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Hands and Feet of Christ: Unfurling Hands, Embarking Feet

Sunday, March 05, 2017 Play this file. Play
 Do you ever feel unsure of your purpose in life?  Sometimes the search feels exhausting and fruitless.  As we embark on this path we call life, we may find ourselves doubling back possibly to familiar places we’d rather not be.  In this week’s passage of scripture, we will be introduced to the goals which Jesus set for his life and his ministry, and we will examine how necessary it is for us as Jesus’ followers to have goals for our lives as well.  Scripture: Luke 4:14-21

A New Creation In Christ -- Youth Sunday

Sunday, February 26, 2017 Play this file. Play
 In this week's message, we will be reflecting on the Scripture found in 2 Corinthians 5:14-21 as our youth explore what it means to be a new creation in Christ. 

Searching for Answers: Encountering the Truth: How Can I Be Forgiven?

Sunday, February 19, 2017 Play this file. Play
As humans, we all miss the mark, and we stray from the path. We know that sin is bad for us. It weighs us down.  If we are all sinners, then we are all in need of forgiveness! Yet it is hard to believe that we can be forgiven for our sins.  This Sunday,  we conclude our series Searching for Answers: Encountering the Truth.
Scripture: 1 John 1:8-10, Matthew 6:9-15, Luke 23:33-34 

Searching for Answers: Encountering The Truth: Holy? Catholic? Church?

Sunday, February 12, 2017 Play this file. Play
 As we continue this series on The Apostle’s Creed, this week we will turn our focus to the mention of the holy catholic church.  As we affirm our faith, what does it mean when we say we believe in the holy catholic church? What does it mean to gather as the church universal? 
Scripture: Galatians 6:10, 1 Peter 2:9-10a, 1 Corinthians 12:12-27

Searching for Answers...The Truth: Which Voice Do I Listen To?

Sunday, February 05, 2017 Play this file. Play
The Holy Spirit.  Do we truly understand what it is?  It might seem rather scary if we think of it in terms of a ghost.  However, the Holy Spirit came to us just as promised by Jesus. It is our Advocate, Helper, and Sustainer.  Join us as we seek to encounter the Holy Spirit.  
Scripture: Acts 2:1-4, 2 Samuel 23:2, Isaiah 61:1 

Searching for Answers...The Truth: Was Jesus More Than A Good Man?

Sunday, January 29, 2017 Play this file. Play
 Most religions recognize the historical reality of Jesus. For some he was a great Rabbi and for others a prophet. What we claim it that he was also God. Some see him as fully human and inspired by God. Others see him as fully God and therefore not human. The church
eventually came to the conclusion that he was both - fully human and fully divine.  This week we look to discover why God needed to enter into the world in human form.
Scripture: Galatians 1:1-4, Matthew 16:13-20

Searching for Answers: Encountering the Truth: Is there a God?

Sunday, January 22, 2017 Play this file. Play
We encounter atheists and agnostics on a regular basis.  They challenge our faith.  Science and religion seem to be in conflict. Some of us have tried to make science fit the Bible and some of us have tried to make the Bible fit the science books.  In both cases, we have been frustrated.  Join us as we take a closer look at the arguments for and against the existence of God.  

Searching for Answers: Encountering the Truth: Why Do We Baptize?

Sunday, January 15, 2017 Play this file. Play
 Prequel 2 – Why Do We Baptize? – Next Sunday, we will gather to remember our Baptism, the other of the two Sacraments recognized by our denomination. As United Methodists, we understand the Sacrament of Baptism as a means of grace -- an outward and visible sign of an inward grace initiated by God. But what does this mean? How does it connect us to Jesus who was also Baptized? Does this splash of ordinary water applied in worship really make us different? Martin Luther once said that “baptism is something that’s done in church one day but takes the rest of our lives to complete.” What happens with us after the water has dried?  

