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Enews: Sunday, January 27, 2019

  Jesus comes in the line of the prophets before him, proclaiming something new out of a very old tradition. Sometimes, we see Jesus as breaking from tradition, but throughout the history of the Bible, the prophets and priests were having to proclaim something new out of the old. The priest Ezra preached in the square […]

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Enews: Sunday, January 13, 2019

Baptism and beginnings: it’s both a wonderful and terrifying image. John the Baptizer was not a gentle man. He warned those gathering near him to bear fruit, to show inward transformation, before coming forward to be baptized. The purification by God is painful, because it strips away the parts of us that do not bear […]

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Enews: Sunday, January 6, 2019

FDear Friend,         We enter this new year on Epiphany, remembering how it was foreign visitors-outsiders-who saw that God was doing something new. Herod and all of Jerusalem were frightened. To them, this new king, this new understanding came out of nowhere. Even for the writer of Matthew’s gospel, the looking back to the Hebrew scriptures came […]

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Enews: Sunday, December 16, 2018

Dear Friend,          The season of Advent reminds us of the time before Christ. John the Baptizer came to prepare the way for Christ, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. The prophets also spoke of hope in their day for a people who had suffered, who had been led astray by religious leaders […]

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Enews: Sunday, July 29, 2018

First United Methodist Church ENews Sunday, July 29 One Service Only 9:00am Dear Friend, Summer Sermon Series on the Fruit of the Spirit –                                                   Spiritual Formation   “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against things like this.”  Galatians 5:22-23 (CEB) […]

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