Shady Grove United Methodist Church -- Mechanicsville
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Noah: Part 3: The Rainbow Connection -- Rev. Sandra Bottoms

Sunday, September 04, 2016 Play this file. Play
We have been exploring the grown-up version of the Noah story for the past couple of weeks.  In this text, we will discover that, like Noah, we too are remembered by a trustworthy God. And God’s sign act of the covenant with Noah and all living creatures was a rainbow – an ongoing reminder even for us today that following the chaotic floods in our own lives, still waters and green pastures eventually come.  Scripture: Genesis 7:24, 8:1, 4, 18-19, Genesis 9:8-9, 11b-13

Noah: Part 2: The Ark, Animals, & the Water -- Pastor Jay Kelchner

Sunday, August 28, 2016 Play this file. Play
We don’t always pay attention the Lord’s leading. It’s hard to hear God’s voice. There is too much noise in our lives. Accordingly, we sometimes get off track and disappoint God. The good news is that we serve a God of second chances.
Scripture: Genesis 6:14-15, 18b-19, 22, Genesis 7:6, 12, 21, 23c-24

Noah: Evil, Corruption, & Violence -- Pastor Jay Kelchner

Sunday, August 21, 2016 Play this file. Play
Over the next three weeks we are going to be looking at Noah and the flood “stories" of the Bible. This is not only a favorite story of our youth, but it has power for adults. We love the imagery of the ark, animals, and rainbow, but there is a deeper meaning that we shouldn’t neglect. The intent of this series is to help us understand God’s heart and the nature of humankind. 
Scripture: Genesis 6:5-13

The Games From Above: Part 3: Defeat Gives Way to Victory -Rev. Sandra

Sunday, August 14, 2016 Play this file. Play
 You win some, you lose some. Sometimes it feels like we are losing more than we are winning, however. Victory seems elusive. We all know the agony of defeat. Sometimes we find it in relationships and other times through vocational endeavors. Jesus knew such agony. Still he would preach love and forgiveness. He would talk about bearing a cross. In this sermon, we will look at our agony and seek a way of using it to rise above it all.   

The Games from Above: Part 2: Press On -- Pastor Jay Kelchner

Sunday, August 07, 2016 Play this file. Play
The Olympic Games have a lofty purpose in that they are meant to promote peace and unity within the international community which otherwise might be troubled. As Christians, we recognize this ideal as being consistent with God’s way. The Apostle Paul, who loved the games, often used athletic metaphors to explain the timeless power of the Gospel. We are called to persevere in the midst of adversity and press on - to hold out until the end. At the end of our race in life we want to hear, “Well done good and faithful servant.” This sermon will explore that ideal From Above  and these concepts through the lens of The Games. 

The Games from Above: Part 1: Training -- Pastor Jay Kelchner

Sunday, July 31, 2016 Play this file. Play
It’s hard to sacrifice something that you hold dear. Athletes do it all the time. They restrict themselves from those things that will hinder their development. It’s hard to do in a world that pushes and easier way or a less disciplined life style. Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. Becoming a strong Christian is just as demanding. It requires sacrifice, but it also promises rewards along the way. The sense of euphoria you feel at the end of a hard fought race is similar to the sense of satisfaction you feel when you were faithful to the call of Christ. This sermon will encourage us to do the hard work necessary to enter the kingdom or to allow the kingdom to enter us.

Stung By the Tongue: Grow Gratitude -- Rev. Sandra Bottoms

Sunday, July 24, 2016 Play this file. Play
 “If you can’t say something nice, you shouldn’t say anything at all.” This is what my mother always told me and it is good advice. This sermon will focus on Griping and Grumbling vs. gratitude.

Stung By the Tongue: Bind Bitterness -- Pastor Jay Kelchner

Sunday, July 17, 2016 Play this file. Play
 Sometimes we have bad days and share juicy information that doesn’t demonstrate the best of us. This sermon will focus on bitter words. It is important that we not correct others in a way that promotes bitterness between us. Scripture calls us to be honest with each other, giving that last 10%, but with care to be tactfully candid. The way we say things is often more important than the point we are trying to make to the other person. This is especially true with the limitations of social media.

Stung By the Tongue: Corner Criticism -- Pastor Jay Kelchner

Sunday, July 10, 2016 Play this file. Play
Words can hurt. Certainly we can do better as Christians. This sermon will focus on criticism and how it can be hurtful to others.

Stung By the Tongue: Harness Hearsay -- Pastor Jay Kelchner

Sunday, July 03, 2016 Play this file. Play
 We share information with others without being sensitive to the fact that we may not be sharing the whole truth. A little information, especially if it does not represent the facts, can hurt others and ourselves. This sermon will focus on gossip and how it is so easy to speak about others in a way that creates rumors and sends out impressions that can never be corrected as they move from person to person.

