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Come and See – Rev. Wheat

Of all the event invitations I have ever received, perhaps the most exclusive was to the reception following the lighting of the National Capitol Christmas Tree on the National Mall. The tree that year was from Vermont, and to celebrate, that state’s Senators and Congresspersons held a lavish party at the Botanic Garden. To a young woman, fresh out of college, hobnobbing with Washington DC’s ‘finest’ in such a fashion was as good as it got. But I must confess: this native Ohioan was only able to attend because a friend of mine, a Vermont native, had a ‘plus one.’ I was not connected enough to gain access on my own. But, the invitation was issued nevertheless, and I was able to attend one of the most memorable events of my life. Contrast that invitation with the one issued by the Samaritan woman, whom we encounter in our gospel lesson for this Sunday. “Come and see!” she cries. “There’s a man at the well who just told me everything I ever did. Could he be the Messiah?” Or ...

25 MIN2014 MAR 24
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Come and See – Rev. Wheat

Redefining Lent – Rev. Brooks

One of the delight’s of watching a skilled illusionist exercise his “magical” powers comes from the surprise when something suddenly disappears. We marvel and ask, “Where did it go? How did he do that?” Then we expend considerable intellectual wattage trying to figure out how it was done. A TV series has “betrayed” the “magician’s code” by showing how famous and infamous tricks are done. When you know the “secret”, it’s stupendously simple. People today are asking “Where did it go?” regarding a Malaysian Boeing jetliner that has totally disappeared. Theories abound but no one knows (or is talking) as of this Friday morning where it went. A huge jet has disappeared without a trace. To many people, Lent has done the same. It has disappeared from their minds, hearts, and lives. Not through any illusionist’s mastery, but through recommitment of time, attention, and affection for other things. Lent has been crowded out. This weekend, on the Second Sunday in Lent, my sermo...

26 MIN2014 MAR 17
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Redefining Lent – Rev. Brooks

Not Alone – Dr. Jones

“I’ll be praying for you.” “I’ll keep you in my prayers.” How often have we said something like this and not really meant it? Oh, I suppose we mean it at the time, but we get busy and somehow we never get back to praying for those people. To be honest there are times we may not even mean it. We use phrases like this to say good bye, or to show we are sympathetic. The problem is when we do this we demean what prayer is. The truth of the matter is it makes a great difference when we pray for someone. Beyond our own personal integrity in doing what we say we will, as Christians we believe God answers when we pray. Sometimes it’s to even the answer. Often it is simply knowing that someone is praying for us that makes all the difference. Just knowing we are not alone. Did you know someone is praying for you? They know exactly what you are going through and they are praying. Does it make a difference knowing someone is praying for you?

20 MIN2014 MAR 10
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Not Alone – Dr. Jones

A Theory of Relativity – Rev Brooks

What a winter this has been! Last year I shoveled snow twice. This season I stopped counting after my tenth struggle to free the cars from a snowbound garage. When windchill factors sunk below minus thirty, it felt like knives cutting into flesh if walking outside unprotected. Then the artic vortex spun eastward and warmer temperatures arrived so that plus thirty degrees felt like springtime. We even enjoyed a day or two of sunny skies and sixty degrees weather. Then downward dropped the thermometer once more and when it reached thirty I remarked, “I feel like I’m freezing.” Suddenly the thought struck, “It’s all relative. One day thirty seems almost tropical and a few days later it feels polar.” A THEORY OF “RELATIVITY” characterizes all of life. It’s reminiscent of the old saying, “I complained I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.” Gladness or sadness depends on what we compare our circumstances to in life. In Romans 5, Paul speaks of the redemptive gift of...

14 MIN2014 MAR 2
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A Theory of Relativity – Rev Brooks

Blueprints of a Common Life – Rev. Wheat

Boring, technical documents to some, blueprints are a thing of wonder and beauty in my eyes. They contain within them the best of human ingenuity and imagination – the possibility ofwhat can be. Perhaps I love them because I grew up with them all around the house. My father is an architect, and he would frequently come home at night, several rolls of tightly wound blueprints under his arm, intent on studying and revising the plans for whatever building he happened to be working on at the time. I often watched, peeking under his arm, as he meticulously measured and drew and then measured again. One thing I learned from him is this: the structural soundness of the building depends on how faithfully it follows its blueprint. This is, in a way, what the Apostle Paul is trying to convey to the Christians at Corinth. “We have a firm foundation in Jesus Christ,” Paul writes to them, “but it’s up to you what you will build upon that foundation. How faithfully will you, the Corinthian C...

