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.
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  • 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.
  • Dec 16, 2018Shameful Shepherd – Kevin Jenkins – Luke 2:8-20 & 15:1-7
    Dec 16, 2018
    Shameful Shepherd – Kevin Jenkins – Luke 2:8-20 & 15:1-7
    Series: Advent
    So, honest question, why reveal the birth of Christ to foreigners and to dirty, shameful shepherds who were seen as outcasts? Why wouldn't God share this news the phrases and other religious people throughout Israel? Why pick the outcast and the foreigner? Well, why not? Jesus entire ministry was devoted revealing God's love and His grace to the sinner, the outcast, the lost and forgotten. Everyone the religious elite looked down upon, Jesus would lift up, heal and reveal God's love. Because these elite ignored the words of God's prophets, they missed it, and this miracle was shared with shepherds and revealed to foreigners. Why the shepherds? Well, why not the shepherds!
  • 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
  • Dec 2, 2018Just a Twinkle – Rev. Allan Brooks – John 1:1-5, 9
    Dec 2, 2018
    Just a Twinkle – Rev. Allan Brooks – John 1:1-5, 9
    Series: Advent
    It wasn't something magnificent, there was no great pronouncement. Towns people didn't gather to see what was goin on, and no overwhelming radiance of glory...only, there was. This birth was the most magnificent event in all of history, and angels declared God's praise at Jesus birth, proclaiming the good news to shepherds. Foreigners came from the east to see the miracle of grace that they heard God was about to perform, with God's glory shining in a star to guide their way. And there in the manger, a twinkle from the star, a twinkle of God's glory in Jesus's eye. The birth that would change the world forever, the birth that could have been made known to all the world in that very instant, revealed to unclean shepherds and foreigners. God was moving in ways no one expected. His glory and grace revealed in just a twinkle.
  • Dec 17, 2017“Advent: The Son Coming Through the Clouds” – Rev. Gary Hilton – Romans 13:11-14
    Dec 17, 2017
    “Advent: The Son Coming Through the Clouds” – Rev. Gary Hilton – Romans 13:11-14
    Series: Advent
    Just like the sun breaking through the clouds on a cold, dreary winter day, Christ breaks through the bleakest parts of our lives and radiates the warmth of His love. God broke through the darkness and shone the light of a new day, a day of salvation. Christ, born to us in a manger is our light in the darkest of places and the reason we celebrate this Christmas season. Let us live in the newness of this salvation and walk in the light of a new day.
  • Dec 10, 2017“Advent, Astrophysics and Light in Darkness” – Rev. Allan Brooks – John 1:1-5
    Dec 10, 2017
    “Advent, Astrophysics and Light in Darkness” – Rev. Allan Brooks – John 1:1-5
    Series: Advent
    This Christmas season is one where the impossible defines what is possible, where our infinite God works to do what only God can do. If Advent is the season of preparation for what God is doing, how can we possibly wrap our mind around a God this big? We start by looking to the creation summary in John's Gospel. "In the beginning was the word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made." John 1:1-3. When we look at what we know about the universe, isn't it amazing that galaxies and solar systems look the same as the stuff that makes us up? The intricacies of creation, how perfect everything is set for existence to be our reality. God is in the infinitesimal and the infinite. He is there in the smallest nuances of our lives and overcomes our biggest obstacles. And as John continues, "He is the light of all man kind, and the darkness has not overcome it" (paraphrased John 1:4-5). Praise God for a season to celebrate He who overcomes our biggest problems, shines in our darkest hours, and knows every nuance of our being.