Sermon Archives

Grace In Diversity| November 2018

Sometimes our world seems tied up in knots. Can we figure out a way to talk with one another, even though we disagree? Join us as we explore what it means to live faithfully in a polarized world.

Generosity's Gifts| October 2018

Generosity changes lives.

Grow in joy

Grow in peace, faith and love; as we experience generosity's gifts in our lives together.

When Grace Overflows | September 2018

Are you ready to be overwhelmed by God? God is ready to overwhelm us with grace. In fact the shower of holy power and blessing has already started. September 9, 16, 23 and 30 are four weeks where this church takes a critical launch forward into the future God has planned. September will be the foundation of generational impact in our community. You are need to be here to let the presence of Christ grow deeper in your life and family. We need you here so the Body of Christ is complete and can fulfill the vision God intends for us and through us. Don’t miss the change to be in the place when Grace Overflows.

Christianity: Through The Eyes of Peter | July 15 - August 26 2018

Paul is clearly the dominat voice that shaped the church. But it was Peter who was the primary witness to the life and ministry of Jesus. We will see how his highs and lows are integral to the Gospel story. They also teach us so much about our faith walk.

Lessons Lost | June 2018

Recently I heard a commentator say no one teaches people how to have character anymore. I get the fact that changes in family structures and behaviors have certainly changed a common definition and attitude to what it means to have traits like character passed on generationally. My wonderment is what other lessons past generations were taught have less priority in our culture. This will be our focus over five weeks as we reflect on lessons lost and how we can reclaim them.

Out Origin Story | May 2018

Before there were buildings, Before there were pulpits... There was the power of the Holy Spirit. After the resurrection, the people gathered, waiting to see what God would do next. They were filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. Which gave them abilities. To Dream, To Pray, To Share what they had. Join us this May, expecting to encounter the living God. Trusting that God is working in our lives now. When God's people gather, the Holy Spirit will work among us. And we will be changed for good.

Remembering the Basics | April 2018

The early church had to learn what it meant to live in the new Kingdom of God.

They at times were lost, then redirected, then sent out and then called to holy covenant.

In their journey we will find truth about ours.

Shadow Savior | Lent 2018

It is time to get serious about Jesus. Time to be honest about Jesus. Time to be honest about our fears, confusion, and frustration about Jesus. Time to talk about the moments when Jesus surprises us, scare us and reveals to us truth about ourselves we did not want to face.

We need Jesus, the real Jesus. We need more than the Jesus we like who is cuddly, compassionate and kind. We live in a world with real issues and serious problems. Jesus lite will not be enough to give us power, direction and hope to defeat evil, heal families and protect our children.

CUMC At The Movies 2018 | January 14 - Februaury 11, 2018

TJoin us at Great Lakes Crossing Theaters on Tuesdays; January 9, 16, 23 and 30. We will have $5.00 tickets and a theater to ourselves with a 7:00 pm showing. The following Sunday we will address themes from the previous week’s movie. We can’t wait to see you at the movies!

Stories of the Season | December 3 - January 7

Advent is a season where Secular Stories and the Gospel often get blurred. This Advent we will remember four great Christmas Stories we all know and find in them Gospel truth. Join us this December as we read, reflect and remember the Christmas Stories we have been told as they lead us to a Holy and Joy filled Christmas.

Acts of Mercy | November 12 - November 26

These Three Sundays we will focus on acts of Mercy. On the first Sunday we will hear about being clothed in mercy. On the second Sunday we will hear about the feeding of the 5000 (Luke 9) and prepare 1000 sack lunches following worship. The Third Sunday we can reflect on the gifts of a cup of water (Mark 9:41) and collect water for Flint.

Taking the Next Step | October 8 - November 5

This is our time to love Christ so much that our lives are changed. It is our time to become generous, not for just a month or a campaign. Imagine what we could accomplish together if we were to invest all we have and all we are in something bigger than ourselves. It is our time to Take the Next Step to become generous people of Christ.

Putting the Church Together | September 3 - October 1

The church is not a random mix of people who happen to hang out together. The church is a community called by God, that has been equipped to help fulfill God’s purpose in the world. Each one of us is part of that work, and we have each been given unique gifts necessary for the church to thrive. What is your Spiritual Gift? How are you called to share it? How does your spiritual gift lead you to more joy and fulfillment in life? Join us this September as we discuss these questions and consider our role as God calls us to work on Putting the Church Together.

Summer 2017 | June - August 2017

Stories Of Grace

I Believe | May - June 2017

Using the Apostles Creed, this series looks at the core of christian beliefs and how to interpert those beliefs in today's world.

