Sermon: Caring, Sharing

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(September 17, 2017) One of the defining characteristics of the People of God is the compassion and care we show one another, and that this compassion is rooted and grounded in God’s love for us. In this message, we also celebrate the deep compassion our community shared with one another during and after a horrible tragedy in our region. (Leviticus 19:9-14, 18, 33-34Philippians 2:1-10)

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Series: Imagine the People of God

Slide6Fall Worship Series – Imagine the People of God

“Believing, receiving, becoming God’s love, imagine the people of God.”  – Mark Miller

What does it look like to live as a community of “the people of God”? How are our lives transformed when we believe, receive, care, share, seek, and dream as God’s children?

This fall, we gather together again as the Beloved Community, the people of God. We will look at the lives and experiences of the early church as they sought to be faithful disciples of Jesus, and we will dream and vision of how we as a church can be ever-better vessels of God’s love on earth. Together we will unlock the gifts God gives us for our life together: gifts of imagination, compassion, transformation and fruition.

At Lebanon UMC, we are creating a place at the table for everyone! Join us as together we imagine better relationships, better community, a better church, and a better world!

Sermons in this series: 
September 10 – Imagination
September 17 – Caring, Sharing (Compassion)
September 24 – Transformation
October 1 – Fruition

Series: A Future With Hope

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Summer Worship Series – A Future With Hope 

“For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.” — Jeremiah 29:11

 We ease into the summer season: a time for planting, growing, and sitting back to enjoy the fruits of hard work. As flowers, vegetables, and trees flourish in their own time and season, we are reminded that growth takes time, and that God’s timing is often much longer and more far-reaching than our own.

Have you ever been frustrated or impatient with how long it takes to grow and change as God’s people? Maybe you wish your life would turn around right now, or that there could be a “quick fix” for our congregation as we live into our mission and ministry, or that the world could instantly be filled with the hope and joy God offers. But growth takes time, and we who plant the seeds of hope and change, who nurture the tender shoots of new life, are in it for the long haul.

This summer in worship, we plant, we tend, we wait with patience, and we celebrate the promise and presence of God now, and in our future filled with hope.

Sermons in this series:
June 18 – A Future With Hope
June 25 – The Opening 
July 2 – The Planting
July 9 – The Nurturing 
July 16 – The Residing 
July 30 – The Building 
August 6 – The Bearing 
August 13 – The Sustaining 
August 20 – The Remembering 
August 27 – The Releasing 
September 3 – A Future With Hope 

Sermon: Let (it) Go

emerge series“Let (it) Go- Leaving Behind what We Don’t Need”

(May 21, 2017) Sometimes, too much change, even good change, like leaving behind oppression in Egypt, or like God conquering death in Jesus Christ, can throw us off balance. It can be hard to let go of the past, no matter what that past is like. Gently, we offer to God those things that we need to let go, like the empty shell of a chrysalis, so that we are ready to journey on. (Exodus 16:1-3, 9-12John 21:1-14)

Sermon: Unwrap & Unfold- Unbound

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(May 14, 2017) An emerging butterfly– or human child– is strengthened by the process of breaking free. Much as we might wish we could save our children from hardship, and much as God might wish to save us, God’s children, from hardship, the struggle is part of what strengthens us so that we will one day be able to soar. Unlike moths and butterflies, we do not struggle alone. Like Martha, Mary, and Lazarus, we are surrounded by a community that struggles with us, and that aids us in the unbinding. (John 11:1-44)

 

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Sermon: Stir- Wake me Up

emerge series“Stir- Wake me Up”

(May 7, 2017) A brief reflection on a day when we celebrated camping Sunday still offers time to ask– when and where and how to we begin to awaken to God’s new thing? Are you falling asleep just as the story gets interesting, or are you beginning to awaken? (John 10:1-10Matthew 28:8-20)

Sermon: Open – Into the Light

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(April 30, 2017) What does it mean to open to God’s transformation in our lives– not to be open (a state of being), but to open (a verb)? As the disciples struggle to imagine what the death and resurrection of Jesus could mean, Jesus himself comes to journey with hem, opening scripture, opening their eyes, and opening their hearts. Do you see the little crack through which the light gets in? (Genesis 17:1-7, 15-27; Luke 24:13-35)