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.
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  • 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 18, 2019A Pile of Rocks – Rev. Gary Hilton – Exodus 17_1-7
    Jun 18, 2019
    A Pile of Rocks – Rev. Gary Hilton – Exodus 17_1-7
    Series: Pentecost
    For Pastor Gary's last sermon here at Chippewa UMC, he leads us through Exodus 17 and the rock that God used to provide water to the Israelites in the wilderness. May we as the church, always be the rocks that God uses to provide living water to the world.
  • 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 26, 2019Its Going to be a Party – Rev. Gary Hilton – Revelation 7:9-17
    May 26, 2019
    Its Going to be a Party – Rev. Gary Hilton – Revelation 7:9-17
    Series: Easter
    The book of Revelation is not an easy read. The symbolism alone is enough to confuse most people and scholars even sit in different camps in interpreting the content of this book. And yet, there are simple truths that shine through, one of which Pastor Gary leads us through this week. In this particular passage, we find a scene in heaven where a great multitude are before God's throne, robed in white and holding palm branches, "cry out in a loud voice," worshiping God. John is asked in this vision if he knows who these people are, which he does not, and is explained that these are those "who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb." These are people from every nation, who have gone through great suffering, who find their life in Christ, and now we see them in this scene of celebration and worship in God's presence. The essential truth from this passage; God's promise extends far beyond the troubles and suffering we see everyday. We are presented a glimpse of that promise through this Revelation given to John and through that glimpse a renewed strength to work to see God's kingdom realized amongst us, today.
  • May 19, 2019In Whatever Form it Comes – Rev. Gary Hilton – Luke 7_1-10
    May 19, 2019
    In Whatever Form it Comes – Rev. Gary Hilton – Luke 7_1-10
    Series: Easter
    Sometimes we see people express faith in God who we don't expect, or in ways we could never anticipate. Sometimes, it is those who are completely different from us, or whom we might consider an enemy, that demonstrate the boldest faith. This was the case some Jewish elders and a centurion in this week's passage from Luke. In order to save a valued servant, a centurion - a soldier in the Roman occupation army in Israel - requests help from Jesus. The elders go and petition Jesus on this centurion's behalf and Jesus agrees. On their way back, the centurion does something odd, the most bizarre demonstration of faith in the Gospels. The centurion sends a servant to tell Jesus not to bother coming to his house, but requests that Jesus simply say the word, for this centurion understands authority and recognizes the authority Jesus possesses. For this act, Jesus commends the centurion's faith as the greatest he has seen in all of Israel. An unlikely display of faith from an unlikely person...and this week's essential truth - to have our eyes and hearts open to God's love and work in the faith of people who we do not expect to see it from.
  • 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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  • May 5, 2019Blinded by the Light – Rev. Gary Hilton – Acts 9:1-20
    May 5, 2019
    Blinded by the Light – Rev. Gary Hilton – Acts 9:1-20
    Series: Easter
    As Pastor Gary begins his series of final four sermons with us at Chippewa UMC, we look at Paul's experience with Jesus on the road to Damascus. Halted in his path to arrest followers with a new heretical Jewish sect called The Way, Paul is blinded by God's light and given a new revelation into who God is. Once one who persecuted Christ and His followers, now one of the great defenders of the faith. Pastor Gary's plea, never convince yourself that you know all there is to know about God and remain open to a new revelation into who God is.
  • 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!