Way Of Love | March 5 - April 16, 2017

We spend the time of Lent to prepare ourselves for Christ. This Lent, we look at Christ's life as a way of love.

Gods Plan | February 5 - February 26, 2017

Is it right to say "God has a plan"? What is our purpose and who do we fuel our everyday life?

CUMC At The Movies | January 8 - January 29, 2017

What messages of faith are found in the movies we see every day?

Living In Holy Time | November 27 - January 1, 2017

Join us this Christmas season.

Living Invitationally | November 6 - November 20, 2016

The Christian life at its core is about Invitation. God invites us into a holy relationship. Christ comes into the world with a personal invitation for us to become follow him and become disciples. Christ, by teaching and example, invites us to live our faith in relationship with others. Christians are invited to go to others as we together walk a path of faith and discovery. We are commissioned to extend the invitation of Jesus and invite others to come and see the joy and power of he gives to all. This series invites us to an experience of Invitational Living. Come and See.

The Prayer We Give | October 9 - October 30, 2016

“The Prayer We Give” is this year’s stewardship campaign theme. We will reflect on the interaction between praying as a form of giving and giving as a form of prayer. We are called to do both as they are vital in our mission to connect people to people and people to God. As disciples of Jesus Christ, we have a passion to share his message so all who hear it will be welcomed, healed, given hope and purpose, live in joy and share in creating a faith community that changes lives and the world.

Front Porch Faith | September 11 - October 2, 2016

The church is called to be a “third space”. A place where people gather and live in shared community. Whether they are by themselves or in a group, the church is a place where all feel like it is their space. Our language is not accurate when we say my church or your church: it is our church. As we get ready to launch into a very active fall, I welcome back those who have been away from worship. Come into space that is for you and for all. Invite others to come with your for fellowship, for peace and to be part of a community that is their for them. While we are together, we will pray, have fun, be spiritually fed and renewed.

What To Say When Asked | June 12 - September 4, 2016

There are faith questions we are afraid of being asked. There are questions of faith we struggle with in on our life. This summer, we are taking on some of those questions. What do we believe and why does it matter? Come and find out what to say when asked about…….

What Makes Us? | May 1 - June 5, 2016

All churches are not the same. While we all carry much in common, each congregation has a unique calling. Our calling is unique because of the community it serves, the people in the church and the faith perspective we embrace. In May, we will celebrate Confirmation of Youth, Mothers Day, Pentecost, and the way we understand our calling to serve Christ.

The Path After Easter | April 3 - April 24, 2016

Who is Jesus? What are the characteristics Jesus would expect from a community patterning their life after him? Does that describe the church today?

The Faith Jesus Intended | February 14 - March 27, 2016

Who is Jesus? What are the characteristics Jesus would expect from a community patterning their life after him? Does that describe the church today?

These are critical questions to consider in our culture where fewer people are claiming to be Christian or believe it is important to be part of a faith community. Perhaps what is being rejected is not Jesus. It may be the ways the church falls short of its calling. As we begin the season of Lent, I invite you to join with me for four weeks beginning on February 15 considering “The Faith Jesus Intended”.

This Is Rough Stuff | February 7, 2016

C.U.M.C. At The Movies | January 10-January 31, 2016

Stories of faith are being played around us every day. This month, we take a look at some of those stories in the movies at the theatre. Join us each Tuesday at Great Lake Crossing AMC and then again on Sunday morning as we discuss the stories of faith we find.

The JOY of... | November 30-January 3

Joy is a Christmas word. “Joy to the World, the Lord is Come”. Yet joy seems so hard to find and even harder to capture. Joy feels to many like a serendipitous moment that overtakes you and leaves as quickly as it arrived. We seek for joy in this season but we often have to settle for being briefly happy. We want to find joy and peace but often put ourselves in places this month of stress and exhaustion.

But Joy is a Christmas word. It is also a Christmas possibility. When the angels first told the shepherds about the birth of Jesus they said, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.” The great joy was defined not because of the emotion of the moment. It did not exist because all stress and conflict had been erased. It was simply that Jesus was born. Joy comes from the knowledge that Jesus is here.

What Is The Lord Doing? | November 8-November 22, 2015

The importance of a gift can be measured in the impact it makes on the life of both the giver and the receiver. Some gifts change the giver’s life. These are the gifts that: Make us think of why we are giving, Excite us to want to give just the right gift, Bless us by bringing us into something larger than ourselves or Fulfill us spiritually as we love others generously.

Other gifts change those who receive them: The gift reminds or informs them how much they are treasured and loved, It gives them something they could never have on their own, or It connects them to the giver in a new way.

All of these blessings are alive and growing in the life of Clarkston United Methodist Church.