Jul 28, 2019
God in Our Mess – Rev. Allan Brooks – Matthew 1:1-17
Series: Pentecost
It's Christmas, in July! Pastor Allan takes us through the genealogy of Jesus, illustrating God's work and fulfillment of his promises throughout the generations. The take away, Jesus' lineage is full of normal people with messy lives. God was the God of salvation then and is the God of salvation now, even in the midst of our mess.
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  • Jul 28, 2019God in Our Mess – Rev. Allan Brooks – Matthew 1:1-17
    Jul 28, 2019
    God in Our Mess – Rev. Allan Brooks – Matthew 1:1-17
    Series: Pentecost
    It's Christmas, in July! Pastor Allan takes us through the genealogy of Jesus, illustrating God's work and fulfillment of his promises throughout the generations. The take away, Jesus' lineage is full of normal people with messy lives. God was the God of salvation then and is the God of salvation now, even in the midst of our mess.
  • Jul 7, 2019Jars of Clay – Rev. Allan Brooks – 2 Corinthians 4:6-9
    Jul 7, 2019
    Jars of Clay – Rev. Allan Brooks – 2 Corinthians 4:6-9
    Series: Pentecost
    Jars of clay, human vessels, containing the knowledge of God's glory and conduits of the Holy Spirit. We are fragile and improper containers for this gift from God, prone to breaking; prone to getting things wrong. And yet, herein lies one of the great mysteries of God, that we should be the perfect vessels for this gift, to the magnification of God's glory. This is the beauty of the church. Imperfect? Yes. But, chosen and used for the glory of God's design.
  • Jun 30, 2019Freedom & Confidence – Rev. Allan Brooks – Ephesians 3:7-12
    Jun 30, 2019
    Freedom & Confidence – Rev. Allan Brooks – Ephesians 3:7-12
    Series: Pentecost
    This week Pastor Allan Reflects on the changing church as he recounts the 4th of July picnics from his childhood. The world is constantly changing, so let the church move forward in boldness with freedom and confidence to meet a world still in need of God's mercy, grace and love.
  • Jun 23, 2019Rockets of God’s Love – Rev. Allan Brooks – Ephesians 3_20-21
    Jun 23, 2019
    Rockets of God’s Love – Rev. Allan Brooks – Ephesians 3_20-21
    Series: Pentecost
    This week Pastor Allan reflects on our week of Vacation Bible School; the joy that comes with seeing the gospel alive in the kids and the power found in their memory verse: "Glory to God who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us." Ephesians 3:20.
  • Jun 10, 2019Pentecost & Confirmation – Rev. Allan Brooks – Acts 2_1-4
    Jun 10, 2019
    Pentecost & Confirmation – Rev. Allan Brooks – Acts 2_1-4
    Series: Pentecost
    This week we celebrate the movement of the Holy Spirit through the Apostles and the Church on the day of Pentecost, and we take a look at some history of the Methodist Church in preparation for this year's confirmation class.
  • Jun 2, 2019God of the Cicadas – Rev. Allan Brooks – Exodus 10:12-15 – Leviticus 11:20-23 – Mark 1:4-6
    Jun 2, 2019
    God of the Cicadas – Rev. Allan Brooks – Exodus 10:12-15 – Leviticus 11:20-23 – Mark 1:4-6
    Series: Easter
    Sometimes I think we forget this simple fact, but God is not just our God, He is God of the cicadas as well. Now that these cicadas have returned, it is a good time to be reminded of this truth. From all of the grand mysteries of the universe that boggle our minds, to all of those insects that simply annoy us, God is God of everything in-between.
  • 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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  • 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)
  • 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.