Mar 22, 2020
I Am the Vine, You Are the Branches – Rev. Tai Courtemanche – John 15:1-8
Series: Lent
Online church starting this week. We will do what we can in the coming weeks to continue to bring you the as close to an average Sunday experience as we can. This week, as we continue through Lent, Pastor Tai takes us through John 15, an iconic passage where Jesus tells His disciples that He is the vine, the life giver, and they are the branches, the ones that bring the fruit of the kingdom to the world. And God the Father, He is the good gardener who prunes the tree to bear the best fruit possible.
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  • Mar 22, 2020I Am the Vine, You Are the Branches – Rev. Tai Courtemanche – John 15:1-8
    Mar 22, 2020
    I Am the Vine, You Are the Branches – Rev. Tai Courtemanche – John 15:1-8
    Series: Lent
    Online church starting this week. We will do what we can in the coming weeks to continue to bring you the as close to an average Sunday experience as we can. This week, as we continue through Lent, Pastor Tai takes us through John 15, an iconic passage where Jesus tells His disciples that He is the vine, the life giver, and they are the branches, the ones that bring the fruit of the kingdom to the world. And God the Father, He is the good gardener who prunes the tree to bear the best fruit possible.
  • Mar 15, 2020You Are Salt and Light – Rev. Tai Courtemanche – Matthew 5:13-16
    Mar 15, 2020
    You Are Salt and Light – Rev. Tai Courtemanche – Matthew 5:13-16
    Series: Lent
    Salt and Light, terms we use regularly around the church. But what does it really mean for us who are definitely not made of salt nor beings that produce light? This week, Pastor Tai walks us through basics of what it means to be "the salt of the earth" and "a light to the world" through Jesus. As we patiently make our way through this new pandemic, it is important for us to remain ambassadors of the Gospel and light bearers of God's love.
  • 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."
  • 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 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."