Sermons & Praise

Our Sermons

Pastor Ann and occasional guests preach ever Sunday. Based on the Bible, the sermons apply the Word of God to our everyday lives for 15 – 20 minutes.

Sermons sometimes follow the Scriptures for the church year. Sometimes Pastor Ann preaches a topical series. In 2019, she shares the twenty-two week summer sermon series “The Old Testament: The Greatest Stories.”

 

The Word - Weekly Sermons & Praise

by Rev. Ann Duncan

http://anchor.fm/thewordmaggieumc

The Old Testament’s Greatest Stories

 

God speaks to us in the Bible. In the Bible, we discover God’s own words and mighty acts in human history witnessed, passed along orally, written down, and copied through thousands of years.

The Old Testament, the first part of the Bible is Jewish literature written before the birth of Jesus. The Old Testament covers creation to about three hundred years before the birth of Jesus.

The Hebrew Scriptures include stories about creation, a great flood, the Jews escape out of Egypt, David and Goliath, and lots of other dramatic narratives. In these books, God establishes special relationships with people like Noah, Abraham and Sarah, Moses and Miriam, the people of Israel, and us today.

The first part of the Bible also includes songs, poetry, prayers, preachers calling for justice, and prophecies about a coming Messiah. These readings tell the dramatic story of a chosen and gifted people who lived through some of the most tumultuous periods of world history.

As our United Methodist Church declares: “The Bible contains all things necessary for salvation.”

 

Listen Anew to the Old Testament

 

Many of us learned these ancient stories as children. Mary and Joseph taught them to Jesus. Yet, all of us have some gaps in the narrative. We have forgotten many of the details.

Still, God still speaks to us through the Bible. The Holy Bible is the Spirit-filled, living, dynamic, ever-unfolding presence of God among us. Through the Bible, God still speaks to us more clearly than any other way to guide our faith and practice.

It is time to dust off your Bible and listen again to God’s Word. If you do not have a Bible, we will get you one. We can also recommend translations for you to use.

 

How to Participate

 

If you cannot join us every Sunday, that’s OK. Anyone can read the Scriptures below and keep up with our journey. Every Sunday has its own Scripture story and focus.

Please invite your friends and neighbors, especially those folks who do not have a church home, to join us in this study. Many people do not come to church because they are afraid that they do not know enough about the Bible. Tell them that everyone of us is in the same boat. Share with them the opportunity to join us in this journey.

Join us as we study, learn, and worship the Bible that Jesus knew and loved.

Oh yes, in the summer of 2020, we will read The New Testament’s Greatest Hits, a journey from the birth of Jesus Christ to the end of creation.

Sermon Schedule

 “The Old Testament’s Greatest Hits”

    • May 5: “In the Beginning: The Creation” (Genesis 1:1-2:4 and Psalm 33)
    • May 12 (Mother’s Day): “Why Did Adam and Eve Eat That Apple?  The Fall” (Genesis 2:25-3:23 and Psalm 130)
    • May 19: “The Great Flood and Noah’s Ark” (Genesis 6-9 and Psalm 46)
    • May 26 (Memorial Day Weekend): “Our Spiritual Grandparents: Abraham and Sarah” (Genesis 12-22 and Psalm 115)
    • June 2: “Sibling Rivalry: Joseph and His Brothers” (Genesis 37-50 and Psalm 105)
    • June 9: “The Day of Pentecost” (Acts 2 and Psalm 104)
    • June 16 (Father’s Day): “Liberation from Slavery: Moses and the Exodus” (Exodus 1-18 and Psalm 124)
    • June 23 (Annual Conference Sunday): “The Ten Commandments” (Exodus 19-20 and Psalm 19)
    • June 30: “Joshua and Rahab” (Joshua 2 and Psalm 107)
    • July 7 (July 4 Weekend): “Deborah” (Judges 4-5 and Psalm 124)
    • July 14: Celebration of the Ministry of The Reverend Erma M. Bond, Local Pastor
    • July 21: “The Greatest King: David” (1 Samuel 15 – 1 Kings 2 and Psalm 23); Guest Preacher
    • July 28: “David’s Great-grandmother” (Ruth and Psalm 42)
    • August 4: “The Wisest King: Solomon” (2 Kings 2-11 and Wisdom of Solomon 7)
    • August 11: “The Forgotten Woman” (Esther and Psalm 42)
    • August 18: “The Prophet of Pain: Job” (Job 1, 2:1-10, 23:1-17, 38:1-7, 42:1-17 and Psalm 25)
    • August 25: “The Bible’s Songbook” (Psalms)
    • September 1: (Labor Day Weekend; Ann in England): TBD
    • September 8: (Ann in England) TBD
    • September 15: (Homecoming) Special Preacher
    • September 22: “The Prophet of Judgement: Jeremiah” (Jeremiah 2:4-13 and Psalm 81)
    • September 29: “The Greatest Prophet: Isaiah” (Isaiah and Psalm 32)
    • October 6: World Communion Sunday
    • October 13: “Jonah and the Great Fish” (Jonah and Psalm 145)
    • October 20: “The Prophet of Justice: Amos” (Amos and Psalm 82)
    • October 27: United Methodist Women Sunday – Female-only choir; guest preacher

 

Traditional Worship Service (all year) at 11:00am

Early Worship Service at 9:00am (May through October) with Holy Communion weekly

 

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