How Do You Know? -- Rev. Bob Hauck

Sunday, June 26, 2016 Play this file. Play
 Scripture: Romans 11:26-27

Family Matters -- Rev. Sandra

Sunday, June 19, 2016 Play this file. Play
Family matters to all of us, but what about when family matters result in dissension and dysfunction? Presented with a case study of the family in our text and its subsequent generations, scholars would rightly describe this story as a “conflict narrative.” In the long run, Abraham and Sarah are heroes of the faith, but it’s Hagar’s story that really grabs at the heartstrings. And ultimately, God’s faithfulness is revealed even in the midst of the messiness of family!  Scripture: Genesis 21:8-21

Conversion Stories from the Bible:Grace from A Dark Place - Pastor Jay

Sunday, June 12, 2016 Play this file. Play
 Scripture: Jonah 1:1-3, 2, 3:1-3a 

Conversion Stories of the Bible: Captured By Grace -- Pastor Jay

Sunday, June 05, 2016 Play this file. Play
 Scripture: John 4:5-29, 39-42

Conversion Stories of the Bible: Amazing Grace -- Pastor Jay

Sunday, May 29, 2016 Play this file. Play
 Scripture: Mark 10:46-52

Dreams Filled with Grace -- Pastor Bob Hauck

Sunday, May 22, 2016 Play this file. Play
 Scripture: Acts 2:14-21

What Does This Mean? -- Rev. Sandra

Sunday, May 15, 2016
Scripture: Acts 1:8 Acts 2 (Select Verses)

Being the Church...What If? -- Rev. Sandra

Sunday, May 08, 2016 Play this file. Play
A follow up to our Be the Church Sunday which happened May 1, 2016.  What if Being the Church was more than just a single day event, what if Being the Church was a culture that we lived into every day of our lives?  Scripture: Ephesians 2:17-21, John 15:9-15

Taking It On the Road: Part 3: "The Way" Forward -- Pastor Jay

Sunday, April 24, 2016 Play this file. Play
 We seek to make our own way in this world and often time set ourselves up for failure.  We need to be humble enough to know that we don't have all the answers no matter how eloquent we are or knowledgable about the Way.  We are in this together and God uses many to reveal the Good News.  It's not about us! It is about the truth.  Scripture: Acts 18:18-21, 24-26

Taking It On the Road: Occupied With Proclaiming the Word - Pastor Jay

Sunday, April 17, 2016 Play this file. Play
 Sometimes we forget that we are different than other institutions that provide service to the community.  Serving is not our civic duty, but our Christian responsibility.  We are not volunteers, but servants.  The motive is different.  Being the Church is a response that has already been done for us.  Scripture: Acts 18:1-16

Taking It On the Road: Part 1: The New Areopagus Awaits -- Pastor Jay

Sunday, April 10, 2016 Play this file. Play
 The secular world is peculiar to those of us who are regular church-goers.  The best sales, I've heard are on Sunday mornings, but I've never been able to take advantage of the savings.  I've not missed it.  I feel I'm richer for it.  There is much more to lure us away from the tenets of our faith and our attempts to keep the Sabbath holy.  Paul encountered such a lifestyle challenge in Athens.  AS we prepare to take it on the road on "Be the Church Sunday," we need to be ever mindful of the obstacles we will encounter then and every day and remain steadfast.  Scripture: Acts 17:16-31 

Resurrection Encounter -- Rev. Sandra

Sunday, April 03, 2016 Play this file. Play
Fear can rob us of the joy of living…it can paralyze us if we let it. Following Jesus death, the disciples experienced that kind of fear. They locked themselves away behind closed doors. But Jesus showed up and called them on it. A resurrection encounter transformed the disciples from timid cowards to bold advocates. Each time we come to the table and share Holy Communion, we too experience the Risen Christ.  How will our resurrection encounter transform our lives this time?  Scripture: John 20:19-31

The God Story: Part 7: The Twist Ending -- Pastor Jay

Sunday, March 27, 2016 Play this file. Play
 We can expect the unexpected.  In this final week of the series we see that every great story has a twist ending, something that you didn't see coming.  Our story find that the one we thought might be dead is indeed alive and standing with us, calling us to live out our role in God's great story.  Scripture: John 20:1-18.  

The God Story: Part 6: Waiting for Resolution -- Pastor Jay

Sunday, March 20, 2016 Play this file. Play
 Sometimes we simply need to wait.  Jesus' promise to us is that he will come again.  We hope to shout Hosanna! Once again, Jesus was the culmination of what people had hoped for in a Savior, but he wasn't quite what they expected, especially at the end.  Creation held its breath, hoping for resolution, and we know that Jesus' death on the cross can't be the end of the story.  The worst thing is never the last thing.  Scripture: John 12:12-19.

The God Story: Part 5: The Soundtrack -- Pastor Jay

Sunday, March 13, 2016 Play this file. Play
Sometimes we need to be encouraged for the journey.  We need to know that our hard work will make a difference.  When we are discouraged there is no better medicine than kind words and a positive message that God is not finished with us yet.  In any dramatic film, there is a score to enhance each high and low and to weave prominent themes throughout the story.  In week 5, we will listen to the soundtrack of the God Story, and our story, and discover the song of love God is singing over us.  Scripture: Zephaniah 3:14-17.