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.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Nov 24, 2019True Bread, True Life – Rev. Tai Courtemanche – John 6_25-40
    Nov 24, 2019
    True Bread, True Life – Rev. Tai Courtemanche – John 6_25-40
    Series: Pentecost
    It is the week of Thanksgiving and I am sure we all have a lot to be thankful for. Let Pastor Tai to remind you of the promise and fulfillment of life that Jesus brings and be thankful. Allow the promises of Jesus exponentially extend your joy and be the pinnacle of your thankfulness this week. Beyond the hustle and bustle of the holidays and chaos of Black Friday, be reminded of all that Jesus has done, is doing and all of the promises that will be fulfilled, and let this fill your hearts with a joy and thankfulness that brings peace to your soul.
     
    Happy Thanksgiving!
  • Nov 10, 2019Stewards of God’s Grace – Rev. Tai Courtemanche – 1 Peter 4:7-11
    Nov 10, 2019
    Stewards of God’s Grace – Rev. Tai Courtemanche – 1 Peter 4:7-11
    Series: Pentecost
    Continuing this series on stewardship, Pastor Tai challenges us on what it means to be stewards of God's grace. As we prepare our commitments to the support of this church for next year, Pastor Tai reminds us of our declaration to uphold ministries of our church through our prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness when we joined the church. Upholding the ministries of the church through these five methods is just as important as our monetary commitments. As we consider pledging our 2020 commitments, it is important for us remember these declarations as well make our monetary pledges.
     
    Prayers, Presence, Gifts, Service and Witness.
  • Oct 20, 2019We Share the Love of Christ – Rev. Tai Courtemanche – Colossians 3:12-17
    Oct 20, 2019
    We Share the Love of Christ – Rev. Tai Courtemanche – Colossians 3:12-17
    Series: Pentecost
    Over the course of this past year, ministry and leadership groups have been involved in a strategic planning process as we look forward to the future of our church. Out of that process, we have highlighted three action points that identify who we have been as a church and are set to help guide us moving forward. This week, Pastor Tai touches on how we "Share the Love of Christ." It is no special revelation that showing love to someone (being kind, helpful and supportive) requires face-to-face interaction, it requires us to be present with them. To put it simply, we need to make connections. This is no different when sharing Christ's love with the world. Connections must be made and we as God's people must be present with others.
  • Sep 22, 2019God Alone – Rev. Tai Courtemanche – Psalm 4
    Sep 22, 2019
    God Alone – Rev. Tai Courtemanche – Psalm 4
    Series: Pentecost
    Psalm 4 is a psalm of reflection. Follow through this psalm with Pastor Tai and participate in a little self reflection and meditate on the words of the psalmist. Begin a practice of reflection each day in an effort to become more open to the movement of God's Spirit, and at the end of the day attempt Pastor Tai's challenge to us with this simple prayer: "Lord, into Your hands, I place my life."
  • Sep 15, 2019Frivolous Rejoicing – Rev. Tai Courtemanche – Luke 15:1-10
    Sep 15, 2019
    Frivolous Rejoicing – Rev. Tai Courtemanche – Luke 15:1-10
    Series: Pentecost
    Here in Luke 15, the Pharisees and teachers of the law began commenting to themselves about Jesus' actions of welcoming sinners around him and even partaking in meals with them. It is at this that Jesus begins telling a series of parables of people who rejoice over finding something that was lost. First we hear about the joy of a shepherd who reclaims on lost sheep of a flock of one hundred, then a woman who finds a lost coin. When each of these people find what they have lost, the rejoice and desire to celebrate with their friends and neighbors. To the Pharisees this rejoicing is nothing but frivolous, but Jesus claims that there is even more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents. This begs the question, if heaven rejoices over one repentant sinner, how much more should we rejoice over God's grace...?
  • Sep 1, 2019Broken Cisterns – Rev. Tai Courtemanche – Jeremiah 2_4-13
    Sep 1, 2019
    Broken Cisterns – Rev. Tai Courtemanche – Jeremiah 2_4-13
    Series: Pentecost
    You know the saying about best laid plans... God equates them to broken cisterns. Speaking through the prophet Jeremiah, God accuses his people of two sins; they have rejected Him and chose to for themselves broken cisterns. Translation, God's people abandoned Him for false idols and established a "back up plan" for a since of security as opposed to trusting God who has proven himself time and time again. Trusting in God's care seems to be the one thing His people continuously struggle with, even with us today. This level of trust isn't necessarily easy, but it is a core part of being a disciple of Christ.
  • Aug 11, 2019Are We There Yet_ – Rev. Tai Courtemanche – Hebrews 11_1-3, 8-16
    Aug 11, 2019
    Are We There Yet_ – Rev. Tai Courtemanche – Hebrews 11_1-3, 8-16
    Series: Pentecost
    One of the most frequent questions asked by kids, this is one questions most of us want to ask throughout our journey with God. While we may be anxious and impatient, we must learn to trust God without getting all of the answers, just like kids on a family trip. For God is faithful and always fulfills His promises.
  • Aug 4, 2019Hidden With Christ – Rev. Tai Courtemanche – Colossians 3_1-11
    Aug 4, 2019
    Hidden With Christ – Rev. Tai Courtemanche – Colossians 3_1-11
    Series: Pentecost
    We are called to become transformed in the knowledge of the joy of the Lord, to put to death everything from our old way of living and live as renewed creations in the life Jesus gives. Pastor Tai shares with us the story of her "Glitter Gran," who for her, lived a wonderful example of a transformed life.