21 MIN2014 FEB 24
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Blueprints of a Common Life – Rev. Wheat

Sunday Sundae – Rev. Brooks

The ancient Sabbath was on Saturday. All the earliest Christians came from Judaism and faithfully observed Sabbath. But after the Resurrection of Jesus on Sunday, the day of joyful worship was changed to celebrate each Sunday as a weekly “little Easter”. Today, alert individuals will have noticed that the Forty Days of Lent do not include Sundays for the reason just mentioned. Sunday is meant to be a day of celebration and joy. Most unfortunately, however, through the generations people have heaped upon Sunday various rules and customs that changed it from a day of spiritual enrichment to a day of religious regulations. Such is the trajectory of human nature, always to complicate and impose rather than to simplify and enjoy. This “little Easter” my topic will be SUNDAY SUNDAE. (Mark 2:23-3:6) Jesus said that “the Sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the Sabbath.” (Mark 2:27) There are ways to make Sundays as enjoyable as a sundae, a time to celebrate.

23 MIN2014 FEB 17
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Sunday Sundae – Rev. Brooks

True Love – Dr. Jones

Back in the 1070’s a cartoonist began a series of cartoons entitled Love is. They featured two cherubic figures, a boy and a girl, and simply said “Love is…..” Followed by some sugary statement. While, to be honest, fairly shallow they were also immensely popular. They were on greeting cards and figurines. Schmaltzy, yet long lasting. The Love is… series survived several decades, outlasted a few cartoonists, and even became a hit on the internet. If you type “Love is” into your search engine you will find thousands of cartoons. Think of that thousands of statements about what love is. But that’s a part of the problem isn’t it? Wouldn’t you think after all this time we might be a bit more definitive on what love really is? Is love simply a syrupy statement? Or is love something far deeper, more meaningful, and perhaps even dangerous?

22 MIN2014 FEB 10
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True Love – Dr. Jones

Winning Life’s Stupor Bowls – Rev. Brooks

With Super Bowl Sunday upon us once again, the media will be talking about football in New Jersey rather than bridge traffic jams in New Jersey and a governor who probably could take down most NFL tacklers. With all the urban Jersey jokes in play, it’s ironic to remember it is called “The Garden State.” Super Bowl Sunday is the second highest food consumption day in the United States, surpassed only by Thanksgiving. The average football fan will eat 1,200 calories and 50 grams of fat from snacks alone on game day; this statistic excludes intake from meals! 14 billion hamburgers are consumed this weekend and 11 million pizzas are ordered on game day. Last year almost $100 million was gambled in Nevada alone on the game and while your odds would seemingly be 50-50, 92% of individuals surveyed admitted they have lost money gambling on the Super Bowl; 92%! (Methodism’s historic opposition to all forms of gambling makes a lot of sense.) TV commercials cost a whopping $4 million per t...

14 MIN2014 FEB 3
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Winning Life’s Stupor Bowls – Rev. Brooks

Dropping Everything to Follow Jesus – Rev. Wheat

This is the question we shall explore this Sunday: what in your life is Jesus calling you to 'drop', in order that you may more fully follow him? Are you being called to put down unhealthy habits? Unhelpful thought patterns? Are you being called to leave behind those 'things', those possessions which keep you from focusing on others? All of us are being called to drop something, or everything, to follow Jesus.

19 MIN2014 JAN 27
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Dropping Everything to Follow Jesus – Rev. Wheat

Personal New Year’s Revolutions – Rev. Brooks

Someone well said that a New Year’s resolution is something that goes in oneyearand right out the other. Experience validates that observation for most of us. While resolutions prove helpful for examining priorities, they seem to fade all too soon. One reason may be that resolutions do not go deep enough, rather like trying to treat an inner tumor with an outer Band-Aid. For significant positive change to happen we need, not more resolutions, but PERSONAL NEW YEAR’SREVOLUTIONS. Taking our cue from Philippians 3:13-16, we will consider five key ingredients for how this can occur in our lives.

