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Mother’s Day

7th Sunday of Easter | Mother’s Day Just these lines, my friends … … to say that I had a lot to share with you in my sermon this past Sunday. I sought to summarize some of the important decisions of The United Methodist Church at General Conference this past week. If you missed worshipping with us, you can do...
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Easter

Easter Sunday Just these lines, my friends … … to say … Come. Come cry. Come laugh. Come be filled with awe. Come not expecting easy answers but instead unexplainable mystery. Come experience friendship with people you know and even those you don’t. Come roll back the stone blocking your heart that has kept you away. Come receive and give...
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Palm Sunday Just these lines, my friends … … to say how grateful I am for Tommy and Laurie Little and their entire family. They have meant so much to our church family for decades now. This past Sunday, Laurie gave a stunning message of hope and direction for us as a church as we concluded our worship series, Embracing...
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Ash Wednesday

1st Sunday in Lent Just these lines, my friends … … to say that our Global Impact Commitment Sunday (2/11) with you was such a joy. Our music and worship were so uplifting (hear the offertory hymn here) and Liz Clasen-Kelly was a gift. Liz is the CEO of A Roof Above and one of the brightest lights in our...
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God in Lowliness

2nd Sunday of Advent Just these lines, my friends … … to say that Sunday was a wondrous day to enter into the holy season of Advent, our time of longing and anticipation for the child born in Bethlehem. If you were traveling and missed being with us, worship online here. I do hope you enjoyed special moments around your Thanksgiving table this...
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Christ the King Sunday | Thanksgiving Week Just these lines, my friends … … to say that Sunday was such a spectacular day and nearly a full house as well…AND it was one of my holiest moments ever in church life watching, listening, and worshipping together with our wonderfully blended/diverse group of children, directed by Abigail Okland, as they sang...
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Each Day Some Awe-robics

19th Sunday after Pentecost Just these lines, my friends … … to say how about those young people of Matthews United Methodist (MUMC)! Sunday, they filled our morning with beautiful music and witness. Our MUMC Lay Leader, Carol Hatcher says, “I have been involved in many Youth Sundays and have probably participated in about 20 of them. But this morning’s...
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We Are For

2nd Sunday of Easter Just these lines, my friends … … to say what a Holy Week 2022: crowds of people gathering for worship for the first time in three years (since 2019); people (Home2Home) helping families with no furniture; a beautiful butterfly release featuring the beautiful banner made by Wendy Barall (photos below); one of the best Maundy Thursday...
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The Subversive Practice of Giving Thanks

4th Sunday in Lent Just these lines, my friends … … to say thank you for all our worship leaders from Sunday: Kathy White, Craig Estep, DeAnna Clink, Dimitriy Soloshenko, Tim Martin, John Woodall, Joel Mullis, Tom Amann, Carl Roberts, The Melody Makers, Children’s Chime Choir (led by Karen Price & Tina Fincher) and Children’s Choir (led by Abigail Okland)...