An exploration of some of the "sandwich stories" found in Mark's Gospel.
Oct. 3 - The Greatest Meal Ever Served - It was the last supper Jesus ever had with his followers, and he even served Peter and Judas. Why is that important? Because it changes everything!
Oct. 10 - A Family Interrupted Business - People have always tried to stop the Good News from being spread, including Jesus' own family.
Oct. 17 - The Most Expensive Sandwich in the World - Yep. You guessed it. It's discipleship. It costs a lot.
Oct 25 - Today's Special: Hope - Like any good deli, Mark offers daily specials. Today's special of hope if found in the story of two desperate women.
Oct. 31 - Closed for Renovation - Jesus didn't just shut down a fig tree. He shut down the Temple, too. Now, why would he do that?
The annual stewardship campaign of the church usually focuses on money, but what would happen if we focused on the transforming work of God instead?
Nov. 7 - Transformed by Grace
Nov. 14 - Transformed by Faith
Nov. 21 - Transformed by Love
Not everyone who came (or comes) to the cradle is singing Joy to the World, or Hark, the Herald Angels Sing. Many are broken, have wandered away from the faith, or are just plain lost. It is especially for these that the Babe of Bethlehem was born.
Nov. 28 - Came All that Are Broken
Dec. 5 - Come All that Have Wandered Away
Dec. 12 - Come All that Are Lost
Is Jesus really the only way to the Father? Does that mean Christianity is the only way? Does that mean Christianity is superior to other faiths? What does this all mean for how we interact in an increasingly pluralistic world? The answers might surprise you.
Dec. 26 (2021) - No Other Way? - Is Jesus really the only way? Does that mean you have to be a Christian?
Jan. 2 - Can't We All Just Get Along? - The only problem with religion is that it is filled with people, and that causes all kinds of trouble.
Jan. 9 - A Difficult Road - Why do we have so much trouble working across denominational lines?
We always say, "You can't take it with you." And for the most part that is true. But the truth is that some things you can take with you when you depart this earth. This series takes a look at some of them.
Feb. 13 - The Eternal Gift of Service
Feb. 20 - The Eternal Gift of Love
Feb. 27 - The Eternal Gift of Courage
So many things get into our hearts and minds and "clutter" us up, stifling our joy, and impacting our mental and physical health. This Lenten journey will seek to help us unclutter our lives so that we can live more fully the life God intended us to have.
Mar. 6 - The Weight of Guilt
Mar. 13 - The Flame of Anger
Mar. 20 - The Memory of Failure
Mar. 27 - The Shadow of Shame
Apr. 3 - The Millstone of Doubt
Apr. 10 - The Power of Fear (Palm Sunday)
The world has taught us how things should be, but is the world's way the right way? Not according to the apostle Paul, who contrasts the world's view with God's vision providing us with a whole new perspective.
Apr. 24 - It Doesn't Make Sense - What we see as weak, God sees as strong. What we see as foolishness, God celebrates as wisdom. Why is that?
May 1 - I Don't Get It - God has a wonderful plan for us. We just have trouble seeing it.
May 8- A Little Goes a Long Way - Mom was right. It doesn't make much to screw it all up. Of course, it doesn't take much to make a positive difference, either.
May 15 - Who's In Charge - Conventional wisdom tells us to seek out power circles. God calls us to make ourselves less so that His love shines more.
May 22 - It's Not What You Think - We love the word freedom, but shun the word slave. Perhaps we don't quite understand what these words mean?
At HUMC our mission is to "share the love of Jesus Christ with each other, and the world." Sounds great, doesn't it? But what does it mean, and what does it look like?
May 29 - It's All about the Faithful - We are not identified by our creeds or doctrines. We are identified as Christians by how we love one another.
June 5 - It's All about the World- The Great Commandment reminds us that we can only love God if we love our neighbors. And just what does that love look like? It takes many forms.
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