." With the announcement of Jesus' birth to the shepherds came a declaration of God's Shalom to this world.
  • Dec 1, 2019Earth Bound – Rev Allan Brooks – Mark 1:1-3
    Dec 1, 2019
    Earth Bound – Rev Allan Brooks – Mark 1:1-3
    Series: Advent
    In this first week of Advent, Pastor Allan reminds us that Christmas isn't about us, nor are we needed to make it perfect. Christmas is far more than the gifts we give each other or the decorations that we so meticulously set up. Christmas is our yearly reminder and celebration of God's gift to us, the fulfillment of his great promise of salvation. Today, we walk through the advent wreath and what each element is meant to remind us.