Searching for Answers: Encountering the Truth: Is this for me? -- Jay

Sunday, January 01, 2017 Play this file. Play
 Many of us see Holy Communion as a memorial meal only, drawing attention to the Last Supper. It is so much more than that. Not only do we call it The Lord’s Supper, but we see it as a Holy Communion, and the Eucharist. Join us as we take a closer look at our first of two sacraments in this prequel to our new sermon series: Searching for Answers: Encountering the Truth.  
Scripture:  Luke 22:14-20

Journey to Bethlehem: O Little Town -- Rev. Jay Kelchner

Sunday, December 24, 2017 Play this file. Play
 On Christmas Eve, we conclude our series Journey to Bethlehem, but as we soon will discover, the journey does not end here.  

Journey to Bethlehem: Our Dreams -- Rev. Jay Kelchner

Sunday, December 18, 2016 Play this file. Play
 The road to Bethlehem goes through our dreams. The ancient text tells us that Mary should be publically disgraced. The Bible says that she should be taken out in the square and stoned to death. If Joseph followed the letter of the Law, he could dispense of this problem that was created by no fault of his own. The trouble is that Joseph is a good man and he looks at the situation through the lens of God’s grace and the spirit of our created order. He is troubled and in his despair and fatigue, he falls asleep. In the quiet of the evening, another way forward is suggested. God provides another possibility for love to win. In a dream, Joseph gains new perspective.
Scripture: Matthew 1:18-25

Journey to Bethlehem: The Shadow -- Rev. Sandra Bottoms

Sunday, December 11, 2016 Play this file. Play
This week in our Journey to Bethlehem sermon series, we find that the road sometimes meanders through the shadows. Advent is a time of waiting, of expectation, of hope in the darkness. Indeed, this season holds the promise that even after the bleakest, coldest, longest night, the light will break in. We, like John while in prison, find ourselves waiting for light, for God to renew and heal the world -- a promise that we understand to have been mysteriously embodied in a baby born in a manger. And the deep, profound truth in all of this is that we need not fear the dark. Instead wait there…for the one who was, and is, and is to come will meet us there. 
Scripture:  Matthew 11:2-11 

Journey to Bethlehem: The Desert -- Rev. Jay Kelchner

Sunday, December 04, 2016 Play this file. Play
The road to Bethlehem goes through the desert. While we are out there, we will run into a preacher of questionable character with strange habits, but very popular because of what he had to say.  Sometimes we have to get away from the trappings of wealth and status to hear the voice and message of God. Join us as we continue the Journey to Bethlehem.  Scripture: Matthew 3:1-12

Journey to Bethlehem: The Bare Hills -- Rev. Jay Kelchner

Sunday, November 27, 2016 Play this file. Play
 The road to Bethlehem goes over the Bare Hills of Judea. The landscape is bereft of foliage and that which would reflect life and encourage hope to despondent passersby is eerily absent. So too, is the terrain of the Christian journey at times.  Join us next Sunday as we celebrate the first Sunday of Advent and begin our Journey to Bethlehem.  Scripture: Matthew 24:32-44

"Hidden Lord" -- Pastor Jay Kelchner

Sunday, November 20, 2016 Play this file. Play
Christ’s lordship is often not embraced by society, but this does not negate the fact that God is ultimately in control.We say that Christ is king despite the fact that we are over-consumed by worldly influences. If Christ is really our Lord and Savior, why are we so uncertain about our future?   The truth is that we do not have the capacity to save ourselves.  Without the King of kings, we will fail.

We Have A Shepherd -- Rev. Sandra Bottoms

Sunday, November 13, 2016 Play this file. Play
 In this Sunday’s text we explore one of the unique "I am" metaphorical sayings about Jesus in the Gospel of John.  How might this rich imagery of Jesus as the Good Shepherd guide us when we find ourselves in the midst of anxious or uncertain circumstances? Are we attentive enough to hear the Good Shepherd’s voice in the midst of the cacophony of other voices screaming for our attention?  As our nation moves forward from this season of, how might our faithfulness as one flock following the Good Shepherd help to bring healing for our community and beyond?   Scripture: John 10:11-16, 27-28