24 MIN2014 JAN 20
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Come and See – Rev. Wheat

Of all the event invitations I have ever received, perhaps the most exclusive was to the reception following the lighting of the National Capitol Christmas Tree on the National Mall. The tree that year was from Vermont, and to celebrate, that state’s Senators and Congresspersons held a lavish party at the Botanic Garden. To a young woman, fresh out of college, hobnobbing with Washington DC’s ‘finest’ in such a fashion was as good as it got. But I must confess: this native Ohioan was only able to attend because a friend of mine, a Vermont native, had a ‘plus one.’ I was not connected enough to gain access on my own. But, the invitation was issued nevertheless, and I was able to attend one of the most memorable events of my life. Contrast that invitation with the one issued by the Samaritan woman, whom we encounter in our gospel lesson for this Sunday. “Come and see!” she cries. “There’s a man at the well who just told me everything I ever did. Could he be the Messiah?” Or ...

25 MIN2014 MAR 24
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Come and See – Rev. Wheat

Redefining Lent – Rev. Brooks

One of the delight’s of watching a skilled illusionist exercise his “magical” powers comes from the surprise when something suddenly disappears. We marvel and ask, “Where did it go? How did he do that?” Then we expend considerable intellectual wattage trying to figure out how it was done. A TV series has “betrayed” the “magician’s code” by showing how famous and infamous tricks are done. When you know the “secret”, it’s stupendously simple. People today are asking “Where did it go?” regarding a Malaysian Boeing jetliner that has totally disappeared. Theories abound but no one knows (or is talking) as of this Friday morning where it went. A huge jet has disappeared without a trace. To many people, Lent has done the same. It has disappeared from their minds, hearts, and lives. Not through any illusionist’s mastery, but through recommitment of time, attention, and affection for other things. Lent has been crowded out. This weekend, on the Second Sunday in Lent, my sermo...

26 MIN2014 MAR 17
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Redefining Lent – Rev. Brooks

Not Alone – Dr. Jones

“I’ll be praying for you.” “I’ll keep you in my prayers.” How often have we said something like this and not really meant it? Oh, I suppose we mean it at the time, but we get busy and somehow we never get back to praying for those people. To be honest there are times we may not even mean it. We use phrases like this to say good bye, or to show we are sympathetic. The problem is when we do this we demean what prayer is. The truth of the matter is it makes a great difference when we pray for someone. Beyond our own personal integrity in doing what we say we will, as Christians we believe God answers when we pray. Sometimes it’s to even the answer. Often it is simply knowing that someone is praying for us that makes all the difference. Just knowing we are not alone. Did you know someone is praying for you? They know exactly what you are going through and they are praying. Does it make a difference knowing someone is praying for you?

20 MIN2014 MAR 10
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Not Alone – Dr. Jones

A Theory of Relativity – Rev Brooks

What a winter this has been! Last year I shoveled snow twice. This season I stopped counting after my tenth struggle to free the cars from a snowbound garage. When windchill factors sunk below minus thirty, it felt like knives cutting into flesh if walking outside unprotected. Then the artic vortex spun eastward and warmer temperatures arrived so that plus thirty degrees felt like springtime. We even enjoyed a day or two of sunny skies and sixty degrees weather. Then downward dropped the thermometer once more and when it reached thirty I remarked, “I feel like I’m freezing.” Suddenly the thought struck, “It’s all relative. One day thirty seems almost tropical and a few days later it feels polar.” A THEORY OF “RELATIVITY” characterizes all of life. It’s reminiscent of the old saying, “I complained I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.” Gladness or sadness depends on what we compare our circumstances to in life. In Romans 5, Paul speaks of the redemptive gift of...

14 MIN2014 MAR 2
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A Theory of Relativity – Rev Brooks

Blueprints of a Common Life – Rev. Wheat

Boring, technical documents to some, blueprints are a thing of wonder and beauty in my eyes. They contain within them the best of human ingenuity and imagination – the possibility ofwhat can be. Perhaps I love them because I grew up with them all around the house. My father is an architect, and he would frequently come home at night, several rolls of tightly wound blueprints under his arm, intent on studying and revising the plans for whatever building he happened to be working on at the time. I often watched, peeking under his arm, as he meticulously measured and drew and then measured again. One thing I learned from him is this: the structural soundness of the building depends on how faithfully it follows its blueprint. This is, in a way, what the Apostle Paul is trying to convey to the Christians at Corinth. “We have a firm foundation in Jesus Christ,” Paul writes to them, “but it’s up to you what you will build upon that foundation. How faithfully will you, the Corinthian C...

