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April 15, 2018

Sermon April 15: Family Reunion

Faith United Methodist Church April 15, 2018 Third Sunday of Easter Rev. Kristabeth Atwood Scripture: Luke 24:36b-48, 1 John 3:1-7 Prayer of Illumination: Risen Christ, come to us now. Open our ears, that we may hear your word. Open our minds, that we may understand the scriptures before us. Speak to our hearts, that our […]

May 14, 2017

Sermon May 7: The Valley of the Shadow

Faith United Methodist Church May 7, 2017 Fourth Sunday of Easter Rev. Kristabeth Atwood Scripture:  Psalm 23, 1 Peter 2:19-25 Prayer for Illumination:  Risen Christ, open our eyes, our ears, and our hearts, so we might recognize you once again in these words of scripture, by the power of the Holy Spirit. And may the […]

May 14, 2017

Sermon April 30: What Does It Mean to be Saved?

Faith United Methodist Church April 30, 2017 Third Sunday of Easter Rev. Kristabeth Atwood Scripture:  Acts 2:14a, 36-41, 1 Peter 1:17-23 Prayer for Illumination (Unison):  We will pay our vows to the Lord, in the presence of God’s people.  We will pay our vows to the Lord, as we purify our souls through obedience to […]

May 1, 2017

Sermon April 23: Seeing Is Believing?

Faith United Methodist Church April 23, 2017 Second Sunday of Easter Rev. Kristabeth Atwood Scripture:  John 20:19-31, Acts 2:14a, 22-32 Prayer for Illumination (Unison):  Living Christ, you give us what we need to transform our doubt into belief.  You come, offering us peace, and filling our lives with your living presence.  With joy and rejoicing […]

February 12, 2017

Sermon February 12: Give It Away

Faith United Methodist Church February 12, 2017 Sixth Sunday after Epiphany Rev. Kristabeth Atwood Scripture:  Matthew 5:21-24, Deuteronomy 30:15-20 Prayer of Illumination: Caring God, nurture the life within us. You have shown us the ways that lead to life. You have challenged us to move beyond easy answers, to embrace the hard choices that come […]

May 8, 2016

Sermon May 1: From Strangers to Friends

Faith United Methodist Church May 1, 2016 6th Sunday of Easter Rev. Kristabeth Atwood Scripture: Acts 16:9-15 Prayer for Illumination:       God of light and life, shine upon us with your wisdom and truth. Open our hearts to listen eagerly and to love generously. As you teach, so may we live in your world. Amen. […]

April 24, 2016

Sermon April 24: Just Like New

Faith United Methodist Church April 24, 2016 5th Sunday of Easter Rev. Kristabeth Atwood Scripture: John 13:31-35, Revelation 21:1-6 Prayer of Illumination: We praise you, O God, for the gift of creation and the surprise of re-creation. Open our eyes to see new things. Open our minds to think fresh thoughts. Open our spirits to […]

April 17, 2016

Sermon April 17: I Don’t Need a Thing

Faith United Methodist Church April 17, 2016 4th Sunday of Easter Rev. Kristabeth Atwood Scripture: Psalm 23 (King James and The Message) Prayer of Illumination: Shepherding God, guide us on this journey of life. Lead us on the paths that lie before us. Strengthen us in times of fear and comfort us in seasons of […]

April 15, 2016

Sermon April 10: Free Fish

Faith United Methodist Church April 10, 2016 3rd Sunday of Easter Rev. Kristabeth Atwood Scripture: John 21:1-19 Prayer of Illumination: Since we do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from your mouth, make us hunger for this heavenly food, that it may nourish us today in the ways of eternal […]

May 17, 2015

Sermon May 17: Up, Up, and Away

Ascension Sunday doesn’t get a lot of press. Tucked in between Easter and Pentecost, it’s kind of like the Preakness to the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes. Yet we wouldn’t have Pentecost ~ or Easter ~ without it. Jesus wasn’t resurrected only to die again. Jesus was resurrected to be lifted into heaven and live forever with God, so that we can know that there is life beyond this life. And Jesus also had to ascend so we could experience the Holy Spirit and get on with spreading his message throughout the world. “Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.”

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