All Things New -- Pastor Jay Kelchner

Sunday, November 06, 2016 Play this file. Play
When we experience loss, we feel alone and sometimes separated, not only from our loved one, but from God. We want to retain the joy and gladness that was once apart of our lives shared with the one we loved. John writes that this is all a temporary condition. Loss is a part of this present generation. His promise is for the future, but even now we can experience blessing and comfort, because in Christ, death has been swallowed up in victory. Death has no lasting sting for those who hope in the Lord. God can make all things new!  Scripture: Revelation 21:1-6a

Success: The Gift of Gratitude -- Pastor Jay Kelchner

Sunday, October 30, 2016 Play this file. Play
Measuring your life against other’s lives is an exercise in futility. Measuring your life against what others don’t have is also not helpful. Today we celebrate what God has given to us and we respond with gratitude because [You are] a child of God and [you are] fearfully and wonderfully made. - Psalm 139:14        Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:11-28

Success: Being an MVP -- Pastor Jay Kelchner

Sunday, October 23, 2016 Play this file. Play
Sometimes we wonder aimlessly just letting life happen to us. We are like dust in the wind.  Shady Grove has worked hard to develop a clear Mission that guides our every ministry for the glory of God. We know who we are and we have sought to be vigilant to the Lord’s leading. Similarly, we need a clear mission, vision and plan for our personal lives as well.  Join us next week as we explore what it really means to be an MVP.  Scripture:  1 Timothy 6:13-19

Success: True Greatness -- Rev. Sandra Bottoms

Sunday, October 16, 2016 Play this file. Play
In this week's text, Jesus utilizes a teaching moment with the disciples to paint a picture of true greatness in terms of servanthood. Throughout his ministry, Jesus’ actions are grounded in love and self-giving. He taught, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” And yet, we tend to get our values and priorities mixed up, as we continue to frantically climb the ladder, and elbow our way to the front of the line. In the life and teachings of Jesus, all of our expectations of greatness are turned upside down. Are we ready to begin living into Jesus’ radically different model of greatness?
Scripture Lesson:  Matthew 20:20-28 

The Meaning of Success -- Pastor Jay Kelchner

Sunday, October 09, 2016 Play this file. Play
Success doesn’t seem like a Christian virtue. It sounds rather worldly. Still, we are all very interested in becoming successful. Join us as we begin to search for the keys to Success.  
Scripture Lesson: Ecclesiastes 2:4-11, Matthew 16:26

Five Loaves for the Feast -- Rev. Jay Kelchner

Sunday, October 02, 2016 Play this file. Play

John Wesley and the Methodists: Crisis of Faith -- Pastor Jay Kelchner

Sunday, September 25, 2016 Play this file. Play
We long for our hearts to be “strangely warmed.” We struggle to maintain the same faith that we used to know. We fail again and again. That is where grace comes in. God loves us in spite of ourselves. We try to do enough to win God’s favor, but the exercise is futile. John Wesley finally came to the place in his life where his struggle with faith almost caused him to give up. As hard as he tried, he failed to live up to God’s standards and this caused him great anxiety and sense of failure. It is only through the saving work of Jesus Christ that any of us can see the kingdom. Scripture: Romans 4:3-5, 5:1-2b

John Wesley and the Methodists: Knowledge and Vital Piety - Pastor Jay

Sunday, September 18, 2016 Play this file. Play
 We embrace our freedom when we become adults, but often times we forget the responsibility that comes with it. Unbridled freedom gets us into trouble sometimes. Eventually we discover that there is more that is necessary to experience this free gift of God. John Wesley had a plan to reach that abundance of life that we all long for. We too might be ready to embrace a new way that will reveal greater grace and purpose. This sermon will seek to show us The Way - a holy way that includes the kingdom of God. A way that does not ask us to check our brains at the door. God also gave us intellect and reason and expects us to use it. It’s about heart and mind.
Scripture: 1 Peter 1:13-16

John Wesley and the Methodists: Recapturing Love

Sunday, September 11, 2016 Play this file. Play
Sometimes we lose our passion. Like the church at Ephesus, we abandon our first love. Recapturing what was once life-giving and
vital seems but a distant memory. We need revival. We long for the passion we once had. This sermon will challenge us to repent and return to that which gave us life and purpose and love.  Scripture: Revelation 2:1-7