21 MIN2014 FEB 24
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Blueprints of a Common Life – Rev. Wheat

Sunday Sundae – Rev. Brooks

The ancient Sabbath was on Saturday. All the earliest Christians came from Judaism and faithfully observed Sabbath. But after the Resurrection of Jesus on Sunday, the day of joyful worship was changed to celebrate each Sunday as a weekly “little Easter”. Today, alert individuals will have noticed that the Forty Days of Lent do not include Sundays for the reason just mentioned. Sunday is meant to be a day of celebration and joy. Most unfortunately, however, through the generations people have heaped upon Sunday various rules and customs that changed it from a day of spiritual enrichment to a day of religious regulations. Such is the trajectory of human nature, always to complicate and impose rather than to simplify and enjoy. This “little Easter” my topic will be SUNDAY SUNDAE. (Mark 2:23-3:6) Jesus said that “the Sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the Sabbath.” (Mark 2:27) There are ways to make Sundays as enjoyable as a sundae, a time to celebrate.

23 MIN2014 FEB 17
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Sunday Sundae – Rev. Brooks

True Love – Dr. Jones

Back in the 1070’s a cartoonist began a series of cartoons entitled Love is. They featured two cherubic figures, a boy and a girl, and simply said “Love is…..” Followed by some sugary statement. While, to be honest, fairly shallow they were also immensely popular. They were on greeting cards and figurines. Schmaltzy, yet long lasting. The Love is… series survived several decades, outlasted a few cartoonists, and even became a hit on the internet. If you type “Love is” into your search engine you will find thousands of cartoons. Think of that thousands of statements about what love is. But that’s a part of the problem isn’t it? Wouldn’t you think after all this time we might be a bit more definitive on what love really is? Is love simply a syrupy statement? Or is love something far deeper, more meaningful, and perhaps even dangerous?

22 MIN2014 FEB 10
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True Love – Dr. Jones

Winning Life’s Stupor Bowls – Rev. Brooks

With Super Bowl Sunday upon us once again, the media will be talking about football in New Jersey rather than bridge traffic jams in New Jersey and a governor who probably could take down most NFL tacklers. With all the urban Jersey jokes in play, it’s ironic to remember it is called “The Garden State.” Super Bowl Sunday is the second highest food consumption day in the United States, surpassed only by Thanksgiving. The average football fan will eat 1,200 calories and 50 grams of fat from snacks alone on game day; this statistic excludes intake from meals! 14 billion hamburgers are consumed this weekend and 11 million pizzas are ordered on game day. Last year almost $100 million was gambled in Nevada alone on the game and while your odds would seemingly be 50-50, 92% of individuals surveyed admitted they have lost money gambling on the Super Bowl; 92%! (Methodism’s historic opposition to all forms of gambling makes a lot of sense.) TV commercials cost a whopping $4 million per t...

14 MIN2014 FEB 3
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Winning Life’s Stupor Bowls – Rev. Brooks

Dropping Everything to Follow Jesus – Rev. Wheat

This is the question we shall explore this Sunday: what in your life is Jesus calling you to 'drop', in order that you may more fully follow him? Are you being called to put down unhealthy habits? Unhelpful thought patterns? Are you being called to leave behind those 'things', those possessions which keep you from focusing on others? All of us are being called to drop something, or everything, to follow Jesus.

19 MIN2014 JAN 27
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Dropping Everything to Follow Jesus – Rev. Wheat

Personal New Year’s Revolutions – Rev. Brooks

Someone well said that a New Year’s resolution is something that goes in oneyearand right out the other. Experience validates that observation for most of us. While resolutions prove helpful for examining priorities, they seem to fade all too soon. One reason may be that resolutions do not go deep enough, rather like trying to treat an inner tumor with an outer Band-Aid. For significant positive change to happen we need, not more resolutions, but PERSONAL NEW YEAR’SREVOLUTIONS. Taking our cue from Philippians 3:13-16, we will consider five key ingredients for how this can occur in our lives.

24 MIN2014 JAN 20
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Personal New Year’s Revolutions – Rev. Brooks
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